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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 its 53rd year, our group of more than 65 members,  has a  permanent home at the Saltair Community Centre and plans for more years of friendship, learning, creating and sharing our passion for the visual arts.  

Administration and Structure

Our group is run by a volunteer board of directors  who manage the operations and programming. We also rely on many volunteer members to make our group what it is - a community of supportive artists with lots to learn and lots to share!

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