Art is not a thing; it is a way.
The Creative Collective
Nelson, British Columbia, Canada
Who we are (right now):
Hidden Creek is an Arts and Ecology centre owned and operated by Erica Konrad and Mike Bowick. It is located near Nelson, BC, a small Arts town in British Columbia, set amidst hikeable mountains, a clean refreshing lake and many wild creatures (both clean shaven and furry ones).
Deep in the throes of family life, kids, work commitments and more, I found myself craving alone time, to renew my creativity.
So I started dreaming about building an Artist Retreat…
- to explore artistic ideas
- that is removed from daily life
- where to-do lists are set aside
- to share with others & nurture creativity
...........in a healthy building that inspires.
It wasn’t the land we went looking for, it found us. Out canoeing one summer day, we came upon the place, and the idea that had been hidden deep inside came forth. It seemed like the perfect place to explore, build, and share with others.
The Vision for Hidden Creek was imagined.
Lucky for me, I married an artistic builder who likes to design and build strawbale eco homes as a creative outlet. Mike built a beautiful retreat space that is innovative, healthy and 'green.'
Our main focus is to nurture creativity and provide an inspirational space where artistic types can work in a peaceful, isolated setting, whether to paint, write, dance, or explore other creative skills.
Our objectives for Hidden Creek:
An Artist Residency that provides space and time to support artists to inspire new work.
A Centre for Art Instructors to share their skills through day, weekend or week long workshops,
A Gathering space for groups to brainstorm, plan and share ideas