The Rollin Art Centre Teas on the Terrace are back again this summer with four teas instead of the usual eight.

The Rollin Art Centre Teas on the Terrace are back again this summer with four teas instead of the usual eight.

Solstice Arts Festival and more happening in the Alberni Valley

The Rollin Art Centre and other arts and entertainment venues in the Alberni Valley offer plenty of art related activities and exhibits.

Solstice Arts Festival is here

Kick off this weekend by joining us at the Rollin Art Centre, Friday, June 17 from 5-8 p.m., for the opening of the Solstice Arts Festival. Four local arts groups, joined together under one umbrella, are bringing to the community an unforgettable weekend of artists, art exhibits, music, theatrical performances and street entertainment for the whole family.

This is something new for the community, combining several events for one big weekend of entertainment. Please come out and support these wonderful organizations while enjoying a jam-packed weekend to help celebrate art and community.

Featuring “Days with the Arts” at the Rollin Art Centre, joined by Portal Players Dramatic Society, Alberni Art Rave Society and Art Matters Society – F.A.C.E.

Tickets are now available at the Rollin Art Centre, Capitol Theatre and Char’s Landing. Entire Weekend passes are only $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students (aged 13-18), $50 for a family pass (2 adults and 2 students) and children 12 and under are free when accompanied with adult pass.

For more details please follow us on Facebook:, or call the Rollin Art Centre at 250-724-3412.

Next art exhibit

Art Rave presents “Solstice Inspirations,” the next art exhibit at the Rollin Art Centre to kick off the new arts festival; Solstice Arts Festal- Alberni Valley.

This exhibit is an invitational art exhibit showcasing many local artists, including; Todd Robinson, Kelly Carter, Julian Growcott, Jillian Mayne, Robert Gunn, Cynthia Bonesky , Sandy Bouleau, Ryan Price, Elizabeth Yuen, Chris Doman, Ann McIver, Kelly Thomas, Joan Ackerman, Paul Jorgensen, Dieter Schlackl, Lori Wilson Nancy Jorgensen, Connie Watts, Kyle Miller, Tim Deacon, Elspeth Watson, Brad Piatka, Laura Leaf, Allison Tremain, Debra Philipps, Pam Holl Hunt, Kim Dewey, Mike Wright and Laurie Allen. The exhibit begins Friday, June 17 and will run until June 30.

Teas on the Terrace

The Rollin Art Centre Teas on the Terrace will once again be back this summer; however we will only be having four teas instead of our usual eight. Join us in the garden for another guaranteed wonderful musical line-up and back again is Harvest Thyme Fine Foods.

Purchase your Tickets today and help support the Rollin Art Centre with our summer fundraiser. Tickets are $20 for each tea or $75 if you purchase for all four teas. Musical Line up; July 14 – Folk Song Circle, July 28 – Old Time Fiddlers, Aug. 11 – Glen Mofford (easy listening vocals and guitar), and to close out the summer, Aug. 25. – Paul Kurucz – The Travelers.

Guinness World Records coming to Valley for Jane Austen Fest

The Jane Austen Festival is happening  July 8 and 9 in the Alberni Valley. Make your plans to attend in your Regency costume and help break the world record for most people dressed in Recency Period clothing in one place.

Members from the Guinness Book of World records will be on site to count individual participants. Those interested must register to be counted. Registration forms are available at the Rollin Art Centre.

DRAW Gallery

Spring Into ART!  Group Exhibit is ongoing until June 30    “…How are we connected to the Natural world around us as well as to the nature within us.”  Featuring work by Cynthia Bonesky, Cecil Dawson, Chris Doman, Chris Finlayson, Gerda Hoffman, John Hoffman, Pamela Holl Hunt, Miriam Manuel, Jillian Mayne, Ann McIvor, Deborah Philipp, Todd Robinson, Sue Thomas, Nancy Wilson and Mike Wright. Visit us online and on location at the corner of Melrose Street and Eighth Avenue. Open Thursday and Fridays from 12 – 5 p.m. and by Appointment. Call 250-724-2056 or  Life Drawing Sessions – ‘Open Studio’ continues each week. Teen night mondays welcomes all young artists every Monday from 6-8 p.m.  Adults meet on Tuesday and Wednesdays from 6 – 8 p.m.

The fee to participate is Teens $6.00 and Adults $12.50.  Participants can also pre-register for five sessions for a fee of $60.  Space is limited.  Call Astrid at 724-2056 and book your spot.

Char’s Landing concerts

Wednesday, June 22 from 8-10 p.m.- Ian Reid – ‘Western Canadian Tour’ – Singer-Songwriter/ Eclectic Folk – Ukulele

Thursday, June 23 from 8-10 p.m.- Sarah Smith rock duo .                                                                                                                                                                               Friday, June 24 from 8-10 p.m.- The Burying Ground – Roots/Country Blues/Ragtime/Jazz w/Big Fancy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Saturday, June 25 from 8-10 p.m.- Joe Stanton Vancouver Island Tour – Singer/songwriter finger style guitar

Melissa Martin is the Arts Administrator for the Community Arts Council, at the Rollin Art Centre and writes for the Alberni Valley News. Call 250-724-3412.  Email: The Gallery is located at the corner of 8th and Argyle Street and is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Closed Sundays and Mondays. Wheelchair accessible, admission is by donation.