Soft Shore: where land and water meet

July 6  – September 1st, 2019



The Oceanside Community Arts Council and the McMillan Arts Centre are thrilled to announce their summer 2019 art installation project. Soft Shore: where land and water meet is an exploration of texture, colours and art methods in celebration of the beauty of the natural ocean shore landscape. Featuring a collaboration of artistic styles and narratives, Soft Shore blends fibre, wood, metal, acrylic, glass and photography in a community’s homage to the spectacular natural scapes of the Oceanside shoreline.



Meet our sponsors

Contributing Artists and Community Partners 

Robert Held

Robert Held Art Glass
Glass Artist, Installation Designer

Robert uses techniques that date back as long ago as 2000 B.C. however, his collections range from classic to contemporary. Some works are inspired by the paintings of famous artists such as Monet and Klimt, while others take inspiration from photographers and even interior designers. Robert’s glass work has been chosen for many prestigious awards and collections. His goblets were selected to grace the table of the Governor General’s “Perfect Setting” and his newest commissioned piece: a glass bowl encasing 23rd karat gold maple leaves and sparkling dichroic glass now sits in Her Majesty’s Royal Collection.

Christopher Smith

Glaskrafter Art Glass

Christopher Smith and his Glaskrafter Art Glass studio has been making fine stained glass, sand carved, fused and cast glass art since 1977. A designer and maker of quality art glass windows, lamps, skylights, doors, entry systems and all manner of kiln worked glass sculpture.

Haa’Yuups (Ron Hamilton)

Nuu-Cha-Nulth first nations

Haa’Yuups has been considered a leading Indigenous artist, scholar and historian for more than three decades now. He has previously worked with officials from the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., London’s British Museum, Paris’ Musee de l’Homme and Mexico’s Museo Nacional de Antropologia.

Nelson Shaw, Steel Artist

Blue Heron Steel Studio

Nelson creates a wide range of hand-crafted, steel sculpture and specializes in abstract art, home decor, and garden accents. 

Joe Bob, Carver and Ray Bob, Painter

Snaw-Naw-As (Nanoose) First Nation

With thanks to the Pacific Salmon Foundation, two original and unique pieces created specifically for Soft Shore.

Carved First Nations Salmon
Snaw-Na-Was Nation carver Joe Bob of the Nanoose First Nation has created this yellow cedar salmon carving with traditional colours. In Northwest Coast symbolism the salmon represents a life source and provider of food for all.


Original Painting 
Snaw-Na-Was Nation artist Ray Bob of the Nanoose First Nation has created this one-of-a-kind painting which depicts a salmon and the moon. In Northwest Coast symbolism, the moon is the protector and guardian of the earth. It watches over us and can change our moods. The salmon is a life source and provider of food for all.


Cristina Mittermeier Photography

“To roam the farthest corners of the Earth, where wild creatures live, is a privilege reserved for an adventurous handful. But even though most of us may never feel the chill of Arctic air through the frozen flap of an icy tent, images can help us understand the urgency many photographers feel to protect wild places. My work is about building a greater awareness of the responsibility of what it means to be a human. It is about understanding that the history of every living thing that has ever existed on this planet also lives within us. It is about the ethical imperative—the urgent reminder that we are inextricably linked to all other species on this planet and that we have a duty to act as the keepers of our fellow life forms.”

Pacific Salmon Foundation

The Pacific Salmon Foundation, founded in 1987, is a federally incorporated non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the conservation and restoration of wild Pacific salmon and their natural habitats in British Columbia and the Yukon.  Operating independently from government, The Foundation facilitates dialogue and undertakes positive initiatives in support of Pacific salmon amongst all levels of government including First Nations; as well as industry, communities, individual volunteers and all fishing interests.

ETHOS Programs

ETHOS presents awesome interactive displays and activities which explore our Oceanside coastline and the ongoing local community projects to protect our unique ocean ecosystems.  These events are free; some require pre-registration. Click on the link for further details and registration information.

August 1-30 Interactive Displays at the MAC – everyone welcome

August 7, 14, 21 – Coastal Stewards Youth Workshops – ages 8-12

August 6, 13, 20 – Beach Walk and Seining Events – everyone welcome