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Celebrate the arts in your community – become a member or renew your membership with the Oceanside Community Arts Council

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What your membership does…

  • Supports and promotes art, music and culture in Oceanside
  • Provides basic funding for activities like the McMillan Arts Centre, Artfully Aging and the development of future programs.
  • Fosters artist interaction with the public and encourages new talent through: performances, classes, workshops and exhibitions.

Membership has other benefits too…

  • Voting privileges at the Annual General Meeting
  • Exclusive members only eNewsletter with resources and information about upcoming community arts, music & cultural events
  • A 10% discount at the MAC Gift Shop
  • Eligible to sell your work in the Members Gallery and “Members Only” exhibits
  • Listing in our online Art and Culture Directory.  Get listed on our website!  Ideal for artists or groups to gain exposure online. (contact us for details on what you will need to provide).
  • Discounts on tickets for OCAC and MAC events
  • Discounts on MAC room rental rates
  • Advance sales for special events
  • Announce your art & cultural event in our members eNewsletter
  • Bring in a new OCAC member and get a $20 credit at the MAC Gift Shop

 

Membership also means discounts with our partners:

ART GALLERY OF GREATER VICTORIA

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria prides itself on presenting a diverse assortment of exhibitions including showcases of our own Canadian, historical and world-class Asian collection, as well as creating, commissioning and hosting important contemporary exhibitions. Both the Canada Council for the Arts and the BC Arts Council recognized the Art Gallery for its outstanding presentations in recent years.

On permanent display is the work of British Columbia’s foremost historical artist Emily Carr. An exhibition including paintings, excerpts from her books and archival images offers an insightful look at this inspiring local artist who captured the BC landscape and the lives of its First Nations peoples in paint.

20% discount on admission costs, on showing card
www.aggv.ca

BAYSIDE OCEANFRONT RESORT, PARKSVILLE

As Parksville’s finest resort on Vancouver Island, the Bayside Oceanfront Resort is an iconic oceanfront property where all senses are indulged, the culture is authentic, the setting is gorgeous, and the experience is second to none. The Bayside Oceanfront Resort is one of the top family-friendly beachfront hotels in Parksville. Our downtown hotel provides a 100% non-smoking environment while showcasing panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean with direct access to miles of sandy beaches.

10% discount on food only in newly renovated restaurant (opening June 1) (not applicable on alcohol, Happy Hour, or holiday special event menus) Good for a table of 4 persons, 1 person to show card
www.baysideresortparksville.com

EMILY CARR HOUSE, VICTORIA 

This beautifully restored provincial and national historic site in Victoria, BC, was the birthplace of famed writer and artist, Emily Carr. Now the building and gardens are a vibrant cultural centre for education, exploration and mentoring. Join us as we launch a series of programs inspired by the themes of Emily Carr’s life. Participate in being creative in your community and being a community creatively.    

10% discount in gift shop, on showing card
 www.emilycarr.com

IRON OXIDE ART SUPPLIES, NANAIMO

We carry a large selection of art supplies such as: paint, brushes, canvas, cradled boards, canvas boards, raw canvas, oil paint, acrylic paint, gouache, watercolours, varnish, painting mediums, colored pencils, chalk pastels, oil pastels, charcoal, screen printing supplies, sketchbooks, calligraphy supplies, inks, chalk paint, watercolor paper, printmaking paper, drawing paper, tracing paper, easels, modeling clay, textile paints, and dyes. 

10% discount on showing card
 www.ironoxideartsupplies.com

KERRY’S CAR AND TRUCK CENTRE, PARKSVILLE

At Kerry’s, we believe in delivering exceptional customer service and offering the best value in automobile maintenance and repairs. We’ve built our reputation as one of the leading automotive companies in the Oceanside area.

Our commitment to you is to only undertake repairs after first ensuring we understand your concern, fully evaluating your trouble, and then explaining what is required in simple terms so that you understand all your options and can make the decision that is best for you.

10% discount on services at Kerry’s Car and Truck Centre, Parksville

www.safe-car.ca

PACIFIC BRIMM, PARKSVILLE

We hope that you have just joined the many customers who tell us what a great discovery we are. Just a block off of the Parksville Public Beach, we focus on ambiance, great customer service and fare to delight every palate.

We offer a full breakfast menu until 1pm, including traditional Bacon and Eggs, Omelets, Pancakes, and our own Brimm Eggs Benny.

Our lunch menu is made with only the highest quality ingredients. Enjoy our home made soups, thick deli sandwiches, or pick from our daily specials.

Meeting a friend or out to relax? New to the Brimm this May, is our liquor licence, we are really excited to be able to cater any event for you with food and drink.

Come on in and enjoy the cozy atmosphere or the fabulous court yard and the friendly staff not to mention the great culinary selections, craft beer on tap and local BC wines or mimosas!

See you soon!

Yours in Food & Drink, Bee and her awesome staff and our Team at the Brimm. 

