For people using art therapeutically

Our drop-in studio is open to everyone: professionals, students, and beginners. The atmosphere is especially sensitive to people who are using art therapeutically. We do not provide personal or group therapy. Participants are primarily self-directed with their art, though the studio is professionally facilitated, and rich with learning opportunities.

Each studio day sees 7 to 15 people and over the course of a year approximately 50 individuals will use the studio. We have the capacity to add more.

We invite anyone interested in pursuing a happier state of mind to join us. Bring your art or just your self, and enjoy a few hours of creating art together.

Studio fees:

Participant studio fees are on a sliding scale to ensure no one is turned away for financial reasons. The studio fees cover approximately 7-10% of the costs of the Open Studio program.

There is a fee of $10/month for regular use of the Open Studio, or a minimum of $2 per session for occasional drop-in.

Shortly there will be a dedicated button for Join or Renew payments. In the meantime you can drop in on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons to pay.


Hours of operation

Sundays: closed

Mondays: closed

Tuesdays: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Wednesdays: closed

Thursdays: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Fridays: closed

Saturdays: closed

Holidays: closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Years Day.

Please call to make an appointment for your orientation: 250-920-7227


In the Paul Phillips Hall of the Fernwood Community Association. See for a bio of Paul Phillips.

Bus Routes:

  • #22 Hillside
    Stops in front of the Fernwood Inn.
  • #22N Downtown
    Stops in front of the Belfry.

*Disability/Diversity accessible

Fernwood Community Association office where studio time is located nearby for Pandora Arts Collective Society operates


Art materials

Some supplies are available but most artists bring their own. There are easels, brushes, and pallets. We also have a small library of art books for use during studio times.

art supplies