I-Hos Gallery, Courtenay

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Art Gallery · Hidden Gem · Museum
I-Hos Gallery presents a collection of traditional and contemporary Northwest Coast artwork, including masks, prints, gold and silver jewelry, wood carvings and more produced by First Nations artists.

Our culture is expressed through our art. We are located between Courtenay and Comox on Vancouver Island, on the site of the original K’ómoks Village. We deal directly with all of our First Nation artists and provide you with all legends and artist biographies.

The beautiful house front design of I-Hos Gallery incorporates a whale, “Queneesh” and the double headed sea serpent, “I-Hos”. These creatures represent important crests of the K’ómoks people. Standing inside of the entrance pole is a sxwayxwey (kway kway) dancer. The dancer wears a mask with protruding eyes and tongue. The dancer carries a scallop shell rattle and wears a tunic of swan feathers. This prestigious dance was a privilege of high-ranking K’ómoks families. This exceptional artwork was designed exclusively for I-Hos Gallery by Calvin Hunt in 1995 and was carved with the assistance of his nephew Mervyn Child and cousin Geary Cranmer.
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  • Excellent access point for indigenous art of quality. Local and other artists available, at fair prices, and staffed by experienced, knowledgable staff. Go there. We do, often.  more »
  • I just had the BEST experience with I-Hos Gallery. I placed an order online, and Ramona went above and beyond for customer service. If you're in the position to do some online shopping, I encourage....  more »
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  • This is my go-to place for finding the perfect gift for a loved one. You don't have to spend a fortune to find something unique and beautiful. I want to give a special shout out to Page who helped me select jewelry, very beautiful carved silver pieces, for some special people in my life. She is delightful, knowledgeable and a joy to just spend a little time with as I learned about the significance of the motifs as I selected these gifts. Thank you Page!
  • Wonderful experience here and the place is full of amazing art
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