On Site Art is an artmaking program for adults with no fee or registration. The drop in sessions started in 2014 in a variety of public spaces in Port Alberni, Parksville and Nanaimo. In 2016, On Site Art moved to the North Nanaimo Branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library.

In 2017,  a new group started up all year round at the Harbourfront Branch of the VIRL.  The original group meets in Study Room #2 in the NN Library between Jan.- April each year. The two groups exhibit their artwork in the gallery at the North Nanaimo Library in April. 


The program is open to anyone interested in painting in public spaces and open to the possibility of conversation with the public, while they work. Artists bring their own artmaking projects and materials. The host of the original group is Diane Rae.  While this is not a class, it is a group that shares art info and interested n experimenting with new concepts and styles.  There is no competition with other local art groups because some of the participants belong to a number of arts organizations.