Closed for the SUMMER MONTHS.  We will reopen at the start of the school year 2017-2018. Watch for announcements in the local papers for next Art Hive opening.

What is an Art Hive?


The Art Hives Network connects small and regenerative community arts studios together in order to build solidarity across geographic distances. This effort seeks to strengthen and promote the benefits of these inclusive, welcoming spaces across Canada, and throughout the world. Also known as "public homeplaces," these third spaces, create multiple opportunities for dialogue, skill sharing, and art making between people of differing socio-economic backgrounds, ages, cultures and abilities.  

An Art Hive: 

welcomes everyone as an artist and believes art making is a human behavior. 
celebrates the strengths and creative capacities of individuals and communities. 
fosters self-directed experiences of creativity, learning, and skill sharing.  
encourages emerging grass roots leaders of all ages. 
provides free access as promoted by gift economy. 
shares resources including the abundant materials available for creative reuse. 
experiments with ideas through humble inquiry and arts-based research. 
exchanges knowledge about funding strategies and economic development. 
partners with colleges and universities to promote engaged scholarship. 
gardens wherever possible to renew, regenerate, and spread seeds of social change.

The model and practice of Art Hives have evolved through two decades of sustained practice research, continuous observation and adaptation, and experimentation with spaces and organizational structures led by Dr. Janis Timm-Bottos, who has developed and established six successful art hives in different locations across North America.

Monthly Open Studio at the Art HIVE at Deer Island Manor

On the first Saturday of each month from Noon - 4pm Deer Island Manor will host a free Open Studio. A variety of art supplies will be available at no cost and everyone is welcome to come and explore, experiment and create! Local artists will be available to give inspiration, encouragement and instruction. Some of the activities that will be happening during Open Studio will be:


Creative writing


Haiku Poetry

Giant Puppet Making (group effort)


Mindfulness and the Art of Doodling

Elfjes Poetry Writing

Each Open Studio session will strive to inspire creative expression and encourage open dialogue about the creative process. 

The Art HIVE at Deer Island Manor 2017

Deer Island Manor