A woman garbed in a ceremonial headdress is one example of the colourful work that makes up ‘Women and Children from around the World’.

Alberni photography captures culture

A sprinkling of this, that and the other in Alberni's arts and entertainment scene.

The Rollin Art Centre is excited about our current art exhibit, which showcases local husband and wife photographers Ati and Orsi Gereb. The title of this incredible selection of vivid photographs is “Women and Children from around the World”.

The Gerebs’ exhibit runs until April 10. The Rollin Art Centre is open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. located at the corner of Eighth Avenue and Argyle Street. Admission is by donation and we are wheelchair accessible.

Artist focuses on forestry

“Cedar and Sawdust” is the title of the next art exhibit that will start Friday, April 12 at the Rollin Art Centre. This solo art exhibit by Charlotte Bell opens the doors of memory and imagination to explore years of working in, and observing, the coastal forest of British Columbia. Bell showcases a collection of her soft acrylic paintings.

Mark your calendars as you won’t want to miss this exhibit.

Big news for big band fans

Tickets are still available for the Harbour City Big Band’s annual dance on Saturday, April 6 at the Bavarian Centre on Fourth Avenue. Tickets are only $15 and are available at Rollin Art Centre, from any band members or at Pete’s Mountain Meats.

Book donations most welcome

It’s a date hundreds of people in the Alberni Valley look forward to every spring: the Community Arts Council’s annual book sale. Mark your calendars, as May 11 is the date for the big sale.

This is the Community Arts Council’s biggest fundraiser for the year to help keep the arts alive. In order for the sale to be successful, the arts council is seeking donations of books, puzzles, CDs and DVDs.

Please drop off all your gently used items to the Rollin Art Centre in the box located under the stairs.

Unfortunately we are not able to take text books, encyclopedias or library books. Thank you for your continued support.

Gracious, great words on fire!

Words on Fire Open Mic happens at Char’s Landing on Wednesday, March 27. This rendition will feature the Easy Writers writing group from Nanaimo. They will be launching their anthology Stones.

This highly entertaining group will feature poems, humorous stories, memoirs and storytelling. Open Mic will start the evening off with Alberni Valley writers showcasing their talents before the guests take over the mic.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The $5 admission covers refreshments, a draw and an evening of great entertainment.

Clock ticks for artists

The Rollin Art centre is accepting applications from any visual artists to submit an application to exhibit their work in the Fine Arts Gallery during the 2014 calendar year.

Here is your chance to have your own solo art exhibit or group exhibit. Application forms are available at the Rollin Art Centre or you can download an application at www.portalberniarts.com.

Deadline is April 30, 2013.Please call 250-724-3412 for more info.

Days with Arts looming large

Please mark on your calendars for the Community Arts Council Days with the Arts event, Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2.

New artists in town, or those who have not been contacted are asked to please call the Rollin Art Centre with contact information.

This popular biennial self-directed studio tour promises to highlight the excellent work of our artistic community. Tickets will be available in April.

What’s on at Char’s Landing

• Friday, March 22, 8-10 p.m., Jon Brooks CD release, folk music.

• Saturday, March 23, 7-9 p.m., MacBethie. A great little one act children’s play by Gwynne Hunt of Main Artery.

• Tuesday, March 26, 7-9 p.m., Misha Monroe-Open Mic.

Advance tickets for all these events are available at the Rollin Art Centre.

Live model drawing

Draw Gallery offers Life drawing. ‘Open Studio’ features live model figure drawing.

Newly added is a teen night, every Monday from 6–8 p.m.

Open Studio takes place every Tuesday and Wednesday from 6–8 p.m. The drop-in fee is $12.50. Artists can also pre-register for five sessions for $50 Space is limited; please call Astrid for more info 250-724-2056.

 

* Melissa Martin is the arts administrator for the Community Arts Council.