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ARTS AROUND: Learn the art of Paverpol at the Grove Art Gallery in Port Alberni

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A pair of Paverpol figurines created by Cheryl Frehlich. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)



Come and express your creativity by immersing yourself in the exciting medium of Paverpol.

Paverpol is an environmentally-safe textile hardener which endures the outdoors. In this two-day beginner course, you will learn to create a sculpture using unique materials and techniques.

Join Cheryl Frehlich, a certified instructor of Paverpol, on Friday, Oct. 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Grove Art Gallery for another creative and imaginative workshop. The cost is $165 and includes most supplies. Space is limited, so register today by calling 250-724-3412.


Join the Community Arts Council with our “Christmas at the Mill” artisan market on Saturday, Oct. 21 in partnership with McLean Mill.

Get a jump on the holidays while supporting local creatives at this fun, one-day event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The main building and outside courtyard will be filled with artisans of all types, including pottery, glass, jewellery, paintings, wood carvings, paverpol, silk, candles, fabric art, textiles, gnomes, glass crochet and more.

Big Smoke Food truck will also be on site.


The Community Arts Council is selling red, white, pink and marble poinsettias, along with holiday door wreaths and planters, as a fundraiser to help raise funds for future programs and events for both children and adults.

If you are interested in purchasing any, please contact the Grove Art Gallery at 250-724-3412 or stop by in person at Harbour Quay. Orders must be in by Nov. 1 and will be available for pick up on Dec. 1, just in time for the holidays.

Prices range from $7 to $40. Thank you for your continued support!


The Community Arts Council and the Arrowsmith Rotary club are joining forces for a ticketed event celebrating art, music, food and wine.

A special two-week art exhibit will be on display at the Grove Art Gallery at Harbour Quay on Oct. 31. The exhibit will conclude with the main event on Thursday, Nov. 9 starting at 6:30 p.m. There will be a live auction with special guest auctioneer city councillor Charles Mealey, catered food by Grassroots, wine, music by Dennis Olsen and Guy Langlois and a chance to check out the art being auctioned.

Tickets are now on sale at the Grove Art Gallery for $40 (tickets include food and one drink). This is a fundraiser, so all proceeds go to support local arts and artisans, as well as Rotary literacy and bursary programs.

The Grove Art Gallery is located at #7-5440 Argyle Street (Harbour Quay) or call 250-724-3412.


The Community Arts Council is seeking new and past-participating artisans to display their work for the Alberni Valley tradition of Mistletoe Market.

This is not your typical market, as the Grove Art Gallery will take on a holiday flair from Nov. 14 to Dec. 23. If you are interested in showcasing your work, please call us at 250-724-3412 for details, email us at or stop by in person.


Don’t miss out, as you only have a few days left to go “Back in Time” with the fabulous current art exhibit at the Grove Art Gallery.

This exhibit is based on local photographic images of the Alberni Valley (supplied by the Alberni Valley Museum) taken at the turn of the century. Featured artists are Tom and Judy Schmidt, Guy Langlois, Cheryl Frehlich, Phyllis Davenport, Lorne MacNab, Desnesige Zvonarova, Lind Campbell, Mary-Ann McGrath, Janet Finch, Shauna Seigmiller, Sandra Rose, Katie Grieve, Sheri Reed, Victoria Roscoe-Romunais, Faye Hoffman, Ali Penko, Michelle Harding, Sandra Ethier, Jim Sears, Carol Novak, Elizabeth Yeun, Shelley Penner, Cynthia Bonesky, Robert Gunn, Rosemary Wilson, Laurie Blakely and Greg Alkerton.


We are looking for individuals, families or businesses who would like to offer sponsorship prize money for our 2024 open art exhibits. You decide what amount you would like to offer.

If you would like to sponsor an art exhibit for our 2024 lineup, please contact Melissa Martin at the Grove Art Gallery for details at 250-724-3412. Tax receipts are available for any sponsorships over $100.

Melissa Martin is the Arts Administrator for the Community Arts Council, at the Harbour Quay (#7-5440 Argyle St.) and writes for the Alberni Valley News. Call 250-724-3412. Email:

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