October Newsletter, 2023

Home Show, Friday, October 6th

ArtPod’s member exhibit explores all things “Home.”
Gala Opening Saturday, October 7, 2- 4 pm

 The theme of home was suggested by late ArtPod founding member David Westelmajer, who died unexpectedly on June 20th, just as thoughts of this topic began to percolate. We will honour David and his work at a retrospective on November 11th.

Home is a concept we hold in our hearts, a place more felt than touched. Home is about much more than little boxes on the hillside, more than a cliché, a term usurped by big box stores tied in with consumerism.  

Homes come in all shapes and concepts.  It may be the part of the planet with which we most identify and feel comfortable.  It may be held by a community or persons alive or passed or found in traditions or objects that hold memories.  It may be a place we go to in our imagination, like in Alice in Wonderland or The Chronicles of Narnia.  It may be a view from space of our tiny blue planet and the narrow spectrum of climate that we live in and can call Home, or it may be a look at the borders that lawfully define where we are permitted to call Home.  Home may be deeply rooted and present, or an innovative concept, a dream of a place that is yet to exist, or an invented technological organism capable of providing the essential protection that Home offers.

Small Artworks Winter Show and Sale Call for Entry

Artists are invited to submit a minimum of three sample images of small artworks to our juried show, Small Artworks Winter Show & Sale. Work can be submitted fromSeptember 1st until the deadline, midnight November 3rd .We hope to have a diverse range of engaging, small artwork of all mediums available for visitors throughout the six-week show which runs from Friday, November 17th to Sunday December 24th . The gallery is open Friday to Sunday ,11am – 4pm. For more information visit our website:

 With several ceramic artists in the Collective, ArtPod will again be a stop on the Shore-to-Shore Studio Tour, this year on Saturday, October 21st. On that date, clay-based work will dominate the gallery space. The annual pottery studio tour this year features 15 ceramic artists at several locations throughout the Westshore area, Saturday, 10 am -4 pm, details at

Rural Sketching

Rural Sketching – weekly practice sessions, Wednesdays 2 pm – 4 pm. The first session starts Wednesday, October 11th. Meet in front of Metchosin Arts and Cultural Centre at 1.45 pm. Leave at 2 pm sharp. Those who want to meet at the site will be notified of the location Wednesday morning.

This is a get-together for anyone interested in weekly sketching sessions, from beginners to experienced sketchers. Rain or shine. Weather permitting, we will go to an outdoor location such as a park, forest, or beach, but if it is 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.  See
 sample page from her sketchbook.

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. The photograph shows the kit of ArtPod member Janet Moore and includes a

Monday Portraits

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

Congratulations to ArtPod Members

Janet Moore-received an honorable mention and a Peoples Choice Award, for her artwork “Coastal Blues” that was part of the Victoria Federation of Canadian Artists Show, “Expressions”

Angela Menzies-  received a Juror’s Choice Award at the Sooke Fine Art Show for her work ‘Birdman”

Phyllis Schwartz has a two-page spread in the PhotoEd Magazine digital supplement on pages 132 and 133.
Edward Peck-has three photos in the 2023  summer issue of  Sea and Cedar Magazine.Issues – Vancouver Island Regional Library (

Local Shows: The Sum of our Parts:

The work of three Vancouver Island Artists: Samantha Dickie, Laura Dutton and Roberta Pyx Sutherland will be showing at The Commons in Royal Bay from Sept 29th until Nov 4th The exhibition is open Fridays,2-6pm and Saturdays,12-6pm.