10% discount on showing card on food and drinks, including catering but not on alcohol
 www.pacificbrimm.ca

PARKS WEST, PARKSVILLE.

Visit us in-store and browse our selection of art supplies for drawing, painting, & printmaking on canvas, sketchbooks or paper.

10% discount on art supplies (not including printing)
 www.parkswest.com

QUALICUM ART SUPPLY AND GALLERY, QUALICUM BEACH

     10% discount on showing card
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QUALICUM BEACH CAFE, QUALICUM BEACH

  Welcome to the Qualicum Beach Cafe, a true west coast hospitality experience with an ocean view! Operators Eli Brennan and Alan Tse bring with them more than 20 years of restaurant experience. Our sister restaurant, the Water St Café has been a Vancouver staple for over 32 years. Eli, Alan, and team of hospitality professionals have embraced their new locale in Qualicum Beach by supporting local suppliers and community organizations. Our Team has the utmost gratitude to our guests and our community, and we thank you for your support.  We look forward to hosting you!

The first Thursday of the month is OCAC members’ night with 15% discount on food (only) for a member and up to 3 guests (in-room dining only – not applicable for patio dining ).  Covid restrictions apply.
https://www.exploretock.com/qualicumbeachcafe/

QUALICUM BEACH MUSEUM;

The Qualicum Beach Historical and Museum Society was incorporated under the Society Act of British Columbia on March 29, 1984. The Constitutional mandate of the Society is outlined below.

The mandate of the Qualicum Beach Historical and Museum Society is to acquire, preserve and present its social history, natural history (paleontology), aboriginal history and archival collections, in a manner consistent with its resources and capabilities, to promote the interest, support and involvement of area residents and visitors and contribute to the cultural and economic development of our community.

– OCAC and Milner Gardens & Woodland members receive 10% discount in the gift shop of Qualicum Beach Museum

– Qualicum Beach Museum and Milner Gardens & Woodland members will receive 10% discount in the McMillan Arts Centre Artisan Gift Shop

https://qbmuseum.ca/

MILNER GARDENS & WOODLAND

A seaside garden in Qualicum Beach on the east coast of Vancouver Island, BC – 28 hectares of unspoiled natural beauty perched on the edge of an oceanside bluff overlooking the Strait of Georgia and one of best attractions in Parksville Qualicum Beach.

– OCAC and Qualicum Beach Museum members receive 10% discount in the gift shop and 10% discount on plant sales at Milner Gardens & Woodland (can’t be combined with other discounts)
– Qualicum Beach Museum and Milner Gardens & Woodland members will receive 10% discount in the McMillan Arts Centre Artisan Gift Shop

https://milnergardens.viu.ca/

NANAIMO ART GALLERY

The Gallery was founded in 1976 as the Madrona Exposition Centre by a group of dedicated faculty at Malaspina College, now Vancouver Island University. Nanaimo Art Gallery operated the purpose-built gallery on campus until May 2015, when we amalgamated at our downtown location at 150 Commercial Street.

Over the past several years, the Gallery has moved through a phase of significant transformation to reposition itself in the communities we serve and to enhance our capacity. We have re-imagined and enriched our integrated exhibition and education programs, created new partnerships, strengthened our relationships with artists and audiences and expanded our staff cohort.

– OCAC, Qualicum Beach Museum, and Milner Gardens & Woodland members, all receive 10% discount in the Nanaimo Art Gallery Gift Shop.

https://nanaimoartgallery.ca/

VIU ElderCollege, NANAIMO

VIU ElderCollege is world-wide. VIU ElderCollege was established in 1993 with a purpose of providing life-long learning opportunities for people who are 50+ in the communities from Ladysmith to Bowser for the courses held in person, and world-wide for our online courses!

Life-long learning is widely recognized as important to an enriched and stimulating lifestyle and good mental health in today’s rapidly changing world.

OCAC members will receive $10 credit towards any VIU ElderCollege course or
membership.  OCAC members must call 1-866-734-6252 in order to receive the credit
adm.viu.ca/eldercollege

WHISTLING GARDENS, WILSONVILLE, ONTARIO
We are now home to North America’s largest public Peony Collection! Our fall planting additions introduce a total assortment of over 1,200+ varieties!

The Conifer Collection now surpasses 2,000 different species, hybrids and cultivars. This collection is the largest in North America on public display. Many specimens in the collection are the only ones in the country, and also features one of the rarest plants in the world – Baishan Fir (Abies beshanzuensis).Only 3 wild specimens remain!!

Group rate of $12.75 pp for 10 or more
http://whistlinggardens.ca/   

 

PURCHASE OR RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP

Pay your fees in person at the OCAC Office in the McMillan Arts Centre or online below.

Membership fees:

  • Individual – $35
  • Senior/Student – $30
  • Family – $60
  • Non Profit Groups/Organizations – $50
  • Corporate – $75

Purchase your OCAC membership online here:

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