Meetings | Scheduled Demos | Workshops | DeCosmos Arts Year

Studio / Plein Air Time | Community Exhibits | Annual Bus Tour

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Regular monthly meetings are held from September to May on the 3rd Thursday of the month at:

The Conference centre

Jensen Avenue


Meetings begin at 1:00 p.m. with a short business session, followed by refreshments and socializing. A presentation from an invited guest artist begins about 1:45 p.m. and lasts for about an hour. There is no charge for members to attend the demo and guests are welcome for a $5 donation.

There are no scheduled meetings in June, July and August.

The annual bus tour is usually scheduled in June.

December’s meeting is usually a Christmas party.

Scheduled Demos

DeCosmos Arts Year 2017-2018 demos 

October  Demo:  Melanie Barnes, watercolourist
November  Get prepared for the Art Card competition to be held at the December meeting.  Demo:
December  Art Card competition is usually held during our December Christmas meeting. There will be no demo at this meeting.
January Demo:  Brenda Castonquay  Enhancing/replicating texture on photos
February  Demo: Brian Buckrell
March Demo: Pam Young/Val Taylor  Paper art/collage
April Demo: John Hofman

Changeover of Members paintings and photographs at Parksville Library

May AGM  Demo: Carrie Osborne
June Plein Air replaces studio time for June through August.
July No meeting.  Plein Air

July 1, 2017 Members’ Exhibition

August No meeting. Plein Air
September/October 2017 First meeting of a new year for members. Membership renewal takes place.

Studio and Plein Air Schedule

Members of DeCosmos who are interested in painting or drawing with other artists, are welcome to join us at the McMillan Arts Centre on Tuesdays from September through June from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

The cost of the room which is $45 is shared between the participating artists.  Members may join on a full-time or drop-in basis.  Drop-in participants are asked to pay $5 per session.

In July, plein air sessions are scheduled in the area.  Locations are published on the website in the Members’ Area under DeCosmos Arts Year.   In August, participating artists generally decide amongst themselves where they would like to paint.

Community Facility Exhibits

Opportunity to Exhibit on an Ongoing Basis

DeCosmos members are invited to hang framed paintings or photographs at the Parksville Library.  The paintings and photographs are sold directly by the artist with 100% going to the artist and must be FOR SALE.
The pieces hang for six months at a time and are changed each April and November.

The next change of our Artist’s paintings & photographs in the  Library will take place on  November 2nd, 2017.   Paintings that were hung in  April should be picked up at this time and date as there are no storage facilities.
 If you have any questions, please contact Ken Morgan or Mary Unger.  Paintings must be properly framed and wired for hanging.
Preparation of Art Work for Hanging

All Artwork must be framed or suitably prepared for public presentation.
Unframed Artwork is acceptable if done on Gallery Wrap Canvas, painted on all sides.
Frames & Mats must be in good condition, with appropriate hardware and wire.
All Work must be prepared for hanging by a wire at the back.
Clip framing and any work not properly prepared will not be hung.
Final decision will be at the discretion of the people hanging the pictures and the show coordinator.
Annual Bus Tour

In June of each year a bus tour takes members to see studios, shops and galleries in other communities.  The tour is usually a full day trip and is provided to members at cost. Passengers are picked up from and returned to several collection points. The tour is organized by volunteers well in advance, allowing for ticket sales to start at the March meeting and continuing in April if still spaces available.

Due to lack of volunteers, we did not have a bus trip in 2017.