Variety the spice at Alberni’s Rollin

Oils, acrylics and more

Eunmi Conacher is a Nanaimo artist who works primarily with oils and acrylics.  She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Hongik University in Seoul and a postgraduate Diploma in Visual Arts from the University of Sydney Australia.

Conacher, who is part of a trio of exhibitors at the Rollin Art Centre this month, is also an active member of the Nanaimo Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists.

Conacher and her friends Rod Corraini and Marilyn Ridsdale have a joint exhibit of acrylics, beeswax and oil paintings at the Rollin until Wednesday, June 22. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and the building is wheelchair accessible.

Global art deals on tap

Items from around the world are available at the Rollin Art Centre’s One-Day Art Sale on Saturday, June 11. The sale goes  from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Items for sale include: assorted African wooden spoons, vintage brass ladles (either Lebanese or Moroccan), baskets from Africa, oil painting by Faye Marcellus, framed watercolour by Grant Fuller, prints and posters by Robert Bateman and prints by Robert Aller and much more. Cash and cards accepted.

Think summer at the Rollin

The Community Arts Council’s two summer students, Emma and Chelsea, are busy preparing for Rollin Art Centre’s weekly summer arts and crafts camps for five- to seven-year-olds.

Staff is also busy preparing for the summer hit, Teas On The Terrace, being held on Thursday afternoons from 1–3 p.m., starting July 7 and running until Aug. 25. Enjoy a scone or a sweet with tea, coffee or lemonade while listening to live musical performances.

Reservations are a must. Please call 250-724-3412, Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Art found in the gardens

The third annual sharing of two neighbouring gardens at 6130 Westporte Blvd. takes place Sunday, June 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Original art by the Wednesday Painters will be available for viewing and purchase.  Refreshments will be served.

Saturday steam special

Along with Rick Scott’s family concert at 1 p.m. at McLean Mill this Saturday, June 11, the Steam Spring Special Event will also offer a wide variety of other scheduled activities— steam sawmill, steam donkey and blacksmith demonstrations, a guided tour of the site and access to the Steam Pot Café and Mill Store. The steam train will be running, leaving the E & N Train Station (3100 Kingsway) at noon.

Admission to the mill and the concert is $10 for adults, $7.50 seniors/youth, $5 per child and $25 per family.

The train ride, mill and concert is $25.25 for adults, $19 for seniors/youth, $11.25 per child and $67.50 per family.  For train reservations, please call 250-723-1376 or e-mail

Writing words in the woods

Creating a Great Kid Character: Put flesh on your character’s bones in this hands-on workshop for anyone interested in writing fiction for children and teens.

Workshop instructor Nikki Tate will help participants explore character motivation, writing dialogue, and making characters complex and believable. It’s all part of Words in the Woods, a series of writing workshops associated with this year’s Forest Fest.

Choose to deepen your understanding of a character you’re already working with or develop someone completely new.  Either way, bring paper and pen and come prepared to write with Tate on Saturday, July 30 from 9 a.m. to noon at North Island College.

To learn more and to register, go to

Music by the sea

A wide range of world-class musical performances—from classical, contemporary solo and chamber music to sophisticated jazz and alternative music—await at the Rix Centre for Ocean Discoveries at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre. It’s all part of Music By the Sea, taking place July 9–17.

For more info or tickets, please call 250-728-3887 or check the website

Gareth Flostrand writes Arts Around for the Community Arts Council.