23 Dec 2020

A Look Back at 2020

As 2020 draws to a close, we thought we’d look back and share with you what we’ve been up to during this strange and challenging year.

It started like any other year, with our Instructor Showcase offering a preview of our many classes and workshops, and the Beginnings show highlighting exciting new emerging artists. We had solo and group exhibitions bring us art inspired by our local rainforests and by tides and timber, and a pulse of romantic red in our members’ gallery for Valentines’ day. Our artisan gift shop offered a wide variety of locally handcrafted treasures, and many students came in to our classroom to express their creativity through a variety of media.

And then the pandemic happened, and we sadly had to close the doors on our Wale Rd art centre location.  We switched our annual Earth Day Children’s Art Show to an online exhibition, which you can still enjoy here.

Then, at our annual AGM (held outdoors and spread out 2m apart), the Coast Collective voted to officially adopt the name “Coast Collective Art Society” and to stay active.  We hope to someday open a new art centre, and in the meantime we will continue our mission to bring art to our community.

So this summer we participated in safe outdoor events including a pop up Plein Air Paint Day at Royal Beach on August 22, where 10 of our members set up to paint the surrounding landscapes. It was a beautiful day, and our members spoke with many wonderful and creative people as they worked – all from a safe distance!

This summer we were also invited to participate in the Royal Beach Summer Nights Market on Monday nights in August and September. We had a table along with other local vendors from the West Shore, where we welcomed 200-300 neighbours a night and shared our love of art with the community.

Our guests at these summer events were invited to enter a free draw for a gift basket of handcrafted art items donated by our member artists. Joan Knowles was our lucky winner! Joan and her friend Jill have been very dedicated Coast Collective fans and visited the gallery about twice a month before Covid closed our doors. She was thrilled to win the basket, and shared with her friend. Thank you for the support, Joan!

Now that 2020 is drawing to a close, the Coast Collective Art Society would like to wish all of our friends and supporters a safe and creative holiday season! We hope to have more exciting news to share with you soon. Here’s to a brighter 2021!

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