Artemis in the Cove – A new Art Centre

Contemporary exhibit at the Artemis Gallery.

There’s a new Art Centre  in Deep Cove, called Artemis in the Cove. It’s a beautiful store-front place with window surrounding on two sides, the interior beautifully and sparely fit-out to accommodate classes, meetings and art gallery.

Interior space by candlelight.  Great for an opening. Transforms to studio in a jiffy. See the sink at the back?

The owner, Shannon Browne, has designed the interior space, with a custom made stainless counter with two big sinks for washing up in it. It takes up the whole back wall. Drawers, a trash can cupboard and fridge are built in underneath the counter and a microwave oven is hidden away in the above counter cupboards for a clean, modern look.

The floors are washable vinyl that looks like weathered barn-board.  Had I not asked, I would have assumed it was real, it looks so good; but it makes sense to have a vinyl floor so that  art spills can easily be cleaned up. The walls are a restful white – great for exhibiting work; not distracting if an art activity is going on. There are two long tables for activity; and two modern shelving units in blond wood from IKEA that form a demonstration table.

Looking out to the front, you see the charming village of Deep Cove with its small boutique stores – lots of them are restaurants for the many summer visitors and there are galleries, artisan jewelers, spas and other shopping treat places to visit without any of the corporate chain stores.

Looking out to the side, there is a courtyard with a planter garden which, even in winter, is green and lovely with small rhododendrons and azaleas.

For a lazy day outing, it’s worth the hour long drive from Vancouver to North Vancouver – the Iron Workers (Second Narrows) bridge is the easiest route, going North, by taking the Dollarton Highway, the first off ramp, going east;  and following it to its end.

Take a look at the web site for more info and pictures  http://artemisinthecove.wordpress.com/about/ and sign up on their mailing list if you are interested in knowing what courses and events are coming up.

I took a very informative course in monotype printmaking a few months ago and discovered that Shannon was interested in having more classes. I proposed a beginners course in drawing and she accepted. I’ve now taught the two days of course and was really pleased with the results. The participants dug right into the activities with enthusiasm. The facilities are exactly what is needed – a calm, well-light space with lots of room to work in.

See the previous post for details on the Drawing course I gave. The results for all participants were spectacular. I was really pleased with each one.

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