|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
|Neighbourhood |||Vancouver Lower Mainland|
|Getting There |||Granville Island|
|Cross Street |||Granville Bridge|
|Daily: 10AM - 6PM|
Profile Last Updated: February 06, 2009
In a beautiful setting overlooking the water on Granville Island, StoneAge Art Company exhibits the work of Zimbabwe’s Shona people. Zimbabwe means “house of stone” in the Shona language, so it’s no surprise the Shona people were touted as “the world’s best unrecognized sculptors” by The Economist. StoneAge boasts an impressive collection of intricate, handcrafted pieces — from palm-sized carvings to eight-foot statues. The gallery has a rustic feel and many of the sculptures perch on tree stumps found along B.C.'s shores or atop crates in which the pieces arrived from Africa. Catchy world music adds to the ambience and about 50 albums from the Putumayo collection are for sale in the shop. StoneAge also exhibits and sells a variety of authentic African masks. The large collection is sourced from 13 tribes from 10 African countries.
Zimbabweans Helping Zimbabweans
StoneAge is the brainchild of Peter and Angie Vickery. Originally from Zimbabwe, the gallery owners were eager to give their fellow countrymen a place to showcase their talent. StoneAge, which opened in 2003, has an ongoing program to educate people about Africa and help those in need. The gallery supports a number of charities, many working with those affected by HIV and AIDS. The Vickerys regularly travel to Zimbabwe to select new works. A bulletin board is full of snap shots of the artists, and two flat-screen TVs feature images from Zimbabwe.
StoneAge works with more than 250 sculptors on a one-on-one basis. Like the Vickerys, you too will get to know the artists as their bios (complete with photos) are framed and placed around the gallery. With every purchase, you will also take home a copy of the bio page of the artist who created your new treasure as well as a certificate of authenticity. Whether you’re an avid collector or a one-time buyer, you’ll find a piece that reflects your tastes for a reasonable price. The Vickerys are keen on sharing their knowledge of the art, people, stone and country of Zimbabwe with their customers. They also offer tips on the selection, handling, placement and maintenance of your sculpture.