January Newsletter, 2024

Gallery and Member Refresh
 ArtPod will be closed until Friday, 
February 2nd.

February 2nd will be the first day of the “Look of Love” show, with the gala opening on Saturday, February 3rd, from 2 pm to 4 pm. Please join us for snacks and artist talks.

ArtPod Members show, done by Tony Ko

Tony Ko operates the Metchosin Country Store, next door to Metchosin ArtPod. Tony and his wife Adrianna, who recently died, took over the store in 2004 after immigrating from South Korea.
Over the last year he has begun to make videos of events and places in Metchosin and Sc’ianew First Nation and post them on his newly-established channel So far, he has posted eight videos, and each one has a very dear and intimate flavour. It is easy to tell he puts his heart and soul into making each one.

Open Call for the Look of Love Deadline January 12th

To celebrate the start of our fifth anniversary year, ArtPod is planning a show celebrating and exploring the complexities of LOVE. Our feature artist and guest juror is Wilma Millette, a fantastic collage and mixed media artist from the Cowichan Valley. 

Please visit her media sites to see her work:

To fully explore our theme, we are working to employ multiple art forms by: asking participating artists to submit songs that best accompany their work for a gallery Look of Love 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.

Here are the dates:

  • Artist Open Call: ends Jan. 12th. Please access the link here or go to our website for more info:
  • Show Run: Feb. 2nd – April 7th, Fridays -Sundays 11:00-4:00
  • Show Opening Gala: Saturday Feb. 3rd from 2:00-4:00
  • Poetry of Love Workshop inspired by the artwork in the gallery Feb 10: with founder of Paper Street Improv Troupe, spoken word poet, improviser, and instructor Dave Morris. Writers of ALL experience levels are welcome!
  • Collage Artist Atelier Feb. 24th: with Phyllis Schwartz. Come and explore the theme of LOVE using mixed media materials and the poetry created at the previous workshop. 
  • Cafe du LOVE Coffee House: March (date TBA)

Art Materials Swap Meet

Kick off your projects this new year:

Metchosin Artpod invites you to our first annual Artists and Makers
Materials Swap Meet Fundraiser, on Saturday, Jan. 20th, from 9-4PM at
the Metchosin Arts and Cultural Association building: 4495 HappyValley Rd.

Why not clear out your studio, workshop or maker’s space and make some money at the same time? This fundraiser supports our programs and workshops available to the public throughout the year. Admission by donation. Come out and support a great cause and make sure you don’t miss out on a chance to scoop up some nearly-new, or gently used art, crafting and makers’ equipment, materials and supplies from fellow creatives. Who doesn’t love a bargain?! We are still accepting. For further information, please email Irene Ives.

Register on our website

Please bring nearly-new, or gently used art, crafting and makers’ equipment, materials and supplies to sell, swap or trade. No pre-made art or craft items please.  The rental fee is $30 per space. Vendors may pay for additional table space if available. REGISTRATION: Please see online link on our website:

Heads Up: Artist sign-up for an Art Nature Card: Insects will open soon!

Metchosin ArtPod is committed to fostering art opportunities and creating community. One of our more popular projects has become a bit of a tradition. In past years ArtPod has teamed up with local natural science groups like the Metchosin Foundation and/or Rocky Point Bird Observatory to create the pretty, educational, and popular Art Nature Card decks. In 2020  and 2021 we created two different sets of  Bird card decks featuring the artwork of local artists portraying 36 local birds in each deck. Ann Nightingale from RPBO and her team of bird enthusiasts provided the verso nature facts. In 2022 local artists created a set of 36 Mushroom cards. Local authors and mushroom experts Kem Luther and Andy MacKinnon created the verso science facts. These decks have been used by families, educators, school groups, art and nature lovers as gifts, games and treasures.

For 2024 we are gearing up to produce a set of INSECT cards! Naturalists from Metchosin Foundation are scurrying to assemble the list of likely insect characters for artists to choose from and we have some lead naturalists, possibly including some from the Victoria Natural History Society,  lined up to create the verso science facts side of individual cards. As in previous years, artists will be allowed to select ONE insect from the list we provide, create an artwork in a media of their choice, and submit an accurate high resolution digital representation of said insect to us in a timely fashion. (The original remains the property of the artist.) 

