Parks Canada/ Ryan Bray
For a small mountain community, Jasper has plenty of space for artists to showcase their work. Mountain Galleries, located at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, is a space that supports and promotes Canadian artists and their breathtaking work. As one of the largest, multi-location commercial galleries in Western Canada, much of the art found in the galleries evokes the raw beauty of the Rocky Mountains. Though the Rockies act as a major theme at the Jasper location, there are various other paintings, sculptures, and mixed media pieces that can be found in the gallery as well.
The Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives also supports local artists and is dedicated to collecting, preserving and illustrating the human history of Jasper National Park.
Another major hub for art in Jasper is the Jasper Library and Cultural Centre, which houses the Jasper Artists Guild (JAG) and the Habitat for the Arts.
JAG was founded in 2001, when a small group of local artists agreed that Jasper needed an organization to promote visual fine arts. Since its inception, the Guild has grown steadily and uses artists’ commissions to promote the arts through one-man exhibits, musical entertainment and instructional workshops.
Jasper’s Habitat for the Arts is an organization that highlights Jasper’s diverse multicultural landscape by engaging community members in a variety of unique events, including monthly theme nights and educational programs.