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ARTS AROUND: Port Alberni art gallery goes back in time

New exhibit opens featuring images from the turn of the century in the Alberni Valley
This painting by Linda Campbell portrays the Port Alberni train station and steam engine. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)



The Grove Art Gallery in Port Alberni is stepping back in time.

Join us this Saturday, Sept. 9, where the Grove Art Gallery at Harbour Quay will be hosting an artist meet and greet to celebrate the opening of our new “Back In Time” group art exhibit. Featured artists include 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.

This art exhibit is centred around photographs of the Alberni Valley, supplied by the Alberni Valley Museum and taken during the turn of the century. Artists were encouraged to create something based on their chosen image. This is truly a fun and exciting exhibit, showcasing some of the Valley’s many creatives.

Join us Saturday, Sept. 9 from 1-3 p.m. at the Grove Art Gallery for some refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists. The Grove Art Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


The Community Arts Council is excited to announce a one-day pre-Christmas artisan market at McLean Mill on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Space is available both inside the main building and in the outside courtyard. The cost for artisans ranges from $60 for an inside space, $50 outside under cover and $40 for the main courtyard area (tents will be needed).

We hope you can join us as we revisit one of our past favourite events. Space is limited, so call today to register and pick your spot: 250-724-3412, or stop by the Grove Art Gallery.


The basic techniques of the Japanese art of Shibori tie-dyeing will be taught in this three-hour workshop on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be a brief overview of the history of the art form, as well as present-day examples and ample time to practice the basic techniques of folding, binding, and clamping using multiple dye baths for immersion and surface painting.

This workshop takes place at the Grove Art Gallery. The cost is $80 plus $50 for supplies. Register at 250-724-3412.


We are looking for individuals, families or businesses who would like to sponsor prize money for a “best in show” award at the Grove Art Gallery.

If you would like to sponsor a future art exhibit, please contact Melissa Martin at the Grove Art Gallery for details: 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 –