Join us at our weekly open studio for an opportunity to use a variety of art-making mediums and techniques like mending, stitching, painting, collage, found objects, 2d and 3d, weaving, and nature to explore what is immediate for you in the moment. 

Sign up for our weekly newsletter and you will receive an email each week as a reminder.

To receive a weekly email reminder and information about the weekly theme, sign up for this e-newsletter.  We won’t give away your email address and you can unsubscribe at any time (there will be an unsubscribe link in every email). Signing up for the newsletter doesn’t mean we expect you to come to the sessions, it’s just so you receive a reminder in case you do as well as info on the theme and in case of any schedule changes.

Mondays – 5:00 to 7:00 pm
June 6 – December 5, 2022 
January 16 – May 29, 2023
(except Stat Holidays)

Please make note of the following dates that there will be no Open Studio sessions:

March 20
April 3 and 10
May 8, 22

Last session before the summer break is May 29th.  There may be an occasional session during July, July and August, but I will let you know via this email list.  The current plan is to start up again regularly in September.

McMillan Arts Centre Studio, 133 Mcmillan street, Parksville

Making art together can support us to move through life’s challenges, helping us to grieve our losses, mitigate feelings of isolation and loneliness and reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety. 

Experience the benefits of creative expression in a supportive group environment. The sessions will be facilitated by an art therapist and art therapy practicum student. Both have a love for the therapeutic, meditative, healing, and self-expressive attributes of creating together.

We will have a variety of art supplies available to freely use and you are invited to bring some items of your own. Here are some ideas:

  • Projects for stitching like embroidery, knitting, crochet, sewing.
  • Stained clothes, damaged clothes, clothes that don’t fit but you can’t throw away because there is something special about them for mending.
  • Items from a loved one; pictures, pillowcases, their projects, clothes, blankets, curtains, quilts, embroidery, etc. to create something new with.
  • A piece of art that you haven’t had time to finish or don’t have the supplies you need on hand, we might have what you need.
  • A journal to write in
  • An old book to alter

No Charge – donations accepted but not required.

Everyone Welcome – no art experience required, children must be accompanied by an adult.

Supplies Provided – we have a variety of supplies available to freely use.