A piece of artwork by an Alberni high school student that will be featured in “Arts in the Schools” until March 29. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Art in the Schools opens this week

Youth artwork will be displayed at Rollin Art Centre

The current art exhibit at the Rollin Art Centre is “Art in the Schools,” featuring a very talented group of young artists displaying all original art work.

This amazing exhibit will run until March 29. Join us in the gallery this Saturday, March 10 from 1-3 p.m. for an opportunity to meet and support these amazing young artists.


Join Cynthia Bonesky on April 7 and 8 at our spring workshop, Fabulous Fabrics. Learn how to make a fabric collage. It’s fun: using scrap fabrics, create unlimited designs and shapes. No rules here!

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Athletic Hall. Register at the Rollin Art Centre for $125 for the two-day workshop.


The Community Arts Council is in great need of books for our annual giant book sale.

This event is one of the Arts Council’s biggest fundraisers of the year and we need your help. Please drop off all your gently used books to the Rollin Art Centre.

We accept pocket books, hardcover books, table books, puzzles, games and CD and DVDs, however, please no textbooks, magazines, National Geographic, encyclopedias or Reader’s Digest.

Drop off all donations just inside the main door just under the staircase, in the BIG wooden box.


Farming in the Alberni Valley is the topic for the Historical Society’s meeting on Thursday, March 15.

Speakers will include Bill Thomson, Anna Lewis and a member of the Dyson Family. This free presentation takes place in the Alberni Valley Museum at 7 p.m. and all are welcome. For further information, call 250-724-4855.


Are you an artist who has always dreamed of having your very own art exhibit? The Rollin Art Centre is now accepting applications from all visual artists and artist groups to apply to exhibit their ART at the Rollin Art Centre in 2019.

Don’t miss this opportunity to have your own art exhibit or group exhibit. Application forms are available at the Rollin Art Centre or on our website. Deadline is April 30, 2018. The Gallery is located at the corner of 8th and Argyle St., and open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. Call 250-724-3412 for more info.


June 15 and 16 is our third annual Solstice Arts Festival, when the city will come together to celebrate art, music, culture and heritage. The Rollin Art Centre is looking for any interested artists to be included in this year’s Solstice Arts Festival. Two options are available: table rentals at the Rollin Arts Centre for $60, or, if you have a gallery or studio, our Days with the Arts self-guided tour for $45. Both are great options. For more details, contact the Rollin Art Centre or drop by today to register.


Friday, Mar 9, 8-10 p.m., Concert – Lonnie G with special guest Nomadic Ivories Nathanael Schaeffer

Saturday, Mar 10, 6:45 p.m. Fiddle Circle, 8-10pm Concert – Steve & Viv Ruskin with violinist Blaine Dunaway

Sunday, Mar 11, 7-9 p.m., Heather Costerton on Cruise Ship leave – Piano Lounge Entertainer

Thursday, Mar 15, 7- 10 p.m., Rock the Landing – Amateur Musicians Perform Pop & Rock

Friday, Mar 16, 8-10:30 p.m., Dance with Timeless – Golden Oldies & Country

Thursdays, 5-6:30, Lounge Music with Port Alberni’s own Dave & Gail Morton

Melissa Martin is the Arts Administrator for the Community Arts Council, at the Rollin Art Centre and writes for the Alberni Valley News. Call 250-724-3412.

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