Arts around Alberni: summer fun almost done

Summer is winding down and so are kids programs at Alberni's Rollin Art Centre.

Swingin’ with summer

Only two weeks left in our Swingin’ Summer in the Valley summer program. There is still room available for both the morning and afternoon programs.

Discover Nature runs Aug. 16, 17 and 18, while Yummy Creations runs Aug. 23, 24 and 26.

Call the Rollin Art Centre at 250-724-3412 for more information or to reserve a spot. The fee is $15 per week per child that includes all craft supplies and a healthy snack.

Register in person at the Rollin Art Centre, on the corner of Eighth Avenue and Argyle Street.

Auditions for actors

Portal Players Dramatic Society will be opening their 2011-2012 season with the landmark French-Canadian comedy, Les Belles Soeurs. The play is in English and features 15 roles for female actors of all ages.

Portal Players will be holding open auditions on Sunday, Aug. 14 at 1 p.m., and again on Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre.

A copy of the play is available for reading in the upper lounge of the theatre. For further information, contact Derek Burke by e-mail at derekjburke@gmail.com.

Tia Parker next at the Rollin

Artist Tia Parker paints out of necessity. She finds peace in expressing on canvas what is in her soul.

“We all have ‘our song’, which is our soul’s path in this lifetime,” she says, and painting and creating represent Parker’s song.

An exhibit of Parker’s paintings will be on display at the Rollin Art Centre from Aug. 17 to Sept. 14.

Come view this collection of her work during the Rollin’s open hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission to the gallery is free and the facility is wheelchair accessible.

Melissa Martin writes Arts Around for the Community Arts Council.