Landscapes alight in Alberni’s Arts Around

‘Starbird’ is a watercolour by Alberni Valley painter Norm Nicholson

Pick up some reading at sale

Books for 25 cents to $2? Also jigsaw puzzles, movie DVDs and music CDs for similar low prices?

Yes, it’s time for the Community Arts Council’s giant book sale! It’s happening this Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Echo Centre.

Come armed with cash, Visa and Mastercard. Sorry, debit cards won’t work.

What great bargains will you find for your summer reading pleasure?

Shankie sees the light

Photographer David Shankie has a lifelong passion for photography, which he refers to as his personal refuge. A personal goal-setting workshop provided the impetus to display his work in public, resulting in Landscapes and Light, a joint exhibit with watercolourist Norm Nicholson.

Encouraging feedback in his workshop helped Shankie to establish a small photography business. His workflow is now entirely digital, utilizing Canon equipment.

Nicholson has included nearly all new paintings in his portion of the exhibit; many with a marine theme.

Landscapes and Light runs in the Rollin Art Centre Gallery until Wednesday, May 25. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the gallery is free and the building is wheelchair accessible.

Are you ready to paint?

Only two more weekends until the Community Banner Paint-In at the Kinsmen Community Centre.

Arrowsmith Rotary along with the Community Arts Council, City of Port Alberni, Port Alberni Rotary Club and Portal Players are proud to work together on this project.

These amazing and colourful banners will hang on Argyle Street from June to September.

The banner material, stand, paint and brushes will be provided at the Community Paint-In, May 28–29 and June 4–5. Drop by the Rollin Art Centre and pick up the registration.  You must be pre-registered; the fee is only $10 a banner.

There are a limited number of banners being painted, so register early to avoid disappointment.

Go Wilde with Earnest

Directors Derek and Debbie Burke have assembled a fine cast of Portal Players veterans to bring the classic comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest, to life.

This production plays at the Capitol Theatre May 12-14 and May 19-21 at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors/students and are on sale at the Capitol Box Office, Tuesday to Friday, 1–5:30 p.m.

Char’s features live music

An evening concert with friends Joanna Finch and Birgit Kuit takes place at Char’s Landing on Argyle Street, Saturday, May 14. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the concert starting at 8 p.m.

Take a musical adventure

Under the direction of Philip Wallbank, The Phil’s Harmonics String Orchestra presents Adventures in Music on Saturday, May 14, 7:30 p.m. at the Alberni Valley United Church.  Admission is $10 at the door.

Song Circle celebrates

Folk Song Circle is 50 years old. To celebrate this occasion the group is holding a social, dinner and coffee house on Saturday, May 14 at the lawn bowling club starting at 3 p.m.

Tickets for the dinner are $20 and are available at the Rollin Art Centre and from current members.

It’s festival time in town

Portal Players Dramatic Society will host the 2011 Theatre BC North Island Zone Drama Festival at the Capitol Theatre from May 22–27.

Theatre groups from Port Alberni, Parksville, Courtenay, Nanaimo, Qualicum and Campbell River will present some of their best works.

Full festival passes are available for all six shows for $60 (“Pick 3 Plays” option is $40). Individual tickets are $15 for each show and are available at the Capitol Theatre Box Office.

Gareth Flostrand writes Arts Around for the Community Arts Council.

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