Scheduled Demonstrations 2018/2019

Demonstrations are given by invited artists, September through May

September, 2018          Faith Love-Robertson

October, 2018              Corre Alice
Acrylic floral

November, 2018          Denise MacNeill

January, 2019              Leslie Gregory-Morgan
Mixed Media

February, 2019            Jan Evans

March, 2019                 Julie Lucich
Acrylic-Palette Knife

April, 2019                     Maureen Maryka

May, 2019                      Lucy Schappy



This year the summer event will be a bus trip to the Sooke Fine Arts Show.
Thursday August 2, 2018

The cost for the trip is $55 per person.  This includes entry fees to the gardens at Hatley Castle and to the Sooke Fine Arts Show as well as the tip for the driver.

Bus Pick-up begins at 8:00 a.m. at Wembley Mall in front of the Ocenside Arena.  The second pick-up will be at Woodgrove Mall in Nanaimo, behind Walmart near the Avalon Theatre.

First Stop:  Duncan at MacDonald’s for coffee (9:00-9:30)

Second Stop:  Hatley Castle and Gardens (Royal Rhodes) in Colwood.  This will give us some time for a self-directed garden tour and lunch break.  You can purchase food at the cafeteria at Hatley Castle or you can bring a lunch.  There are several spots that have benches in the gardens where you can sit and eat.

The last stop will be The Sooke Fine Arts Show.  This 11 day show and sale draws more than 8,000 art lovers from Canada, the U.S., and abroad to the SEAPARC LEISURE COMPLEX in Sooke.  More than 375 works of original island art are on display in a stunning 16,00 sq.ft., gallery.  Visitors can also enjoy daily artist demonstrations, talks, guided tours, live music, gift shop and bistro.  Thursday is senior’s day and a complimentary tea will be offered to all seniors.

Departure from Sooke will be at 3:00 p.m., sharp and the expected arrival in Nanaimo is 5:30 p.m.  Tour payments are non-refundable so if you cannot attend, you are encouraged to find a replacement.  There is a waiting list for this purpose.

Any further information or if you wish to add your name to the waiting list, please contact Ellen Stebbe at (250)468-2030




Some members of DeCosmos may be interested in joining one of the groups of enthusiastic artists that meet on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.

The artists, who work on their own projects, benefit from the camaraderie and suggestions of other attendees.

The groups meet at the McMillan Arts Centre, 133 McMillan Street in Parksville and participants share the cost of the room rental.  The number of participants is subject to the availability of space.



Summer Schedule 2018

July 10          11:00 a.m.  Community Garden behind Qualicum Beach Train Station or the white Church.  Park at train station and bring lunch and a chair

July 17          11:00 a.m.  The MAC.  We will sit on McMillan Street (grassy area) looking back at the MAC.  We can paint or sketch the Gallery.  Bring lunch and a chair.

July 24          11:00 a.m.  Es-hw Sm-nts Community Park, Oak Leaf Drive, off Dolphin Drive, Schooner Cove area.  Meet at the parking area across and behind the Parksville Tourist Bureau.  Back up is at Margaret Hudson’s house if it rains.

July 31          11:30 a.m. (note time).  Rocking Horse Pub, North West Bay Rd., Parksville.  We will buy lunch at the pub.  Bring chair.  Meet at the Pub

Everyone welcome….come and enjoy

Contacts:  Nancy Lyon at (250)752-5943 and Ann Tardiff (250)248-121


Community Facility Exhibits

DeCosmos members are invited to hang framed paintings or photographs in the Parksville Library.  The works are sold directly by the artist with 100% going to the artists and must be for sale.

Artwork is shown in the library for 6 months at a time and is changed each April and November.  The next change of artwork will be announced.  All artwork must be framed or suitably prepared for pubic presentation.  Unframed artwork is acceptable if done on gallery wrap canvas, painted on all sides.  Frames and mats must be in good condition with appropriate hardware and wire and be ready for hanging with a wire at the back.  Clip framing and any work not properly prepared will not be hung.