About Alcheringa Gallery


Territorial Acknowledgement

Alcheringa Gallery, proudly representing indigenous artists, respectfully acknowledges that we operate our business on the unceded traditional territory of the Lekwungen and Coast Salish Indigenous peoples, including Esquimalt, Songhees, and W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations.

Our Mandate

The mandate of the gallery - in an era of truth and reconciliation - is to promote and support the art of contemporary indigenous artists from the Northwest Coast of Canada, Papua New Guinea, and Australia, to the Canadian and international fine art market. Find out more about these specific areas that we cover:


Our Name

Alcheringa is an Aboriginal Australian word for the Dreamtime, the mythical time of creation, when the world and all living creatures were sung into existence. It is believed that singing and dancing maintain the state of the landscape, and that these invisible songlines hold the earth together.

Our Work

We are proud of the work we have done to recognize and promote the work of indigenous artists in all stages of their career, and from all over the Pacific Rim. Alcheringa has worked with private collectors, governments, museums, architects, designers, and corporate clients. We also provide consultations and appraisals to clients regarding indigenous art and projects. Please browse our Commissions section or Contact Us for ideas and references.

Our People

Mark Loria, Director/Owner and Mary Loria, Owner

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Mark Loria brings to Alcheringa many years of arts and cultural leadership. With the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Glenbow Museum, Insitute of Modern Art (Australia) and most recently as Executive Director of the Shaw Centre fo the Salish Sea. Mark has worked closely with leading Indigenous artists from Australia and Canada, most recently with a focus on Coast Salish arts. Mark is an artist himself with a BFA in visual art from the University of Calgary, majoring in printmaking and also holds an arts management certificate from Capilano University. Among many other involvements with the community Mark is currently the board treasurer of Open Space Art Society.

Mary Loria is a local ceramic artist who holds a BA in Art History from the University of Calgary as well as studying ceramics at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Mary is a sessional ceramics instructor in Art Education at the University of Victoria as well as the Arts Centre at Cedar Hill.

Mark and Mary and their four children have lived as univited guests on Lekwungen Territory (Victoria, BC) since 2007.


Elaine Monds - Alcheringa Gallery Victoria BCElaine Monds, Advisor and Gallery Founder

Elaine Monds' interest in the cultures of the world began early, during a childhood in Kenya and Australia. She moved to Canada in the 1970s and opened a business that developed into Alcheringa Gallery. In 1984, she fell in love with the arts and peoples of Papua New Guinea during the first of many trips to that region. Alcheringa Gallery began introducing Papua New Guinean art to North American audiences, later expanding to represent eminent and emerging Indigenous artists from Australia, Canada's Northwest Coast, and other Pacific traditions. Over more than 25 years of exhibitions, publications, artist exchanges, and collaborations with major cultural institutions worldwide, Alcheringa Gallery has become recognised as a leading advocate of contemporary Indigenous fine arts and cultural exchange. In 2001 Elaine was honoured with a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award and in 2012 she received the Queen's diamond jubilee medal. Elaine continues to make regular trips to visit artists in the South Pacific..




Darren PottieDarren Pottie, Associate Curator

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Darren fell in love with the arts at an early age and hasn’t looked back since. (Much to the chagrin of his loving parents) After earning an Art History and Critical Studies degree from NSCAD University he continued his post-graduate studies in Museum Management and Curatorship from Fleming College.

Ever since his studies Darren has actively worked and volunteered in the arts and culture sector always striving to strengthen our appreciation for art. Bringing a creative and passionate energy to the gallery, you can find Darren working with the Alcheringa team to design the latest exhibition or helping clients find exactly what they’re looking for. He continues to try and make your experience with Alcheringa as informative and helpful as possible and would love to help you with any questions you might have.