Artists must be comfortable with giving us the rights to reproduce their artwork onto the cards and in advertising the project. In addition, this year we are thinking of making twelve of the most successful images into either a calendar or possibly small card sets.

In return, artists’ names and their website or primary social media site will be printed on the front of their image, as advertising for them. Also, they get to be part of a fun community-building project, knowing all monies generated from this fundraiser goes back to community arts and nature programming. 

The timeline will be something along the following: 
January- Artists sign-up via the link provided on the Metchosin ArtPod website and start creating their work.
February- Draft Artworks are submitted by mid-Feb and checked for scientific accuracy
March- Final Artwork completed and final verification occurs
April- Merging of artwork and science facts onto cards
May- Printing and packaging
June- Art Nature Card Launch and Artist (and Naturalist) Appreciation Event

Stay tuned for the opening of the sign-up by watching our website, FaceBook and Instagram sites. 

To avoid frustration and disappointment:
1. Once we post that sign-up is open, don’t dally! This event is always over-subscribed with artists.
2. Please don’t start creating an image before you have been confirmed as the artist for that insect.
3. Use the recommended websites to supply information on the features important for scientific accuracy. Learn about your insect! Have fun with the deep dive into the world of tiny details. 
4. Read through the image submission specifications carefully. Especially note that all images must be drawn in PORTRAIT orientation, not landscape. Also note SIZE.

Cheers and looking forward to another fun community art project with ALL YOU CREATIVE BEINGS, young and old, at any stage of your artistic journey!

A Preview fo 2024

ArtPod is celebrating its 5th anniversary in 2024, and to celebrate this, we are putting together our best-ever year of shows, events and celebrations! Here is a sneak peek at what we plan to offer:

1) Art Exhibitions:

We are expanding to 6 open call, professionally juried art exhibitions, and enhancing them to include an audio-visual component to the gallery show experience. The exhibition schedule, themes and working titles include:

  • Feb-Mar: The Look of Love: Art as a Love Language
  • April-May: The Wonder of Water: Exploring Our Place in the Hydrosphere 
  • June-July: Self (Portraits and other explorations)
  • Aug-Sept: Patina-Layers
  • Oct-Nov: Sleepless: What Keeps Me Up At Night
  • Nov-Dec: The Yearly Winter Show

2) Community Arts Engagement Opportunities:

We plan to co-create music playlists with participating artists to accompany the 6 art exhibitions, to play in the gallery during show hours, and to post for streaming online. In addition, we want to start creating podcasts and video highlights of workshops, events and artist interviews to make them available for streaming on our website and on our new YouTube channel.  

We hope to offer three community arts special events that are performance based, and showcase multiple art forms from numerous community artists (spoken word, music performances, public-participation art activities and musician-led audience participation). Plans to-date include:

  • The Cafe du Love coffee house evening to accompany our Look of Love gallery show. Performances will include spoken word/poetry readings from the show’s theme-related poetry workshop, singer/songwriter performances of songs related to the Love theme, and ending with the Metchosin Ukulele Group leading a love song singalong with the audience.
  • Metchosin ArtPod’s 5th Anniversary Birthday Bash -July: We will be inviting the community to the MACCA Building for an open-house style event with food and refreshments from local vendors, birthday cake, child and parent art activities and performances.
  • We hope to offer an October evening performance event to accompany the Sleepless Art Exhibition

3) Workshop and Professional Development Opportunities:

We intend to offer 6 art workshops to accompany our art exhibition themes, and differentiate the formats to include children and youth, beginning to accomplished artists, and art educators. To accompany our Look of Love show we have already planned two sessions:

  • Founder of Paper Street Improv Troupe, spoken word poet, improviser, and instructor Dave Morris will run a poetry-writing workshop inspired by the artwork in the gallery. The written pieces will be posted alongside the visual artwork in the gallery and website.
  • A Collage workshop for artists led by mixed-media professional artist Phyllis Schwartz incorporating poetry generated at the poetry workshop.

We hope this sneak peek at our plans will entice artists to submit work to our open calls, and to take part in our workshops, and to prompt our supporters and community members to keep an eye out for some awesome show openings and special events -Something for everyone!