ARTS AROUND: Port Alberni artist hosts workshops at North Island College

Cynthia Bonesky will teach the basics of watercolours and drawing

Arist Cynthia Bonesky will be holding two workshops at North Island College in March. SUBMITTED PHOTO

MELISSA MARTIN

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The Rollin Art Centre will be holding two amazing three-day art workshops this spring at North Island College with local artist Cynthia Bonesky.

Beginner Watercolour Workshop: March 6-8 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) — Explore the properties of watercolor paint; how to mix colors, how to achieve various kinds of washes and special effects that can be done. Then, we will do a set of paintings. The first will be done in just one color, then in two colors and finally in full color. The last project the participants can do a subject of their own choosing.

Beginner Drawing Workshop: March 20-22 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) — Explore different ways of drawing to train the eye. Exercises will include contour drawing and quick sketching and learning to measure proportions in different ways. We will copy drawings from master drawings, then from photos and finally from actual objects. We will deal with shading to achieve an impression of three dimensions.

The cost is only $150, plus supplies. Pre-register at Rollin Art Centre today: 250-724-3412.

LIFE DRAWING

There is a life drawing opportunity at Rollin Art Centre with weekly non-instrumental live models. The cost is $60 per month. We meet evenings, beginning early March. Dates and times will be determined by participants. Please call Rollin Art Centre for more information: 250-724-3412.

A CALL TO ARTISTS

The Rollin Art Centre is now accepting applications from all visual artists and artist groups to apply to exhibit their work in our Fine Arts Gallery during the 2020 calendar year.

Don’t miss this opportunity to have your own art exhibit or group exhibit. Application forms are available at the Rollin Art Centre or on our website. Deadline is April 30, 2019. The gallery is located at the corner of Eighth and Argyle Street and is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. Call 250-724-3412 for more info.

SOLSTICE ARTS FESTIVAL

The Community Arts Council is looking for all interested artists to be included in this year’s Solstice Arts Festival. Two options are available: table rentals at the Rollin Arts Centre or, if you have a gallery or studio, our Days with the Arts self-guided tour. Both are great options.

Table rentals are $60 for the two days. Inclusion on the self-guided tour costs $45. For more details, contact the Rollin Art Centre or drop by today to register: 250-724-3412.

MAY ART WORKSHOPS

Victoria artist Joanne Thomson will hold a Not Quite a Beginner Watercolour Workshop.

This workshop is designed for people who have taken a beginner workshop or two and now want to start creating works of their own. The focus will be on landscapes, especially forest and water.

Saturday morning will focus on materials and composition. Then we will meet outside after lunch at the waterfront, or another location, for a discussion and demonstration of composition selection. In the afternoon, we will use the sketches and photographs taken to create a small-scale painting in the workshop space.

Sunday will be further explorations of this same subject, with a modified approach based on what was discovered on Saturday. We will have fun and may even have something to frame at the end of the weekend.

The workshop takes place Saturday, May 4 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) and Sunday, May 5 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) at the Alberni Athletic Hall for $175. Register at Rollin Art Centre: 250-724-3412.

CURRENT ART EXHIBIT

The current art exhibit at the Rollin Art Centre again features two local artists. Gloria Myers and Patti Dance are showcasing their collection of work titled, “Into the Forest.” From watercolours to ink drawings and even quilting, this colourful exhibit makes you think of spring. Our current exhibit will be displayed until March 1.

BOOK DONATIONS

The Rollin Art Centre is now accepting all your gently used books.

We are very grateful for all your books, but cannot take any textbooks, magazines, National Geographic, encyclopedias or Reader’s Digest. Please do not donate old and torn books, we only accept gently used ones.

Drop off your donations at the Rollin Art Centre, inside the main door just under the staircase in the big wooden box. As this is one of the Community Arts Council’s biggest fundraisers, we appreciate all your donations. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. We are located at 3061 Eighth Avenue.

Portal players presents

“Looking” is a charming comedy written by Norm Foster, directed by Jacqollyne Keath and produced by Peter Wienold and Nicole Saugstad. Shows are Feb. 22, 23, March 1, 2, 3 (matinee), 8 and 9 at the Capitol Theatre. Advance tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for students/seniors, available at the theatre box office, Rollin Art Centre and atthecapitol.org. Tickets are also available at the door for $20 for adults and $18 for students/seniors.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. every night, except for Sunday matinees.

CHAR’S LANDING CONCERTS

Friday, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m., New Brunswick’s Kylie Fox

Saturday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m., Big Pacific Dance Party – Blues/Rock

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

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. Email: communityarts@shaw.ca.

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