Gathering of Artists | Monthly Series

Monthly Series

Gathering of Artists

“A Gathering of Artists” is a monthly professional development and peer support program for all levels of artists. Facilitated by varying instructors and artists, each month’s session will focus on a new topic. Our intention is to provide artists with an opportunity to gather in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere to learn and benefit from one another’s lived experiences and expertise.  Some workshops will be project based while others will focus on more of a sharing environment, with sessions being offered on the first Friday of each month.  Workshop costs for members will vary between $15 and $45 depending on the facilitator, type of workshop and materials.  A glass of wine (or other beverage) and light snacks will be included in the price.  Stay tuned to find out upcoming session topics.

If you are interested in facilitating a session or have ideas on what topics you would like to see offered, please contact Gale Woodhouse at

Upcoming Workshops:

June 5 (Fri) 6:00-9:00

Composition Art Lab | with Svetlana Shkuratova

Strong composition is vital to the success of a piece of art, whether it’s a drawing, painting, photograph, ceramic vessel or sculpture. A skillful and conscious application of composition is what helps the artist capture the viewer’s eye and hold their attention. A good composition can tell a story or convey a mood.  In this lab, we’ll cover in detail basic elements of design and how to organize them to create a pleasing visual whole. We will also look into how these elements can evoke certain emotions and reactions from your audience. As rules of composition are universal and can be applied to any form of visual art, there will be plenty of examples covering different forms of art including painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture, and fiber art.  During the second half of this lab we will discuss how we apply and use composition in our own art practice and share some tips and tricks from our own process.

Members $30 Non Members $45

Past Workshops:

Social Media for Artists | with Sheri Kunzli

As part of our “Gathering of Artists Series”, we’re bringing you a professional development opportunity to help you promote your art.  Artists often take on all the roles of a small business owner, including marketing and promotions, however, most artists prefer to focus on being the maker, not the marketer.  In this workshop, Sheri will offer some tips and tricks on how to navigate the worlds of Facebook and Instagram to boost your marketing strategy and increase your social reach without using costly ads.  This workshop will allow for some hands-on practice so participants are encouraged to bring along their smart phones, tablets and laptops.  There will be lots of time for troubleshooting, questions and answers, and opportunities for people to share their own experiences and expertise.  Since this is all about promotions, Sheri also suggests you bring along your business cards and use this opportunity to network with other artists.  Price includes your beverage of choice and some light snacks. |  Members $30 Non-Members $45

Peer Art Critique | with Gale Woodhouse

Come and join us for a casual evening of wine, light snacks, and a peer art critique.

Critique, in many ways, is crucial for artistic development.  In this session we encourage artists to bring in work for a group critique. Bring along a piece of artwork that you may be struggling with or that you would appreciate some feedback on. Or just come along and learn from the journey of other artists.

The group will provide positive feedback and support and be the second (or third) “set of eyes” on the work. Artists can ask for feedback on how the work can be improved, and in that process will develop an understanding of how the work is perceived by others. During the discussion, artists are encouraged to talk openly and freely about the origin and technical aspects of the work presented and about their personal views and aims.

Peer critique should be specific and constructive and support artistic growth.  It is important for us to experience critiques of our own work, but it’s also important to critique the work of others. When we critique the work of others, we not only offer helpful suggestions but we also learn to find things that can be applied to our own work. We see how other artists solve problems and may wish to adapt their solutions or methodologies to our own work.  This is a great learning opportunity  – no need to be intimidated, you are among friends. | Members $10 Non-Members $25

Tapping into Creativity | with Charley Hampton

Everyone has unrealized creative potential. Tapping into it can lead to new learning, effective stress management, and more meaning in life.  Join artist Charley Hampton in a discussion about how barriers to realizing creative potential arise and what a person can do to break through them. | Members $30  Non-Members $45


This event is running from 5 June 2020 until 6 November 2020. It is next occurring on June 5, 2020 6:00 pm