February Newsletter 2024

First ArtPod Show of 2024: The Look of Love: Art as a Love Language.

To celebrate the start of our fifth anniversary year, ArtPod is celebrating and exploring the complexities of LOVE. Guest juror is Wilma Millette, a unique collage and mixed media artist from the Cowichan Valley. 

We have asked participating artists to submit songs to accompany their work and created a playlist; offering a poetry workshop for writers of all experience levels; a collage workshop incorporating the resulting poetry; and a Coffee House evening gathering with spoken word artists, and music performances, and audience singalong.

Wilma creates curiously inventive collages and assemblages featuring fine 19th and 20th-century antique papers, maps, and found objects. Combining them in unexpected narratives. Her work often explores social themes and incorporates humour and whimsy. From the quality of the paper to the penmanship and the decorative graphics. Everyday objects from the past, such as a skeleton key or an optical lens, are beautiful. She often layers her collages with gesso, ink, paint and wax to provide depth and tone.

Her Website. Her Instagram

Poetry Workshop

Poetry of Love Workshop was inspired by the artwork in the gallery on Feb 10: with the founder of Paper Street Improv Troupe, spoken word poet, improviser, and instructor Dave Morris. Writers of ALL experience levels are welcome! sign up hereTo see more details on the workshop, click here.

Collage Workshop

A collage workshop inspired by the Look of Love Show. Learn from artist, photographer, teacher and ArtPod member Phyllis Schwartz. Bring some of your favourite Images, magazines, or poems from the poetry workshop to create 4 different projects. Limited to 10 participants so register early and don’t miss the fun!!  sign up HereTo see more details on the workshop, click here.                                                          

Our Next Show: The Wonder of Water

Music Pairing with Art

You might also notice that our goal for 2024, is to enhance our visual art exhibits by asking our artists to suggest song pairings that inspired their work, or speak to it in some way. We create the playlists on YouTube and make them available to the public via a link on our website. If you are submitting your artwork, please also mull over some “watery” music that might accompany your piece!

Nature Card Update

The Metchosin ArtPod and Metchosin Foundation’s 2024 project: Art Nature Cards: INSECTS is underway with all artists and naturalists working away on their respective parts. The Call for Artists to this very popular public participation project  was filled in scant days! Expect to see some great all-new Insect Decks at the end May/ early June. 

Monday Portrait Group

Self Portraits done by Diana Farrell and AnonPhotos of a weekly model are sent out Sunday evening or Monday mornings to all portrait painters who have signed up. Create your own portrait in any medium and have fun! Please contact Diana to sign up, or for more details at, 250-888-9533 or   

Tuesday Life Drawing

This is an open invitation to artists of all experience to join us Tuesdays,10am-12pm, in the upstairs DIY studio at Metchosin Arts and Cultural Centre. Sessions are $10 payable in cash on the day you attend. Models are nude and the room holds 20 people (first come first served) and sorry, is not wheelchair friendly. For more information contact the coordinator, Janet Moore at        

Rural Sketching, Wednesdays 2 pm to 4 pm

Rural Sketching – weekly practice sessions, Wednesdays 2pm – 4pm.   Members will be notified of location Wednesday morning and we will meet at the site. 
This is a get-together for anyone, from beginners to experienced sketchers,  interested in weekly sketching sessions. Rain or shine. Weather permitting we will go to an outdoor location such as a park, forest, beach but if bad weather we will arrange an indoor location to sketch found objects or views from a window, or the inside environment. This is inspired by a recent Field Journaling workshop, given by botanist and artist Lyn Baldwin in Metchosin.
No instruction, but tips can be shared, if desired. Suggested basic supplies needed: sketchbook, felt-tip permanent ink (not water-soluble) pen, pencil, eraser, seat pad. If adding watercolour the sketchbook pages should be heavy enough to allowing wetting.
For more information contact Diana @

ArtPod Member Happenings

After two years of consultation and planning the Sangster Elementary School Equity committee
was pleased to unveil a new community mural at a whole school assembly earlier this month.
As part of the school’s efforts towards reconciliation, students and staff explored their sense of
place and shared what they felt makes their school location and community special. Along with
the values of Kindness, Respect and Safety, the overriding features were the Royal Roads
Forest which the school backs onto and the Beach at Esquimalt Lagoon just down the hill.
Khione Gardner, a member of ArtPod and an Educational Assistant at Sangster Elementary,
was asked to design and help facilitate the creation of the mural. This past spring each of the
250 students at the school painted a 4”x4” wooden tile. These tiles were then assembled, like a
quilt, to create a single image.
The 4’ x 9’ mural was installed prominently at the front doors of the school. At the unveiling the
students paraded past the mural and then gathered for a drumming circle outside with Elder
Henry Chipps and Brother Rick Peter.
Every students’ contribution was vital in the making of the whole image. It is a beautiful
example of what can be achieved when we all work together towards a common goal.
Eg. Pic. Left to right. Georgette Walker (Vice Principal) Khione Gardner ( ArtPod Member)
Camille McFarlane (Principal)
Check out ArtPod member, Edward Pecks January presentation ” Painting with Light” at:
ArtPod member Phyllis Schwartz had one of her Procion Dye Drawings (Rising) sell on opening night at the 2024 Visual AIDS Postcards from the Edge Exhibition at  Berry Campbell Gallery (NYC).