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Meet You at the MAC - February 2018
Category: Artists & Art Galleries  |  Location: Parksville
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  • The Big Mess

    The Big Mess

McMILLAN ARTS CENTRE, 133 McMillan Street, Parksville


SUSAN HIEBERT - Rich Textures of the West Coast

Susan was born in Taplow, England, and spent much of her childhood in South Wales before moving to Canada in the 1970s. Her passion for art and the natural world began early with country walks through the hills and valleys of the Welsh countryside. An active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, Susan is a popular local artist who will be presenting a gallery of unique, highly textured paintings with a rich palette of colour. Many works are of west coast tidal zones, cross sectional earthy striations, and "Big Skies" all with highly textured surfaces. Some pieces have muted earthy tones while others offer a slight 'mica' twinkle. Susan creates paintings to decorate and enrich her surroundings and is constantly inspired by the rich textures of the natural world.


Born in Germany, before emmigrating to South Africa and finally to Canada, Rosi's strong realist impressionist watercolours draw inspiration from her travels to Greece, Africa, Hawaii and Canada. Her style takes on different colours and textures and are strongly influenced by the mood invoked by the original subject; she occasionally displaces objects to better reflect the feeling she gets. Most of her artworks are unnamed, allowing a deeper response from the viewer without the bias of identification. Rosi often forces the medium, painting fast and intently in her desire to capture the moment. Her style, usually realistic impressionist, occasionally abstract, has taken on different shades as she experimented with different ideas, but the colors and images are always evocative, eliciting an interaction with the viewer.

MAC PERFORMANCE SERIES 2017/2018 presents:


Friday, February 9, 2018
Tickets $18 ($15 OCAC)

Father + Son. Trumpet + Voice. Incomparable Music that's perfect for listening or dancing. Exhilarating Entertainment that's great to watch. "Not your average Father/Son Funk - Latin - Pop - Jazz - Swing - World - Broadway - Classical Dance band!" The Big Mess creates a highly charged melting pot of music where well-known classics cozy up to unexpected rarities, with inimitable spontaneity, bringing delight & inspiration to audiences ages 3 to 103.

For over 30 years, Marty & Kyle Shepard have been father & son. For the last seven of those thirty years,they havecreated one Great Big Happy Musical Mess. The Big Mess has performed at festivals and events in Mexico, California, Washington and all over British Columbia.

VoxMan Kyle, the ever-experimenting mad scientist of lyric & groove, is like a multi-dimensional Bobby McFerrin who escaped the zoo on a full moon with plans to storm Broadway while maintaining a nasty binge of the Blues. VoxMan's vocal nature is a shapeshifter: snappy, sexy, liquid and lewd.

As yin to VoxMan's wild yang is Marty Shepard, aka Dad, a bluesy mage & jazzy sage. He plays his horn like a thousand years of oral storytelling blooming into a passionate kiss at the heart of a blazing dance party.

The Big Mess is an Authentic 100% Pure Local Organic Gluten-Free Fair Trade Terrific Musical Experience!Check them out on YouTube or at

Featuring Mariella Bertelli

Friday, February 23, 2018 at 7PM $18/$15 OCAC - Pick 6 $99/$90 OCAC

One of the most outstanding storytellers from Toronto, OT. Mariella weaves a family saga that unravels the lives of a woman and man, continents apart, but united by fate.

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


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

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

Adventures with Dip Pen (Calligraphy) with Judi Hopewell, Thursdays, February 1, 8, & 15, 1-4 pm, 250-758-7826

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

DeCosmos Friday Painters Group, 1-4 pm,

Ukulele Class with Liz DeBarros, Fridays, February 9 & 23rd, 11 am to noon,, 250-586-5803

Writing the Watercolour Workshop with Betsy Symons, Wednesdays, February 7-28th, 1-3 pm,

Coombs Old Time Fiddlers, Sundays, February 11 & 25, 2018, 1-3 pm, contact Tom Elliott at 250-248-4775

Mid-Island Toastmasters Association, Saturdays, February 10 & 24, 2018,

Memoir Writing Workshop with Marva Blackmore, Mondays, February 19th - March 26th , 1-4 pm,

Free Meditation Classes with Inge Morrissey, Wednesdays starting February 1st, 5:30-6:30 pm

Pop Up Tutorial - Mastering Mooka with Rhonda Roy, Wednesday, February 21, 6:30-8:30 pm,

Mid-Island Storytellers Association, Monday, February 26th, 7-9 pm, contact Marva Blackmore,

Up Your Media Tech Workshop with Dan LaRocque, Monday, February 26th, 10-Noon,

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

Tangle Time: Zentangle Drop-In Session, Saturday, February 10th, 1-3 pm

Decosmos Fine Arts Soceity - Workshop with Dennis Brown, Thursday, February 22nd, 10 am-3 pm,

The Magic of Journalling with Paula Miles, Saturday, February 24th, 1-4 pm,

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

Source: McMillan Arts Centre (The MAC) Press Release via Jennifer Bate - January 17, 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 Feb 7, 2018

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