MAC’s summer facility will focus on Shelly Creek in Parksville – Parksville Qualicum Beach News

The McMillan Arts Center (MAC) summer installation will focus on Parksville’s Shelly Creek.

‘The Tale of One Urban Creek’ will take place at the MAC (133 McMillan St.) from July 2 through August 28.

“Focusing the artistic narrative on Shelly Creek in Parksville, these incredible local artists are bringing their incredible talents to create an exhibit that will showcase the history of one of the last local waterways that are home to salmon and trout populations and what we can do to maintain and even improve for future generations to enjoy,” read a statement from the arts center.

Three painted canvases will serve as the backdrop for a population of glass and steel cutthroat trout and a large aerial map of Shelly Creek populated with photos of the area’s flora and fauna. The centerpiece of the installation is a simulated glass waterfall in a rain garden.

“The Tale of One Urban Creek” features works by artists Kelly Corbett, Deborah Freeman, Haa’Yuups, Robert Held, David Mackenzie, Jesse Recalma, Nelson Shaw and Christopher Smith.

It follows Shelly Creek from its source in Errington farmland, past Little Mountain to its confluence with the Englishman River just below Martindale Pond.

MAC Studio B will be dedicated to the ETHOS 2022 program. Mid Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society (MVIHES), VIU Deep Bay Marine Station, Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute (MABRRI), Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) Drinking Water participate in creative activities in the studio and on the beach. and Watershed Protection Program and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO).

These ETHOS partners have planned a month of free activities for visitors, including beach seining and boardwalks, the Coastal Stewards program, water conservation activities and interactive exhibits, including creature tanks. pond and stream and microscope activities.

The MAC will also welcome a guest speaker, Deborah Jones, at the end of August. For the past 15 years, Jones has been instrumental in the City of Delta’s highly collaborative and successful Rain Garden Program, according to the MAC release.

Delta is midway through the second decade of its rain garden program, which could also be adopted locally to improve and protect waterways. In 2021, Jones was awarded Life Membership of the Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC.

His thoughts do not focus on the technical details of creating rain gardens and instead focus on the social dimension.

— NEWS staff, submitted

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