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Meet You at the MAC - May 2018
Category: Artists & Art Galleries  |  Location: Parksville
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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.

MAC PERFORMANCE SERIES 2017/2018 presents:


Friday, MAY 11th, 2018, 7pm Tickets $18 ($15 OCAC)

Influenced by countless British and North American artists of the 60s onward, Ronald's music has been described as "Canadian folk with British roots." Ronald first got hooked on songwriting at age 15 when he put to music a poem he wrote in high school, but he only started to go public in his thirties after emigrating to Canada from England. In recent years, Ronald's "keenly luxuriant voice and immaculate songcraft" have won him numerous accolades including a nomination for "Songwriter of the Year" at the Canadian Folk Music Awards for his Timeline album.

2017 saw Ronald's fourth album, Fragments, released on esteemed Canadian folk label Borealis Records ahead of national and international tour dates.

John Ellis is an award-winning producer and multi-instrumentalist from Port Alberni who flits effortlessly between guitar, dobro, mandolin, banjo, and more. He has worked with top Canadian talent such as Colin James, Ferron, and Jane Siberry and produced Ronald's last two albums.

Originally from Alberta, Mike Sanyshyn has been named BC provincial champion four times as well as fiddle player of the year at the Canadian Country Music Awards. He also placed in the top three at the Canadian Grand Masters Championship. A first call studio musician, his fiddle features heavily on Ronald's new Fragments album.

Photos of the trio are available to download at


THE GEOGRAPHY TEACHER'S ORDERS featuring Marta Bruno Singh

Friday, May 25th, 2018, 7 pm Tickets $18 ($15 OCAC)

Tales for the Telling, Storytelling for Adults, will close its 2017-2018 season with a performance by one of the most lyrical storytellers in Canada, Marta Bruno Singh. She will be presenting her new award-winning show, The Geography Teacher's Orders, on Friday, May 25, at 7:00 p.m. at the McMillan Arts Centre.

Marta Bruno Singh was raised in Argentina and lived this story during the time of the fall of the military dictatorship in 1983.
This is a true story of a national dream, two unlikely heroes, and a storyteller who, once upon a time, didn't know how to think. It takes place in a small geography classroom at a time of profound change.

Marta is renowned for her skill crafting a story, her poetic use of language, and her unique expressiveness which leaves audiences spellbound. Her one-woman shows embody the story through language, body, and voice. The voice especially comes forth when universal folklore crosses paths with personal narrative.

Off the stage, Marta works with organizations and schools and has been the Storyteller in Residence at Queen Elizabeth Public School for the past two years.

Some audience responses to her shows include:

"Words drop in beauty. Her expressiveness is unique."

"Spellbinding. Marta's voice is hers and hers alone."

"Superb. Spare beautiful language ... managing to express that which defies expression."

"Stunningly brave. It was as if the audience was collectively holding its breath."

The Geography Teacher's Orders has people in Ottawa, where it has premiered, singing its praises.

"It was utterly moving."

"If you ask me to describe it is in just one word - intense."

"Amazing. Marta has done it again."

Tickets for the performance are available at the McMillan Arts Centre either at the Centre or on-line or by phone. Only $18/$15 for Arts Centre members.


Sunday, May 20th, 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, May 1st, 6:30pm Contact Judy Mitchell 250-248-9113

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

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

Parallel Pen, Level 2 workshop with Judi Hopewell, Thursdays, May 3, 10, 17, May 31, June 7, 14, 9am to Noon, Register 250-758-7286 or email

Women's Sacred Circle with Carla Pilton, May 14, 21, 28, June 11, 18, 2018 , call 250-951-1012

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

DeCosmos Friday Painters Group, 1-4 pm, contact lrattray@shaw.c

Mixed Media Workshop with Grant Leier, Saturday, May 5th, 2018. Contact Susan @ Island Arts Magazine:

Zentangle: Zen Gems Class with Rhonda Roy, Saturday, May 5th, 9:30 - 12:30 pm. Contact Rhonda,

Ukulele Class with Liz DeBarros, Fridays, May 4 & 18, 2018, 11 am to Noon. Contact:, 250-586-5803

Coombs Old Time Fiddlers, Sundays, May 6 & 20, 2018, 1-3 pm. Contact Tom, 250-248-4775, or Nell, 250-586-6666

Decosmos Workshop with Dennis Brown, Thursday, May 17th , 1-4 pm. Contact Dennis:

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

Mid-Island Toastmasters Assn, Saturdays, May 12 & 26, 2018 . Contact:

Free Tangle Time Drop-In, Saturday, May 12th (1-3pm)

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

Up Your Media Tech Workshop with Dan Larocque,, Monday, May 28th, 10-Noon. Contact:

Mid-Island Artist Trading Cards: Free Swap and Drop-In, Saturday, May 19th, 1-3pm

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 - April 25, 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 May 4, 2018

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