New doors at Char’s in Alberni RAD

Char’s Landing in Alberni has unveiled the second Rotary Arts District Door Jam offering.

Charlene Patterson

Char’s Landing has unveiled the second Rotary Arts District Door Jam offering. Owner Charlene Patterson ripped down the covering on the double doors at the former church’s entrance on Tuesday afternoon.

The Door Jam is part of the Rotary Arts District Street Task Force’s mission to beautify Argyle Street from the Rollin Art Centre at Eighth Avenue down to Harbour Quay.

Gale Cyr, a member of the Alberni Valley Wednesday Painters, who meet at Char’s Landing, painted the doors for Char’s Landing.

The bright coloured doors represent an amalgamation of Patterson’s vision and Cyr’s non-objective painting style, Cyr said.

Church and doors“Char’s vision was bright colours and something that could be seen from a distance and invite people,” Cyr explained.

Char’s Landing is a multi-purpose venue that celebrates arts, music, meetings and physical fitness, and Cyr said the painted doors were a good fit.

Cyr was able to take the doors home to her own studio, where her husband Joe scraped, filled and sanded the doors before helping her apply two coats of primer to make it easier to paint.

Sixteen businesses have signed on for the R.A.D. Door Jam, R.A.D. volunteer and artist Dorothy Jarvis said. They will be paired with local artists for their own Door Jams. The first door was unveiled at a home on Fifth Avenue, within sight of Char’s Landing.

Eventually, the work of 25 artists will be featured in the arts district, Jarvis said. Each door will have a plaque proclaiming the artist whose work is displayed.

Jarvis and the rest of the R.A.D. street task force hope the painted doors and banners will attract more people to the arts district.

Gayle Stephen-Player, president of Historic Southport merchants’ group, was on hand for the unveiling. “This is something positive for Port,” she said.

editor@albernivalleynews.com

Just Posted

VIDEO: Man extracted from vehicle eight hours after accident near Cameron Lake

People making pit stop at picnic area made crash discovery

Person extracted from vehicle accident in Cameron Lake

A person has been extracted today from a reported vehicle accident in… Continue reading

Seeing double, the trials and tribulations of twins

BIG READ: Three Vancouver Island mothers share their experiences with multiple births

Learn about Port Alberni’s mayoral candidates with new film series

Alberni Valley filmmaker Dallas Dalziel discusses key issues with candidates

City of Port Alberni issues water quality alert for Kitsuksis Creek area

Kitsuksis Creek residents urged to use alternate drinking water source

CUTENESS OVERLOAD: 2 sea otters hold hands at the Vancouver Aquarium

Holding hands is a common – and adorable – way for otters to stay safe in the water

B.C. nanny charged with sex abuse of 3 children

Saanich Police seek potential victims of Johnathon Lee Robichaud from Central Saanich

‘I’m no quitter’ on climate change issues, McKenna says at G7 ministers meeting

David Suzuki says if McKenna believes what she’s saying, she too should quit

VIDEO: Inside an eerily empty mall in Canada

Only seven of 517 retail spaces are open for business as the grand opening postponed to next year

B.C. wildfires burned large areas affected by mountain pine beetles: Experts

The mountain pine beetle epidemic affected more than 180,000 square kilometres in B.C.

Tens of thousands without power following tornado in Ottawa region

Hydro Ottawa says more than 170,000 customers were without power early this morning

BALONEY METER: Do Liberal policies mean a typical family is $2,000 richer?

MPs took to Twitter to talk how ‘typical’ Canadian families have more money due to Liberal policies

B.C. premier apologizes for removal of 1950s totem pole at Canada-U.S. border

First Nations say pole was raised at Peace Arch but removed to make way for tourism centre

Tornado touches down in Ottawa and Gatineau, Que.

Environment Canada says cars and homes have been damaged by severe thunderstorms and high wind gusts

Most Read