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ARTS AROUND: New exhibit showcases Port Alberni high school artists

Artwork is centred on causes such as social justice and climate change
“Stop and Think” is an art exhibit presented by Port Alberni high school students. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)



The Grove Gallery is proud to present “STOP & THINK: A Youth’s Perspective on Art, Social Justice, and Climate Change,” an evocative student art exhibit showcasing the creativity and passion of Alberni District Secondary School Students. This powerful exhibit features artwork centred on pressing social causes, such as social justice and climate change, reflecting the concerns and hopes of our youth.

Students were asked to create work based on anything they are passionate about, resulting in an array of amazing, thought-provoking pieces guaranteed to inspire and challenge viewers.

Join us for a meet and greet on Saturday, June 8 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to engage with the artists and discuss their work. The exhibit runs from June 3 to June 22 at the Grove Art Gallery, located at 5440 Argyle Street (Unit 7) at Harbour Quay.

Special support is provided by the Port Alberni Toy Run—which will be providing awards to the most profound works aligning with the exhibit’s themes—and Neighbourhood Small Grants, which has provided funds to support the students’ artistic practice.

Visitors are encouraged to vote for the most compelling artwork, with awards given based on public votes. Don’t miss this opportunity to witness the future of art and activism.

For more information, visit or call 250-724-3412.


Don’t miss out on an exciting opportunity to enhance your painting skills! Join us this Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for a “Limited Palette” acrylic painting workshop with the talented Susan Schaefer at the Grove Art Gallery.

Experience the freedom and exhilaration of working with a limited palette. This method simplifies the thought process and creates harmonious artworks as colours flow and complement each other. In this workshop, Schaefer will teach you to work with just three primary colours (plus white), helping you think more deeply about your colour choices and make quick, confident decisions.

This is your last chance to secure a spot in this enriching and educational workshop. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn from an expert and elevate your painting skills.

For more details and to register, contact the Grove Gallery at 250-724-3412 or email


Summer is almost here, and so is the Community Arts Council’s annual Solstice Arts Festival on June 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Harbour Quay. This year’s festival is set to be bigger and better than ever, meaning we need enthusiastic volunteers to help make it a success.

If you’re interested in getting festival experience in areas such as sign-making, kids’ crafts, public assistance or musician support, please contact us at, sign up online at or call the Grove Gallery at 250-724-3412.

Join us for a day of fun, creativity and community spirit, and help make the Solstice Arts Festival unforgettable!

Angela Skaley is the arts administrator for the Community Arts Council, at The Grove Art Gallery, No. 7-5440 Argyle St. (at Harbour Quay). Call 250-724-3412. E-mail: