A new arts collective in town has just held its inaugural meeting.
The Kamloops Open Arts Society is the creation of two local artists looking to create an accessible space.
“Since moving here, we’ve noticed the Kamloops arts scene is a little bit small and a little bit exclusive, in that people don’t really have a place to go on a daily basis to make and chat about art,” said Lindsey Tyne Johnson.
Johnson, who works with film, printmaking, woodworking and other media, moved to Kamloops last fall and said the current spaces available in the city are niche uses only or have too much red tape.
Johnson and her friend Phil Coty, who she knew from another collective the two were a part of in Prince George, decided to put this group together and put out the call for a first meeting, which was last Saturday.
“It was a small group. We took that time to work on our art and talk about why we wanted to start the collective and potential things for the future,” she said.
Although the collective is in its infancy, the group’s next meeting will begin discussing potential spaces for the collective to rent out and provide space for other artists.
Johnson said all artists are welcome, visual, performance or otherwise, and said current members are filmmakers, photographers and painters.
“I think we’re probably going to meet again next month and discuss more ideas on how to get a space started and how to fundraise to market the idea a little bit,” she said.
Johnson encouraged young artists looking to meet new people and established artists looking for space where critiques flow freely to consider being a part of the collective, also welcoming others to contribute to the formation of the collective.
“It’s a collective, so I don’t feel like I’m the leader or anything. The more people who want to get on board with organizing things, the better,” she said.
The group is currently organizing on Facebook on its page Kamloops Open Arts Society.
A date for the next meeting has not been announced.