Old Schoolhouse
Old Schoolhouse




  • To provide suitable facilities and programs for the arts and cultural community in Metchosin.
  • To provide studio, workshop, display and exhibition space, in an environment conducive to the creation and display of artistic and cultural endeavours.
  • To provide educational opportunities through workshops, lectures and hands-on activities.


The society's bylaws are in PDF due to their length.


The Metchosin Arts & Cultural Centre is run by a volunteer Board of Directors. The MACCA could not exist without its volunteers; if you would like to get to know your fellow association members better, and have some fun in the process, please consider volunteering. If you have skills or experience that you think would be of benefit to this organization, we would be very pleased to hear from you. Please don't be shy!

Board of Directors

President - Art Brendon

Art Brendon

It is important to me that the arts are promoted in Metchosin and profiled as making a positive contribution to the culture and heritage of the community. The opportunity to play a role in this endeavor with MACCA is a unique privilege. Encouraging artists in all mediums, performers, and instructors in the arts to participate locally, and by providing studio spaces to foster creativity has been our aim since the inception of MACCA. As an artist and teacher I believe that I can address some of the issues that fellow artists face in sustaining their artistic aspirations, and offer a venue to express their talents, through my involvement on the board of MACCA.

Vice President - Chris van de Water

Chris van de Water

Serving as Vice President on the MACCA board has special meaning because I attended Metchosin Elementary School in this very building during the 1950s. As part of MACCA, I like to reach out to try and draw the "closet" artists of all genres into the light. I'm sure there are artists galore who, with a little nudging, would agree to display for everyone to enjoy.

Secretary - Gail Nash

Gail Nash

Gail was a director of the West Shore Arts Council, in many positions, for over 11 years. During that time she became the liaison person between the WSAC and MACCA, before being elected Secretary. As a long-time resident of Metchosin, Gail is happy to lend her organizing skills to the evolving organization, especially now that the citizens of Metchosin own the school property. Gail also spends time playing oboe and English Horn with the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Victoria, and the Westshore Community Concert Band.

Treasurer - Anne Richmond

Anne Richmond

Anne Richmond is treasurer of MACCA. Her arts endeavours in Metchosin include singing, knitting and basket making. She says "I love working with MACCA as a very concrete and practical way to support the arts and those who practice them."

Liaison Director - Betty Hildreth

Betty Hildreth

As a member on the Board of Directors for the Metchosin Arts and Cultural Centre, I am happy to offer my time and efforts for the good of the local Arts Community. I am very proud of the community vision that has made this centre a public space and I want to help make it a useful, practical and local hub for the Arts and Culture, showing off our unique vibe as a part of the Island. I feel I can offer experience in networking, planning and coordinating of yet another Metchosin non-profit association. Over the past 18 years I have met and worked with a wide variety of fellow volunteers and District officials and residents. An approach of cooperation and consensus has served our community well, this will continue to be my approach in efforts to keep the Arts Centre as a space for public use.

Director - Jean Maddison

Jean Maddison

I have been an artist printmaker for over 45 years and taught at many Universities, including Victoria, B.C., Western Ontario, Mount Allison, N.B., York University, McMaster, & Guelph. I moved to Metchosin in late 2015 and joined the board of MACCA to be involved in the local art scene.

Director - Gaert Linnaea

Gaert Linnaea

Past President of MACCA, Past Vice President of both West Shore Arts Council, the Metchosin Community Association and a formerly a Director with the Victoria branch of the Wilderness Committee. I am presently the Chair of the District's Heritage Committee, and the Emergency Services Director with the Metchosin Emergency Program. I have studied some painting and creative writing. I am interested in supporting cultural arts in Metchosin, have a desire to remain connected to our thriving arts community. Inspired by history and nature. I enjoy creating unique encaustic and acrylic paintings, as well as mixed media sculptures made with found objects.



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Background photo of Blinkhorn Mountain by Moralea Milne