Artist Vittoria Doughy and her collection of outdoor metal art work will be on display at the Rollin Art Centre for a final week until March 31.

Artist Vittoria Doughy and her collection of outdoor metal art work will be on display at the Rollin Art Centre for a final week until March 31.

Last week for Rollin’s metal art exhibit

Upcoming Rollin art exhibit, book donations still needed, call to artists and the Solstice Arts fest on this week's community arts column

Steeling Nature is the current art exhibit at the Rollin Art Centre, featuring local artist Vittoria Doughy and her collection of outdoor metal art work. Doughy showcases her love of nature, which she has captured in stainless steel. Her pieces consist of trees, herons, salmon and local landmarks of the Valley, such as the water bomber and the Hole in the Wall. This is the last week to stop by the gallery to see this exhibit as it will be coming down on March 31 to make room for the next exhibit.

Next art exhibit

Rollin’s next art exhibit will be featuring not one but two talented artists, both unique in their own styles. Rob Liboiron and Klaus Joehle, will be Rollin’s next exhibit and will run from April 6 until April 29. Liboiron will showcase his collection of soapstone carvings, wood carvings, pen and ink drawings and oil paintings while Joehle, a mosaic artist, will have his collection of wall hangings, floor inlays, backsplash samples and much more. Join us in the gallery on Saturday, April 8, from 1-3 p.m. for refreshments and an opportunity to meet both artists.

Books needed

The Rollin Art Centre needs your help. Book donations have been low, so please drop off all your gently used books for our annual giant book sale. Spring is fast approaching and what a better way to do a bit of spring cleaning; pay it forward by donating your books to this wonderful event. Please note, we cannot take any textbooks, magazines, National Geographic, encyclopedia’s or Reader’s Digest. Drop off donations (newer books only) at the Rollin Art Centre, inside the main door, under the staircase, in the big wooden box. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Call to artists

What a better way of showcasing your artwork then with your own art exhibit. Every year the Rollin Art Centre puts out a call to artists to give artists a chance to have their own art exhibit. We are looking for new and exciting artists to help fill the gallery with local artwork and help promote local artists. If you are interested in showcasing your artwork in 2018, then stop by the gallery for your application today. Applications are open to all visual artists or artist groups. We are very lucky to be surrounded by such natural beauty and such a vast array of talented artists. Deadline is April 30, 2017, or call 250-724-3412.

Solstice arts fest

The second annual Solstice Arts Festival-Days with the Arts takes place June 16 and 17. We are looking for artists and artisans who would like to display and sell their artwork on the grounds at the Rollin Art Centre. Table rentals are only $60 for the free two-day event. Lots of activities are being planned, from live music to family activities. Performances at: The Capitol Theatre, Art Matters and Port Day (taking place at the new Tyee Landing) with shuttles running from the Rollin Art Centre down to Tyee Landing. Call us at 205-724-3412 and sign up today. Tables are limited.

Char’s Landing concerts

Thursday, March 23- Newfoundland’s Dave Panting and Nova Scotia’s Greg Simm Celtic folk

Friday- March 24- C.R. Avery poet/spokenword/blues artist.

Saturday, March 25- Heather Keizur and Steve Christofferson in concert jazz, french.

Wednesday, March 29- open mic.

Melissa Martin is the Arts Administrator for the Community Arts Council. Call 250-724-3412.

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