Arts around Alberni: from Christmas gear to a banner year

This, that and the other from Alberni's arts and entertainment scene.

Final time for Lines and Rhymes

This is the last week of a terrific show by Port Alberni artist Karen Poirier, whose work will be on exhibit at the Rollin Art Centre until Nov. 9.

Lines and Rhymes is the title of this show, consisting of a collection of florals and landscapes in watercolour and graphite. Poirier uses line, colour, shape and poetry to express thoughts and impressions that are a reflection of her world.

Catch bluegrass fever at Char’s

Don’t miss an evening of high energy bluegrass music Friday Nov. 4 at Char’s Landing.

Bluegrass Fever comprises Barrie Hemmings on banjo and vocals, Bob Johns on guitar and vocals, Kim Turner on mandolin, fiddle and vocals and Guy Langlois on upright bass and vocals.

The concert starts at 7p.m. Advance tickets are $10 and available by calling 250-730-1636.

Magic Cottage time again

Magic Cottage is an annual craft and gift sale, offering handicrafts and treasures for Christmas. The “cottage” is located at 3945 Fourth Ave. and will be transformed for Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Artisans Faire this weekend

The 29th annual Artisans Faire will be held at the Italian Canadian Hall, Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This Christmas craft fair is a treasure trove of handmade goodness, perfect for holiday shopping. Admission is free, eats and treats provided by the Bread Of Life.

Take a ticket to Timbre choir

Love, Laughter and Legends: Broadway to the Beatles, is Timbre! Choir’s next concert.  It takes place this Sunday, Nov. 6 at the ADSS Auditorium at 2:30 p.m. Season and single tickets are on sale at the Rollin Art Centre.

Much ado about Mistletoe

This year the Mistletoe Market at the Rollin Art Centre will take place from Nov. 12 through Christmas Eve. You won’t want to miss the gallery all dressed for Christmas, and you just might be able to find all those gifts for that special someone.

Christmas in the Valley

It’s that time of year again, for the Giant Christmas Craft and Arts Fair.

The fair kicks off Friday, Nov. 11 from 3–8 p.m. and continues Saturday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Glenwood Centre, 4480 Vimy St.

From Celtic to the classics

Join Haley Dwolinsky, Beverly Hintz, Margaret, Julian and Robert Growcott, Claudette Sjerven and Julia Turner at Char’s Landing for an afternoon of Celtic to classic music on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2:30 p.m.

This event is a fundraiser to help pay for a wheelchair ramp at Char’s Landing. Admission is by donation. As there is limited seating, please call 250-730-1636 to reserve.

Christmas at the village

Experience Christmas past at McLean Mill from Dec. 2–4.

On Friday, Dec. 2 from 3–8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the historic mill site will be transformed into a Christmas village. Crafters with wares from pottery to jewellery and everything in between will take over the historic buildings.

The Work of Heart group will also be there, having moved their craft fair from the Port Alberni Train Station to the mill this year.

A banner year almost over

A reminder to all banner artists that your banners are available, for a minimum donation of $25, for pickup at the Rollin Art Centre. Deadline for pickup is the end of November. If not picked up by deadline, all banners become the property of the Arrowsmith Rotary Club.

The Rollin Art Centre is located at the corner of Eighth Avenue and Argyle Street and is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is wheelchair accessible.

 

Melissa Martin is the arts administrator for the Community Arts Council, the home of the Rollin Art Centre.

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