Metchosin Arts News
MACCA Tenants and Community Support
Gail Nash and Anne Richmond, May 10, 2017
Metchosin Soap Works was started by Debbie Cooper as a home business, which quickly outgrew her kitchen. Debbie was delighted to be able to expand into a much larger space in the old schoolhouse. In it she prepares lusciously scented products using local plant materials and natural clays. The soaps are distributed to retail outlets all over Vancouver Island and as far away as Ontario. Classes in soap making are held regularly.
Schoolhouse Studio is operated out of the same huge room as the soap works. Blair Taylor specializes in sculpture and photography.
Touchstone Studio is the creative space for stone sculptor Lesley Graham. Lesley works with chisel and hammer or stone carving knives, finishing her lovingly made pieces with fine sandpaper and wax or oil to bring out the hidden beauty of the stone. She says the idea for each piece comes to her from what she sees in the stone: animals, faces, abstract representations.
Canvasback Studio is where Christina Morrisette fashions sturdy, functional items from canvas and leather: belts, bicycle bags, custom items such as seat covers, and even a leather quiver to hold a string bass bow!
Next to Canvasback is Shiloh Music Studio. Joshua Mansfield teaches guitar in various styles. He also offers guitar repair and sound consultation for recording and performances.
Glow Art Studio and Gallery fits well into the old school library. Linda Simrose and friends offer an eclectic assembly of mixed media arts such as paintings, art cards, fiber arts, metalwork, stained glass and jewellery. Glow is not just a gallery but is also a supportive network and social gathering place for many local artists, especially on Sunday around noon.
The West Shore Arts Council has been the anchor tenant since the inception of the Metchosin Arts & Cultural Centre. From its office the Council serves the municipalities of Langford, Colwood, Metchosin, View Royal and Highlands, offering opportunities for residents and visitors to experience many forms of art, culture and heritage. Concerts, art shows, family participation festivals and a speaker series are examples of the offerings by this hard-working group of volunteers.
The MACCA is proud to have SIRC (Seniors’ Information and Resource Centre) as one of its tenants. SIRC represents the epitome of Metchosin culture as a grass-roots-initiated, district-sponsored seniors’ association that offers resources, advocacy, a meeting space, a technology learning lab, and friendly ears for a chat.
Financial commitments and donations to the community are part of Metchosin Arts & Cultural Centre Association’s mandate. MACCA sponsorships, grants and community event support include:
- Metchosin Arts Festival (arts event at the Community House: space for artists to show and sell, musicians, etc.) 2014
- Musicians and the photography show (including curating, judging and prizes) at Metchosin Day. 2014-2017
- Authors' Evening (panel presentation and discussion at the Glow Gallery). 2015-2016
- SIRC Parisian Café (a fund raiser for Seniors Information Resource Centre). 2015-2017
- Grant to the Free Range Singers. 2015
- ‘Farewell to Mary Gidney’ event, January 2016.
- Grants to Sarah Leckie (potter, for kiln studies), Rough Voice Community singalong (for computer), Natasha Lefevre (musician, for CD production). 2016
- Community meeting on the future of the school property. October 2016.
- Metchosin Remembrance Day activities. 2016
- Grant to Larry Moss for a Metchosin community website and directory development. 2016
New events upcoming or in development for 2017:
- Aboriginal Day activities at Beecher Bay First Nations District of Metchosin Reconciliation Ceremony (providing salmon for the event).
- Metchosin Day stage events.
- Sheep Dog Trials (repatriation of the Sheep Dog trials to Metchosin).