McMillan Arts Center in Parksville to host 3 new exhibits next month – Parksville Qualicum Beach News

The McMillan Arts Center (MAC) in Parksville will host three new exhibitions next month.

The work of Deborah Philipp, Debra Hagen and Jim Decker will be exhibited from May 3 to May 29.

Philip’s exhibition Residence Re-invent is a series of paintings, paying homage to the house, which began with watercolor studies and sketches on the iPad. It is a reimagining of the Vancouver Island landscapes she has explored over the years. Philipp moved to the island from San Francisco in 2007.

“Over the past two years with raging COVID and now with the events unfolding in Ukraine, I have had to rethink what home means to me. It is about our basic needs and beyond…a peaceful country, a comfortable home with people around you that you love,” Philipp said in a press release.

With his exhibition Tesselations – Mosaics in the modern world, Hagen hopes to educate, inform and excite viewers about a relatively unknown art form in Canada. As a mosaic artist, Hagen wishes to increase both audiences and knowledge of contemporary mosaic art.

She holds a master’s degree in education and has worked most of her life in public and post-secondary education. She focused on mosaics for almost two decades and during this time she completed a Masters in Mosaics at Orsonis Glassworks in Venice, Italy.

Hagen enjoys the challenge of combining a wide variety of tesserae in such a way that when viewers look closely, they will be delighted and surprised by what they find. The tesserae used may include crockery, glass tiles, smalti, pieces of jewelry, pebbles, shells, found objects and mirrors.

She will host several free artist talks at the MAC this month.

Decker’s exhibition, Oceanographer/Fauna/Landscapes, includes nature photography from land and sea, including underwater.

“While I always appreciate a beautiful portrait of any animal subject, whether it’s a bird, mammal or underwater creature, I generally strive to capture the subject with inside and interact with its surroundings or even sometimes with the photographer,” Decker said. “A bird in flight, an animal searching for food or a curious fish staring at the photographer always adds an extra element of interest to a photograph.”

Decker has been able to reconnect with his love of photography since retiring as a veterinarian. He embraced new camera technology and also started a new activity, recreational diving, which provided him with a whole new world to capture in pictures.

— NEWS staff, submitted

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