Mistletoe Market is a showcase for more than 75 local artists, artisans and crafters. SUBMITTED PHOTO

ARTS AROUND: Mistletoe Market on at Port Alberni gallery

Decorated grounds will remain open late on Fridays

Join us at the Rollin Art Centre, where the gardens and grounds are transformed into a winter wonderland. Pop upstairs to the gallery and visit Mistletoe Market, where you will find hundreds of gift items for all your shopping needs.

The market is a showcase for more than 75 local artists, artisans and crafters. You will find something for everyone on your list; pottery, jewellery, scarves, photographs, original paintings, glass works, quilted stockings, holiday cards, ornaments and much more!

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

HOLIDAY EXTENDED HOURS AND SPECIAL GUESTS

The Rollin Art Centre and decorated grounds will remain open late on Friday, Dec. 14 and Friday, Dec. 21 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. for you to wander the beautifully decorated grounds and enjoy some holiday shopping in our gift shop and gallery.

Please join us on Friday, Dec. 14 from 1-3 p.m. with local First Nations artist/carver Cecil Dawson, where Cecil will be sketching and storytelling. Then from 5-8 p.m., local author Joan Donaldon-Yarmey will join us in the gallery for a book signing event, showcasing her mystery, young adult Canadian historical and Christmas romance novels.

CANADA’S MASTER ILLUSIONIST

Help us to raise funds for the gardens and grounds of the Rollin Art Centre with this family friendly fundraiser on Jan. 12, 2019. Canada’s Master Illusionists Murray Hatfield and Teresa don’t just do magic, they are magic! Combining breath-taking magic, interactive comedy and some of the newest, most exciting and most up-to-date stage illusions, they will present an evening of exceptional entertainment that is completely unique and world-class. The show starts at 7 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre. All tickets are $30 and available at the Rollin Art Centre or online https://rollin2019.brownpapertickets.com. What a great Christmas gift!

GIVE THE GIFT OF A FELTING WORKSHOP

For the first time, artist Gittan Klemetsrud is offering three felting workshops that will teach the traditional and the contemporary techniques of felting. Express yourself through colour, texture and design, while creating one-of-a-kind items. These workshops are an excellent introduction into the world of felt and other fibres.

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 3 workshops and receive a 30 percent discount. Call the Rollin Arts Centre to register today. Space is limited to only 7 spots per workshop.

OUTSIDERS COMEDY NIGHT

Stages Youth Theatre Group is holding a fundraiser in support of their student trip to London, England in 2019. The show takes place 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 online at www.atthecapitol.org.

DRAW GALLERY

The Heart of Winter Group Exhibit runs through Feb. 15 at DRAW Gallery. All are welcome to mix and mingle while enjoying seasonal refreshments at the opening reception on Jan. 11, 6-8 p.m.

DRAW Gallery continues in the tradition of showcasing work from a variety of gallery artists with originals and prints, including paintings, photographs, mixed media, glass and copper featuring work by local and Island Artists such as Doug Blackwell (aka SockeyeKing), Jacques De Backer, Cecil Dawson, Lucas Chickite, John Hofman, Pamela Holl Hunt, Perry Johnston, Jillian Mayne, Ann McIvor, Todd Robinson, Perrin Sparks, Ariane Terez, Sue Thomas, Nancy Wilson and Gordon Wilson among others.

Visit us online at www.drawgallery.com and on location at the corner of Melrose and Eighth Ave. Open Tuesday through Friday from 12-5 p.m. and by appointment, too! Call 855-755-0566.

CHAR’S LANDING CONCERTS

Advanced tickets available at Char’s Landing or the Rollin Art Centre

Saturday, Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m., Uncle Wiggly’s Tribute to the Blues Songs of Christmas

Sunday, Dec. 23, 7:30 p.m., A night with Wildergreen; Out of the woods

Friday, Dec. 28, 7:30 p.m., Las Divas Intimate and Original

Saturday, Dec. 29, 8 p.m., Las Divas ‘Drink Outside the Box’ Dance Party.

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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