Art in the Barn Gallery

“Great art picks up where Nature ends.”  — Marc Chagall

Tucked onto a natural, forested acreage just off West Saanich Road is a most unusual barn.
No question, it’s a barn;  inside, you can see the concrete curbs on each side of the main aisle which formed the footings for the horse stalls.  The floors slope toward this middle aisle — that was a functional slope.

What is unusual is the contents.
This former barn now houses horses differently – horses painted on canvas.

It also houses other animals, painted on canvasses…………..

………because, as no doubt is apparent,
this is a barn converted into a gallery.

The proprietors are Jacqui and Gabriel.

Jacqui is a painter, and all the paintings
featured in this post are hers.

In addition to her own resource material,
Jacqui also paints animals by commission,
such as the two portraits of dogs, above.

Gabriel is a photographer.
Several of his matted and framed photographs are exhibited in the gallery.

Nature figures strongly as a resource in
Gabriel’s photographic work.

Other local artists’ work is also welcome to be exhibited in the gallery.

The art pieces, above and below, are examples of Gabriel’s photographs taken in nature.

Linda tried to gauge the size of this creation by Jacqui.
The art piece depicts a sight that’s so typical of our Peninsula outside Victoria.  It is this aspect of nature that Jacqui continues to capture in her paintings.

Gabriel also spends hours to get the “perfect” shot of a specific aspect of nature that he wants to share.
He also photographs “found” items!

Matted prints of Jacqui’s paintings and Gabriel’s photography work are available unframed as well.


The painting above, right, is one by Jacqui of Gabriel.

Art in a Barn is a true gem………local artists creating, displaying, and making available to others the personal creations of Nature that they want to share.    Check it out!


Art in the Barn Gallery
4578 Hughes Road


Thur – Sun 10 – 4  or by appointment












Sült Pierogi Bar

“This is my unvariable advice to people: Learn how to cook — try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all, have fun!”  — Julia Child

My Mom used to make perogies — she loved to try many different kinds with various fillings and sides. And they were SO good!
Soooo………….what about today?  A downtown perogy place?  — OOPS! —  “pierogi” place!
Well, we discovered Sült Pierogi Bar.

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Trust me, this place has pierogies nailed!  No matter how you spell it, I call it “More, please!”

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The menu includes various combinations of fillings, sides and number of pierogies for your order.
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The restaurant is finished in industrial chic style.Sult 7

The walls are filled with artwork by Dallas Segno (
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And there indeed is  a bar!

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This space formerly housed a bank, so the door to the bank’s vault remains in place at Sült — but it looks nothing like your bank’s vault door!
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And there’s take-out!  So following this sumptious tasting, we had out-of-province company staying with us, and we treated them to Sült pierogies — this was a BIG hit!

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Sült Pierogi Bar
609 Yates St

Mon – Thurs 11 am-9 pm,  Fri – Sat 11 am-12 am,  Sun 11 am-6 pm

The Old Attic, Saanichton

“Our culture’s obsession with vintage objects has rendered us unable to separate history from nostalgia. People want heart. They want a chaser of emotion with their aesthetics.”  —  Sloane Crosley

The Old Attic, Saanichton                

Maybe it’s my age, but as we browsed through The Old Attic in Saanichton, I experienced a significant chaser of emotion, looking at so many items from various time periods of my own life.

The owner, Lynne Parker, had so many anecdotes about items, and clearly she knows each one individually.  She’s constantly bringing in items to replace sold pieces, always searching for good quality pieces to supplement her collections.

“Past to present” is their tagline, and the pieces reflect the various periods.    There’s furniture, linen, decor, jewellery, books & records, games, lamps and artwork, and all items are in very good condition.


In addition to selling quality vintage items, The Old Attic also offers classes in refinishing furniture.
They sell Cottage Paints which you can take with you or use in their shop to work on a project.


A unique collection of vintage tools caught my eye, reminding me of my Grampa’s workbench.
And then in another area, I spotted this most unusual rocking chair with a leather seat inset.


But the items that made my eyes open widest were all the copper pieces, from various periods.
It’s really like a museum, ever-changing in its offerings — plus you can take your favourites home!


The Old Attic
7925 E Saanich Rd, Saanichton
Sun – Sat 10 am – 5 pm


Best of Both Worlds Imports

Best of Both Worlds accent tablesI look at every piece of furniture and every object as an individual sculpture.
Kelly Wearstler

Best of Both Worlds Imports is an Asian imports emporium full of such individual sculptures.IMG_3891

Set back from the street, we nearly overlooked the building, but were attracted by the rickshaw parked outside the door.  What drew us inside was a glimpse of the beautifully crafted pieces from Thailand, Bali, and China.

Stunning pieces of furniture and home décor stand shoulder to shoulder, making us not want to miss a thing as we wind through the aisles of ponderous wooden furniture, fabric art and décor and household items, from useful to whimsical.IMG_3896

The handmade furniture, the large artwork pieces and the unique lamps are only a start to the large number of fascinating items we discovered as we explored both floors of this showroom.

IMG_3899From brightly coloured and embellished table coverings, pillows and rugs to imposing wooden storage chests and tables, we felt as if we were in another world.

What a complete delight to find this true treasure!


Best of Both Worlds Imports
2713 Quadra Street,  Victoria   V8T 4E5

Mon – Sat     10 am – 5 pm
Sun         noon – 5 pm