Alberni’s got water, music and rocking out happening.

Aborignal comedians, Maritime music and watercolour paintings are happening this week in Alberni's art scene.

Watercolours at gallery

A new  exhibit of watercolours by local painter Chris Motyka, is coming to the Rollin Art Centre.

Flowers, Fact, and Fantasy opens on Saturday, Mar. 5, and runs until Wednesday, Mar. 30.

Motyka will be in the gallery on March 12 from 1-3 p.m. to meet visitors.

Admission to the wheelchair accessible gallery is free.

First Nations funny business

Vancouver based Native comedians Brian Majore, Cliff Paul are coming to Port Alberni.

The pair and some special guests are performing at Port Alberni’s Capitol Theatre on Thursday, March 10.

The comedy performance is part of a first-of-a kind B.C. aboriginal comedy tour.

Showtime in Port Alberni is at 8 p.m.

Tix are $20 and are available by contacting Steven Tatoosh at 250-724-4041 ext 26 or 250-735-2334.

East to west coast music

Lorne Warr is known to bring his Newfoundland charm and East Coast tradition of kicking your heels up and having a good time to his performances.

Warr and fellow guest’s ‘The Streels’ are performing at the Capitol Theatre on  Friday, March 11. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.

‘The Streels’ are Jennie Bice (fiddle and vocals) and Brendan Rideout (bass and vocals).

Tickets are $18 adults, $16 senior (Age 65 and over) and are available at the Rollin Art Centre, Echo Centre and Somass Drugs.

All tickets at the door are $20.

Rock and gem show rolling

The annual Rock and Gem show is around the corner.

The event is at the Cherry Creek Community Hall on Saturday, March 12.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 13. Watch artisans work with natural rock, maybe making a piece of jewellery or carving a figure.

Admission is $2 per person, and admission is free for children under age 10 who are accompanied by an adult.

Spend a day with the arts

A self-guided tour of local artist studios and local artisans is coming this spring.

The tour takes place throughout the Alberni Valley on Saturday, April 16, and Sunday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More than forty-five artists will be demonstrating their  techniques and selling their wares.

Tickets will be on sale at the end of March.

Lots of books

are needed

The Community Arts Council is looking for books.

Reading material is needed on topics such as classics, science fiction, humour and reference.

Donations can be dropped off at the Rollin Art Centre, Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Donations must be first checked for tears and mould or must odours.

Jigsaw puzzles are also being accepted.

Readers Digest, encyclopaedias, National Geographic and textbooks aren’t being accepted.

* Gareth Flostrand writes Arts Around for the Community Arts Council.

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