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Sand sculptures now on display at the Parksville Community Park will literally get the spotlight at the annual light up at the Parksville Beach Festival Aug. 16-17. — Wendy Sears photo

Parksville Beach Festival going out with a bang

Fireworks, sand sculpture light up and more planned for final weekend of the year

Sand sculptures now on display at the Parksville Community Park will literally get the spotlight at the annual light up at the Parksville Beach Festival Aug. 16-17. — Wendy Sears photo
Order of Canada jazz musicians to play in Qualicum Beach

Order of Canada jazz musicians to play in Qualicum Beach

Don Thompson and Phil Dwyer to perform together at TOSH

Order of Canada jazz musicians to play in Qualicum Beach
Qualicum Beach artist sees beyond the driftwood

Qualicum Beach artist sees beyond the driftwood

Wayne Paquin artist creates unique art out of freshwater driftwood

  • Aug 11, 2019
Qualicum Beach artist sees beyond the driftwood
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Darrel Hancock's home studio
ShowBiz Minute: Efron, Gilbert, Box Office
Stranger Things 3 breaks record on Netflix
Actress Felicity Huffman arrives at Boston court
Congoles performing artist Mapumba Cilombo will instruct a class on African marimba, percussion and voice. — Submitted photo

World of music to resonate at Errington Hall

Learning for young and old available during Errington Youth World Music Camp

Congoles performing artist Mapumba Cilombo will instruct a class on African marimba, percussion and voice. — Submitted photo
Nanoose Bay artist illustrates best selling B.C. fly fishing book

Nanoose Bay artist illustrates best selling B.C. fly fishing book

Nana Cook renders meticulous copies of flies tied by BC fishing greats

Nanoose Bay artist illustrates best selling B.C. fly fishing book
File Photo                                Bluegrass Fever performs on stage at the 38th annual Coombs Bluegrass Festival. The festival is back, running Aug. 2-4.

Longest-running B.C. bluegrass festival celebrates 41 years in Coombs

Coombs Country Bluegrass Festival takes place Aug. 2-4

File Photo                                Bluegrass Fever performs on stage at the 38th annual Coombs Bluegrass Festival. The festival is back, running Aug. 2-4.
Qualicum Beach students create environmental art exhibit in Parksville

Qualicum Beach students create environmental art exhibit in Parksville

‘Garbage Buster’ students from Arrowview Elementary create installation at MAC

Qualicum Beach students create environmental art exhibit in Parksville
Emily Vance photo                                Dan Gray started TOSH’s Grand Prix d’Art in the mid-90s after being inspired by ‘plein air’ painters in Europe.

TOSH’s Grand Prix d’Art draws a crowd in Qualicum Beach

Annual ‘plein air’ painting competition has inspired similar events across BC

Emily Vance photo                                Dan Gray started TOSH’s Grand Prix d’Art in the mid-90s after being inspired by ‘plein air’ painters in Europe.
Courtesy of Art in the Park                                Kimberly Miller will display her paintings at this year’s Art in the Park event.
Courtesy of Art in the Park                                Kimberly Miller will display her paintings at this year’s Art in the Park event.
Emily Vance photo - Dan Gray congratulates John Hofman, who took home the first place spot for his painting of the Town Hall / Library.

PHOTOS: TOSH’s Grand Prix d’Art in Qualicum Beach

29 artists participate in ‘plein air’ painting around downtown Qualicum Beach

Emily Vance photo - Dan Gray congratulates John Hofman, who took home the first place spot for his painting of the Town Hall / Library.
Submitted photo                                 Rob Peterson presents Eileen Beadle, left, of Ovarian Cancer Canada with a cheque for $350. At right, Natalie Holloway and Cindy Lunde, co-chairs of the 2020 Lunch in support of Ovarian Cancer Canada.

‘Jazz Series’ raises funds for ovarian cancer research

Parksville musical series gives back to community - and plans for more

Submitted photo                                 Rob Peterson presents Eileen Beadle, left, of Ovarian Cancer Canada with a cheque for $350. At right, Natalie Holloway and Cindy Lunde, co-chairs of the 2020 Lunch in support of Ovarian Cancer Canada.
ECHO players thank community, look forward to 45th anniversary season
ECHO players thank community, look forward to 45th anniversary season
2019 will be the 26th year that The Old School House Arts Centre has hosted the Grand Prix d’Art. - Emily Vance Photo

Parksville Qualicum Beach events feature hundreds of artisan vendors

On tap: TOSH’s Grand Prix d’Art, Beach Festival’s Art in the Park, Qualicum Beach’s Art in the Garden

2019 will be the 26th year that The Old School House Arts Centre has hosted the Grand Prix d’Art. - Emily Vance Photo
Mike Bellis’s shop is full to the brim with wooden pieces that he’s carved over the past seven months. (Emily Vance photo)

Nanoose Bay carver goes all-in on projects

Bellis creates eight-foot totem as Christmas gift for wife

Mike Bellis’s shop is full to the brim with wooden pieces that he’s carved over the past seven months. (Emily Vance photo)
Omabuwa Edward-Dede’s rocking dance moves as Seaweed Stubbs. (Donald Emerson photo)

REVIEW: Bard to Broadway’s ‘Hairspray’ captivates from start to finish

Strong musical numbers deliver to a packed audience in Qualicum Beach

Omabuwa Edward-Dede’s rocking dance moves as Seaweed Stubbs. (Donald Emerson photo)
Mary Fox, Ladysmith Artist is open for Digital Business (Submitted photo)

Push on to establish Vancouver Island as an arts powerhouse

Island-wide conversation underway on how the arts and culture can amplify economic development

Mary Fox, Ladysmith Artist is open for Digital Business (Submitted photo)
Parksville poet Lorna Rasmussen, 13. (Photo submitted)
Parksville poet Lorna Rasmussen, 13. (Photo submitted)
When Brad Wood isn’t hard at work in his silviculture nursery, he’s in his wood-shop crafting his newest creation. (Emily Vance photo)

Nanoose Bay man fashions drums out of rare and unusual woods

Wood displays hand-crafted items at Beach Festival’s Art in the Park

When Brad Wood isn’t hard at work in his silviculture nursery, he’s in his wood-shop crafting his newest creation. (Emily Vance photo)
Blisk will be travelling up and down the island, with shows also scheduled in Victoria, Nanaimo and Duncan. (Courtesy of Blisk)

Eastern European and Balkan song and dance group coming to Parksville

Blisk will perform as part of Ground Zero Acoustic Lounge’s World Music Week

Blisk will be travelling up and down the island, with shows also scheduled in Victoria, Nanaimo and Duncan. (Courtesy of Blisk)
Eve Daniell performing in the role of Vitellia from Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito for the Royal Academy Opera in London. (Courtesy of Hanna Zushi-Rhodes)

Oldest log church on Vancouver Island celebrates 125th anniversary in July

London-trained Mill Bay-based opera singer to perform on July 18

Eve Daniell performing in the role of Vitellia from Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito for the Royal Academy Opera in London. (Courtesy of Hanna Zushi-Rhodes)