2021 Fall Program

Note to Participants:  With the instability of Covid 19 and Variants in mind, our community programming will remain modified.  Class sizes will be reduced for our fall term - space will be limited.  Individual work spaces will continue to be distanced with minimal sharing of materials.  In response to new Provincial Health Measures, effective September 17, 2021 masks are required inside our facilities and effective October 1, 2021 proof of vaccination will be required for participation in all of our classes and workshops. Our continued measured approach to the use of our facilities is guided by our ongoing concern for the comfort, safety and well-being of our community.  

We encourage everyone to get vaccinated - let's take care of eachother.

*Covid 19 protocols may be revised prior to workshop commencement.  Any change to protocols will be updated on this page.

ZUMBA® with WENDY R.  - Fall Classes Suspended at the Refinery.  See Wendy's online classes: Zumba Online

GELLI PRINT TAG BOOK with HEIDI GUENTHER - Maximum 6 participants  - Cancelled


Join Heidi Guenther for a delightful Saturday afternoon spent creating gelli press prints on tags.  Gelli plate printing is a wonderfully addictive activity - in the best of ways - and is truly something that everyone can do.  Heidi will demonstrate step by step how to create desired 'results' on tags.  You will have opportunity to play and experiment on your own as well.  Learn various techniques using transfers, die cut shapes, stencils, string and stamps on your prints to create interesting layers.  Once printed, you'll easily bind your tags into a book.  You're sure to find a fun use for this wonderully unique and colorful little book.  It can serve as a reminder of what you can create on a gelli plate at home.

Saturday, September 11
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Class Fee:  $50 - including materials

Gelli Print Tag Book will be held  in the lower level of The Refinery

AFFIRMATION ANGELS with CATHY REID  - Maximum 7 participants - Cancelled - to be repeated in the new year


Join Cathy Reid to create your own decorative wooden angel.  Using a variety of art materials including paint, collage, tissue paper, 3D elements, wire and beads, you will create an angel of inspiration that speaks to your soul.  No art experience necessary, just a desire to have fun and enjoy an uplifting evening.

Tuesday, September 21
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Workshop Fee:  $40 - including materials

Affirmation Angels will be held  in the lower level of The Refinery

THE FIBRE OF BEING with Fibre  Artist CINDY HOPPE Maximum 12 participants - Cancelled - to be repeated in the new year


Join fibre artist, Cindy Hoppe, to collage using fabric.  Cindy will bring a selection of her work and will talk about her journey and her creative process.  She will encourage you to play with the materials at hand and develop an idea or two that inspires you out of your own experience.  Sewing machines will not be used during this workshop and no particular skills are required other than cutting, gluing, dreaming and suspending judgement.  All are welcome!

Saturday, October 2
10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Class Fee:  $50 - including materials.  You are welcome to bring fabric or fibres to use on your project or to share with the group.  45 minutes will be designated for lunch - participants will be responsible for their own lunch and beverages. 

The Fibre of Being will be held  in the lower level hall of Emmanuel Anglican Church

THE WAY I SEE IT with RACHEL BROUSSARD - Youth Art Workshop For ages 13 and up  Maximum 8 participants - Cancelled - to be repeated in the new year

Join Rachel Broussard and share your voice using paint and collage.  Life is an ever changing script, engaging and challenging us to better understand important social issues that force us to question "What do I really think?", "Where do I stand?" and "What matters to me right now?"  Using kaleidoscope imagery, create a vibrant circle of color and words that tell the world exactly the way you see it!

Tuesday, September 28
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Class Fee:  $40 - including materials

The Way I See It will be held  in the lower level of The Refinery

BEGINNER WATERCOLOR with SUSAN HUNTLEY - Maximum 7 participants - This session is full.

Susan Huntley will lead this class designed for those who have little or no experience in watercolor.  This class will focus on getting comfortable with watercolor painting techniques and enjoying the process of mixing colors to create your own palette.  The basics of materials, tools, techniques, color, and "seeing" your subject will be explored.  The class is meant to be fun, inspirational and will focus on how to relax and enjoy the process of painting.

6 Wednesdays - September 29 - November 3
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Class Fee:  $110 - materials not included.  Participants will receive a short material list at time of registration.

Beginner Watercolor will be held  in the lower level of The Refinery

BLUENOTES with HEIDI GUENTHER - Maximum 7 participants Cancelled
In this mixed media workshop you'll use a unique floral clip to gather inspirational journaling pages made in class.  Working with Clairfontaine papers of varying color, gorgeous foil stickers, ephemera, typewritten quotes, stencils, modeling paste, acrylic paint, markers and more you will create art journaling pages with a 'blue' theme.  The stacked pages are meant to inspire and encourage you.  You can follow Heidi's examples or follow your own creative whims.

Tuesday, October 5
7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Class Fee:  $50 - including materials 

Bluenotes will be held  in the lower level of The Refinery

WORDS TO LIVE BY with RACHEL BROUSSARD - Youth Art Workshop For ages 14 and up Maximum 8 participants - Cancelled - to be repeated in the new year

In this art workshop, Rachel Broussard invites you to bring your voice and your ideas, speak for social justice and inspire strength using positive self-talk.  You will create an art canvas using paint and collaged images, words and phrases from magazines to express your voice on the canvas.  Whether you create something image-based or entirely abstract, your art will reflect your personal 'words to live by' - shout them out!

