Volunteers needed to hang lights

A new book, a new exhibit and more on the Alberni arts scene.

Stephanie Fortin is busy creating pieces of fabric art for her upcoming exhibit at the Rollin Art Centre.

This Saturday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. the Rollin Art Centre is having a light hanging work-party in the gardens to get ready for the annual Celebration of Lights Festival. If you can help hang lights and can spare a few hours, it would be very much appreciated. Many hands make light work.

Poirier launches book

Join us in the gallery Saturday, Nov. 14 from 1–3 p.m. to help celebrate Karen Poirier’s launch of her new book, Across a Prairie Sky. This is a fictionalized story that was inspired by stories told to me by Karen’s mother about life on the prairies when she was growing up.

Poirier is also launching Ronald and Donald, a children’s book written in rhyme and illustrated by Poirier. She will be doing some readings, possibly from both books. She will also be giving away a signed copy of Ronald and Donald to the first three children (one per family) aged seven years and under to come to the launch to hear the readings.

‘Fabrific’ new exhibit coming

The next art exhibit, at the Rollin Art Centre, begins Nov. 17, and features something new. Local fashion designer, Stephanie Fortin, will showcase many of her talents, including pieces recently designed for Portal Players’ musicals as well as some current fashions.

Don’t miss this exciting display of high fashions, titled, “Expect the Unexpected”.

Make sure you mark your calendars to join us in the gallery, Saturday, Nov. 21 from 1-3, for refreshments and to meet this talented young designer.

Christmas bazaar at United Church

Many hands are busy preparing for the 2015 United Church Christmas Bazaar to be held on Saturday, Nov. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Alberni Valley United Church, 3747 Church St.

The kitchen crew is busy baking tarts for the lunch and the crafters are busy making potholders, aprons, scarves, doll clothes, cards and Christmas items.

The children are eagerly wrapping mystery parcels suitable for everyone.

Can’t wait for Christmas

The Barkley Sounds Choir concert on Dec. 6 begins at 2:30 p.m. at ADSS, titled, “Can’t Wait for Christmas!”

Barkley Sounds, conducted by Bonnie Wallbank, will be joined by Phil’s Harmonics Strings and the United Church Handbell Choir, conducted by Mike Villette.

Tickets will be available at Rollin Art Centre for $10 apiece.


Melissa Martin is the Arts Administrator for the Community Arts Council.

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