Artisan Gift Shop

The MAC: supporting and showcasing the best of the Arts and Culture in beautiful Oceanside, Vancouver Island.

Agent Sales

We are thrilled to announce that we have been asked to facilitate the sale of a piece of art by Canadian artist Takao Tanabe. “Kootenay to the South” is an original pastel work, 18 x 24″ painted in the 1950’s. The piece has had only one owner and has been kept preserved under glass.

Starting bid is $6900. For more information or to bid on this piece please contact the MAC Office (250-248-8185).

According to Wikipedia, Tanabe was born in Prince Rupert in 1926. The son of a commercial fisherman, he was interned with other Japanese-Canadians in the British Columbia interior during World War II. The subjects of Takao Tanabe’s paintings are almost exclusively landscapes of British Columbia.

MAC Artisan Gift Shop

A bright new addition to the 104-year-old McMillan Arts Centre is the Artisan Gift Shop featuring quality items from some of Oceanside’s best artisans.

Within the Gift Shop, you’ll find photography and paintings, ceramics, jewellery, jewellery boxes, wearable art and silk scarves, glasswork, unique fibre art, and cards by talented artists living in the Parksville/Qualicum area and beyond. If you’re looking for a special gift or an eye-catching home décor item the Artisan Gift Shop is for you.

Quality pieces are featured every month and items in the Artisan Gift Shop are constantly changing as local artisans explore their inspiration from the beauty of our local area and beyond in a myriad of artistic genres.

Love is in the Air

The sun is shining, the flowers are in bloom & weddings are springing up everywhere in beautiful Oceanside. Many couples already have the basics so what to give them? Give them something unique, something as special as their special day. Our Artisan Gift Shop has an impressive selection of unique items from Vancouver Island.

Here are just a few ideas for wedding gifts from what is available in the Gift Shop:

  • A 6”x6” painting of a flower for the month of the wedding, a visual reminder of their day
  • A set of hand painted wine glasses, to toast the bride & groom
  • A hand-painted teapot with matching mugs for two, for romantic breakfasts
  • A beautiful wooden bowl crafted from Arbutus, a wood unique to the Pacific North West
  • A locally crafted wall clock in a simple arts & craft style
  • An exquisite glass heart by Robert Held
  • A sushi set in either wood or clay, practical but unique

When searching for that perfect gift make us your first stop when shopping.

Wall Art

Fibre Art

Gift Shop Hours

Tues-Sun 10am-4pm