Inaugural Solstice Festival seeks artists

A new portrait exhibit, a jazz night and more on the Alberni arts scene this week.

Artists display their handiwork at tables during a previous outdoor event at the Rollin Art Centre gardens. Coordinator Melissa Martin has 45 tables available for artists and demonstrators during Solstice Festival’s Days With the Arts in June.

Days with the Arts studio tours are back, however this year with a twist. This year the Community Arts Council is starting a co-operative arts festival—Solstice Festival, June 17–19— with three other arts and culture organizations: Art Rave, Art Matters Society and Portal Players’ Dramatic Society.

The Community Arts Council of the Alberni Valley hopes to create an on-site festival atmosphere at the Rollin with a plein air gathering in addition to the Days With the Arts tour.

The arts council invites all artists who are interested in taking part in this year’s Solstice Festival studio tour to contact the Rollin Art Centre. We are looking for all artists/artisans who may be interested in having a table, display or demo set up on the grounds during the three-day event.

Showcase your work, demonstrate what you do and spend the weekend creating in a beautiful setting.

Space is limited, so call or drop by the Rollin Art Centre for more information.

Portraits captured

The current art exhibit at the Rollin Art Centre features much loved artist Cynthia Bonesky showcasing her amazing talent in acrylic paintings.

Much of Bonesky’s exhibit will feature portraits, and her love of travel. Don’t miss this exciting exhibit, which opens March 10 and runs until April 1.

Join us in the gallery for refreshments and an opportunity to meet Cynthia at her artist reception, Saturday, March 12 from 1–3 p.m.

Jazz night

On Thursday, March 10, ADSS presents Jazz Night! featuring: The Arrowsmith Big Band, ADSS Senior Jazz Band, ADSS Jazz Band 10, The Coby Wan Kenobi Combo, The Sieté Musicos Combo, The Music Awakens Combo, The Nameless Combo and The Bacon Cheeseburger Combo. The show starts at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation, all proceeds go to student music scholarships.

Time to Say Goodbye

Timbre! Choir tickets now on sale for Patricia Miller’s final concert as Musical Director of Timbre!  The concert Time To Say Goodbye will be held on Sunday, April 24 at 2:30 pm at the ADSS Theatre.  Tickets will be in demand so purchase early to avoid disappointment.  Tickets are on sale at Rollin Art Centre, Echo Centre, Finishing Touches, Salmonberry’s and from choir members.  Tickets are $20  for adults aand seniors and and $5 for children and students udner 18 years old.  A cake and coffee reception will be held at ADSS following the performance.

What’s on at Char’s:

• Friday, March 4, 8-10 p.m., Kat & Tony ~ Everything Blue CD Release – jazzy/bluesy/rootsy

• Saturday, March 5, 8-10 p.m., Alberta’s Tanner James – folk & country

• Tuesday, March 8, 8-10 p.m., Winnipeg’s Daniel Sky – folk/rock

• Thursday, March 10, 8-10 p.m., Harpdog Brown – Travelin’ Blues Show

• Saturday, March 12, 8-10 p.m., San Felix: The Rugged Coast Tour, with special guests Pacific Colours – indie-rock

• Tuesday, March 15, 8-10 p.m., Concert – The Allison Au Quartet – Jazz


Melissa Martin is the Arts Administrator for the Community Arts Council, at the Rollin Art Centre. Call 250-724-3412. E-mail:


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