Landscapes come alive in oils at Alberni’s Rollin Art Centre

Amazing oils at the Rollin

Cathy Stewart (nee Curran) has had an interest in art for many years, visiting galleries and promising one day she would take lessons.

Six years ago, she started drawing classes with another artist who persuaded her to give painting a try.  The result is an exhibition of oil and acrylic paintings, This Land is Your Land, at the Rollin Art Centre Gallery until April 27.

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

Last Night at the Proms

Saturday, April 9 the Timbre! Choir presents The Last Night at the Proms at 7:30 p.m. in the ADSS Auditorium.

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

The B.C. Choral Federation will have raffle tickets available. Also, the arts council will be selling Days With The Arts tickets in the lobby.

Studios open to public

The biennial Days With The Arts self-guided tour of local artists’ studios in the Alberni Valley takes place Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Rollin Art Centre will host the West Coast Weavers and Spinners and Cathy Stewart (oil and acrylic painting), the Lighthouse will have Cecil Dawson (First Nations carving and painting) and Bill Maxon (raku).

The Alberni Valley Museum will have Hannah Theus (Ukrainian Eggs), Shannon Kjernisted (jewellery), Gittan Klemetsrud (photography), Joyce Little (Northwest Coast clothing), Alice Sam (cedar baskets) and Gillian Shearwater (lace and baskets).

Tickets are $20 (includes entry both days and free draws) and are available at the Rollin Art Centre and Echo Centre.

Council needs your books

The May 14 Giant Book Sale is fast approaching. The sorting committee is looking for more books in the following categories: animals, biography, gardening, childcare and science and nature.

Please drop off all donations at the Rollin Art Centre, inside under the staircase in the wooden bin. The committee cannot sell book swith torn pages, mildew or mould, so please don’t include them.

Words in the Woods

Alberni Forest Fest is proud to present Words In The Woods: Port Alberni Writers’ Festival, July 29-31.  Jack Hodgins, Brian Brett, Ivan Coyote, Wendy Morton, Nikki Tate and Caroline Woodward will give workshops on Saturday, July 30.

For more information and registration forms go to the website www.forestfest.ca

Rollin gallery wants more art

Visual artists in all mediums are invited to submit an application to exhibit their work in the Rollin Art Centre Gallery during the 2012 calendar year.  Deadline is April 30.

Application forms are available at the Rollin Art Centre, on the corner of Eighth Avenue and Argyle Street.

Youth orchestra Easter event

The Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra presents a community benefit concert on Easter Sunday, April 24 at the Trinity Anglican Lutheran Church on Angus St. at 2:30 p.m.

Net proceeds will benefit the community arts council, Trinity Organ Fund and Trinity Neighbourhood Outreach.

Tickets are $15 for adults/seniors, $5 for students/children and are available at the Rollin Art Centre and Trinity Church.

Folk Song Circle reunites

All past and present members of the Folk Song Circle are invited to attend the 50th anniversary of making music in Port Alberni.

A social, catered dinner and a coffee house will be held at the Lawn Bowling Club on Saturday, May 14. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Rollin Art Centre and from members of the current Folk Song Circle.

Gareth Flostrand writes Arts Around for the Community Arts Council.

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