Fortune Gallery has been an ever-evolving entity, from its first incarnation as Dales arts and crafts over on Fort Street, to its move to Fisgard Street in 1986, when it began operating primarily as a framing shop with posters, pottery and some art work.
In 2007, Alison Trembath bought Dales Gallery and, as luck may have it, three weeks after the transfer of ownership, a flood jump-started renovations that revealed a nefarious gun tucked in the ceiling wrapped in a century-old newspaper. When the carpet was removed, original old growth fir flooring was found. The renovations exposed the classic brick walls and a new charm-infused space came into being as an art gallery with a framing studio tucked upstairs.
For 10 years, Alison exhibited mostly local artists, including textile works, ceramics, photography and oil and watercolour paintings. Many artist receptions and cocktail parties have been held in the space, as well as five weddings and one wedding vow renewal, book launches, charity fundraisers, birthday parties and a music video recording. Wonderful evenings of connection, celebration, community and many laughs and great conversations have happened in the gallery.
In September 2016, a developer decided to seismically upgrade and extensively renovate the buildings including the gallery. Nine months later, Alison created FORTUNE GALLERY — an art gallery and event space. Framer Stephanie Harding left the business when the redevelopment began, to find her fortune in the Okanagan so her picture framing services are no longer offered.
Alison was always involved with the arts throughout high school and university, with an avid interest in photography and film in particular. She has travelled extensively throughout Europe, the Caribbean, North and South America and Southeast Asia. In 1999, after a year of travelling with her husband Toby, Alison settled in Victoria and started a family, originally in Victoria’s Highlands. After three years, her family decided to shake things up with a move to Fairfield and the purchase of Dales Gallery in 2007.
Kristofer is our newest employee and he brings over 30 years of creative art making. His intricate and colourful watercolours are inspiring. A wonderful addition to Victoria's Chinatown and to fortune gallery.
537 Fisgard St,
Victoria, BC V8W 1R3