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Meet You at the MAC - March 2018
Category: Artists & Art Galleries  |  Location: Parksville
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McMILLAN ARTS CENTRE, 133 McMillan Street, Parksville


February 27 - April 14, 2018 - Fibre Arts Network (FAN) presents Ekphrastic

The Fibre Arts Network is a co-operative of Western Canadian fibre artists committed to promoting fibre as an art form and each other as artists. Many members have been recognized both nationally and internationally for their work. Since 2000, FAN has presented 22 exhibitions at 64 Canadian venues, 5 in the US and 2 in New Zealand.

Ekphrastic denotes a rhetorical device whereby one medium of art is created to relate to another medium of art. Usually ekphrastic poetry is created to respond to a piece of art. FAN has put a distinctive spin on this process by inviting twelve well-know Canadian poets to contribute a poem of their choosing. Each of the twelve poems have been interpreted by four FAN members in a wide range of styles.

The Ekphrastic exhibition is a unique showcase of the collective talents of these Canadian poets and fibre artists. The exhibition opened at La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum, La Conner Washington in October 2016, and is now touring throughout Canada until December 2019. For a complete list of artists and poets in this exhibit, please visit

Jenn Williamson

Jennifer's passion for painting and art started at an early age. She is fascinated with clouds, fog, mist, rays of sunlight dancing through the water, mountains, trees, texture, patinas, sunsets, marshlands, rolling pastures and moody skies. Her work has been compared to that of William Turner ( as her technique creates a rich texture that is the envy of any photographer.

The intuitive nature of her personality flows over into her art practice - Jenn paints without reference materials or a pre-conceived outcome. She is compelled to capture a moment in time that both soothes and inspires hope.

Exhibit Opening Reception - everyone welcome! Saturday, March 3rd from 1-3 pm.


The Kristian Braathen Trio
(Kristian Braathen, Miles Black, Ken Lister)

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

Kristian formed this trio with the purpose of putting together a group that would play a range of music, influenced by some of musicians with whom he draws inspiration. Some of these artists include, Ray Brown Trio, Bill Charlap Trio, and Jacky Terrasson. Miles Black (piano) and Ken Lister (acoustic bass) are two of Canada's finest jazz musicians, and Kristian is thrilled to have them as part of his trio. The sound of the Kristian Braathen Trio is based around great feel, tight arrangements and new compositions. This trio's debut release is entitled "Tempus Fugit".

Miles Black: Based in Vancouver, BC, Miles is a highly-respected career musician bringing an enormous wealth of musical experience and expertise to most every facet of the music industry. Firstly known as one of Canada's most accomplished jazz pianists, Miles is also highly acclaimed and sought after as an arranger, producer, composer, session musician, guitarist, vocalist, bassist, saxophonist, songwriter, and musical theatre director. Adding to that, he has worked as a music therapist and collegiate music instructor. Especially in Vancouver, Miles Black is well known as the "first call' when musicians are looking for top professional enhancements to their projects. Just some of the artists and acts with whom Miles has worked with include Mark Murphy, Lee Konitz, Slide Hampton, George Coleman, Scott Hamilton, Sheila Jordan, Chuck Israels, Dee Daniels, Paul Horn, Skywalk, Max Roach, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Maynard Ferguson, Lew Tabackin, Claudio Roditi, Ingrid Jensen, Houston Person, Johnny Frigo, and Von Freeman. The list is lengthy and includes many other well known stars of the music world too numerous to note here.

Ken Lister: A professional jazz bassist and teacher for over 30 years, Ken Lister has played, recorded and toured with some of the top musicians in the jazz world, winning the respect of his peers and two Juno Awards along the way. Ken has toured extensively, both across Canada and internationally; including the British Isles, Cuba, South and Central America, and Australia. Having started his career in the Vancouver music scene in the 1980s, Ken now lives on Vancouver Island, teaching and performing with many great local musicians. He maintains a connection with the Vancouver scene, which often finds him playing with visiting greats from New York City and elsewhere.

