About the Chemainus Art Group

 Painting Workshop with Artist Brian Buckrell

History of Chemainus Art Group

formerly the Chemainus Sketch Group

The Chemainus Sketch Group was started in 1969  by 12 artists in Chemainus and it has been meeting monthly  ever since.


From its beginning at the home of founding member Edith Harris, there have been many locations, demonstrations, workshops and shows held in various venues around Ladysmith, Lake Cowichan and Duncan. 

In 2017 we updated our name to the CHEMAINUS ART GROUP to  correctly reflect the diversity of our activities and members. True to our original vision, we still meet monthly,  hold demonstrations, workshops and enjoy the company of fellow artists.

Now in the 52nd year, our  Group of more than 65 members,  has a  permanent home at the Saltair Community Centre and plans for

a wonderful year of celebration, learning, creating and sharing our passion for the visual arts.  


Studio 16 is our art space, offering members a place to work, a place to meet others, a place to learn. Open weekdays 9-5.  

Meet Up

  • Every second and fourth Wednesday of each month

  • September - June 9:30am to 12 noon

  • Challenges, demonstrations and workalongs. There are no boring "meetings" here.

Art Space -Studio 16 

  • A space for members to meet and create                                

  • Open weekdays 9am -5pm

Brush Buddies

  • Members volunteer to help you get started with  supplies, technique or new media        

  • Tuesdays - pastel, Thursdays -  drawing 



  • Exciting learning opportunities

  • Beginner to advanced levels, all media. 

  • We seek professional teaching artists to advance our        techniques and make us aware of current trends.

 Board of Directors

  • Our board sets the direction and plans

  • The goal is to give members maximum time for             creating Art but we know the best way to get involved is to be part of the activities  

2019 Chemainus Art Group Board of Directors

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