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Mattila + Martin – Painting and Collage

Mattila + Martin - Painting and Collage October 15 - December 1, 2019 Opening Reception October 19th from 1 -3 pmDonna Mattila In his "Notebooks", George Braque wrote "In art there is only one thing that counts; the thing you can't explain".  This is how I think about...

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Calling all Art Lovers

Calling all Art Lovers

Art Lovers – we need your help! We need some people to join our team that hangs paintings and helps set up our art exhibitions. No experience necessary; there will be someone in charge who will show you what to do, and the artists will be there to help as well. The...

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Soft Shore Art for Sale

Soft Shore Art for Sale

All of the pieces in Soft Shore: where land and water meet are available for purchase. To purchase please email the McMillan Arts Centre or call 250-248-8185 during office hours (Tue-Sun 10-4) and we will be happy to help you.    

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Soft Shore Installation Updates

Soft Shore Installation Updates

Soft Shore Artists Preview   Take a closer look at the artwork by the artists exhibiting in this summer's installation - Soft Shore: where land and water meet. Video by Andrew Collins Soft Shore Opening   Thanks to Andrew Collins for sharing this video of...

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PQB Foundation donation to Soft Shore

PQB Foundation donation to Soft Shore

PQ Foundation supports Soft Shore Many thanks to the Parksville Qualicum Community Foundation for their grant of $2500 towards our Soft Shore installation.  We appreciate your support in bringing this installation to our community.    

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ETHOS summer programs this August

ETHOS summer programs this August

ETHOS Summer Programs August 1 - 30, 2019   Have you seen what's coming in August?  In conjunction with this summer’s art installation, Soft Shore – where land and water meet, we have some exciting activities planned for August.  ETHOS presents awesome interactive...

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Sponsorship Levels

Sponsorship Levels

Sponsorship Levels Soft Shore -  where land and water meet To become a sponsor for this summer's Soft Shore art installation contact Jennifer Bate, Executive Director, McMillan Arts Centre (The MAC) 133 McMillan Street, Parksville, BC V9P2H5 (250)248-8185 $5000...

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MAC is on YouTube

MAC is on YouTube

The MAC - now on YouTube   Did you know we have our own YouTube channel? We're adding to it every week. Subscribe now and never miss an update on our Soft Shore project. Click here to check it out!

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Gift Shop and Digital Media Exhibit

“Wish I could have bought the store!!  LOVED Brian Middleton’s exhibit!”

From the MAC's Facebook page

“The Mac is a vibrant space and a versatile venue for the Parksville community.” 

Facebook, October 31, 2019

Cloakroom Gallery and Cristina Mittermeiere Exhibit


“Yes! It’s my favourite exhibit up and down the Island by far! Exquisite work by everyone.”

Instagram, July 30, 2019

Happy Gift Shop People

 “All good, enjoyed the gallery experience and we are thrilled with our purchase, thank you.”

July 30, 2019


“So helpful – My friend visiting from Hamilton was very impressed with the layout especially the gift shop (she purchased) and the exhibit is incredible.”

July 19, 2019

Cloakroom Gallery and Cristina Mittermeiere Exhibit


“Yes! It’s my favourite exhibit up and down the Island by far! Exquisite work by everyone.”

Instagram, July 30, 2019

Kudos for Soft Shore 2019

“Stunning work and fabulous presentation!  BRAVO!”

“Utterly remarkable”

“Beautiful, spiritual show, thank you!”

“Stunning!  Mozzafiato!”

“Such a wonderful pleasure!”

“Back again this summer and couldn’t wait to come back to the MAC to see this next exhibit!” “Wonderful!!”

“Love the Herring that didn’t get caught :)!”

“Great show, Jennifer et al!  Great galleries and gift shop!”

“Outstanding exhibit!!! “ F/L, Parksville

“Wow!”  SD, Nanoose Bay

“Fabulous Show! “  N/M

“Beautiful… “ SM, Nanaimo

“Totally amazing !!!”  LM, Snaw Naw As Nation

Classes at the MAC

“Love the environment and the MAC; encourages creativity!”

student, Festive Fandala Class, May 4, 2019

Another happy customer

“Always a pleasure deaing with Jennifer, and other staff/volunteers.”

April 16, 2019

Gift Shop Experience

“Friendly and helpful staff made my shopping experience most enjoyable.”


Artisan Gift Shop customer, April 15, 2019

About Kimberly Miller's Rainshadow Exhibition

“Kimberly Miller’s gallery of Art was amazing. Loved it all.”

MAC visitor and customer, January 19, 2019

Another happy visitor

“I love going to the MAC.”

MAC visitor and customer, January 12, 2019

People are loving Monet Revisited and our staff!

“Friendly attendant who took special care in wrapping a vase that, if not wrapped properly, could break. Liked the setup of the Robert Held display. Am a big fan of his work.”

customer, August 18, 2018

From an Artisan Gift Shop customer

“Cheryl is such a friendly and welcoming ambassador for the McMillan Arts Centre.”

August 18, 2018

More about the MAC and Monet ReVisited

“It was wonderful to meet Robert Held and visit the gallery of his beautiful glass pieces. Such beauty was inspiring.
Thank you for this show and the gallery of the talented artists in your area. It was a real pleasure.”

MAC visitor and customer, August 2018

Comments about Monet ReVisited

“An amazing installation!  Love Monet & Robert Held, so to me – Perfection!”
“Very meditative exhibition!”
“Chihuly’s got nothin’ on you Robert!: xoxo
“Love Robert Held’s work.  Visit his gallery every time in town.  Diverted to see show when saw poster.  Fabulous!”
“World Class!  Wow!”
“Exceptional, above-and-beyond anything here before in our little town!”
“I like the way the central benches evoke L’Orangerie in the Jardins des Tuileries in Paris.  Also brings back memories of Giverny.  Great vases, & imaginative use of glass to represent L’Orangerie, paintings circling room, Great Bridge in Centre”
“To sit, to listen, to feel.  To sense the beauty of the world through the eyes of the artistic soul.  That is Living!”

From an Exhibitor

Grant Leier, Nixie Barton and Paul Jorgensen exhibited at the MAC April 17 – June 2, 2018.

“Our experience at MAC was wonderful, Jennifer was a dream to work with as was Cheryl, the Gift Shop Supervisor, who organized the food for the opening reception.  Our return visits with clients was always met with professionalism and kindness, you have a very good thing going at the MAC, I would highly recommend your venue to anyone. Also, the three individuals who assisted with the installations were great too.

Best wishes for the success of your events, sincerely, Grant”