Victoria Hall really gets into the guts of a pumpkin during the Rollin Art Centre’s pumpkin carving contest on Saturday

Arts Around: It’s pumpkin season!

Pumpkin carving, a new exhibit, a bridal ball and more on the Alberni arts scene this weekend.

The Rollin Art Centre and gardens will be open until 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31. night, so come out to the Rollin Art Centre Halloween night and vote for your favorite Jack-O-Lantern.

Vote as many times as you like for your favorite pumpkin, $2 each vote, with partial proceeds from this great family event going towards B.C. Children’s hospital.

Winners in each group will be announced, with special prizes awarded. Prizes have been created from Intarsia artist Bill Townsend and provided by Tim Hortons.

Please come in costume, stroll the lit gardens then carry on with your trick or treating.

Media mixes in current show

The Rollin Art Centre’s current art exhibit features two very talented local artists, Elspeth Watson and Norm Nicholson.  This exhibit showcases the many new and exciting works from potter Elspeth Watson and beautiful water colours by Norm Nicholson. Elspeth has put a Japanese spin on this exhibit; Pottery is not just utilitarian, but beautiful and graceful. Norm’s watercolours are soothing to the eye, with his beautiful blending of light and colour, capturing his world travels.

This exhibit will run until Nov. 15.

Banners available

If you are one of the lucky ones to have painted a banner for 2014, they are available for purchase now at the Rollin Art Centre for $25. Located at the corner of 8th and Argyle, the gallery is open Tue. to Sat. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Christmas in the Valley

Alberni Valley Craft Fair Association’s presents, the 40th annual giant Christmas Craft and Arts Fair is fast approaching. Friday Nov. 7, 3-8 p.m., Sat., Nov., 8, 10-5 p.m., Sun., Nov., 9, 11-4:30 p.m. New arts and crafts! The fair will be held at the Athletic Hall, 3727 Roger St., free admission and wheelchair accessible.

Belles of the bridal ball

The Centennial Belles will be once again presenting their creative fashions, Roaring 20’s to Sassy 60’s.  Sun. Nov. 2nd at the Parksville Conference Centre at 2 p.m. Tickets: Cash only; in advance, $20 and at the door they will be $25. Price includes slide show of the history of fashion, music of the decades and beverage and desserts.

Call Linda to get your ticket today at 250-724-4665.


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

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