Port Alberni artist Cecil Dawson will be the special guest at the Rollin Art Centre on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. FACEBOOK PHOTO

ARTS AROUND: First Nations artist Cecil Dawson featured at Alberni art gallery

Community Arts Council holds member appreciation weekend at Rollin Art Centre

MELISSA MARTIN

SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

This weekend at the Rollin Art Centre is all about the people who support arts in the Alberni Valley. The Community Arts Council is holding two days of Members Appreciation Days from Thursday, Dec. 6 to Friday, Dec. 7, featuring special guest sculptor Cecil Dawson on Dec. 7.

If you are a current member, join us in the gallery on Thursday, Dec. 6. (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and Friday, Dec. 7 (open late, until 8 p.m.) to receive 20 percent off all items in the gift shop and gallery, excluding ticket sales. This is also the time to renew memberships in the Community Arts Council for 2019.

Special guest Cecil Dawson is from the Dzawada’enuxw First Nation and grew up in Kingcome and Campbell River before coming to Port Alberni. Dawson’s cultural involvement is important to him; he is a historian and an initiated Hamatsa dancer.

Dawson’s artwork is well known around the Alberni Valley and we’re happy to host him as one of our special guests this month. He will be sketching and storytelling this Friday, Dec. 7 from 5–8 p.m., and again on Friday, Dec. 14 from 1–3 p.m.

MISTLETOE MARKET IS OPEN

The Rollin Art Centre’s annual Mistletoe Market is open! The market started with the Light-Up on Saturday, Dec. 1. People came and strolled the gardens, which were all lit up with Christmas tree lights.

The annual Mistletoe Market is a showcase for more than 75 local artists, artisans and crafters, featuring pottery, jewellery, scarves, photographs, original paintings, glass works, quilted stockings, holiday cards, ornaments and much more.

Mistletoe Market runs until Dec. 21 during regular gallery hours, Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is located at the corner of Argyle and Eighth Avenue. We are also wheelchair accessible.

HOLIDAY EXTENDED HOURS

The Rollin Art Centre and decorated grounds will remain open late on Friday, Dec. 7, Friday, Dec. 14 and Friday, Dec. 21 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. The lights will be on in the gardens and the paths open for visitors.

BOOK-SIGNING EVENT

Port Alberni-based author Joan Donaldson-Yarmey loves a good mystery. Ask her all about her travelling detective series of books when she joins us at the Rollin Art Centre on Friday, Dec. 14 from 5–8 p.m. Her latest novel is called Romancing the Klondike and she will be at the gallery for a book-signing event as well as showcasing her mystery, young adult, Canadian historical and Christmas romance novels.

Donaldson-Yarmey’s appearance at the gallery follows that of First Nations artist/ sculptor Cecil Dawson, from 1—3 p.m.

FELTING WORKSHOPS

Three felting workshops by artist Gittan Klemetsrud will teach the traditional and the contemporary techniques of felting. Express yourself through colour, texture, and design, while creating one-of-a-kind items.

1.) Scarf Workshop – Feb. 16 and 17, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., $330 + materials.

2.) Bowl/Lantern Workshop – Feb. 19 and 20, 5 – 9 p.m., $150 + materials.

3.) Handbag Workshop – Feb. 23 and 24, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., $270 + materials.

Register for all three workshops and receive a 30 percent discount (savings of $225). Call Rollin Arts Centre to register today. Space is limited to only seven spots per workshop.

HEARTH & FIRE WITH TIMBRE!

Tickets are selling fast for Timbre! Choir’s 46th annual Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2:30 p.m. at ADSS.

“Hearth & Fire” will be sure to put you in the Christmas spirit, with familiar Christmas music and some new twists on some old favourites. Join the choir, Rosemary Lindsay, Danielle Marcinek and members of Chor Leoni from Vancouver for a wonderful afternoon of choral music to warm your heart.

Be sure to purchase your ticket in cash for Timbre’s spring concert at a reduced rate. This offer is only applicable if you attend this performance.

Tickets are on sale at the Rollin Art Centre, Echo Centre, Finishing Touches, Salmonberry’s and from choir members. Adults/Seniors = $20 and Students and Children (under 18) = $5.

Don’t miss coming early to hear the AV Community Band in the lobby.

OUTSIDERS COMEDY NIGHT

Stages Youth Theatre is holding a fundraiser in support of their student trip to London, England in 2019. The show is on Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre, featuring Peter Hudson, Andrew Mack and Mikey Dubs. Tickets are available at the Capitol Theatre, Rollin Art Centre, Trends and Steampunk Café, or order on line at www.atthecapitol.org.

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

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