Sooke Artist Shanna Hamilton (previously featured as a Feature Entrepreneur) has made the leap and is now opening a store-front studio in central Sooke. Kids Art Studio and Gallery will be opening on September 7 at her new location, 6596 Sooke Rd.
“It’s been a dream of mine, and only a dream until now, to open up an art studio and gallery,” reflects Shanna. She remembers starting small, and growing her classes slowly, one student at a time. “Starting with just one student when I arrived here two years ago, to teaching in the schools through my after school art programs, and now the door is open to the public—what an amazing feeling!”
Kids Art Studio will be open year round, to kids of all ages.
“Sooke has so many creative aspiring young artists, even adults who are interested and curious in learning the basics of drawing and painting,” notes Shanna.
Shanna will continue teaching her very popular after-school art programs at Journey Middle School as well as the three elementary schools, Poirier, John Muir and Sooke. Parents can still book birthday parties, which can now take place at the studio. The home option is also still available. Art camps will be exclusively held at the studio. The studio will also host Paint Nights, where Shanna hosts theme-inspired art parties.
[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]”There will be something for everyone,” she promises.
With this new expansion of her studio, Shanna has sights set on eventually create local jobs. “I plan to train and hire some artistic youth to take over these positions as well as create jobs in the future for my fellow Sooke Artists.”
She’s not in a rush though. The art studio will slowly and steadily adding new features.
“I plan to take my time with the design of the studio, there is no rush at this point,” says Shanna. “I intend to hold art shows in the gallery section of the studio. These shows will be themed and there will be a calling to all artists for submissions on my website and facebook page when that time comes.”
There is plenty of parking at the back of the building that can be accessed via Church Road.
Kids Art Studio and Gallery opens for business on Monday September 7.
- Feature Entrepreneur Shanna Hamilton
- Kids Art Studio, Sooke BC
- 6596 Sooke Rd, Sooke, BC V9Z 0A7
- 778-352-2500 studio 250-818-7654 cel