Art aficionados of any skill level can get creative and unleash their inner Picassos, Van Goghs or Kahlos at the newly opened West Island Art Hive.
Every Saturday, the Lakeside Heights Baptist Church invites people of all ages to create art. The program was started by Janis Timm-Bottos, an associate professor of art therapy at Concordia University, who opened the first location in St. Henri back in 2011. Since then, several other studios have popped up across North America. The idea behind the initiative is to provide a space where people can create something special without having to pay for supplies.
“We feel it’s important as it provides a venue for people to connect with one another through the common medium of art,” said the West Island co-ordinator and facilitator Nancy Norena. “The art hive offers a space that allows and encourages creativity for all ages, in a common space to share a common, joyful, experience.”
Participants can paint landscapes using watercolours and gouache, create sculptures using modeling clay or tackle portraiture with pencils or pastels. Knitting and needlework enthusiasts are welcome but must bring their own supplies.
The sessions take place Saturdays until the end of June from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and will start back up in September. The church is located at 275 Braebrook Ave. in Pointe-Claire.
For more information, visit lakesideheights.org/west-island-art-hive.