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Meet You at the MAC - April 2018
Category: Artists & Art Galleries  |  Location: Parksville
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  • Grant Leier

    Grant Leier
  • Nixie Barton

    Nixie Barton
  • Paul Jorgensen

    Paul Jorgensen
McMILLAN ARTS CENTRE, 133 McMillan Street, Parksville



Born in Lloydminster, SK, Grant is a proficient painter who infuses colour, pattern, and a sense of celebration into everything he paints and wants his images to evoke feelings of well being and goodness. Combining found objects, odd photographs and other imagery with a symphony of patterns and designs, Leier collages his images and ideas by both painting and drawing them together into a story-like setting. Monkeys or people or even fruit and flowers are intertwined into a world of both fantasy and reality. He takes his everyday life and creates his playful realms full of beautiful colours and forms both for himself and his viewer.

Nixie Barton was raised on Canada's West coast, and her paintings vibrate with an enticing energy springing from the juxtaposition of classic line, bold colour, intriguing pattern and a clean and fresh composition. Nixie Barton and Grant Leier share a studio and home on Vancouver Island, surrounded by an extensive and fabulous garden, which has been described as "funky baroque". Her work is based partially on the imagery from their garden, and is partially interpretive. She describes her work as having "a wonky sense of composition", with colours and strong patterns


Paul's work is known for bringing a sense of peace to the viewer. As far back as Paul can remember, he was at his most content when he had a crayon, a coloured pencil or brush in his hand. Now that contentment is brought back to life and emanates through the canvas through the eyes of the viewer. The Group of Seven, The Impressionists and magazine illustrators provide Paul with inspiration, which hint of a story in a specific landscape. An open gate, a glimpse of a car, and an open path hints of a person in a scene that the viewer just missed.

Exhibit Opening Reception - everyone welcome!
Saturday, April 21st from 1-3 pm

MAC PERFORMANCE SERIES 2017/2018 presents:

Jeffrey Straker in Concert
Friday, APRIL 20th, 2018, 7pm Tickets $18 ($15 OCAC)

Honest story ballads, and uptempo crowd pleasers, woven with trademark audience banter. Folk with a dash of pop. Singer-songwriter-pianist Jeffery Straker is as much a talented storyteller via his lyrics as he is an accomplished musician. After taking in one of his recent performances the Calgary Herald wrote: "A classically-trained pianist with an innate sense of how to hold an audience in the palm of his hand, he is no less gifted in his ability to write songs buoyed by melodies that fit a listener's ears like a beloved broken-in glove."

His growing fan base has been drawn to the honesty in his lyrics whether he's chronicling his upbringing in small-town Saskatchewan or tales from his touring life. His audience banter, witty & funny, has been described as "very memorable". He's been compared to a wonderful & eclectic array of greats including Harry Chapin, Billy Joel, Harry Nilsson and early Elton John. With over 100 performances a year he criss-crosses Canada and also finds himself at pianos in places like Chile, Peru, and Mexico. On the road he's at home in rooms ranging from house concerts of 20 to concert halls of 2000 backed by a full symphony orchestra.

Jeffery's 2012 album "Vagabond" received a glowing and rare 4 out of 4 star review from the Toronto Star while his 2015 release "North Star Falling" debuted at #9 on the iTunes Canada singer-songwriter charts. These releases have seen him booked at festivals across the country. His latest album "Dirt Road Confessional" was released in May 2017 and has fuelled an increasing demand for his live shows in North America and through Europe.

And speaking of demand for his music, he's had songs placed in TV shows, in films and in a musical. Originally from small town Saskatchewan, he was raised by a church organist mother and an auctioneer father. He swears he was born under the piano on the family farm.

Twitter: @jefferystraker
Instagram: @jefferystraker

TALES FOR THE TELLING PRESENTS: ​"Newfoundland Tales, Ghost Tales & Legends"

​All the way from the East Coast, we are pleased to bring you one of the premierstorytellers of Newfoundland, the founder of the Haunted Hike in St. John's,author,and folklorist extraordinaire, ​Dale Jarvis.

Friday, April 27, 2018 at 7PM Tickets $18/$15 OCAC


Sunday, April 15th at 3:00 pm
Tickets $20 at MAC Box Office

BOX OFFICE: McMillan Arts Centre (133 McMillan Street, Parksville), online at, or call the Arts Centre, 250-248-8185.


Art Classes with Elissa Anthony, Mondays. Call 250-757-2361 or email

DeCosmos Tuesday Painters Group, Tuesdays, 1-4pm. Visit

Parksville & District Rock & Gem Club, Tuesday, April 3, 6:30pm Contact Judy Mitchell, 250-248-9113

Lloyd Major Art Classes, Wednesdays, 10am to noon, 250-586-9171

Aging Artfully, free program for Seniors, Wednesdays, 2-3pm

Free Meditation Classes with Inge Morrissey, Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm

Women's Sacred Circle with Carla Pilton, Wednesdays, call 250-951-1012

DeCosmos Painting Workshop with Dennis Brown, Thursday, April 5th. Visit

Sound Connection Choir with Choir Leaders, Sharon Tomczyk and Megan Keene, Thursdays, 7-9pm. Contact:

DeCosmos Friday Painters Group, 1-4pm. Contact

Zentangle Basics Class with Rhonda Roy, Saturday, April 7th, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm. Contact Rhonda,

Ukulele Class with Liz DeBarros, Fridays, April 6 & 20, 11am to Noon. Contact:, 250-586-5803

Coombs Old Time Fiddlers, Sundays, April 8 & 22, 2018, 1-3pm. Contact: Tom, 250-248-4775, or Nell, 250-586-6666

Beaver Hall Painters with Norma Emerson, Tuesdays, April 10 - May 29, 2018. Contact Norma @ 250-752-9057 or email:

DeCosmos Workshops with Lynn Orriss, Thursday, April 12 & 26, 2018. Contact (Beatrice Stearns)

Gokhale Method Workshop with Sheelagh Tobin, Friday, April 13th, 6:30pm. Contact

Jenn Williamson Painting Workshop, April 14 & 15, 2018, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Contact Jenn,, 604-825-7579

Mid-Island Toastmasters Assn, Saturdays, April 14 & 28, 2018. Contact:

Mid-Island Storytellers Assn, Monday, April 23rd, 7-9pm. Contact Marva Blackmore,

Up Your Media Tech Workshop with Dan LaRocque, Monday, April 23rd, 10-Noon. Contact:

Mid-Island Artist Trading Cards: Free Swap and Drop-In, Saturday, March 17th, 1-3pm

Vocal Embodiment Workshop with Emma Postl, Saturday, April 28th, 1:30 - 3:30pm. Contact:

For more information on these and many more happenings at the MAC, visit our website, or find us on Facebook.

Source: McMillan Arts Centre (The MAC) Press Release via Jennifer Bate - March 21, 2018.

For more information on events in Parksville Qualicum Beach, check our Events Calendar.
For more galleries and studios in Parksville Qualicum Beach, visit our Arts & Culture directory.
Posted By: Jennifer Bate on Apr 6, 2018

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