Where to buy art in Ontario
Art galleries, local shows and art festivals in Ontario are all great places to find beautiful, distinctive art. Whether you’re looking to buy a piece of art for your home or as a gift, explore a treasure trove of one-of-a-kind art across the province and learn the stories behind each piece.
Here are some of the best places to buy art in Ontario
Greater Toronto Area (GTA)
Browse through the works of over 400 visual artists and makers at the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, an annual art exhibition held every year for several days in July at Nathan Phillips Square.
With paintings, crafts, 2D and 3D artworks, photography and more, it’s one of the best places to stop by if you’re looking to buy art in Toronto. The fair also has an online shop that is open all year round.
Location: 100 Queen Street West, Toronto
Located north of Liberty Village in Toronto, Craft Ontario showcases the works of over 200 material artists and designers.
You’ll find quality, Canadian-made art ranging from ceramic and glass housewares to woodworking and art prints. There’s also a wide selection of Canadian Indigenous art, including carvings, textiles and original drawings. A smaller selection is available for online shopping.
The Craft Ontario Shop is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, from noon to 6:00 p.m.
Location: 1106 Queen Street West, Toronto
Peruse beautiful Indigenous art prints, paintings, handmade clothing and accessories at Pacha Indigenous Art Collection, an Indigenous, family-owned and operated business based in Toronto.
Pacha hosts events like arts and crafts fairs, workshops and artist talks. Check for upcoming events and shop the full collection online.
Experience the amazing photographs of Stephen Bulger and other photographers at the Stephen Bulger Gallery.
Open since 1995, this gallery displays a vast collection of over 15,000 incredible photographs that range from the 19th century to contemporary works of fine art, portraiture and documentary.
The gallery’s active exhibition schedule showcases a range of artists, which have included Joseph Hartman, Diane Arbus and Walker Evans.
The Stephen Bulger Gallery is open on Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: 1356 Dundas Street West, Toronto
A Yorkville landmark, Liss Gallery features contemporary fine art, abstract work and photography by renowned artists from Canada and around the world.
The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturdays from noon to 6:00 p.m., Sundays from noon to 5:00 p.m. and Mondays by appointment only.
Location: 112 Cumberland Street, Toronto
York, Durham and Headwaters
Located in the heart of downtown Orangeville, Dragonfly Arts on Broadway doubles as both a gallery and shop featuring high-quality pottery, sculptures and oil paintings by local artists. Many of the artists spend time at the gallery, so it’s a great chance for you to meet them in person and learn more about their inspiration and process behind the creations of their works.
Dragonfly Arts on Broadway is open on Tuesdays to Sundays, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: 189 Broadway, Orangeville
Overlooking the picturesque Niagara River, the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre is a community arts hub that hosts creative classes, workshops and camps.
The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre also features the works of the NOTL Arts Collective, a group of local artists and curators that produce a diverse range of art including paintings, sculpture, textile art and more. You can also find unique works of art produced by local artisans for sale online.
The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre is open Tuesdays to Sundays, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: 247 Ricardo Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Hamilton, Halton and Brant
With an emphasis on each artist’s unique style, you’ll enjoy the distinctive collection at Earls Court Gallery.
Initially established as a print and framing gallery, the gallery now exhibits the works of local artists and printmakers across a diverse range of mediums, including oil, acrylic, watercolour and mixed media. Learn about the Hamilton art scene, as well as the technique, media and stories behind each piece on display.
Earls Court Gallery is open on Tuesdays to Saturdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: 215 Ottawa Street North, Hamilton
Huron, Perth, Waterloo and Wellington
Founded in 1968, Stratford Art in the Park showcases a wide variety of contemporary visual art every year at Upper Queen’s Park. Many local artists and artisans participate in this vibrant outdoor festival to present their handmade creations and speak with the community about their unique work.
After checking out the juried art show, enjoy a peaceful stroll around Victoria Lake in this beautiful park.
Stratford Art in the Park is held every Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday, from May to September. Admission is free.
Location: Lakeside Drive, Stratford
Explore a diverse collection of local artworks at Uptown Gallery, located in the heart of Waterloo. The gallery opened in 2006, with the goal of promoting art to the community and boosting its diverse local artists.
Uptown Gallery is managed and operated by the artists, so you’ll have the opportunity to chat with the artists about their works and techniques. Thanks to the rotating exhibition schedule, there’s something new and exciting every time you visit.