Kristian Braathen: Kristian has worked as a professional musician for more than twenty years. He received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies from the Faculty of Music at Capilano University in 2004, where he studied with local jazz drummers Dave Robbins and Blaine Wikjord. Kristian went on to further his studies with world-renowned jazz drummer, Jeff Hamilton (drummer with Oscar Peterson, Diana Krall and many others). Kristian toured extensively in Canada and the United States with the Russell Jackson Band (former bassist with BB King) from 2000 to 2003. While on tour, Kristian shared the stage with such names as renowned jazz saxophonist Donald Harrison (Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Terence Blanchard,) and Matt "Guitar" Murphy (The Blues Brothers.) In addition, Kristian has toured in many other countries including, Mexico, the Caribbean and Tahiti. From 2005 to present, Kristian has led his own jazz trio, Kristian Braathen Trio, in addition to performing and recording with many other artists. In 2016 Kristian became an endorsee of the drum manufacturer, Canopus Drums. Kristian was also awarded a study grant by the British Columbia Arts Council to travel to New York City to study with the renowned jazz drummer, Kenny Washington (Bill Charlap Trio, Tony Bennett). Kristian currently resides in West Vancouver with his wife and son.

Tales for the Telling presents: Oatcakes & Heartaches - Tales from Scotland
Featuring Kathie Kompass and Mary Wiggin

Friday, March 23, 2018 7PM Tickets $18/$15 OCAC (Pick6 $99/$90 OCAC)

Direct from the National Arts Centre Fourth Stage, Ottawa - this sensational production will warm you hearts! These two voices are a joy to hear.

Vancouver Island Opera Recital Series presents: Janessa O'Hearn and Holly Beckmyer, accompanied by Nikolai Malof

Sunday, March 18th, 3 pm
$20 tickets at Box Office and door

Hear two young artists performing a popular selection of well-known and not so well known classical music from Pergolesi to Straus to Bernstein

Impressions of Lightfoot

Saturday, March 31st, 7 pm
$20/$18 members at Box Office and door

"Impressions of Lightfoot" recognizes the importance of Gordon Lightfoot's deep and everlasting contribution to Canada's musical culture and heritage.

The band features three of Canada's most highly regarded and sought after musicians; Jennifer Scott, Ken Lister, and Nico Rhodes under the leadership of James McRae, the arranger and drummer behind this idea of re-envisioning Lightfoot's iconic songbook with these fresh interpretations of his music.

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


Women's Circle with Carla Pilton, Mondays, 6:30-8:30 pm, 250-951-1012

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

Parksville & District Rock & Gem Club, Tuesday, March 6th, 6:30pm. Contact Judy Mitchell, 250-248-9113

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

Getting to Know Acrylics Workshop with Susan Schaefer, Thursdays, March 8-29th, 10-12:30 pm. Contact Susan, 250-586-5510

Men's Circle with Mark Correia, Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, 250-951-1012

Adventures with Dip Pen (Calligraphy) with Judi Hopewell, Level 2, Thursdays, March 1, 8, 15th, 1-4 pm, 250-758-7826

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

DeCosmos Friday Painters Group, 1-4 pm. Contact

Tranzending Workshop with Rhonda Roy, Saturday, March 3rd, 10-1 pm. Contact Rhonda,

Ukulele Class with Liz DeBarros, Fridays, March 9 & 23rd, 11am to Noon, Contact, 250-586-5803

Coombs Old Time Fiddlers, Sundays, March 11 & 25, 2018, 1-3 pm. Contact Tom (250-248-4775, or Nell (250-586-6666).

Mid-Island Toastmasters Association, Saturdays, March 10 & 24, 2018. Contact

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

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

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

Mid-Island Storytellers Association, Monday, March 26, 7-9pm Contact Marva Blackmore,

Up Your Media Tech Workshop with Dan Laroque, Monday, March 26th, 10-Noon. Contact

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

Mastering Acrylics II with David Langevin, Island Arts Magazine, March 24-25, 2018. Contact: 250-586-5510,

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 - February 14, 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 21, 2018

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