Table rentals for this year’s Solstice Arts Festival are still available through the Rollin Art Centre. SUBMITTED PHOTO.

Artists invited to rent tables for Solstice Arts Festival

Table rentals are $60 for this free two-day festival

The second annual Solstice Arts Festival- Days with the Arts takes place June 16 and 17 and we still have space/tables available if you are an artist who would like to display and sell your artwork on the grounds at the Rollin Art Centre. Table rentals are $60 for this free two-day arts festival. Lots of activities are being planned, from live music to family art activities in the garden. Live performances at: The Capitol Theatre, Art Matters Art Centre and Port Day taking place at the new Tyee Landing, with shuttles running from the Rollin Art Centre down to Tyee Landing. Tables are limited.


Invitation to all local artists: please join us at the Rollin Art Centre, outside terrace, for an afternoon to celebrate art. Meet other local artists, share ideas and bring any current artwork you would like to share. No formal speeches, just an afternoon of gathering on Sunday, June 25 from 1-4 p.m. Hope to see you all there. Please RSVP by June 16 by calling the Rollin Art Centre at 250-724-3412.


Featured at the Rollin Art Centre is artist Alice Chiko, whose water colours and drawings will be showcased until May 26.

Chiko’s watercolours transport you into a beautiful summer garden. Tranquil and serene, it’s an exhibit you won’t want to miss.


If you are looking for something fun and creative for your children this summer, then stop by the Rollin Art Centre to register your child, ages seven to 12, for a summer of fun, friendship and art. Camps run every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday beginning at 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (for ages seven-nine) and 1 to 3:30 p.m. (ages 10-12), and features a new theme each week.

First camp begins July 4 and is titled “Super Hero’s Unite.” Call today for more information and to register, as space is limited. Check out the full summer line up on our Facebook page, weekly camps cost $50.


The Rollin Art Centre Teas on the Terrace will once again be back with right teas this summer. Join us in the garden for another wonderful new musical line-up along with Harvest Thyme Fine Foods serving a light lunch/High Tea at two of the eight teas while serving strawberry shortcake for the remaining six teas. Tickets are $17 for (high tea) which includes a light lunch, or $12 for our Low Tea that includes strawberry shortcake. Tickets sell out quickly. Musical Line up: July 6 (low tea)- 14-year-old Morgan Schoen – acoustic pop and alternative artist. July 13 (low tea) -Dennis Olsen – classical guitar, blues, rock and country. July 20 (low tea) Bluegrass Fever – crowd-pleasing bluegrass bands. July 27 (high tea) – Old Time Fiddlers – influenced from traditional Canadian, folk, country, bluegrass, Celtic and old world music. Aug. 3 (low tea)- Dennis Olsen – Aug.10 (low tea) -Crimson Sky- bluegrass tunes, Irish ballads, old civil war tunes and contemporary songs. Aug. 17 (high tea) Folk Song Circle. Aug. 24 (low tea) Paul Kurcz.


Barkley Sound Choir is set to sing “Good Times, Good music, Good Memories” is the theme of the Barkley Sounds concert on Sunday, May 23. In a nostalgic mood, the choir takes us back to ’50s rock and roll and popular hits from the ‘60s.

This year director Bonnie Wallbank has added local flavour with songs about Port Alberni. Choir member Val Geist wrote the lyrics and Phil Wallbank wrote the music for these entertaining numbers. Special guests are Phil’s Harmonics String Orchestra and guitarist Dennis Olsen.

The concert takes place at the ADSS Theatre at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets available at the Rollin Art Centre (cash only)

Melissa Martin is the arts administrator for the Community Arts Council. Call 250-724-3412.