5 New Exhibits Open at McMillan Arts Center in Parksville – Parksville Qualicum Beach News

Five new exhibitions are presented at the McMillan Arts Center (MAC) in Parksville.

Works by Stephen Cole, Maxx Duncalfe, Irene Orrom, Nicky Morgan and Jennifer McIntyre will hang at the arts center until October 23, according to a press release from the MAC (133 McMillan Street).

Cole “has a deep desire to connect or communicate with the essence of who we are,” the statement said. “A self that is most present when sculpting. If his stone carvings had a theme, it would be living a mindful mindful life.

His exhibition, Truth in Chaos, includes stone, hydrostone, concrete, wood, glass, cold cast bronze, resin, pigments and metal in his unique sculptures and wall art. Stone carvings have the strongest connection for Cole, but he also enjoys exploring the combination of different and dissimilar mediums.

Seven years ago, he combined a sand sculpture with a cast of life and recast the result into hydrostone. This inspired the Mermaid series of hydrostone, pigments, bronze powder and acrylics. Since then, he has combined casts from nature and sculpture in a constantly evolving series.

Painting is still a passion for Stephen as he explores different mediums and techniques. He uses acrylic, mixed media, resin, pigments, cold cast bronze on canvas, cardboard and glass.

He has participated in numerous group exhibitions on Vancouver Island, Vancouver and Gabriola. His stone sculptures won Best in Stone at the Ladysmith Fine Art Show in 2021 and 2018. Cole was chosen as one of 50 artists to participate in the Global Art Festival 2020 in Gujarat, India, where he carved and created two sculptures in the White Desert. of Kutch.

Duncalfe grew up in a remote part of northern Canada.

“I developed a closeness to the natural world as a young child,” she said in the statement. This kinship and connection to the west coast of British Columbia and Gabriola Island, where she has resided for 15 years, is the basis of her art. Nature’s patterns and textures are transformed into strikingly realistic pieces.

Duncalfe creates cushions and plush seating that echo the smooth shapes of river rocks and waves, sanded stones and ocean-patterned resin art on wood – creating charcuterie and cutting boards using the natural elements of wood.

She is a self-taught artist, living on the island of Gabriola, who mainly works with wood, resin and wool.

Surrounded by the beauty of nature’s elements, Duncalfe lets pieces evolve organically, allowing each to be its own unique voice.

from Orrom Recognize uncertainty The exhibition revisits the process of collage as a method of rooting the concept of the present before extending the process of approaching the paradigm of control by superimposing line, blocks of color and gestural marking.

Orrom was born in Edmonton and worked as an X-ray technologist for many years before studying fine arts at the University of Alberta.

Morgan’s exhibition title, Perfect locationrefers to a common theme in his new body of mixed media paper assemblages and collages.

“Making art for me is an essential part of who I am and how I interact in the world,” Morgan said in the release. “From an early age, I recognized the importance of artistic expression. Whether through painting, drawing, writing or even music, creativity helped define who I was and still am today. The process of artistic creation is as personal as it is mysterious.

She works with color, value and form in various mediums. Recurring images, shapes and symbols often emerge in his work. Morgan believes in trusting the process, which helps roll out new ideas, is essential. An unexpected is simply an opportunity for the next experience.

Morgan has worked as an exhibiting artist, educator, children’s book writer and illustrator, and community art advocate. As a board member of the North Vancouver Public Art Committee and Chair of the Fund for the Arts on the North Shore, she believes that art plays an important role in a healthy community.

TILT! by McIntyre asks what happens when the perspective tilts?

The traditional still life changes dramatically as surfaces, objects, and spaces relate in new and unfamiliar ways. Add a vibrant color palette and variety of patterns plus a visit to the florist and my new still lifes have an energetic, surprising and playful presence.

“I spend as much time as possible in my studio,” said McIntyre, who works in mixed media, acrylic painting and printmaking. “I’ve always been interested in design and enjoyed working with patterns and colors in still lifes.”

For McIntyre, each painting is an enigma to be solved: the combinations and choices of colors, the contrast of darkness and light, the exploration of dominance and subtlety, the taking into account of the nuances of composition are all challenges. .

Her work has been exhibited in apartment hotels, restaurants, galleries, community art centers and studio tours. She was also a member of the Oak Bay Arts Advisory Committee.

As a teenager, McIntyre attended Saturday classes at the Vancouver School of Art and the Banff School of Fine Arts. She trained as a teacher at the University of Victoria, majoring in visual arts and English, and began teaching high school at age 22.

McIntyre added classes in graphic design, photography, ceramics, drawing, printmaking, and painting. She earned a Masters of Education from the University of Oregon in Curriculum and Instruction, with a specialty in Community Education.

— NEWS staff, submitted

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