OCAC board member Susan Wismer created this tree for the the Festival of Tiny Trees.

OCAC board member Susan Wismer created this tree for the the Festival of Tiny Trees.

Festival of Tiny Trees in Parksville

The Oceanside Community Arts Council and the McMillan Arts Centre are hosting their first Festival of Tiny Trees silent auction

The Oceanside Community Arts Council and the McMillan Arts Centre are hosting their first Festival of Tiny Trees silent auction.

The Festival of Tiny Trees is a fundraising event to support the MAC and its operations.

OCAC board member Kendra Martin said they wanted to bring attention to the MAC and to the local artisans.

“We wanted to do something festive,” Martin said. “We wanted to provide an opportunity for the community to come in and see the MAC and bring something festive.”

The tiny trees are created, decorated and donated by local artists, crafters and businesses. People can stop by the MAC (133 McMillan St., Parksville) to bid on the trees.

Martin said some of the artists are even doing paintings of tiny trees.

“It’s whatever their perception of what a tiny tree should be,” she said.

The tree drop-off is

Dec. 1 and 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The maximum height for the trees is 24 inches.

The trees will be on display for bidding starting Saturday, Dec. 3 until Thursday,

Dec. 15. Winners will be contacted on the afternoon of Dec. 15 with pickup the following day (Dec. 16).

A festive family reception will be on Dec. 3 from 1-3 p.m. at the MAC, along with the opening reception for the MAC December exhibition. There will be hot chocolate and cookies.

Martin said for this fundraiser, they have the City of Parksville, the Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce and local merchants involved.

Parksville city council approved $60 to help support the Festival of Tiny Trees at the Nov. 21 meeting.

“This time around it’s a little more community involved,” Martin said.