Tuesday, October 19
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Class Fee:  $40 - including materials 

Words To Live By will be held  in the lower level of The Refinery

JOY IN COLOR - JOURNAL with HEIDI GUENTHER - Maximum 7 participants - Cancelled

Let Heidi Guenther take you on a colorful journey to create a vibrant mixed media jouranl.  Using a variety of materials from Vick Boutin's Color Study line of products (paper, embellisments, and stencils), you will personalize your own journal.  You will get your hands messy adding interest and texture to your journal cover.  During the workshop you will assemble and bind your journal, decorate the cover with paper and paint, and time permitting - decorate a few journal pages as well.  This workshop is desinged to spark joy...in color!

Tuesday, October 26
7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Class Fee:  $50 - including materials 

Joy in Color will be held  in the lower level of The Refinery

FALL WRITING SERIES - with SANDY BONNY - Maximum 7 participants in each session - Cancelled

Sandy Bonny will lead a series of wrting workshops this fall.  Each workshop will have a collaborative, and an independent writing element, and will include a take home prompt to continue developing writing projects.  These workshops work well as a group series but if you aren't able to participate in all three sessions feel free to select one or two topics that interest you.

November 2 - Session #1 - Spark to Story:  Explore means and methods writers can employ to draw story to life from the sparks of memory, idea, or kinetic turn of phrase.  This session will include a combination of collaborative storying activities and reflective independent writing; suited to writers of all levels, no preparatory work is required.

November 9 - Session #2 - Voice and Echo:  Who's telling your stories, who's reading your poems?  Join this session to explore and experiment with the perspectives and personalities that emerge from narrative voice and it's echo in the ears of a reader.  This session will include a combination of collaborative storying activities and reflective independent writing; suited to writers of all levels, no preparatory work is required.

November 16 - Session #3 - Writing in situ:  Stories have to happen somewhere, and ideally they happen in a place that brings depth and richness to plot and pacing.  How does the architecture of setting and place affect the ways that readers connect with your stories and poems?  This session will include a combination of collaborative storying activities and reflective independent writing; suited to writers of all levels, no preparatory work is required.

Workshops led by Sandy Bonny, author of The Sometimes Lake (short stories) and Yes, and Back Again (novel)  www.sbonny.com

Notes to participants:

- Writers who prefer to work on a laptop should bring their own device, paper and pens will be provided for all who choose to work longhand.

- These sessions are planned for in-person delivery, following current Covid-19 Safety Protocol.  In the event of changing restrictions on small group gatherings, registrants will have the option to withdraw, or join an online workshop session at the same date and time.

3 Tuesdays - November 2 - November 16
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Class Fee Structure:  3 sessions for $75... 2 sessions for $90...1 session for $50 

Fall Writing Series will be held  in the lower level of The Refinery

GETTING TO KNOW ME with DIANNE SHANNON - Maximum 7 participants - 1 space left

Existential questions such as "Who am I?" or "What do I want?" can stop us in our tracks, which isn't helpful for increasing persoanl understanding or initiating change.  This three-hour workshop uses creativity to bypass emotional roadblocks by combining creative prompts from Tyler Knott Gregson's wonderful book Miracle in the Mundane witht he guided facilitation of an art therapist, Dianne Shannon.  Participants will take home a copy of Miracle in the Mundane to allow the journey of 'getting to know me' to continue.  No art experience is required, but comfort using art materials is helpful.  Scribblers and doodlers are welcome!

Dianne Shannon is a registered Art Therapist with a private practice and is an artist.  https://dianneshannonarttherapy.ca

Tuesday, November 23
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Class Fee:  $45 - including materials and a copy of Tyler Knott Gregson's book Miracle in the Mundane 

Getting to Know Me will be held  in the lower level of The Refinery

MIXED MEDIA CANVAS with HEIDI GUENTHER Maximum 7 participants - Cancelled

In this mixed media workshop, Heidi Guenther will lead you step by step to create your own positive affirmation on canvas.  Learn about various mixed media materials and techniques and have a great time trying them out!  You can use Heidi's sample as a guide or let your own creativity inspire you.

Tuesday, November 30
7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Class Fee:  $50 - including materials 

Mixed Media Canvas will be held  in the lower level of The Refinery

INTUITIVE HAND WEAVING with JANICE - Maximum 6 participants - 1 space left


Intuitive hand weaving is a contemplative process that speaks to your creative soul.

This won't be a workshop of instructions, per se, but more a time to experience the blending of wonderful textures and colors to create a beautiful and unique weave.  There will be a good variety of materials to choose from, allowing you to select fibres that speak to you.

If you have fabric or fibres that you would like to use in your project, please bring them with you.  It can be helpful to look through magazines to find images that you love, colors and textures found in images can help form your weave, or you can choose to weave freely and intuitively and enjoy a surprising and unexpected result.

Monday, December 6
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Class Fee:  $30 - including materials 

Intuitive Hand Weaving will be held  in the lower level of The Refinery

Heidi will share tips and tricks on how to create Bible Art Journaling pages.  Step by step, she will show you how to start with your own idea, what tools/art supplies will give you the look that you want, how to use traceables, how to shadow letters, color the page with special blending techniques and add decorative elements that will beautify your page and make your artwork stand out.  You can choose to create your own page or to copy Heidi's artwork with the traceable options provided in class.

Everything you need for this class will be provided except for Bibles.  Please bring your own Bible if you wish to work directly in your Bible.  Working on paper is a great option as well.  Paper will be provided and instructions will be given on how to attach your project into your Bible at home, should you wish to do so.

Tuesday, December 14
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Class Fee:  $30 - including materials - The Refinery will gift each participant a copy of FAITH Journaling for the Inspired Artist, but Stephanie Ackerman

Creating Bible Art Journaling Layouts will be held  in the lower level of The Refinery