What is it?
The West Island Art Hive (WIAH) is a community art studio that offers to the public an opportunity to create, connect and collaborate. It is a non-profit program that provides space and art supplies for people of all ages to come together and express themselves in various forms of art. It is based on the Art-Hive started in Montreal by Concordia Professor Janis Timm Bottos, and you can read more about it in the link below. It is NOT an art-course and no instruction will be offered. It is instead an opportunity for children, teens, parents, grandparents, individuals and groups to spend the afternoon creating together, letting their imagination run free, in a welcoming environment that fosters community among artists of all ages and skill levels. There is NO fee associated with this activity, but people are welcome to donate, whether it’s unused art supply or any financial contributions (that will go towards buying necessary art supplies).
When is it?
Saturday afternoons 1-4pm, Fall term: Oct-Dec, Winter-Spring: Jan-May
Where is it?
In the fellowship hall, at Lakeside Heights Baptist Church. For directions and map, see map below.
Who is leading it?
This is program run by Lakeside Heights Baptist Church, under the leadership of Nancy Norena. As an art educator, Nancy loves to see people create and express themselves through art, and though she will not be giving lessons, she will welcome and help facilitate people to let their wild artiste side shine through!
Do I need to bring art supplies?
Nope, art supplies are provided! We have lots of brushes, paints, crayons, paper, beads, glue…etc. However, if you happen to have art supplies lying lonely and dormant and would like to find a new home for it, we will gladly help.
How much does it cost?
This is a free event. Yes, that’s right, no cost. We’ll even put on some coffee and tea, so come create, converse, laugh and enjoy.
Are there any rules?
Here are our “peace and creativity” policies:
Just like you, we want children to be safe! So we ask that all children be accompanied by an adult who will supervise, as no child-care or supervision is offered.
We want you to be treated well! So let’s help each other by being considerate and respectful of others.
We want to supply you with ample art supplies, so please use resources wisely; being wasteful is so passé, and it takes away from others.
We want to be all-age friendly, so please use language and make art content that is appropriate for others of all ages. If you’re not sure, just ask the program coordinator. You know what they say about assuming. (Wait, is that inappropriate?)
Bummer disclaimer: If any participant does not adhere to a respectful and considerate attitude and language, it’s a bummer, but they will be asked to leave.
Lastly, we want to provide a clean working environment for all, so please clean up the space and supplies that you use, so that others can have a clean table, brushes…etc. (If you were hoping our staff would clean up after you, sorry to disappoint you…)
Photo policy: We bet you love to see art and people enjoying the fun and messy process of making it. So we will be taking photos of artwork and the people behind those creations during the Art Hive. The pictures will be used for the website and Facebook updates and postings, and people are welcome to request a free digital copy for their own memories. IF you are NOT comfortable with this, please let us know, and we will respect your request, but we think most will be happy to have pictures of their artwork taken and displayed for the world to see!
We think these are reasonable policies so we can foster a fun, welcoming and creative space to create art together.
How can I get in touch?
Contact us via email:
Also learn more about the international art hive movement at:
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