Saturday, December 3, 2022 (13)

Dec 3, 2022
June 13, 2022
  • ART Open Studio: Mend, Stitch, Create

  • Jun 13, 2022 to Dec 19, 2022
  • Location: MAC - 133 McMillan Street, Parksville, BC
  • Description:

    Mondays – 5:00 to 7:00 PM

    Now until December 19, 2022
    Drop-in: no pre-registration required

    Experience the benefits of creative expression in a supportive group environment. No experience required.

    10562860873?profile=RESIZE_710xJoin us at our weekly open studio, each with its own theme, using a variety of art making mediums and techniques like mending, stitching, paint, collage, clay, found objects, 2d and 3d, weaving, and nature to explore what is immediate for you in the moment.

    Making art together can support us to move through life’s challenges, helping us to grieve our losses, mitigate feelings of isolation and loneliness and reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety.

    The sessions will be facilitated by Art Therapist Heidi Abbott, and Art Therapy Intern Farrell Elliot.  Heidi and Farell both have a love for the therapeutic, meditative, healing, and self-expressive attributes of creating together.

    Everyone welcome, free, all supplies are provided.

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  • Categories: Class
November 20, 2022
  • Tides & Moons: Herring Capital

  • Nov 20, 2022 to Jan 8, 2023
  • Location: Nanaimo Art Gallery 150 Commercial Street Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G6 Canada
  • Description:


    Tides & Moons: Herring Capital is a new animated art installation by Cindy Mochizuki that shares memories and stories from Japanese Canadian fishing and boat building families who populated Nanaimo shorelines before World War II.

    Throughout her practice, Cindy has developed multi-media installations, fictional audio works, performances, animations, drawings, and social collaborations that relate to Japanese Canadian experiences in B.C and Japan. She works with members of these communities and often includes her paternal family’s history both within internment camps and as repatriated Japanese Canadians in Japan after the war.

    In the early 1920’s Japanese Canadian fishers lived and worked in Nanaimo at Hammond Bay (also known as Kujira Bay), Departure Bay, Shack Island (a way station for salmon and coho fishers traveling north), and Saysutshun. While Nanaimo had been known as a coal town for half a century, it also had 43 Japanese herring salteries. Due to the unexplainable abundance of t

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  • Categories: Exhibition
November 24, 2022
  • Vancouver Island Silk Painters

  • Nov 24, 2022 to Dec 18, 2022
  • Location: McMillan Arts Centre 133 McMillan Street PO Box 1662 Parksville, BC, V9P 2H5
  • Description:

    The Silk Worm Club was founded in January 2000 by Vancouver Island silk painter Maureen Walker AFCA, of Pioneer Silk Studio. In 2017, to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday, the members of the club thought it was time to update the club’s name and image from the Silk Worms to the Vancouver Island Silk Painters. The Vancouver Island Silk Painters’ group currently has members from Campbell River, Comox, Whiskey Creek, Qualicum Beach, Parksville, Nanaimo and Sidney.

    The Vancouver Island Silk Painters’ members are proficient and confident in the use of their chosen medium, dye on silk. They have a good grounding in traditional silk painting techniques such as outlining with resist, together with experience of more contemporary techniques like indirect painting and layering. Members also have a sound knowledge of design, composition and colour theory.

    The group holds monthly meetings which include Show & Tell of recent paintings and a helpful critiquing session. This is a very active, enthusias

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  • Categories: Exhibition

  • Nov 24, 2022 to Dec 18, 2022
  • Location: McMillan Arts Centre 133 McMillan Street PO Box 1662 Parksville, BC, V9P 2H5
  • Description:

    My name is Lori Schiersmann and I am an ELITE Certified OneStroke Instructor.  I live in Deep Bay, Vancouver Island with my husband of 43 years.

    In 1996, painting started, quite literally, with “one stroke”. Who knew then, that Donna Dewberry, the creator of “One Stroke” would become my mentor and friend over the next 30 years.  As the years came and went I taught One Stroke, all over Vancouver Island, painted glass for fairs and markets, and went to the 2005 Convention in Florida,  and became an Elite One Stroke Instructor.

