Flowers are abound at the Rollin Art gallery in Alberni

'Large Lillies' by Chris Motoyka

'Large Lillies' by Chris Motoyka

Artist accepted the challenge

The Rollin Art Centre Gallery is hosting a floral watercolour exhibit by Port Alberni artist Chris Motyka until Wednesday, March 30.

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Motyka moved to Vancouver in 1965, a little later to Tofino and finally to Port Alberni. While raising a family, Motyka attended evening art classes at North Island College, under the instruction of Shirley Lord.

Lord challenged her to do more, better, and larger pieces. The result is Motkya’s exhibit, Flowers, Fact, and Fantasy.

The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and the gallery is wheelchair accessible.

Get married in the garden

Are you planning a summer wedding? If so, consider the Rollin Art Centre Gardens for your special day.

A few dates in July are still available.  Please call 250-724-3412 for more information.

We want your used books

The Community Arts Council is looking for gently used books (no torn, musty or mildew books, please) for their May book sale in the following categories: reference, business, child care, large print, humour and gardening.

Please drop off all donations to the Rollin Art Centre, on the corner of Eighth Avenue and Argyle Street, inside the front door, under the staircase in the wooden bin. Donations are gratefully accepted during gallery hours, Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Josephburg Choir coming

The Josephburg Choral Society will be performing at the Alberni Valley United Church on Saturday, March 26 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for youth and are available at the Rollin Art Centre, the United Church office and church council members.  Children 12 and under admitted for free.

This is a fundraising event for the Alberni Valley United Church.

Throw dishes — made from clay

Learn how to throw your own mugs and bowls on the potter’s wheel.  Absolute beginners and improvers are welcome. This workshop consists of eight sessions on Thursday evenings, 6–9 p.m., starting March 31 and running to May 19. Please register at Echo Centre.

Big band, big dance

The Harbour City Big Band presents their spring dance on Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Italian Hall on Sixth Avenue.

Tickets are $15 and are available at the Rollin Art Centre, Mort’s TV, Pete’s Mountain Meats and from band members.

Singing for spring

Timbre! Choir presents The Last Night at the Proms, a spring concert on Saturday, Apr. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the ADSS Auditorium.

This performance is a British tradition and usually calls for an exuberant display of Britishness after intermission, so be prepared to do a little flag waving to the “Land of Hope and Glory.”

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $6 for children and are available at the Rollin Art Centre, Echo Centre, Somass Drugs and Salmonberry’s.

Laugh out loud with improv

Hundreds of Albernians have attended the monthly Portal Players improv comedy event since it began in October and the response is growing. Every month the theme changes, but the laughs keep coming and audiences love it.

Laughing begins at 7 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre on Thursday, March 24. The action usually wraps up around 9 p.m.  Admission is $5 at the door.

Gareth Flostrand writes Arts Around for the Community Arts Council.

Just Posted

AW Neill Elementary School in Port Alberni. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)
SD70 chooses new name for AW Neill School in Port Alberni

New name honours Nuu-chah-nulth Peoples’ connection to region

Douglas Holmes, current Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District chief administrative officer, is set to take on that position at the Regional District of Nanaimo come late August. (Submitted photo)
Regional District of Nanaimo’s next CAO keen to work on building partnerships

Douglas Holmes to take over top administrator role with RDN this summer

Ron MacDonald fields questions at a news conference in Halifax on Sept. 27, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Finding ‘comfortable’ indigenous monitor tough task in Tofino-area shooting death

Julian Jones case hampered by difficulty finding a civilian comfortable with privacy protocols

Port Alberni RCMP officer in command Insp. Eric Rochette presents longtime community policing volunteer Louie Aumair with a OIC appreciation certificate. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Port Alberni RCMP honour longtime volunteer

First responders receive support from broader community

The Dock+ is located on Harbour Road in Port Alberni. (SUSAN QUINN / Alberni Valley News)
PROGRESS 2021: Port Alberni’s food hub still growing a year later

The Dock hopes to open a retail store on Alberni’s busy waterfront

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

“They will never be forgotten, every child matters,” says Sioux Valley Chief Jennifer Bone in a video statement June 1. (Screen grab)
104 ‘potential graves’ detected at site of former residential school in Manitoba

Sioux Valley Dakota Nation working to identify, repatriate students buried near former Brandon residential school

The Queen Victoria statue at the B.C. legislature was splattered with what looks like red paint on Friday. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Queen Victoria statue at B.C. legislature vandalized Friday

Statue splattered with red paint by old growth forest proponents

Police cars are seen parked outside Vancouver Police Department headquarters on Saturday, January 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver police officer charged with assault during an arrest in 2019

The service has released no other details about the allegations

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Most Read