The Kube Studios in Gibsons opened its doors Nov. 15, 2016 and has been a hub of creative activity ever since. Christa Joe, owner and operator of the gallery and studios, has been overwhelmed by the response she’s received from both community members and artists. “I’ve had so many people say ‘we needed this,’” says Joe. There are currently six artists renting studio space in the gallery, and on any given day, people who come in to browse the gallery just might find an artist creating. “They can meet the artist and talk to them about their work,” says Joe. “It’s very unique that way.”
In-house studio artists pay rents beginning at $150 per month which also includes utilities, insurance and day to day supplies such as coffee and toilet paper. For some, it’s meant finally having a proper working studio. One artist had been using her cold garage, another her kitchen, forcing her to set up and tear down her studio space every time she made a meal. “It’s really hard to stay inspired when you’re working in an environment like that,” says Joe. “You’re really restricting yourself to a small window of time. Creativity doesn’t work that way.” In addition, annual memberships cost $129 which gets artists their bio on The Kube website, their work displayed in the gallery, and access to the exhibition space at the front of the gallery. There are currently 22 active members, with at least that many on a waitlist.
On Mondays, The Kube offers workshops for adults in the mornings, private lessons in the afternoons, and after school classes for kids. The exhibition space also highlights a new artist on the first Friday every month from 6-9pm. March 3 features works by Melanie Fogell. “The first Friday event has been such a huge success,” says Joe. “Come listen to music, have a glass wine, look at beautiful art. There wasn’t that spot that you could just pop in, have a visit, be social, then breeze out. We’re hitting a lot of things that were missing in our community.” Joe has had to put her own painting career on temporary hold as she establishes The Kube as an interactive, welcoming space. “I consider myself an arts incubator,” says Joe. “I’m not looking for individual success. I want us all to succeed.” Future plans include setting up an online gallery to facilitate web sales. “We want to be around for a long time,” says Joe. “We want to become a name everyone knows.” More information at: thekubestudios.com