    Then ‘Life’ happened…I discovered a vendor at the convention and discovered the ceramic, metallic paste…and that was the beginning of Tin Cup…I applied the One Stroke method to the ‘stroking of paste” on my glassware….I couldn’t stop, I evolved over the next 18 years…my glassware is still selling in many shops today.  But then…Covid shut down. Yes, we all know that we lost those years, however, that’s when I discovered on ‘social media’ that there were others

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  • Categories: Exhibition
  • Marilyn RIOPEL

  • Nov 24, 2022 to Dec 18, 2022
  • Location: McMillan Arts Centre 133 McMillan Street PO Box 1662 Parksville, BC, V9P 2H5
  • Description:



     Starting a new painting, I hold back any thoughts and let my hand make marks where it chooses.  If my thoughts are too active I play music to keep them busy, then the subconscious responds and the hand starts moving again.  

    When marking stops, I assess what’s there and freely lay colour, keeping watch where next to go.  Forms and patterns evolve, it’s then I enter with intention, pushing to develop composition and interest until I like what I’ve done.  Leaving the piece nearby, distance and time assesses if it’s really complete.  I may add, change or remove areas until I’m satisfied and know it is right.

    Gallery is closed Mondays


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  • Categories: Exhibition
December 2, 2022
  • Milner Christmas Magic

  • Dec 2, 2022 at 5:00pm to Dec 21, 2022 at 8:30pm
  • Location: Milner Gardens & Woodland, 2179 Island Highway W, Qualicum Beach, Canada
  • Description:



    Milner Christmas Magic

    Make memories with family and friends this holiday season by experiencing Milner Christmas Magic’s outdoor stroll through thousands of twinkling lights and festive window displays. Find something for everyone on your holiday shopping list in our Gingerbread Gift Shop drop off your letters to Santa in our North Pole Mailbox with a wave to Santa and Mrs. Claus themselves! Warm up with a selection of fresh hot food and refreshments for sale in front of Milner House and remember to bring cash to get your own pair of Holiday Specs holographic lenses that miraculously transform Christmas lights into magical figures! Admission runs from 5pm – 8pm with viewing until 8:30. Entry is by suggested donation of $5 per adult $2 per child or $12 per household. Dress warm and grab your camera – you won’t want to miss it!

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  • Categories: Markets, Fun
  • Coombs Christmas Market

  • Dec 3, 2022 to Dec 4, 2022
  • Location: Coombs Fairgrounds
  • Description:

    Decorated with abundant greenery and twinkling lights guests are invited to embrace the holiday spirit at Coombs Christmas Market. Peruse the abundant vendor booths, grab a bite to eat, and stop at the photo booth for a festive keepsake.

    Date(s): December 3 - December 4, 2022

    Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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  • Categories: Markets
  • Coombs Christmas Market

  • Dec 3, 2022 at 10:00am to Dec 4, 2022 at 4:00pm
  • Location: Coombs fairgrounds
  • Description:
    The Arrowsmith Agricultural Association is hosting our annual Christmas Market once again on our beautiful fairgrounds in Coombs.
    We are thrilled to welcome back the incredibly talented vendors to share their products with our community.
    To apply email
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  • Categories: Markets
  • Community Christmas Carolling Singalong Series #1

  • Dec 3, 2022 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Location: McMillan Arts Centre, 133 McMillan Street - Upper Level, Parksville, BC
  • Description:

    Do you miss singing Christmas carols with friends and family? Let's celebrate in song! Sing along with local song leader Sylvia Humble, accompanied by pianist Adrienne Hudencial and upright bassist Jean Tejkal. All voices are welcome, whether shiny or rusty, in- or out-of-tune, young or old.

    The first three events are on Saturdays (December 3, 10, 17) at 1pm at the McMillan Arts Centre. Or, sing along from home as we livestream the Dec. 17th event on YouTube. The fourth event is on December 21 at 3pm at the Nanoose Library Hall. Come to one, or all four!

    In the spirit of giving, admission is by donation ($15/pay what you can), and 25% of proceeds will go to the Society of Organized Services (SOS) and Nanoose Community Services.

    To see details and pre-register, visit: or email  Walk-ins are welcome until capacity is reached. 

    Here are a couple of song samples:

  • Created by: Sylvia Humble
  • Categories: Class, Music, Fun
  • Tags: #christmas, #singing, #singalong, #christmascarols, #music