The gallery prides itself in providing public programming and workshops for the community. Fundraisers like our Annual Art Auction, Kitchen Stove Film Series, the Eye of the Beholder, and goverment grants all contribute to help us provide these excellent resources for you, our community.
New ideas for workshops and programs are always brewing and we hope to have more regular workshops for you to participate in. Click on the drop down menu for more information on our public programming.
Our Creative Kids Art program is run for 8 weeks during the summer months. We are able to hire at least 2 energetic camp leaders through goverment grants. Our camps try to combine the love of creation and fun with a dose of art history. Kids learn basic art mediums and cover an array of different projects. Each week is themed and some range from more "crafty" projects to more painting and drawing. It is a popular summer camp and our location is fantastic of outdoor fun and field trips to nearby locations.
Young@Art is run by our Art Preprator and professional artist, Glenn Clark. It runs during the school year on Thursday afternoons. It is a free, drop-in program geared towards teenagers. The focus is painting in acrylics therefore it is aimed at older children than our summer camps. Kids focus on colour identifcation and painting techniques and use photos for references whether it's something of interest to them or an example we have here at the gallery. Thursday afternoons 3:15-4:45 p.m. Pre-Registration is required. More info on Young@Art page.
First Fridays is held, you guessed it, on the First Friday of the month. (Running usually September-April) It is a gathering of community at the gallery. The exhibitions are all open, along with our gift gallery, but more importantly, we have an open mic in the Tea Room along with all of our art supplies. Musicians can jam out together, while spectators can draw and craft or just listen and enjoy a cup of tea and a cookie. It's a laid back, relaxed atmosphere and everyone is welcome to this free event. Doors open 7:30 p.m.
Topics and Tea is held on the last Wednesday of every month (except summer months) or unless otherwise posted. We have a guest speaker either to do with the current exhibition or completely unrelated, however it is usually to do with the arts. Tea is served in the Tea Room, along with baked goods complimentary of the Bench Artisan Market. Talks usually last about an hour. All are welcome to this event, beginning at 2:00 p.m.