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October 2017 Events and Exhibits at the MAC
Category: Artists & Art Galleries  |  Location: Parksville
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McMILLAN ARTS CENTRE, 133 McMillan Street, Parksville


18th Annual Show: Kaleidoscope of Colour

The Silk Worm Club was founded in January 2000 by Maureen Walker, AFCA of Pioneer Silk Studio.

In 2017 with the celebration of Canada's 150th Birthday the members thought it was time to update the Club's name and image. With this in mind the association was renamed the "Vancouver Island Silk Painters."

The Vancouver Island Silk Painters currently have fifteen active members from Campbell River, Comox, Whiskey Creek, Qualicum Beach, Parksville, Nanaimo and Victoria. Each member has
developed their own unique style of painting, which keeps all of their work distinct and complimentary when on show to the public.

No other medium offers the versatility of using dye on silk while producing such vibrant colours. Each club member is constantly reaching to the next level of artistic mastery with their work and sharing their findings of the challenging medium with each other at club meetings. The joy of silk painting is like no other.


Muriel Patterson has studied extensively in design and the visual arts while attending the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and Art. While at the college Muriel studied with Marion Nicole, Dr. Kerr, Sam Black, Stan Perrott, Harry Savage and Luke Lindo, all prominent prairie artists. Muriel also attended the Banff School of Art and the Sarasota, Florida School of Art as well as participating in many workshops in various mediums over the years.

Muriel was born and raised on the prairies but has called British Columbia home for many years. Muriel is an artist, a mother and her working career was a draftswoman with the City of Prince Rupert and Ministry of Transportation & Highways, Burnaby.

Many of Muriel's paintings hang in private collections in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Iceland. The mediums vary, as Muriel is comfortable in oils, acrylics, watercolours, pastels or pencil and ink drawings. The subject matter is as varied as the medium. She loved camping and painting outdoors until about the age of 75.

Muriel continues to sketch from her van and records the colours with a unique colour code system. When back in her home studio she transfers that code into actual colours on her beautiful paintings. Muriel is not only an artist but also a teacher, happy to share and pass on her skills. She has taught in Parksville and all the communities she has lived in.

Muriel is 89; she hopes you enjoy her show "Reflections, BC and Alberta" at MAC. Come by and meet Muriel throughout the month on Wednesdays from 1 - 3 pm.

A Symphony of Sights: PATT SCRIVENER, AFCA

Patt was born in Nipawin, Saskatchewan and grew up on a grain farm along with her four siblings. Although there was always lots of work to do being isolated during the summer holidays afforded her lots of time to create. Patt became very adept at sewing often creating wardrobes for her dolls, as well as designing doll houses filled with furniture. As a teenager she fashioned many of her clothes by making over garments. She was upcycling long before the word was coined!

Patt's first childhood memory of art was colouring on any paper that was around and although she does not remember she has been told she coloured on walls too! She has fond memories of art projects through school in Grade one the class learned to do a self portrait painting directly on a mirror with black paint.

Although always creative Patt enjoyed music too and expressed an interest at an early age. At age 5 she started piano lessons and went on to finish her grade 8 conservatory and later studied pop piano and organ. She also picked up her brother's accordion and learned to play that as well as trying her hand at the guitar and ukulele. She discovered her real love in the celtic harp and today she focuses on playing and teaching this instrument.

Patt was encouraged to become a secretary or nurse however she knew that was not the path for her. Being unsettled about what to take after high school Patt moved to the city and got a job in a flower shop. By age 23 she owned her own shop. Then after running a successful business for 10 years Patt was ready for new challenges. She went on to study interior design and teach floral design at Olds College and Mount Royal University.

Throughout her career in her spare time she continued dabbling in art by studying watercolour, painting on silk, pottery, weaving and silversmithing. In 2003 she attended a one week mixed media painting workshop led by Maxine Masterfield. This was the catalyst for Patt's decision to focus on painting. Since then she has studied under many renowned artists including Gwen Fox, Donna Baspaly, Suzanne Northcott, Patricia Seggebruch, and Linda Robertson to name a few.

Today Patt works in many mediums including acrylic, encaustic and cold wax with oil. Her work includes imagery of people, landscape and abstraction. The layering of a variety of media offers an assortment of possibilities within her work; colour, line and texture all play a role within her imagery. Her work is about the process she loves layering, scraping, sanding, pouring and dripping. She uses many unorthodox tools in her work and loves visits to the hardware store!

