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The Phoenix Art Workshop is a privately run visual arts centre with art classes emphasizing visual literacy, design, and individual creativity for young people and adults.  Our focus is largely centered on painting and drawing mediums, although you may be interested in having a look at our Community Art page to get a feel for what we are really about – a community-based resource for art supplies, custom framing, and education.

We started commercial framing 20 years ago in the back of a Bird and Nature cottage and a year later took over the lease and relaunched the business as Phoenix Coastal Art.  Born out of the ashes of the bird store, we quickly grew from custom framing and hand-made artisan gifts to selling art supplies.  In 2001 we opened our new location on Chatham Street and began to offer art classes, but quickly outgrew this location as well and in 2009 moved classes to our annex studio, located a block away on 1st ave.  We have never looked back, staying connected to the artistic needs of our community and promoting art with community-based art projects and events like the Grand Prix of Art , as well as leading international art excursion to such exotic locations as Cuba, Guatemala, Bali, Italy, and more. We think what we’re doing is pretty cool – and we hope you do too. Come on in for a visit !

Britannia Heritage Shipyards National Historic Site

The Britannia Shipyards building was originally constructed as a Cannery. It was built in 1889 and was purchased by the ABC Packing Company two years later to operate as a salmon cannery. It became one of the busiest canneries on the Fraser River, producing canned salmon for shipment all over the world.

However, the Hell’s Gate Landslide of 1912 caused a significant decline in salmon stocks, forcing many canneries to close or convert to other uses. In 1917-18, the Britannia Cannery was converted into a shipyard and general maritime repair shop for fishing boats of the ABC Packing Company, which operated until 1969. The Shipyard was then purchased by the Canadian Fishing Company and was operational until BC Packers purchased it in 1979, closing its doors in 1979-80.



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