Flowers are abound at the Rollin Art gallery in Alberni

'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.

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