Coola School of the Arts in Central Coast BC

Coola School of the Arts

254 Hwy 20, Bella Coola, BC

  • Arts & Hand Crafts
  • Education
  • Tourism, Travel & Lodging
  • Locally made arts and crafts
  • On-site workshops for all ages
  • A celebration of First Nations creations

Meet Doris Muise

Doris Muise is the owner of Coola School of the Arts

Muise’s gallery is in downtown Bella Coola. She loves the landscape of her coastal town and draws artistic inspiration from the great outdoors and the Nuxalk culture. She writes and paints daily and is looking forward to sharing this talent and passion with clients of her newly founded business, the Coola School of the Arts.

According to Muise seeing the Nuxalk masks dance is a transformative experience. She connects deeply with this First Nation coastal culture. “There is an oolichan totem that stands on the river bank and welcomes the return of the oolichan,” said Muise, “it’s a humanoid figure but three times the size and it has a powerful, contemplative feel to it.”

First Nations. Transformative. Vibrant.

The Coola School of the Arts is an interactive arts and crafts gallery that runs workshops out of the on-site studio. Instructions in drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture are offered throughout the year.

Coola School of Arts focuses on the promotion and sales of First Nations arts and crafts in their gallery. Students can develop skills in a wide variety of art making and writing forms. Artist and school founder, Muise, has a background in sculpture, painting and printmaking and is also an experienced writer.

Contact + Hours

  • Monday to Friday
  • 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Saturday
  • 10:00 am - 3:00 pm


  • 254 Hwy 20
  • Bella Coola, BC
  • V0T 1C0, Canada

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