Making art accessible

ArtVenture Sun Peaks creates monthly programming

Williston held her first ArtVenture event May 9. Photo SPIN

A new art initiative in the community is making art more accessible. Known as ArtVenture Sun Peaks it offers monthly workshops and hosted the first Craft and Coffee night at Vertical Café on May 9. The new-to-Sun-Peaks organization formed last year in Calgary, Alta. when Kayleen Williston was working as a nanny and saw an opportunity to create a kids club.

“I was also teaching paint night and could see that the adults were getting bored of just doing paintings then I started incorporating adult classes into ArtVenture as well,” said Williston.

Eight months ago she moved to Sun Peaks and quickly realized that there were tons of art workshops in Kamloops, but they weren’t accessible for people living in Sun Peaks without a vehicle.

“I notice there’s big, expensive ticketed events up here and those are great. I thought a more friendly priced ranged program up here would do well,” she said.

Her new venture will bring monthly programming for youth, adults and even a parents and tots class as well.

A garden created at the first event. Photo SPIN

“I’m also trying to do a lot of art projects that incorporate recycled or reused products. So all the teacups for our first event, those have been either a garage sale or thrifted or Value Village so we’re reusing them rather than buying brand new ones.”

Along with her art workshops, Williston is offering birthday parties and private parties. Because everyone has different skill levels her events cater to everyone.

“They’re geared towards everyone. Everything will be step-by-step with the option to, as I like to say, freestyle,” said Williston.

“I hope that the people that come to the first couple events enjoy the atmosphere and the activity and so they come (back). I hope there’s enough variety in each event that I offer each month that it’ll appeal to new people, that maybe wouldn’t go out to teacups gardens but they’ll come and do macrame.”

ArtVenture will hold adult workshops on the second Tuesday of each month and youth nights on the fourth Thursday. For more information and details about the upcoming workshops visit ArtVenture Sun Peaks on Facebook.