Arts Around: Rollin Art Centre looking for book donations

The Rollin Art Centre is currently accepting any gently used books for their annual book sale in May.

Something fishy is at the Rollin Art Centre! Our current art exhibit is titled, “Sockeye King”, featuring artist Doug Blackwell.

Doug’s art exhibit is all about salmon. As a commercial fisherman, Doug showcases his love of fish, namely salmon. Check out this very unique exhibit, featuring actual tracings of salmon, silkscreened onto canvas. This exhibit is currently running until Feb. 3.

Bring us your books

It’s that time of year again and the Rollin Art Centre is currently accepting any gently used books, DVDs, CDs or puzzles for their annual book sale in May.

Unfortunately we cannot accept any magazines, National Geographic, encyclopedias, Reader’s Digest books or textbooks.

Please drop off donations at the Rollin Art Centre, inside the main door just under the staircase in the large 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. Located at 3061 Eighth Ave. or call 250-724-3412 for more info.

Join arts council

Just a reminder to all current Community Arts Council members, and everyone else who would like to help in supporting the Community Arts Council, that all memberships can now be renewed in Jan. 2017. The cost is only $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $22 for a family. As we are a non-profit organization we rely on the generous support of art patrons like you.

So please, help support the Community Arts Council today so we can help support local artists tomorrow.

Call to artists

The Rollin Art Centre is now accepting applications to all visual artists and artist groups to submit an application to exhibit their work in our Fine Arts Gallery during the 2018 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, 2017 for the 2018 season.

The gallery is located at the corner of 8th and Argyle St., and open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tues., to Sat. Call 250-724-3412 for more info.

Burns supper

Tickets are still available for the 34th annual Robbie Burns Supper on Saturday, Jan. 28 at a new location, Echo Centre. The Port Alberni Highland Dancers Association honours the Scottish poet Robbie Burns. Traditional roast beef dinner, address of the haggis, Highland dancing, bagpipes, Scottish country dancing and Celtic harp. Doors open at 5 p.m., entertainment begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for children 12 & under; Available at the Rollin Art Centre (cash only), Alter Ego, and Echo Centre.

New date for banners

The 2017 Banner Program will soon be happening. Mark your calendars for the new dates, Feb. 9–12, taking place at Glenwood Centre. Register at the Rollin Art Centre for only $10. Help make the Rotary Arts District come alive with your art work!

Concert series on

The Classical Concert group has met its target for season ticket sales, so the series will begin Feb. 12. Concerts take place on Sunday afternoons at 2:30 p.m. at Char’s Landing. Subscriptions are still available and cost $100 for all three concerts (no individual concert tickets will be sold).  Subscriptions are available at Rollin Art Centre.

Film fest returns

The AV Museum is proud to present the 2017 Winter Film Festival series. The series will be four films, running Sundays at 5 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre: Jan. 29 – Maliglutit /Searchers – Canada/Inuit. Feb. 26 – Old Stone – Canada/China. March 26 – Tulip Fever – (Judi Dench)  UK/USA. April 23 –   To be announced. Series passes cost $35 and single films are $10 each. Tickets are available at the AV Museum.

What’s on at Char’s


Sat, Jan. 21, 2017, 8-11 pm, ‘WiL’ Dynamic Canadian Roots Rocker

Thu, Jan. 26, 2017, 7-9 pm, BTU Bentall Taylor Ulrich – Bluegrass/Folk

Thu, Feb. 2, 7-9 pm, Campbell Dylan Woods, Canadiana, Folk/Roots

Sat, Feb. 4, 8-10 pm, Solo David Gogo, 2016 Juno Nominated “Vicksburg Call” – Rockin’ Blues


Thu, Jan. 19, 7-9 pm, AVWoF! Spoken Word Open Mic – Featuring Vicki Drybrough

Fri, Jan. 20, 5-7 pm, Cat’s TGI Fridays – Creative Options Craft Circle hosted by Charli Chaisson

Wed, Jan. 25, 7-9 pm, Open Mic – Own the Stage – Amateur Musician evening – everyone welcome.


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


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