Jack o’lanterns were lined up around the Rollin Art Centre for judges to choose from on Oct. 31.

Arts around: Pumpkin carvers stump judges

Champion pumpkin carvers, Wednesday painters and more on the Alberni arts scene this week.

The Rollin Art Centre held its first annual pumpkin carving contest voting on Halloween night. With plenty of jack-o-lanterns to choose from it was hard to pick the winners. Although the rain kept many away, the brave battled the storm to make very creative carved pumpkins for our wonderful family event. Look for this family event to return next year.

The winners from each category are as follows:

4-6 yr. olds; first place Eli Baily / 7-10 yr. olds; first place Timmea Williams, second place Taryn Baldwin, third place Raque Thompson / 11-13 yr. olds; first place Ioan Treleaven, second place Jessica Norn / 14-17 yr. olds; first place Ilya Treveaven, second place Niklaus Treleaven, third place Mackenzie Berry / 18+ first place; Kevin Philips, second place Janice Konkin, third place Jennifer Norn / Group; first place Tayler and Samantha Barrowcliff, second place Jessica and Chris Hall.

Thank you to all who participated. And a special thanks to artist, Bill Townsend and Tim Hortons for providing prizes. Winners can pick up their prizes at the Rollin Art Centre.

Time winds down for show

Time is running out to get down to the Rollin Art Centre and view this terrific exhibit showcasing local potter Elspeth Watson and painter, Norm Nicholson.

Watson’s pieces are whimsical and beautiful; she captures her love of pottery in every piece she created.

Nicholson’s watercolours are soft to the eye and tranquil to the soul. This exhibit wraps up Nov. 15.

Wednesday Painters next

The next art exhibit in the Rollin Art Centre gallery will be another wonderful display by a group of valley painters.

The Alberni Valley Wednesday Painters take the spotlight starting Nov. 18 and will remain in the gallery until Dec. 20.

Meet all 16 of the  artists and view their work at the gallery on Saturday, Nov. 22 from 1-3 p.m., for their combined artists’ reception.

Tables filling fast at mill

Holidays are fast approaching and this year’s McLean Mill Christmas market will be back again with its ever-loved Light-up for two weekends, Dec. 6-7 and Dec. 12-14. Stop by the Rollin Art Centre for your application, or call 250-724-3412.

Christmas in the Valley

Alberni Valley Craft Fair Association presents the 40th annual giant Christmas Craft and Arts Fair on Friday Nov. 7, 3-8 p.m., Sat., Nov., 8, 10-5 p.m., Sun., Nov., 9, 11-4:30 p.m. at the Alberni Athletic Hall, 3727 Roger St. There are new crafters this year; admission is free and the venue is wheelchair accessible.

What’s on at Char’s Landing

• Fri., Nov., 7th , 8-10 p.m., Eugene Smith

• Sat., Nov., 8th , 8-10 p.m., Tim Readman & Jennie Bice

• Fri., Nov. 14th , 8-10 p.m., Oh Susanna

• Sun., Nov. 16th , 8-10 p.m., Bryan Potvin of 54.40 & Kevin Kane of Grapes of Wrath

• Mon., Nov 17th, 7-9 p.m., Dance Social – Salsa & Sangria with Cuba’s Watson Hernandez *NEW*

• Fri, Nov 21st , 8-10 p.m., Concert – WiL releases video.

All advance tickets are available at Gayle’s Fashions and the Rollin Art Centre.

 

Melissa Martin is the Arts Administrator for the Community Arts Council, at the Rollin Art Centre.

Just Posted

Port Alberni’s ‘Army of Problem Solvers’ to the rescue

Facebook group gathers people who just want to help their neighbours

Hurricane Katrina inspires Alberni author’s new novel

Jacqueline Swann brings message of climate change to life with story of fictional journalist

Port Alberni RCMP searching for missing teenage girl

16-year-old Lasheena Seward was reported missing from a group home on May 9

ARTS AROUND: Learn basket weaving at Port Alberni workshop

Campbell River artist Amy Dugas will teach Japanese random weaving techniques

Industrial Heritage Society takes vintage trucks to show in Reno, Nevada

Alberni Valley truckers to promote area’s resource-based heritage

Kelowna toddler suffers cracked skull after fall from balcony

Neighbour who found the two-year-old boy said he has a bump the size of a golf ball on his head

RCMP probe if teen was intentionally hit with ski pole by mystery skier on B.C. mountain

The incident happened on March 20 on Grouse Mountain. Police are urging witnesses to come forward

Support growing for orphaned Okanagan child after father dies in highway crash

Family thanks emergency crews for assistance in traumatic incident

Pipeline protester chimes in on Justin Trudeau’s B.C. fundraising speech

The government purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion

Baby boom seniors putting pressure on B.C. long-term care: report

B.C. leads Canada in growth of dementia, dependence on care

UPDATED: B.C. man says he’ll take People’s Party lawsuit as far as he can

Federal judge shut down Satinder Dhillon’s ‘nonsensical’ motion to bar use of PPC name in byelection

Canada stripping citizenship from Chinese man over alleged marriage fraud

The move comes amid severely strained relations between Ottawa and Beijing

Nevada court orders former Vancouver man to pay back $21.7M to investors

The commission says Michael Lathigee committed fraud over a decade ago

Most Read