Summer heats up at Rollin Art Centre in Port Alberni

From kids' summer programs to Music by the Sea in Bamfield, arts and entertainment are hot commodities at the Rollin Art Centre.

Kids take a world tour at Rollin

Week three (July 19, 20, 22) in the Rollin Art Centre’s summer arts programs for children five to seven years of age is Around The World.

Discover the exciting crafts of countries and continents all around the world. Masks, aquariums, paintings and more will be created.

The fee is $15 per week per child including all craft supplies and a healthy snack. Register at the Rollin Art Centre, on the corner of Eighth Avenue and Argyle Street.

Small is beautiful for painting group

The Wednesday Painters, a group of 20 local artists, have mounted an exhibit at the Rollin Art Centre.  All the “small” pieces were designed to showcase a very small sampling of their art.

Members of the group exhibiting include Cynthia Bonesky, Pam Turner, Clara Lake, Linda Campbell and Judy Dixon.

Small is Beautiful runs until Tuesday, July 19. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission and the gallery is wheelchair accessible.

Mallon yodels

on the terrace

Hank Mallon will entertain Rollin Art Centre patrons with old-time favourites (and maybe even a yodel or two) at Tea on the Terrace, Thursday July 14, from 1–3 p.m.  Reservations are a must; one of the teas is already sold out.

Avoid disappointment and book early by calling 250-724-3412.

Coyote teaches art of the story

Ivan Coyote will host a live performance workshop for writers, poets and storytellers.

The workshop is designed to help budding storytellers transform their nervous energy into a memorable reading. With tips on selecting material, preparing work for performance, memorization, and how to make body language work.

This is just one of the writers’ workshops being brought to Port Alberni on July 30 by Alberni Forest Fest.

To learn more and to register, please go to

Music by the Sea in Bamfield

One of the special events during the two weeks of performances of Music By The Sea in Bamfield will be held Thursday, July 14, 3:30–4:30 p.m. at the Bamfield Community School.

A chamber music rehearsal will be open to children accompanied by adults. Free admission.

For more on this series of concerts, please visit the website at


Gareth Flostrand writes Arts Around for the Community Arts Council.