Alberni’s Rollin art not just for display

Sandy McRuer paints a silhouette of a heron onto a banner in the Community Arts Council’s banner project.

Art sale at the Rollin

Don’t miss an opportunity to acquire something unique in the Rollin Art Centre’s One-Day Art Sale on Saturday, June 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Items for sale include: original paintings (such as D. Helen and Mizue Yoneda), framed and unframed prints (including Robert Bateman, Robert Aller, Grant Fuller), vintage metals, wood, baskets, animal hides (suitable for making musical instruments) and pottery.

Items are from Canada and around the world.

Banner fun for families

You are not too late to be a part of the Arrowsmith Rotary Club and their partners’ fun days of banner painting.

Come and paint one of the colourful 72×26-inch banners that will hang on Argyle Street between June and early fall.

The banner material, stand, paint and brushes will be provided at the Community Paint-In, Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5 at the Kinsmen Community Centre (off Vimy Street).

Drop by the Rollin Art Centre and pick up your registration for $10 per banner.

Rick Scott in concert

Rick Scott, a father of six with eight grandchildren, combines music and humour in lively participatory concerts for all ages.

McLean Mill is pleased to announce that Scott will be performing a family concert at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 11 as part of the Steam Spring Special Event.

For more info, please call 250-723-1376 or e-mail

Leisure to suit all art tastes

Marilyn Ridsdale was born in Wales and immigrated to Canada when she was young, first settling in Winnipeg and then North Vancouver.  After a few moves in her adult life, Ridsdale and her husband found themselves in Nanaimo.

Now, she is featured in an exhibit at Rollin Art Centre.

Ridsdale first painted in watercolours then in 1992 changed to acrylics; nature is now her biggest attraction.

Ridsdale and her friends Rod Corraini and Eunmi Conacher have a joint exhibit of acrylics, beeswax and oil paintings at the Rollin Art Centre. The show is open until Wednesday, June 22. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free. The building is wheelchair accessible.

It’s seniors week at Rollin

The Rollin Art Centre honours seniors by offering those 65 and older a 10 per cent discount on any purchase from the gallery or gift shop between Tuesday, June 7 and Saturday, June 11.

While in the gallery, enter the free draw for a limited edition print.

Well done, Players!

The Community Arts Council of the Alberni Valley congratulates the Portal Players Dramatic Society for a successful North Island Zone Drama Festival.

Congratulations to the prize winners from The Importance of Being Earnest.

Spots still available

There are still a few places available in the writer’s workshops being help on July 30 at North Island College.

These workshops are part of Alberni Forest Fest’s Words in the Woods.

For more info and a registration form, go to the Alberni Forest Fest website:

Gareth Flostrand writes Arts Around for the Community Arts Council.

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