Musical guest Paul Kurucz will be the last Teas on the Terrace performance. SUBMITTED PHOTO

ARTS AROUND: It’s time to get creative with myriad workshops

Summer camps at Rollin Art Centre in Port Alberni are wrapping up



Our last Tea on the Terrace is Thursday, Aug. 23, with musical guest Paul Kurucz—a Port Alberni favorite. What a great way to end the summer: spend a few hours listening to great music under the canopy of trees, sipping tea and indulging in a decadent slice of chocolate dipped strawberry shortcake. Tickets are still available and are only $15. Call 250-724-3412 to reserve your table.


The Rollin Art Centre’s last summer art program is Illustrating the Imaginary on Aug. 21, 22 and 24. Turn your favorite story into ART! Kids are asked to bring a copy of their favorite story, and over three days they will learn a variety of techniques and use many mediums to transform words into pictures.

Space is still available for ages 7-9 (10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) and 10-12 (1-3:30 p.m.). Call 250-724-3412 to register. Cost is $50 for this three-day camp.


Monday, Aug. 20 will be our last writing workshop designed for youths ages 10-15. Join us for Writing the Unknown: how to do writer research. Call to register today, 250-724-3412. Drop ins are welcome! $15 per workshop.


The Maritime Discovery Centre is having a Trivia Night on Saturday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. Teams of 2-4 player will compete against each other in a game of jeopardy to win a grand prize. Additional games will be offered.

All proceeds will go towards providing free children’s programs (such as PirateDday) and future maritime exhibits. $5 per player. Tickets are on sale at the Maritime Gallery and Echo Centre.


The Rollin Art Centre is excited to offer two great fall workshops, Sept. 20 and 21 with Victoria Artist Joanne Thomas. Joanne is an accomplished watercolour artist who has taught many workshops all over the Island. Register at the Rollin Art Centre or call 250-724-341. Sign up now, as space is limited.

Advanced workshops take place Thursday, Sept. 20 and Friday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at North Island College. Cost is $175, including supplies.

The beginner workshop will take place Friday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at NIC. Cost is $125, including supplies.


Discover some of the history and culture of the Alberni Valley as you explore and experience four local attractions: the Rollin Art Centre, Alberni Valley Museum, Maritime Museum and the Industrial Heritage Centre. Have your passport stamped after answering the Eye Spy questions, available at all four attractions. When you have all four stamps, head over to Boom Town Café for a free coffee. Passport to Heritage is sponsored by Boomtown Café.


The Rollin Art Centre is having a fun garage sale of sorts. This is a fun way to clean out your sewing or craft room. Join us Saturday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rollin Art Centre for a day of selling all your odds and sods and sewing room items, such as sewing machines, fabrics, patterns, knitting needles, scissors ands bobs. Rent a table for $20. Space is limited, so call today to register: 250-724-3412


Don’t forget to catch the last week of our current exhibit. This amazing and visually stunning art exhibit is very unique and is only on until Friday, Aug. 24 at the Rollin Art Centre.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see Silk Fusion—artistry that comes from working with fibers in a painterly way.

This current exhibit is a group show, which consists of nine dynamic ladies who share a love of art and the gift of creativity.

Artists include Carol Leger, Janet Finch, Bev Smith, Susan Shead, Elizabeth Yuen, Lisa Urlacher, Cynthia Bonesky, Cheryl Frehlich and Giselle Brewster.

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

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