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Meet You at the MAC - Summer 2018
Category: Artists & Art Galleries  |  Location: Parksville
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  • School for the Creative Arts

    School for the Creative Arts
  • Phil Dwyer Academy of Music and Culinary Arts

    Phil Dwyer Academy of Music and Culinary Arts
McMILLAN ARTS CENTRE, 133 McMillan Street, Parksville


WILL MILLAR - Scenes from my Irish Roving: June 9 - July 14, 2018

In Scenes from my Irish Roving, Will Millar, as the former leader of The Irish Rovers has now returned to his first creative love of Painting. In this he is a voyager into the Ireland of his youth, portraying the country in the 1950s. Before glass supermarkets and traffic jams clogged up small villages. Before, as he puts it, "Ireland rushed into the Euro world like a Celtic tiger." Over the years, Millar
nurtured and developed his special talent into a style that evolved uninfluenced and unencumbered. All his cherished memories come lovingly to life on his canvas.

WET PAINT GROUP: June 9 - July 14, 2018

A group of art friends who have painted and shared their passion for several years have become known as the "Wet Paint Artists" and have hosted an annual art show and sale each August for the last 5 years. The artists, from Comox, Black Creek, and Campbell River, paint together on a regular basis, stimulating and encouraging the individuality and vision of each artist.

The art of Loree Cunningham, Sonia Hauser, Shelly Hollingshead, Elaine Prodor, Jenny Mitchell, Michelle Ohlsson, Lesley Rieck and Kathi Rudko represents a wide range of experience and an eclectic mix of subjects, styles and media. While our coastal environment and natural world can be seen reflected in many of the artists' works, the style and interpretation of each painter is unique. Collage, oil, acrylic, oil and cold wax, and mixed media pieces will form this exciting display.

For more info and a look at some of the artists' works, please check out the website

MONET reVISITED - Robert Held: Experience Monet - Light - Water - Glass - Art: July 16 - September 1, 2018

This summer, the Oceanside Community Arts Council proudly presents a singular exhibit in modern art glass celebrating the art and inspiration of impressionist painter, Claude Monet. Featuring a whimsical recreation of Monet's secret garden, including a beautiful pond with dancing water lilies, internationally renowned glass artist, Robert Held creates a spectacular homage in glass and light. With the support of theatrical lighting and special f/x, an interactive artspace in the foyer area, the unique "experience alley", and running slideshow footage of Monet's famous Giverny estate, this exhibition promises to provide a stunning and unique experience to visitors.

"I wanted to explore my inspiration and homage to the greatest exponent of Impressionism through my art glass and painting." - Robert Held

A must-see exhibit for our community members and visitors alike, Monet ReVisited joins other stellar summer events in Parksville, confirming the MAC as a feature destination for arts and culture on Vancouver Island.

Visitors on the Boardwalk will be drawn up McMillan Street by a brilliant parade of flags leading to the Arts Centre where a bright and colourful display will welcome visitors to the beautiful, 105-year old grand dame of Parksville's history. Exhibit volunteers are happy to share the incredible stories and life journeys of students, artisans and community leaders who have worked, celebrated, and lived important moments in this lovely historic building.

Light l (līt): July 21 - September 1, 2018

A show of original art exploring the theme of LIGHT. Arts Council Members' exhibition, featuring 2D mediums including photography.


Parksville's McMillan Arts Centre plays host to Phil Dwyer's renowned Jazz and Culinary Arts Academy this summer.

Ingrid Jensen. Phil Dwyer. PJ Perry. Ted Quinlan. Christine Jensen. To music buffs, these names epitomize the exceptional talent of some of Canada's most celebrated jazz musicians. And they're gathering here this summer for a very unique musical event. The Oceanside Community Arts Council and the McMillan Arts Centre is proud to welcome the Phil Dwyer Academy of Music and Culinary Arts August 13-24th in Parksville. After a six-year hiatus, Dwyer has gathered a veritable who's who of multiple Juno award-winners and signature musicians together for the two-week academy. "I think this is one of the best music faculties for a summer camp that's ever been assembled in Canada," says the Juno-award-winner and Member of the Order of Canada.

With a faculty consisting of some of Canada's finest musical educators, recording artists and performers, students have the rare opportunity to learn with Ingrid Jensen, hailed as one of the most gifted trumpeters of our time. Saxophonist and Member of the Order of Canada, PJ Perry was featured soloist for the 2010 Broadway production of Fly Away. Composer-musician Christine Jensen will work with students on ensembles and arrangements. Long time Head of Guitar at Humber College, Ted Quinlan joins fellow faculty member, bassist Neil Swainson for ensembles and master classes. 2013 Juno Award Winner for Best Contemporary Jazz Recording, saxophonist Joel Miller will offer master classes and ensemble instruction. A key player on the Alberta jazz scene, pianist Chris Andrew will offer master classes along with New York drummer Jon Wikan. Recording Artist Shannon Gunn joins the faculty as Vocal Jazz Director along with bassist Ken Lister and drummer Hans Verhoeven, both on faculty at Vancouver Island University.

The Academy begins with Junior (13-15 yrs) and Senior (16-19 yrs) Jazz sessions August 13-17th. These sessions combine equal parts of "tutti" sessions - focusing on fundamental concepts expressed through group exercises, master classes, small ensemble playing and outdoor physical activities. Throughout the week, students will spend time in the kitchen with Vancouver cook and co-owner of the Shaughnessy Restaurant at VanDusen Garden, Kevin Mooney, who joins the Academy for a wonderful ensemble of creativity and culinary arts instruction culminating in a daily lunch for students and faculty.

Vocal and Adult Jazz students join the faculty for the second week August 20-24th. Vocal Director Shannon Gunn will cover a wide range of topics, including: rhythmic and dynamic expressions, melodic re-invention, vocal technique and mic technique, repertoire development, putting together strong and varied programs and clear charts. Adult Jazz sessions have traditionally been based on the model of coached ensembles with repertoire often chosen according to a theme.

Hosted by the McMillan Arts Centre, Academy sessions will also be held at the Ballenas Secondary School and Inclusion Parksville. The MAC's Executive Director Jennifer Bate is looking forward to welcoming students from around the world. "It is such a pleasure to work with Phil Dwyer and our planning team to present this Jazz Academy this summer", says Bate. The McMillan Arts Centre (MAC), formerly McMillan School, was built in 1913 and hosts a variety of educational programs throughout the year. With assistance from local sponsors including the Pieter de Reuver Foundation, the Windsor Plywood Foundation, the City of Parksville, School District 69 and Inclusion Parksville, the Academy will be a hub of fantastic music education and concerts for jazz fans near and far.

Students interested in attending can find more information, application forms and program brochure at the MAC website The site also hosts faculty biographies, a welcome message from Artistic Director Phil Dwyer and ticket sales for the amazing concerts on tap this summer.

Ticketed activities for the Academy include the must-see event of the summer - the Jazz Academy Faculty Concert at Knox United Church on Thursday, August 16. Tickets are only $25 regular, $22 for Oceanside Community Arts Council members and $15 for students. Student concerts will be held August 17 and 24 at the Whalebone Theatre in Parksville. All tickets are on sale now through the MAC Box Office online at, by phone at 250-248-8185 or in person at 133 McMillan St in Parksville.

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

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 Jul 4, 2018

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