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McMillan Arts Centre in Parksville to host 4 exhibits through end of March

Works by Linda Greig, Katherine Meredith, DeCosmos Fine Arts Society and 6 photographers
Artwork by Linda Greig, left, and Katherine Meredith, right. (Submitted photos)

The McMillan Arts Centre (MAC) in Parksville has four shows on exhibit until the end of March.

The artwork of Linda Greig can be viewed in her show, Flower Power, until March 27.

In a release from the MAC, Greig said: “I am very fortunate to live on Vancouver Island where I am surrounded by lush forests, blue sea and where breathtaking flowers come to life each spring. The natural beauty around me never ceases to amaze and motivate me to create.”

Greig wrote that she paints mostly with acrylic and watercolour or pastels, and often embellishes her work with torn paper, fabric, yarn and other ‘found’ materials. Her art is intuitive with no detailed plan or preliminary drawing, where she will begin with an idea and see what emerges and responds to the combination of colours and marks on canvas.

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“After years of working within a strict timetable, I find that I deeply appreciate the freedom of simply reacting to a painting as it progresses,” she said.

Alongside Greig’s work, Katherine Meredith’s show, Explore with Me - lasting impressions!, can also be viewed until March 27.

Meredith said her exhibit is an exploration into the study of water and surrounding scenery. It is also an exploration of techniques and styles to produce different effects and feelings and emotions. Since Meredith retired from home renovations and picked up her paint brushes full-time, Vancouver Island has become the backdrop to her inspirations. Cityscapes in Victoria to water scenes throughout the Island all give her fantastic ideas for her creative interpretation. Meredith tries to capture the moment or memory on canvas and to explore various techniques to reflect the mood.

“Nature when looked at closely, very closely, shows spectacular shapes and colors that we tend to miss or ignore,” said Meredith.

Until March 27, the MAC will also exhibit the DeCosmos Fine Arts Society’s current show, Our Backyard. Members of the society have created a wide variety of art focused on the theme of ‘our backyard,’ be it literal or a local park. All the art in the society’s show will be either 12 by 12 inches, or six by six inches.

The PERSPECTIVES digital exhibit, in collaboration with Exposure Photography Festival 2022, will also continue in the Cloakroom Gallery at the MAC until March 31, and features the work of six photographers’ perspectives on photography and how it impacts an image-saturated world.

– NEWS Staff, submitted

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