Variety of mediums at the MAC

Reception Friday kicks off January exhibitions at the McMillan Arts Centre

An eclectic mix of artwork by David E. Blackmore including this photograph is part of the January art exhibitions currently at the MAC.


An eclectic mix of photography, including South African wildlife and the Berlin Wall, as well as digital art and fine prints are part of an exhibition at McMillan Arts Centre (the MAC) this month.

The work is by photographer and artist David E. Blackmore, who moved to Qualicum Beach from Ottawa in 2010 following a career with the Medical Council of Canada.

Blackmore said he used to do a lot of photography, about 35 years ago, but then other things took priority. He got back into it thanks to encouragement from his wife and it began to snowball he said.

“For the last 15 years I’ve taken on the idea of becoming an artist,” he said, “it’s sort of a retirement project gone wild.”

Blackmore used to teach oil painting in Ottawa and has experimented with a number of art mediums over the years. The show in Parksville includes reproductions of his watercolour work, oil paintings, acrylics and even some fractal art, created by use of mathematics.

Blackmore created both small and large high quality prints for those who want to purchase art at a reasonable price, he said.

Locals may recognize Blackmore’s work from previous exhibitions he took part in at The Old School House Arts Centre. Photographs he captured there of the Mid Island Floral Art Club’s Christmas wreaths, were recently published in a New Zealand magazine.

Blackmore will be giving a talk about his work at the MAC’s Artist Reception on Friday, Jan. 11 from 7 — 9 p.m. Everyone is welcome and admission is free. Live background music will be playing and refreshments will be available.

The exhibition this month at the MAC also features the work from the Seniors Outreach Art Program (SOAP). The work honours the Art Centre’s 100th anniversary (marked this year) and features work inspired by art from the last 100 years. Seniors created pieces based on work by artists who broke traditional methods of painting like American Impressionist Mary Cassatt and Dutch Neo-Plasticist, Piet Mondrian. The January exhibitions at the MAC run to Jan. 26. For more information call 250-248-8185 or visit





Just Posted

PQB crime report: Thieves pilfer cash, root beer and hand sanitizer

Oceanside RCMP receive 249 complaints in one-week period

Solutions in sight for Parksville Qualicum Beach doctor shortage

With feasibility study funded, group shares vision of ‘campus of healthcare’

Raise the curtains: New outdoor theatre coming to Parksville

A $204,000 boost comes from Island Coastal Economic Trust

‘Handmade for Hope’ will run at Orca Place in Parksville

Grant received; program will run in different room

VIDEO: Boys help rescue Cariboo bear cub

The cub, weighing just 24lbs, has been taken to wildlife sanctuary in Northwest B.C. for the winter

Miller nets winner as Canucks edge Sabres 6-5 in OT

Roussel, Leivo tally two apiece for Vancouver

‘Norovirus-like’ outbreak interrupts Bantam hockey showcase in Greater Victoria

Several athletes were sent home, quarantined on the ferry

$578: that’s how much your first distracted driving ticket will cost with recent premium hikes

Over 50 per cent of Canadians admitted to using phone while driving last year, according to study

Kelowna man attempts to steal bait bike from RCMP parking lot

38-year-old Brian Richard Harbison is facing several charges

Bear raids freezer, gorges on Island family’s Christmas baking

Hungry bruin virtually ignored meat and fish, focused, instead, on the sweets

Second warning on romaine lettuce from California region as another E. coli case reported

Two cases of E. coli have been reported in relation to the illness in the U.S.

Residents in B.C. city could face 133% tax hike in ‘worst case’ lawsuit outcome: report

An average home could see a tax increase of $2,164 in one year

B.C. pharmaceutical company’s stocks double in value after successful lupus drug trial

More than 40 per cent of patients using voclosporin saw improvements in kidney function

Most Read