Uptown Gallery is open on Mondays to Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Location: 75 King Street South #49, Waterloo
Ottawa and Southeast Ontario
The Art House Café is situated east of LeBreton Flats in Ottawa and functions as a charming café, gallery and event space so you can enjoy the art along with a tasty baked treat and hot drink.
More than 100 local works are displayed on the café’s walls, highlighting diverse artists’ voices in Ottawa. Ask the artist or staff for more details about buying your favourite piece.
The Art House Café is open seven days a week, from 10:00 a.m. to late evening.
Location: 555 Somerset Street West, Ottawa
The Prince Edward County Arts Trail is a self-guided tour that leads you to various artist studios and galleries throughout The County. Follow the bright blue signs marking each spot along this route.
Canadian art prints, sculptures, paintings, photography, woodwork, ceramics and much more is showcased year-round. Check online for the full list of all the participating studios and galleries, including the ANDARA Gallery and GRACE Studio. You can also shop the online collection and order unique art pieces to be delivered right to your front door.
Location: Across Prince Edward County
Artfest Kingston is an annual outdoor art show in Kingston promoting local artists with products ranging from sculptures and paintings to pottery and fashion accessories.
The annual event runs for three days in July and admission is free.
Location: City Park, Kingston
Hidden inside a historic, brightly coloured alley in downtown Kingston, Martello Alley is a whimsical spot that features original and printed artwork both around the alley and inside the indoor gallery.
Enjoy a cup of tea on the private patio while chatting with the artists about their work—you may even get a sneak peek of their works in progress. With its vibrant street art and collection of unique works, Martello Alley is a popular spot for both locals and tourists.
Martello Alley is open seven days a week, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: 203 B Wellington Street, Kingston
Windsor’s festival season kicks off with the traditional Art in the Park Windsor, held in Willistead Park in early June.
As one of the largest art shows in the province, you’ll find a vast array of creative works made by talented artisans from all across Ontario.
Tickets cost $8 for adults ($7 in advance) and children under 12 are free. Proceeds from the event go towards the restoration of Willistead Manor and the Rotary Club of Windsor’s charitable projects.
Location: 950 Chilver Road, Windsor
Located in the Quaker village of Sparta, 45 minutes south of London, Gathered is a small creative space situated in a historic building with many of its heritage details preserved.
The studio features the works of over 50 award-winning local artists, ranging from crafts and pottery to art and artisan jewellery. With a focus on sustainability, much of the artwork is made from natural or recycled materials.
Gathered is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Sundays from noon to 4:30 p.m.
Location: 6137 Hiram, Harding Smith Line, Sparta
Situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Huron, Sunset Arts Gallery is a small artist-run gallery and a popular spot to enjoy the scenic beach. You’ll find diverse artworks including paintings, pottery, wood art and photography. Learn about the creative ideas behind works of art when you speak with community artists.
Currently, Sunset Arts Gallery can be visited by appointment only, phone or email to book.
Location: 63 River Road, Grand Bend
Grey, Bruce and Simcoe
Browse through hundreds of paintings that vary from traditional to abstract by 45 different artists from across Canada. Take the painting you love on a trial basis before deciding to permanently keep it.
You’re welcome to shop the online gallery, Shop of Smalls, and have the pieces you love delivered to your home.
The Matilda Swanson Art Gallery is open on Fridays from noon to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: 185 Marsh Street, Clarksburg
Located in the heart of “Artsburg”, the Marsh Street Gallery displays beautiful artworks created by its group of talented local artists.
Exhibitions are held regularly, giving you the opportunity to browse through various unique artworks such as sand-blasted glass, woodwork, mixed media and traditional paintings. Register for the gallery’s workshops and witness a live art demonstration by artists.
Marsh Street Gallery is open on Fridays to Sundays from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Location: 203 Marsh Street, Clarksburg
Explore incredible works of art including contemporary photography, paintings and sculptures made by local and Canadian artists in this charming gallery that once was a bank building.
Check their website for current art-related events and activities hosted by skilled artists to promote art within the community.
ArtBank Collective is open on Wednesdays to Fridays from noon to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Location: 175 Marsh Street, Clarksburg
Located in Fenelon Falls, north of Sturgeon Lake, this art festival is run by the Kawarthas community’s non-profit arts organization. Explore the exhibits to find the perfect piece of art to buy and enjoy live artist demonstrations.
The Kawartha Arts Festival takes place over two days in early September in the Fenelon Falls Community Centre. Admission is free.
