Arts Around Alberni: From celebration of light to banners that take flight

This, that and the other from here, there and everywhere (like a smorg) in Alberni's arts and entertainment scene.

“Countdown to Christmas”, is the title of this year’s Timbre! Choir performance, taking place Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2:30 p.m. at the Alberni Valley United Church. The performance will feature pianist Sarah Hagen of Courtenay.

Tickets for Countdown to Christmas are available at Rollin Art centre, Somass Drugs, Echo Centre, and Salmonberry’s. Get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Celebration of light was bright

I want to send a big thank you out to all the volunteers who helped out and to everyone who made it our first annual Celebration of Light. It was magical despite all the rain.

Thank you to the following: BC Hydro, The City of Port Alberni, Arrowsmith Rotary Club, Timbre! Choir, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, Handy Andy, all the school children who created such beautiful lanterns and luminaries, the Centennial Belles, Larry McGifford, Trent Martin and Erin Ryding for creating such incredible light sculptures.

If you would like more info about becoming a sponsor or helping to organize this event for 2013, please contact Melissa at the Rollin Art Centre, 250-724-3412.

A market transformed

Mistletoe Market will continue at the Rollin Art Centre until Dec. 22. Don’t miss this transformation of the gallery into a winter wonderland of treasures.

Items include creative woodwork, original paintings, glass art, jewellery, cards, knitted goods, canvas floor mats, photography, soaps, pottery, ornaments galore and much more.

Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The gallery is located at the corner of Argyle Street and Eighth Avenue.

Street banners up for sale

If you are one of the lucky ones to have painted a banner for 2012, they are still available for purchase at the Rollin Art Centre until the end of the year for $25.

After that time, the banners will be open for purchase by anyone who would like a piece of Port Alberni to hang on their walls. They will be available to the general public in 2013.

Traditional music at Trinity

Two evenings of traditional Christmas music are planned for Trinity Church, 4766 Angus St. (at Fifth Avenue).

Dec. 7th: Historic Organ Music of Christmas, featuring David Cox on the Allen organ.

Dec. 21: Sing your heart out with your favorite Christmas carols. Music starts at 7 p.m. each night. Admission is by donation. Please call 250-723-8362.

 

Melissa Martin is the arts administrator for the Community Arts Council.

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