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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

  • Awarded Paintings Exquisite Corpse Project 2022
  • Glow In The Dark Dancers - Exquisite Corpse Gala 2022 Photo Credit - Pattiann Withapea
  • All 15 paintings by the 2022 Exquisite Corpse Artistic Team - 45 Artists
  • All 15 Exquisite Corpse paintings on display at the Bayside Resort in 2022. Photo by Keyur Panchal.

The Exquisite Corpse - Collaborative Painting Project - Unveiling & Evening Gala


Culinary & food Fashion & costumes Music Painting Visual arts
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The Bayside Oceanfront Resort

240 Dogwood Street

Parksville, BC

Directions: Parking Available Onsite. Cash Bar Open for Guests Over 19 Years of Age.


Free, and accepts optional pay-what-you-may donations for admission.

Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible, has gender-neutral washrooms, and is a relaxed performance.


The Exquisite Corpse Painting Project has been the highlight of our Culture Days for the past two years and it’s back by popular demand for 2023. The Artistic Team is comprised of 45 Artists, seventeen returning from last year and twenty eight new members, curated by Lead Artist & Project Manager, Pattiann Withapea. Beginning in early September, the 45 member team will begin to paint 15 canvases over a period of three weeks in this collaborative project. Artists paint a 12” x 12” segment of a 36” x 12” canvas in succession while only seeing a one inch strip of the painting above them. The canvases are covered and the final paintings will be revealed at our Unveiling Gala Evening where the Artists and the Public will see the artworks for the first time together and the participants will find out who they collaborated with. The reveal is exciting and full of visual surprises.

Guests can expect a wonderful celebration of Visual Art, Culinary Art, Music, Dance, Fashion and an Exquisite Corpse Cocktail created by the Resort. The dress code for the event is to dress in anything that you define as “Exquisite”. This could be anything from a vintage treasure from your personal closet, a handmade garment or accessories, a costume, ethnic clothing, fancy footwear, crazy hats or headgear…it’s all exquisite. The fashions make the evening truly unique and the personal expressions make for great collective energy.

After the collection of paintings have been revealed, awards will be presented and Artists will be introduced to their collaborators. There will be a professional videographer and photographer on-site to capture the special moments. There will be a fast paced “live auction” of the 3 awarded paintings and a silent auction of the additional 12 paintings.

The venue, the Tidal Room at the Bayside Resort in Parksville, has plenty of parking, accessible washroom facilities, and is wheelchair friendly.

The Evening Gala is open to the Public but space is limited due to fire regulations. Tickets to the Gala are given to each participating Artist and their guest first, and the remaining tickets will be offered to the Public beginning September 4th on a first come first served basis until capacity has been reached. The paintings will be displayed from October 1st through October 16th for all to enjoy.



Oceanside Community Culture Days

The Oceanside Community Arts Council. The McMillan Arts Centre is the jewel in the Oceanside Community Arts Council’s crown. It embodies everything that a true community arts centre should be. Year round the M.A.C. is the bustling centre for all things Arts & Culture in our Oceanside community as well as a destination “must visit” for thousands of tourists that flock to Parksville in the warm Summer season. There are 3 Galleries located inside the M.A.C. along with a Digital Gallery and a fabulous Gift Shop that is filled with unique works by local Artists & Artisans. There are Exhibitions in the Galleries throughout the year, an ongoing series of Arts & Craft Classes, Poetry Readings, Music Classes, Dance Groups, Chorale Groups, and more. It’s all happening at the M.A.C. Activities for everyone from children to our seniors are plentiful and diverse.

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The Oceanside Community Celebrates BC Culture Days 2023

Pattiann Withapea Artist & Curator Parksville, BC

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