About the market

Launched in 2010, by three creative women residing on the shores of the Salish Sea, the Market has stayed true to its visionary roots as a year-round, destination marketplace for artistic expression, in all mediums – paint, ceramics, wood, glass, metal, jewelry, culinary, fibre, literature, photography and body care. All signature pieces are created within sight of the Salish Sea - the unceded territory of Coast Salish First Nations.

Nestled in the small village of Bowser, on the eastern coast of Vancouver Island, the shop has been intuitively designed to welcome visitors to an experience of a sense of place and cultural community, representing 180 local artists.

Step thru our doors and be inspired… “Creativity takes courage.”  ~Henri Matisse


On deck
Salish Sea Team
Our team is well curated too! Meet our welcoming team who bring to the Market a wealth of varied 'past' life experiences - all arriving each day with the intention of emerging you in a memorable experience of the insights of the Salish Sea. As you weave your way around the Market you may be guided by: Sarah - The Conductor of Comings and Goings; Ellian - The Curator of Cheerfulness; Vivian - The Convener of Conversations; Jacqueline - The Seer of Connection and solidly in the background taking care of our records, Simone - The Alchemist of Archivery.
curator - guide of ebb and flow
'Building a cultural destination in my home-town has been a real pleasure. Everyday I listen to visitors experience the collection as they discover the inspirational work of our local artists...it's actually very humbling to receive compliments, on behalf of the artist, we are truly trusted to relay their stories and bring to fruition the distribution of their work to far corners of our world. I am grateful for the privilege of acting as the Guide of Ebb & Flow in this insightful entity.'
overseer of circadian happenings
I have always considered the Salish Sea Market as my "happy place" here on the island, to work and for retail therapy. I am so grateful to work with the fantastic Salish team and have the opportunity to grow my position in this artful, distinctive, memorable west coast business
alchemist of archivery
conductor of comings & goings
convener of conversations