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Brian Middleton's digital artwork of a mountain and lake in green hues

Brian Middleton and Diane McCarten “Still Evolving” Art Exhibit at the MAC in Parksville, BC

I’m excited about an exhibit at the McMillan Arts Centre in Parksville. (By the way, I had the pleasure of making the new website for the MAC).  Brian Middleton & Diane McCarten are partnering up for an exhibit called “Still Evolving”. It opens October 16th and runs until December 1st, 2018.  I haven’t yet seen Diane’s work, but I have seen Brian’s.

I am picky about art. Sometime earlier this year or maybe last year, I was at The Old School House Arts Centre in Qualicum Beach and there was a group exhibit on upstairs. My mother, who has a studio at TOSH, had said matter-of-factly “Brian does digital art now. He has a piece in this.” I found it, a landscape of angular mountains like crystals with rainbow colours above—was it titled “Where You Will Find Me”? I couldn’t stop analysing and talking about it and it’s title. I was impressed!

Brian Middleton, who is based in based in Parksville, BC, does art he calls “Virtual Impressionism”. He uses an iPad to create it. More from his website:

“”Virtual Impressionism” is the term I use to describe the essence of this work.

Originally, the term “Impressionism” was used to describe a movement in painting in mid-nineteenth century France.  It was characterized by a focus on depicting a visual impression of the moment, especially in terms of the shifting effect of light and colour.

“Virtual Impressionism” continues to focus on the changing effects of light and colour, but using the illuminated screen as canvas and virtual tools as brushes and paints.”

Hope this exhibit is well attended and good luck to Brian and Diane.


Brian Middleton & Diane McCarten – “Still Evolving”
October 16 – December 1, 2018
Opening Reception – Sunday, October 21 from 1-3 pm
McMillian Arts Centre: 133 McMillan Street, Parksville, BC

An image of the McMilian Arts Centre building

New website for the McMillan Arts Centre

The new website I designed for the McMillan Arts Centre in Parksville BC, has been up since July.  Feedback from visitors and MAC volunteers and staff has been great so far, which is encouraging. Working with Rhonda Roy (MAC Media) was a cinch and I especially enjoyed how we problem-solved together.  I’m glad I was able to meet (surpass?) the expectations of Jennifer Bate, the MAC Executive Director, and create a site that is user-friendly and on-brand for a community arts centre.  The MAC is growing—and helping to invigorate Parksville—and I hope the website I made facilitates and expediates this.

A special thanks to Heidi Abbott at OCAC for getting me this gig!


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