Nuu-chah-nulth basketry displayed at Rollin

Current exhibit, Solstice Arts Fest, summer kid’s programs and more on this week’s community art scene

The Community Arts Council is proud to present, Baskets and Keepsakes; Nuu Chah Nulth Basketry, a personal collection of Hugh Braker. You won’t want to miss this exhibit, featuring many beautiful examples of baskets, trinkets and other pieces from this collection. On now at the Rollin Art Centre until June 28.


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. Please RSVP by June 16 by calling the Rollin Art Centre at 250-724-3412.


The Solstice Arts Festival takes place from June 16 to 18 in the Rotary Arts District. From the Rollin Art Centre down to Tyee landing there are many great activities taking place all weekend. A free shuttle will be available from Tyee Landing to the Rollin Art Centre on Saturday only. Days with the Arts and music in the garden along with Art Rave takes place at the Rollin Art Centre Friday and Saturday where admission is free. Performances at the Capitol Theatre along with many other activities at Art Matters at the harbour Quay and Port Day at Tyee Landing will be happening on Saturday. A full schedule of events will be listed in next week’s Alberni Valley News.


The Rollin Art Centre invites children aged 7-12 to participate in our summer art programs. Camps run every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday beginning from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (for ages 7-9) and 1-3:30 p.m. (ages 10-12), and features a new theme each week. These summer art programs promise a creative outlet children need and enjoy that integrates art with learning. At each camp the children will fabricate stimulating artwork and foster friendships with peers. Our first camp begins July 4 and is titled Super Hero’s Unite. Call today for more info and to register, as space is limited. Check out the full summer line up on our Facebook page; Weekly camps $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.


Thursday, June 8- Stand Up Comedy – Brett Martin as seen on CTV and The Comedy Network

Sunday, June 11- Joe Stanton -Vancouver Island Tour – Singer/songwriter fingerstyle guitar

Thursday, June 15- NOMAD JONES roaming the Island – Hot New Bluegrass Band

Friday, June 16- 11 a.m.- 12 a.m.- Char’s opens early in support of Solstice Arts Festival

Saturday, June 17- 11 a.m.- 12 a.m.- Char’s opens early in support of Solstice Arts Festival

Saturday, June 17- Kirby – Bedroom folk pop

Sunday, June 18- 11 a.m.-12 a.m.- Char’s opens early in support of Solstice Arts Festival


Join us for an afternoon of music on Sunday, July 9 from 1-5 p.m. The Rollin Art Centre will be holding a musical afternoon in the gardens with 12 local musicians lead by Don Bergen. Bring your blankets or grab a table. Admission is by donation ($5 minimum). Money raised will help to benefit future programs at Rollin.

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