Tenants at the MACC
Old School Gallery & Gifts
With the goal of creating a space for artists to gather and create, the Old School Gallery is managed by Connie Kaziechko. Connie is a long time stained glass artist who was one of the four original artists to open studios in the classroom now housing Metchosin Soapworks. Connie's focus is mosaic stones and sea glass windows and frames which are sold with at the gallery, Butchart Gardens and several gift shops from Alberta to Washington State.
The gallery is home to the works of 18 artists whose mediums include acrylic and oil painting, pottery, stained glass, metal, upcycled jewelry, mixed media, fibre and wood carving. The gallery is open Thursday through Sunday, 11-4 with drop-ins on Friday and Sunday when any artist is invited to bring their paints, sketchbook, sewing, etc. and join the group for informal instruction, criticism and encouragement. On Sundays, visitors are often invited to join the weekly potluck lunch around 1:00 PM and on Saturdays, they are likely to walk in on a workshop in progress. Monday morning a portrait drawing drop-in is led by two or more of our artists and is a great opportunity to learn from some very talented and experienced painter. There is drop in fee of $5 for anyone who decided to come on a regular or semi-regular basis for any of our drop-ins. Artists often spend most of their time creating alone in their studios and one of our most important objectives is to create a welcoming, non-judgemental space where artists, of every level, to can come to share ideas and be inspired.
Since opening in September, we have held several successful workshops including the making a botanical silk scarf, build a driftwood house and make an aromatherapy bracelet. For 2018, one of our goals is to continue to offer these workshops while adding additional classes in watercolour painting, resin jewelry, sea glass frames/windows. Our workshops are listed under Events and on our Facebook page; any questions can be sent to Connie through that page or by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.