ARTS AROUND: Join watercolour workshops in Port Alberni

Victoria artist Joanne Thomas will provide beginner and advanced classes

A watercolour painting by Victoria artist Joanne Thomas. SUBMITTED PHOTO



Sign up now for two great watercolour workshops with Victoria artist Joanne Thomas.

Joanne’s advanced workshop will consist of demonstrations and class exercises, as well ample time to work independently on an individual project or two. It takes place Thursday, Sept. 20 and Friday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at North Island College. The cost is $175 including supply list.

Her beginner workshop will be a quick and playful introduction to watercolour materials and techniques. It takes place Friday, Oct. 19 (from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at NIC. The cost is $125, which includes supplies.

Joanne is an accomplished watercolour artist, who has taught many workshops all over the island. Register at the Rollin Art Centre or call 250-724-3412. Sign up NOW, as space is limited.


The Rollin Art Centre will be closed for annual summer maintenance from Tuesday, Aug. 8 and re-open Tuesday, Sept. 11.


The newest volunteers at the Rollin Art Centre are the Rollin Buds. They are children learning gardening skills and songs, whilst transforming the Rollin’s childrens’ garden. The Rollin Buds, along with Bronwynn Nestegaard-Paul and Sherry Williams, will present a special public show at the Rollin Art Centre’s gardens on Thursday, Aug. 30 at 6:30 p.m. Admission by donations will be used to purchase fall bulbs for the gardens.


The Rollin Art Centre is excited to present our next art exhibit, a husband and wife team titled “This is US.”

Linda and Art Campbell are dynamic artists, with Linda showcasing her oil paintings and Art his collection of Native Salish carvings. This exhibit begins Tuesday, Sept. 11 and runs until Oct. 12. Join us in the gallery on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 1-3 p.m. for an opportunity to meet the artists and share some refreshments.


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 Boom Town Café.


The Rollin Art Centre is having a fun garage sale of sorts.

Clean Out Your Sewing Room is a fun way to clean out your sewing or craft room. Join us on 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 and bobs. Rent a table for $20. Space is limited, so call today to register: 250-724-3412


Friday, Aug. 24, 8 p.m., Phil Dwyer Academy of Musical and Culinary Arts – wind up concert

Sunday, Aug. 26, 7 p.m., The High Quadra Ramblers – old-time/folk/Celtic

Wednesday, Aug. 29, 7 p.m., Sarah Hiltz – Beauty in the Blue – Contemporary Folk

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

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