For the past 35 years, thousands of artists, teachers, and adult art students have attended the Metchosin International Summer School of Art [MISSA] located on the Pearson College campus and left with memories and friendships to cherish for a lifetime. MaryLou Wakefield, a local Victoria artist, came away with a life-altering experience last summer. It changed her perspective on what she could achieve as an artist— with courage, curiosity and the willingness to take a risk. Here is her story.
Here is a small sampling of some less well-known lakes in and around the West Shore that you and your friends and family can explore this summer. Pack a picnic, grab your fishing pole and head out to explore some of these Secret Lakes!
The prestigious Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts [MISSA] is happening at the Pearson College campus from June 22 – July 5. It’s an occasion for like- spirited folks, who love art and the creative process, to gather together, to connect, make art and socialize.
“We have over 40 classes with over 400 people attending,” says Marna Lynn Smith, Executive Director. “We can only run 12 workshops at a time with 12 people per class. So, 480 is the maximum number of students we can accommodate every year. And they’re coveted spots!”
Yet, this year, it’s not just professional artists, teachers and serious adult students who are populating Pearson College campus. Happily, the organizers for this annual event are also opening the doors to the general public for two special evening events.
Before the 2019 Jump Start photo escapade, I had asked the Mayors to submit comments on their municipal goals for 2019, their music and curiosity about life. Graciously, they all took time out of their busy schedule to do just that. Two Mayors had scheduling conflicts and could not join us for the photo shoot; but Mayor Tait did send in her comments after the fact. What follows are all those responses.
The Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts [MISSA] has been an international happening in the West Shore for over 35 years. It’s become an occasion for like-spirited folks, who love art and the creative process, to gather together to connect, make art and socialize. And it’s not just locals who populate Pearson College campus every year either. The superb instructional talent that congregates at MISSA attracts professional artists, teachers and serious adult students from all over the world. If you are surprised that this is happening right in your own backyard, read on. Some MISSA events are now open to the general public, too.