Location: 27 Veterans Way, Fenelon Falls
Featuring the works of local Northumberland County artists, this volunteer-run organization holds rotating exhibitions to showcase individual artists’ creations such as textiles, jewellery, pottery and paintings.
You can also shop the gallery’s online collection.
Northumberland Arts Gallery and Shop is open on Thursdays to Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Location: 8 Queen Street, Port Hope
Discover visual arts and crafts made by local artists at Rails End Gallery and Arts Centre in the heart of the Haliburton Highlands.
Exhibitions featuring the works of local and international artists are showcased in this stunning gallery. Shop for prints, glass, wood and fibre-based creation at the gift shop.
Rails End Gallery and Arts Centre is open on Wednesdays to Saturdays, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: 23 York Street, Dysart et al
Launched in 2014, this vibrant gallery is located in the heart of Almonte’s arts community and has since moved to the town’s historic Mill Street. A wide range of contemporary art is displayed underneath the gallery’s original tin ceiling.
Shop the virtual gallery for more paintings, sculptures and photographs, some of which are eligible for free shipping within Canada.
Sivarulrasa Gallery is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: 34 Mill Street, Almonte
Algonquin Park, Muskoka and Parry Sound
Enjoy art inspired by nature and the beauty of the Muskoka region at Heron’s Nest Studio Gallery.
Paintings, hand-sculpted clay, fine art prints, jewellery and home décor pieces are just a few of the diverse artworks you’ll find. You may also have the opportunity to chat with some of the featured artists.
Heron’s Nest Studio Gallery is open on Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: 95 Muskoka Road, Bracebridge
Arts at the Albion is situated inside a classic heritage building built in 1879 that now serves as an arts and culture hub in downtown Gravenhurst.
This unique place showcases the work of 20 talented local artists and artisans, with creations including basketry, clay, metal sculpture, fibre arts, soapstone carving and stained glass.
Arts at the Albion is open on Wednesdays to Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: 100 Muskoka Road North, Gravenhurst
Overlooking the picturesque Lake Rosseau, Red Canoe Gallery offers a wide range of paintings, wood carvings, pottery and jewellery. Whether you’re looking for traditional art, pieces centred on nature or abstract designs, you’re sure to find a unique piece that speaks to you.
Red Canoe Gallery’s hours vary throughout the year—call ahead to verify the current opening hours.
Location: 111 Medora Street, Port Carling
This historical gift shop in downtown Sudbury features art created by skilled artists, many of whose works are also showcased at popular festivals like Up Here, River & Sky and Makers North.
If you’re looking to buy local art and support Northern Ontario artists, you’ll want to check out this family-owned business.
Amberhill Gallery & Gift Shop is open on Tuesdays to Saturdays, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: 149 Durham Street, Greater Sudbury
In addition to displaying the artwork of renowned artists such as the Group of Seven, the Art Gallery of Algoma has a rich collection of diverse art available for purchase.
Ranging from textiles and jewellery to Indigenous art and Group of Seven memorabilia, it’s a great place for you to find art for yourself and gifts for others. If you’re shopping online, check out the 360° view of the gallery’s gift shop, so you can explore all the options before settling on the ideal piece.
The Art Gallery of Algoma is open on Tuesdays to Saturdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: 10 East Street, Sault Ste. Marie
Specializing in local, handcrafted art, Fireweed Crafts features the unique works of local artists and promotes the vibrant Thunder Bay art community with regular group show and artist talks.
The bright blue and yellow exterior of this quaint gift shop houses ceramics, carvings, glass, clay products and oil paintings by talented artisans.
Fireweed Crafts is open on Mondays to Saturdays, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: 182 Algoma Street South, Thunder Bay
Commemorate your time spent in Thunder Bay with a beautiful keepsake from the Ahnisnabae Art Gallery.
This Indigenous-owned gallery houses a diverse collection of artworks ranging from art prints to soapstone carvings. Many of the works are created by various local artists from the Ahnisnabae First Nations.
Ahnisnabae Art Gallery is open on Tuesdays to Fridays from noon to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Location: 18 Court Street South, Thunder Bay
Over 300 artworks by more than 50 nationally and internationally acclaimed Canadian artists line the walls of Chenier Fine Arts.
This commercial art gallery is located in the historic Ruttan District within Thunder Bay’s scenic waterfront and focuses on large-format paintings with options for custom framing.
Chenier Fine Arts is open on Tuesdays to Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Location: 14 Court Street South, Thunder Bay
Last updated: August 22, 2023