New projects, fundraising kick 2016 into high gear

A new exhibit, a book sale and pool mural application deadlines on the Alberni arts scene this week.

The Rollin Art Centre is gearing up for its annual fundraising book sale by accepting donations of gently used books

The next art exhibit at the Rollin Art Centre will be something special from local Tseshaht First Nations Chief Hugh Braker.

This exciting exhibit showcases a chosen part of Braker’s personal collection of items from his world travels to Sri Lanka, Philippines, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Brazil and elsewhere.

The exhibit opens to the public Jan. 20 and will run until Feb. 5. Stop by the gallery Saturday, Jan. 23 from 1–3 p.m. to meet Braker and talk about his adventures.

Bring in books

The Rollin Art Centre is now accepting gently used books, DVDs, CDs and puzzles for their annual book sale, which will take place May 6–7.  We cannot accept any National Geographic, encyclopedias, Reader’s Digests or textbooks.

Please drop off donations at the Rollin Art Centre, inside, under the staircase in the wooden box.

This is one of the Community Arts Council’s biggest fundraisers. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located at 3061 Eighth Ave. or call 250-724-3412 for more info.

Pool murals deadline

The Community Arts Council of the Alberni Valley, in collaboration with the City of Port Alberni is looking for artists to design original permanent murals to be installed at Echo Centre Pool for our Phase II project.

Different sized murals will once again cover the walls in the pool area at Echo Aquatic Centre. If you are interested, please drop by the Rollin Art Centre, Echo Centre or call for more details at 250-724-3412. Complete application packages and guidelines are available for pick up at the Rollin Art Centre and Echo Centre.

Deadline for all applications is Jan. 15.

CAC renewals due

This is a reminder to all current Community Arts Council members, and everyone else who would like to help support the council, that all memberships will now be renewed in January. This annual membership date will be for everyone.

If you have not yet renewed your membership for 2016, pop by the Rollin Art Centre today. The cost is only $17 for adults, $12 for seniors and $22 for a family. As we are a non-profit organization we rely on the generous support of art patrons like you. So please, help support the Community Arts Council today so we can help support local artists tomorrow.

It’s a special O party

Alberni Valley Citizen of the Year Nancy Wilmot is holding a birthday party and Special Olympics’ fundraiser on Sunday, Jan. 31 from 6–9 p.m. at Char’s Landing. Local musicians will be performing, tapas will be served throughout the evening and there will be a silent auction and Loonie-Toonie items. Admission by donation.

All proceeds to go to Special Olympics programming, because sometimes smiles do have a price tag.

Call to artists

Art Rave will be sponsoring an art show at The Rollin Art Centre for the new Solstice Festival taking place in June.

This will comprise original art that is for sale, and will run from June 17–30 as part of the Solstice Arts Festival. Artists from all media are invited to submit work to the curators in a digital format, on or before March 18, to albernisolstice@gmail.com.

Preference will be given to pieces 24×24” and smaller if the work requires inside display. Sculptures or other works that can be displayed outside are encouraged and no size requirements apply.

Video artworks will also be welcomed. Additional details on the show, the terms of sale and the festival can be obtained from the email address above.

What’s on at Char’s

Sat, Jan. 16, 2:30-4:30 pm, Matinee Recital – Baritone Cliff Ridley + Danielle Marcinek– classical & contemporary classical

Tue, Jan. 19, 7-9 pm, Concert – Brian Gore’s International Guitar Night (IGN)  world instrumentalists

COMMUNITY:

Thu, Jan. 14, 7-9 pm, Meeting – Cycle Alberni – future event planning for 2016.

Melissa Martin is the Arts Administrator for the Community Arts Council, at the Rollin Art Centre.

Call 250-724-3412.

Just Posted

Three-day benefit for the arts coming to Port Alberni

Char’s Landing and Art Rave partnering for workshops, dance party

Hay bales and high fives for Port Alberni soapbox derby

New track on Lower Argyle Street gets a thumbs up

Brush fire breaks out near Taylor Arm Park

Fire forces partial closure of Highway 4 west of Port Alberni

Rosalind Chapman seeks seat on Port Alberni city council

Community volunteer and longtime Alberni Valley resident Rosalind Chapman will seek a… Continue reading

Accident causes power outage on Beaver Creek Road

One sent to West Coast General Hospital in crash

BC Games: Day 3 wrap and closing ceremonies

The torch in the Cowichan Valley has been extinguished as Fort St. John gets ready to host the 2020 BC Winter Games

Heat wave hits B.C.’s south coast

Temperatures expected to hit the mid-30s in some areas

Man charged in 2006 B.C. murder extradited to Canada from South Korea

28-year-old Jui-Kai Weng was charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder

Soaring temperatures, high winds could worsen fires in B.C.’s southern Interior

Environment Canada’s forecast for the next week in the southern Interior does not inspire confidence, with temperatures in the 30s and winds gusting over 40 kilometres per hour.

Iran dismisses Trump’s explosive threat to country’s leader

Trump tweeted late on Sunday that hostile threats from Iran could bring dire consequences.

Update: Police probe Toronto shooting that killed 2, injured 12; suspected gunman dead

Paramedics said many of the victims in Danforth, including a child, were rushed to trauma centres

Why do they do it? Coaches guide kids to wins, personal bests at the BC Games

Behind the 2,300 B.C. athletes are the 450 coaches who dedicate time to help train, compete

Government sets full-time salary range for Justin Trudeau’s nanny

At its top range, the order works out to a rate of $21.79 per hour, assuming a 40-hour work week

Lower Mainland teams battle for baseball gold at BC Games

Vancouver Coastal squeaked out a 3-2 win against Fraser Valley

Most Read