Patt retains a childlike exuberance when starting a new painting. Rather than have a fixed image in mind, Patt starts each project by pouring, scraping, and mark making. Once she has covered the canvas with a medley of colour, texture and pattern, she then steps back and looks for images to present themselves. She paints very intuitively listening to the painting and responding to it. "I like the challenge of not having a preconceived idea and taking advantage of the 'happy accidents' that occur.To me this method of painting feels more spontaneous and less like the paint by number kit I got as a gift when I was 10."

"I developed my technique by being willing to experiment and always being open to what if? A large part of my learning comes from teaching." Patt splits her time between creating original works and teaching others, through workshops and a mentorship program run out of her Parksville studio. Patt is a Signature (AFCA) member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and a member of the DeCosmos Fine Arts Society.

Call 250-248-2775 to arrange a studio visit.

Artists Opening Reception

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2017, 1-3pm
Everyone welcome!


Sunday, October 8, 2017
PICK 6 PROGRAM $99/$90

The Mike Allen Quartet will tour communities on Vancouver Island from September 29 thru October 8 (2017) premiering stunning new songs by Canadian jazz guitar legend Sonny Greenwich. Mike has long regarded Sonny Greenwich as his major musical influence and primary inspiration; he was a member of Greenwich's band from 1990-95 and it was during that period that Mike's sound and musical approach came into focus, propelled to new heights by Greenwich's inspired playing and compositions.

Mike and his current band of longtime musical associates Miles Black-piano, Steve Holy-bass and Dave Robbins-drums are very excited to perform at the McMillan Arts Centre, inspired by surrounding art work, wonderful acoustics and the engaged support of its audiences.



Friday, October 27, 2017
PICK 6 PROGRAM $99/$90

Featuring Elizabeth Ellis, Dallas TX. The most honoured storyteller in the United States will mesmerize you with stories that will speak to your heart.

COUGAR ANNIE TALES, A Musical Tribute to a Legendary Pioneer Woman

Created and performed by Katrina Kadowski, featuring an opening set by the Edgedwellers.

$15 Advance, $18 @ Door

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


Come and visit our Artisan Gift Shop during the month of October and support our Silent Auction fundraiser for the MAC, featuring a variety of mediums showcasing local artisans in an autumnal theme.


Mala Bead Necklace Workshop with Gloria Stewart Sunday, October 1st , 1-3pm . CONTACT 250-248-5544 or

Elissa Anthony Art Classes: Mondays 10:30-12:30pm, 1:00-3:00pm. 250-757-2360

miniArchitect: Swiderski Art + Architecture KIDS, after-school Architect program for youth, Mondays and Thursdays. 250-586-5598 email

Group of Seven: Tom Thomson & A Y Jackson - Norma Emerson painting classes, Tuesdays, 10am to noon, October 10 - November 28 (8 classes) 250-752-9057 or email

DeCosmos Tuesday Painters Group, 1-4pm, visit

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

Aging Artfully Program for Seniors - FREE, Wednesdays, Oct 13 - November 24, 2017, 2-3pm, MAC info/registration 250-248-8185

MEDITATION CLASSES with Inge Morrissey, Vishwal Dharma Educational Society, FREE Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm 250-954-5040

GETTING TO KNOW ACRYLICS workshop with Susan Schaefer, Thursdays, 10am - 12:30pm, September 28- October 19/17. Register online with Island Arts Magazine.

Level 2- Italic Lettering Class with Judi Hopewell, Thursdays, 1-4pm, October 5, 12, 19 email:

SOUND CONNECTION CHOIR with Choir Leaders Sharon Tomczyk and Megan Keene Thursdays, 7-9pm Contact:

ABSOLUTE Beginner Ukulele Group Lessons with Liz DeBarros, JHUI Certified Ukulele Instructor, Fridays, 11am to Noon, October 6 - 27, 2017. Contact email: or 250-586-5803

3D Mosaics with Rhonda Roy, Saturday, October 7, 2017 10am to 1pm

Coombs Old Time Fiddlers, Sundays, October 8 & 22, 2017, 1-3pm Contact: Tom Elliott 250-248-4775

MID-ISLAND TOASTMASTERS Assn, Saturdays, October 14 & 28, 2017 Contact:

Mid-Island ARTIST TRADING CARDS: FREE Swap and Drop-In, Saturday, October 14, 2017, 1-3pm

TANGLE TIME: ZENTANGLE DROP-IN SESSION, Saturday, October 14, 2017, 1-3pm

UP YOUR MEDIA Tech workshop with Dan Larocque, Thursday, October 26th, 2-4pm 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 - September 21, 2017.

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 Sep 28, 2017

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