Arts around Alberni: from pics that are best to an arts fest

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

Fashionable vintage

Merlyn Patten of Qualicum Beach will help Port Alberni celebrate 100 years of fashion with a special fashion show and tea, presented by Patten’s Vintage Clothing Ladies, Saturday, April 21 at 1:30 p.m. at Echo Centre.

Doors open at 1 p.m. for those who have already purchased tickets. Unfortunately, tickets are not available at the door.

Wear your best hat and win a prize.

Photography at the Rollin

Soothe the soul and inspire the senses by viewing local photographer Gittan Klemetsrud’s show, When Attitudes Become Form.

This mind calming exhibit is presently at the Rollin Art Centre Gallery until April 11.

Klemetsrud has an insightful understanding of how nature connects with humanity.

The Rollin Art Centre is located at the corner of Eighth Avenue and Argyle Street. Hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and wheelchair accessible.

Join the city’s banner project

It’s that time of year again; children, adults and schools are invited to participate in the city’s banner art project.

Once again the Arrowsmith Rotary Club will sponsor the banner program.

There is a $10 registration fee to cover the cost of supplies. Forms can be picked up at the Rollin Art Centre during operating hours.

Deadline is May 18. The painting event is planned for May 24-27 at the Kinsmen Community Centre.

Deadline looms for artist call

The Rollin Art centre is accepting applications to all visual artists to submit an application to exhibit their work in the fine arts gallery during the 2013 calendar year.

Application forms are available at the Rollin Art Centre or you can download an application at www.portalberniarts.com.

Deadline is April 30. Please call 250-724-3412 for more info.

Tickets on tap at the Rollin

  • Port Alberni‘s Harbour City Big Band is putting on the Ritz. Don’t miss this evening of swinging to the oldies at their Swing into Spring Dance. Saturday, March 31 from 7:30–11:30 p.m. at the Italian Canadian Hall. Tickets are $15 (cash only).
  • Arrowsmith Big Band Jazz Concert at the Capitol Theatre, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. Adults $12, seniors/students $10 (cash only). Sponsored by the Alberni Orchestra Society.
  • Good Timber, songs and stories of the western logger. Presented by the Alberni Athletic Association. Friday, April 20, 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 21, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $27 (cash only) and available at The Rollin Art Centre. Proceeds go to the Athletic Hall elevator fund.
  • Canadian country recording artist Crystal Shawanda is coming to the Capitol Theatre on Saturday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available at the Rollin Art centre and Somass Drugs (cash only).

Wanted: books, books, books

The Rollin Art Centre is still accepting gently used books, DVDs, CDs, and puzzles for the Community Arts Council’s annual book sale, which takes place on May 12 at Echo Centre.

What they don’t want are any National Geographic magazines, encyclopedias, Reader’s Digest or textbooks.

Drop books at the Rollin Art Centre, inside, under the staircase in the wooden box.

This is one of the Community Arts Council’s biggest fundraisers.

Rave on, arts fest event

The Art Rave Society invites all artists, art lovers and supporters of the arts to join them for a meet and greet, door prizes and a fun evening, this Friday, March 30 at 7 p.m. at Island Gallery, 5060 Argyle St.

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

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