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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.

The Artisan’s Garden is in bloom for another eventful year. Along with her plants and flowers, Gwen Fisher, the inspiration behind the Artisan’s Gardens in Sooke, seeks out talented, local artisans to intermingle their art, and vintage or repurposed accessories in her garden for all to enjoy. The big event this year is Gwen’s first ‘Summer Solstice Party’ on June 21 with music, a vintage fashion show, and appies. Plus, it’s a fund raiser for the Sooke Transition House. On June 2, her gardens will be a destination spot for the ‘Sooke Secret Garden Tour’. She and her husband Ed will also be hosting Sooke’s ‘Strawberry Tea & Parlour Show’.

Gwen’s fondest memory last year was the joy she experienced watching her granddaughter engage with garden visitors. She also enjoyed the friendly groups who stop by during the day—like the mother’s walking group who come by with their children to sit, relax and sip coffee with neighbours.

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.

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