|One Moon Art Galllery is a new and unique native art gallery located inside the reservation of the Esquimalt First Nation, just minutes from downtown Victoria. The One Moon gallery is adjacent to the Long House and often the visitors of the gallery are able to hear the drumming and singing of the traditional dances taking place there quite regularly and some of which are open to the public.
The location is spectacular as it is facing the ocean front park that belongs to the Esquimalt people but until now was only accessible by those residing on the reserve. Even long time Victoria residents are impressed and happy to discover a serene and authentic native village close to downtown, now open for them to visit.
The visit to the gallery itself is also an unforgettable experience as it is made in the style of a long house, with a Totem Pole erected for the opening of the gallery. The front doors are made of carved cedar and the interior walls and ceiling are also fully covered by natural cedar. The lighting is state of the art, the art is beautifully presented and the music piped in is soft native flute which gives the visitor a calming and non rushed experience that invites to stay and enjoy each painting and the poetry that the artist has composed for each work.
The art displayed is that of Coast Salish artist Darlene Gait who is an internationally recognized painter from the Esquimalt Nation and who placed her gallery in this setting as a way to honor her people and to also welcome non natives to visit her community. The gallery supports various initiatives to promote the art of native artists and sponsors several events each year where the public is also invited. The gallery and the artist where featured in October on the front cover of the Focus magazine, which is the most read publication for the arts in Victoria.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details. We would be happy to show your local editor the gallery at their convenience. The One Moon gallery is open on Saturdays and Sundays 10 to 5 and anytime by appointment. Please see www.onemoon.ca for further details and directions.