Where to find the Artist Galleries and Studios in Penticton, BC
Penticton is home to several art gallery and studio spaces, all within easy walking distance. This is a leisurely free activity to enjoy while walking through downtown Penticton.
Here is a list of Galleries and Artist Studios that are open for drop-in visitors. The list for your free self-guided tour starts at the Penticton Marina, beside the beach, and continues South up to Saint Germain Cafe, where you can enjoy a lovely coffee or treat at the end of your walk.
Start the Penticton Self-Guided Art Tour
The Bench Market – Cafe and Gallery (368 Vancouver Avenue)
Start the walk with a cup of coffee, or a meal made from local produce. The walls have a changing show with different artists featured each month. Feast your eyes and your senses too. The Bench Market
The Penticton Art Gallery (199 Marina Way)
The Penticton Art Gallery presents both contemporary and historic artists, with regularly changing displays. Check the website to see what is currently showing in the gallery space. Penticton Art Gallery
The Front Street Gallery (60 Front Street, Penticton)
A group of seven artists who share a small space and take turns running the Gallery during its opening hours. They are located beside Lloyd Gallery, and are also open on Saturday morning markets in the warm months during the Penticton Farmer’s Markets. Front Street Art Gallery
The Lloyd Gallery (18 Front St, Penticton)
Serving the Community for more than 30 years, the Gallery is based in the “Empress Theatre”. Walls are covered in paintings, from floor to ceiling. Lloyd Gallery
Picture This! (133 Westminster Avenue, Penticton)
Featuring the art of seven local artists. Framing services are also available. Picture This!
The Martin Street Art Gallery (205 Martin Street, Penticton)
With a selection of Art and Studio spaces, plus live music and high tea. Martin Street Gallery
The Long Studio and Gallery (374 Main Street, Penticton)
A new shared artist space, founded by Jenny Long, with 15 resident artists. These artists have a growing following in the Okanagan, and are well know within the arts community. Artists Sanaz Busink and Liz Marshall have also joined them. Long Studios
Tumbleweed Gallery (452 Main Street)
An Artist Collective with 8 member artists. Two new shows are hosted each year. Learn More
St. Germain Cafe and Gallery (449 Main Street, Penticton)
A gallery space, with a cafe too. This is a wonderful place to sit and eat lunch, or sip on a relaxing cup of tea or coffee.
And if you are feeling adventurous…
Art House Studios (Part of Cowork Penticton – at 29 Nanaimo Ave Wesy, Penticton )
An appointment will be needed to peek in this space, as its not a typical gallery – the artists come and go from the studios, so let us know that you are on your way, and we will make sure that someone is there to meet you and show you the space. Art House
The Shatford Centre (760 Main Street Penticton)
A large red brick building beside the high school. This is home to the Okanagan School of the Arts. Don’t let the doors put you off, come inside and explore the art displayed on the ground floor. In the basement levels are host to a number of teaching rooms, for pottery, printmaking and carpentry. If you are lucky you may persuade some one to show you down here too! The Shatford Centre & Okanagan School of the Arts
The Penticton Museum
You may want to expand your definition of art, to include all of the beautiful and intriguing artifacts that are on display. Plus admission is free! and the museum is just across the road from the Shatford Center. Visit the Penticton Museum
The benefits of an Art Gallery Tour
- This is a free activity that can be enjoyed in any weather – even on a rainy day.
- Visitors help to support and encourage Penticton’s growing art scene.
- Emerging artists are able to reach to audiences, and hear feedback on their art.
- This is activity that is available year-round, even in the winter.
Other Free Activities to Enjoy while visiting Penticton
- Walk the Kettle Valley Rail Trail
- See the Naramata Water Falls.
- Hang out at the Beach.
- Float down the Penticton Channel.
- Tour the Saturday Farmer’s Markets