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Gallery @ Cove Commons reopened on July 1, 2020  will be open Thursday to Monday 10 am - 5 pm ongoing. To ensure the safety of our visitors, we will follow public health and safety guidelines. The Gallery will limit visitor numbers to six at a time and encourage physical distancing. Hand sanitizer dispensers are intalled at the front entrance and plexiglass barriers are placed around the front desk.

  • All visitors must self-assess before visiting the Gallery. Please stay home if you are not feeling well.
  • Visitors are strongly encouraged to wear self-provided masks. Masks will be available by donation.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Dream of Community Centre soon to be realized

The Municipality of Bowen Island is thrilled to report that an application to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program’s Community, Culture and Recreation fund was a success! The grant from the federal/provincial governments will add $7.9 M to the capital budget of $14.4 M to build a much-anticipated Community Centre, to include a multi-purpose Performing Arts & Community Space.


These funds, along with Municipal reserves and fundraising to date, bring the amount raised for the project to $10.5 million. An additional $4 million is needed before construction can begin and as envisioned from the beginning, the municipality is seeking public support to borrow that $4,040,000.


The referendum is set for September 12, 2020.

We are urging islanders to Vote YES for this extraordinary initiative. 

Over 16,000 sq. ft has been designed to reflect both the unique and shared needs of the community. Approximately 75% of the facility is exclusively devoted to community use with the remaining 25% becoming the home of Bowen Island Municipality. The new Community Centre will provide dedicated space for arts, culture and recreation. Bowen is one of the few communities across Canada that lacks a dedicated public programming facility. Isn’t it time we built our new home?

The new amenity will become the heart of the community, a place where islanders can gather, share and participate in activities and events that build and celebrate a healthy and resilient community.


For more information about the project, including a list of FAQs, and up-to-date details regarding the referendum, please visit:


You are also invited to the online and outdoor open houses (see below).


Or contact us, at


Join us online and outdoors at our upcoming open house events.


Virtual Open House

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
6:00 pm
Join online via Zoom

Or watch live on our YouTube channel

Join the Community Centre project team for a Q&A session with our expert panellists. You’ll learn everything you need to know about the Community Centre.


Community Centre Re-Imagined!

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The Hearth Gallery

6 pm – 8 pm
Join the Hearth for an outdoor (weather permitting) summer evening reception, where you can learn about the Bowen Island Community Centre project, the upcoming referendum and celebrate achievements to date. Please note that a COVID safety plan will be in place. Please bring your mask - extras are available.

Outdoor info booth at BICS

Saturday, August 29, 2020
10 am - 12 pm
Bowen Island Community School grounds
(exact location to be announced)

Bring the kids and come on down to BICS to learn about the Community Centre at our outdoor info booth. We’ll have info boards, experts to answer your questions and fun activities for the kids! Safe physical distancing and hand sanitization will be required, and masks are encouraged.

Enjoy these virtual visits with Bowen Island's Artist In Our Midst:

Artists in our Midst: Susan Alexander reads her poem Canticle for Sea Lions of Howe Sound HERE

Artists in our Midst: Interview with Billi Behm and Earl Jenkins of the band Black Molly HERE

Canada Day Video celebrating Bowen Island's essential workers HERE

Artists in our Midst: Babette Deggan - A look inside the Potter's Studio: View the video: HERE

Artists in our Midst: Paul Deggan - Spirit of the Bowen Woods in the time of COVID-19.  Enjoy this short video: HERE
Paul Deggan Artist Talk: Zoom recording link HERE

Artists in our Midst: Tracy McLachlan - Panthera Big Cat Sanctuary Project. Enjoy this interview.
Part 1: HERE  Part 2: HERE

Jean Bradbury's Exhibition: Forests of the Coast - Paintings and Light Boxes. Enjoy this interview and Virtual Tour

Link to Interview HERE
Link to Virtual Tour HERE

Submit your arts and cultural events for the Weekly Update by clicking HERE


We recommend that you stay informed about the virus by consulting reliable sources such as:
May you, your family, and our community remain healthy.

Visit our Events Page to see Upcoming Programs and Events


Volunteer with us!

Visual Arts Committee of the Hearth

Members of our Visual Arts Committee (VAC) at the Gallery @ Cove Common are superstars. This mighty team, supporting our Curator, Emilie Kaplun, and working with other staff, just coordinated the highly successful annual Mini-Gala, raising $11,000 for the Gallery! Joining Greta Smith, (chair), Anne Boa, Carol McNaughton and Mary Lynn Machado are Mike Arthur, one of our esteemed Gallery Host Volunteers and Debbie Benson, also a beloved volunteer, who has accepted the role of Volunteer Coordinator for the Hearth. A standing ovation to this great group of folks.

We are now inviting new people to join this extraordinary group of volunteers!
The VAC plays an integral role in fostering the arts, artists and the appreciation of arts in our community on Bowen. We roll up our sleeves and take on an assortment of jobs to support the Curator and ensure the Gallery is run professionally and efficiently. The committee adjudicates an annual calendar of art exhibits; it assists with the physical work of mounting shows; members offer ideas and expertise as needed, and organize fundraising events to support the operations of the Gallery and non-profit organization. We have fun in a creative environment that contributes to the verve and livelihood of our island community. If you are interested in joining this active committee, and can commit approximately seven hours per month (including monthly meetings), we’d love to hear from you.  

Please contact Greta at for more information and to apply to join our team. 
Gallery Host Volunteers:
Do you have time and interest in helping the arts thrive on Bowen? The role of Gallery Host at the Gallery @ the Cove Commons includes: greeting visitors and helping to promote our exhibits; administering art sales; attending special events and celebrations. We are now recruiting new volunteers who are able to commit to a three or six hours shift, on a regular day at least once a month. To download a Gallery Host Volunteer application, click here. Please fill out, save it and return the form to Jacqueline Bell-Irving, Volunteer Coordinator.

Bowen Island Municipality adopts revised 10-Year Cultural Master Plan!

After two years of hard work and expansive community consultation, initiated and led by the Bowen Island Arts Council (BIAC), BIM Council has adopted the revised Cultural Master Plan as Bylaw #466. The plan’s approval continues to recognize the Arts Council as the lead organization for the implementation of arts and culture on Bowen.

It includes 16 Strategic Goals and 36 recommendations. The legal document is a roadmap that will help advance arts and culture on Bowen Island while creating a socially, economically, healthier and more liveable community.
Download a copy of the Cultural Master Plan here.

Join us at the Hearth!

There is a new era dawning for the Bowen Island Arts Council. A culmination of many things – the celebration of 30 years of service to the community, the adoption of a new Cultural Plan for our island, the opening of the Gallery @ Cove Commons – all of these accomplishments have transported the nonprofit to a new beginning. And with new beginnings comes new energy and a revitalized organization.

The arts council will remain true to its roots, while reaching out to the larger Bowen community by acknowledging: “We are all artists here.” Though the legal name will remain Bowen Island Arts Council, as the charity enters its 40th decade it will operate with a renewed sense of purpose and direction under a new name: “The Hearth – Arts on Bowen.” As it’s brand essence states: “The possibilities are endless.”

The Hearth gratefully acknowledges the support of the Bowen Island Municipality, the BC Arts Council and the Province of British Columbia. The Arts Council also thanks all its wonderful members and our community for its unwavering support of local arts and culture.

  For more to do on Bowen Island, please visit the Community Calendar on the Tourism Bowen Island website.

The Bowen Island Arts Council is a member of the Sea to Sky Arts Councils Alliance. Our partners include Lions Bay, Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton. Together we support artists and arts and cultural events within each of our communities and along the Sea to Sky Corridor.