|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa, Cash|
|Getting There |||Waterfront Station|
|Cross Street |||West Hastings Street|
Profile Last Updated: April 01, 2009
It’s hard to not be curious about a place with a disco ball and Tibetan prayer flags hanging in the window. Inside Art of Compassion Gallery, the intrigue continues. The small space is cozy and welcoming and has a Buddhist vibe thanks to the burning incense, red lantern lighting and serene music. About two-dozen paintings are mounted on the rustic wood-panelled and exposed brick walls, and gallery owner Michael Bailey is always willing to discuss their meanings over a cup of jasmine tea. In the back of the gallery, there’s a small lounge area with a burgundy velour couch and couple of antique looking chairs. Buddhist and Tibetan art books are spread out on a coffee table and there are many more in an old safe that has been transformed into a library.
Sacred, Ego-free Art
Bring meaning and inspiration to your home with a one-of-a-kind piece of Tibetan art. These paintings are considered an ancient and sacred art and are used in devotional practices as well as for esthetic appreciation. All of the pieces at the Art of Compassion are imported from the Dharmapala Thangka Centre in Kathmandu, Nepal, where they were created under the supervision of a thangka master. The paints and canvasses used in creating the works are made with traditional methods using natural ingredients like azurite, gold, and lapis. Each thangka painting has an inscription of authenticity on the back, but there is no artist signature, as Tibetan art is an ego-free practice.
Creative Community Space
The Art of Compassion is more than just a gallery — it’s an intimate space where people of all interests and backgrounds can come together to appreciate art and freedom of expression. The funky space is used for a variety of events and activities, such as music lessons, language classes, yoga and poetry readings. The space can be rented at very reasonable rates.