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A piece of floral artwork by Susan Schaefer. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

ARTS AROUND: Explore florals in summer painting workshop at Rollin Art Centre

Port Alberni art gallery looking for submissions from local artists

  • Jul 21, 2021
Jonathan Scott’s documentary Power Trip, explored the obstacles in bringing solar energy to every household. (PBS/Special to THE NEWS)

One of B.C.’s Property Brothers nominated for Independent Lens award

Winner to be determined through audience votes on July 22

“On Alert” by Shannon McWhinney is one piece of art you can find on display at DRAW Gallery during their summer group exhibit. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Summer art exhibit opens at DRAW Gallery in Port Alberni

Due to COVID-19, the gallery is open by appointment only

The Rollin Art Centre’s Giant Book Sale is a major fundraiser for the art gallery and a favourite for bibliophiles looking for good deals. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)

ARTS AROUND: Giant book sale arrives in Port Alberni this weekend

Book sale is an annual fundraiser for the Community Arts Council

  • Jul 14, 2021
The Rollin Art Centre’s Giant Book Sale is a major fundraiser for the art gallery and a favourite for bibliophiles looking for good deals. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Museum assistant Amy Vandal unwraps a set of traditional tattoo needles as part of a new exhibit at the Alberni Valley Museum. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Alberni Museum explores Indigenous tattoos in new exhibit

Body Language exhibit runs until December 2021

Museum assistant Amy Vandal unwraps a set of traditional tattoo needles as part of a new exhibit at the Alberni Valley Museum. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Catherine Macdonald is the author of mystery novel “So Many Windings.” (SUBMITTED PHOTOS)

Two Canadian mystery authors to read at online literary event

Electric Mermaid: Live Reads takes place online via Zoom on the third Friday of each month

Catherine Macdonald is the author of mystery novel “So Many Windings.” (SUBMITTED PHOTOS)
A painting by Susan Schaefer. Schaefer will host a painting workshop at the Rollin Art Centre on July 24, 2021. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

ARTS AROUND: Learn to paint with summer art workshop at Rollin Art Centre

Artist Susan Schaefer will be in Port Alberni on July 24

A painting by Susan Schaefer. Schaefer will host a painting workshop at the Rollin Art Centre on July 24, 2021. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Huu-ay-aht First Nations Hereditary Chief Derek Peters said he appreciates the care and protection of the nations’ cultural treasures, and that it is time they return home. (PHOTO COURTESY HUU-AY-AHT FIRST NATIONS)

Huu-ay-aht plans repatriation of Royal BC Museum treasures

“We are just scratching the surface of reconciliation by bringing some of our treasures home.”

Huu-ay-aht First Nations Hereditary Chief Derek Peters said he appreciates the care and protection of the nations’ cultural treasures, and that it is time they return home. (PHOTO COURTESY HUU-AY-AHT FIRST NATIONS)
Mosaic kits are available at the Rollin Art Centre. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Mosaic kits are available at the Rollin Art Centre. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
The Rollin Art Centre wants to hold an Art in the Garden event on June 26, 2021. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)

ARTS AROUND: Rollin Art Centre looking for artists to display in the garden

Art gallery in Port Alberni prepares for summer children’s programming

  • Jun 23, 2021
The Rollin Art Centre wants to hold an Art in the Garden event on June 26, 2021. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)
The Rollin Art Centre is holding children’s art camps this summer. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

ARTS AROUND: Celebrate art in the garden

Rollin Art Centre will host art event on Saturday, June 26

  • Jun 16, 2021
The Rollin Art Centre is holding children’s art camps this summer. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Francine Cunningham is an award-winning Indigenous writer, artist and educator. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Electric Mermaid online event hosts panel of Indigenous writers

Event takes place through Char’s Landing in Port Alberni

Francine Cunningham is an award-winning Indigenous writer, artist and educator. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Chilliwack’s Matt Johnson was strapped into a straight jacket and hung by his ankles upside down, and had less than two minutes to free himself before two spinning saw blades fell. (America’s Got Talent video)

VIDEO: Chilliwack escape artist Matt Johnson dazzles judges on America’s Got Talent

Johnson brought a packed auditorium to its feet with a death-defying stunt

Chilliwack’s Matt Johnson was strapped into a straight jacket and hung by his ankles upside down, and had less than two minutes to free himself before two spinning saw blades fell. (America’s Got Talent video)
A painting by Sue Thomas. Thomas’ artwork will be on display at the Rollin Art Centre this summer. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

ARTS AROUND: Artists invited to take part in mural project

Tiles must be completed by July 15

  • Jun 9, 2021
A painting by Sue Thomas. Thomas’ artwork will be on display at the Rollin Art Centre this summer. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
A painting by Sue Thomas. More of Thomas’s work will be on display at the Rollin Art Centre this summer. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

ARTS AROUND: Rollin Art Centre prepares for summer camps

Current exhibit features five female Port Alberni artists

  • Jun 2, 2021
A painting by Sue Thomas. More of Thomas’s work will be on display at the Rollin Art Centre this summer. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Paige Beardsworth with Tucker, the inspiration for her book “Talented Tucker’s Tricks.” (SONJA DRINKWATER / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Talented Port Alberni pooch inspires children’s book

The book is geared mainly to children aged 3-7

  • May 27, 2021
Paige Beardsworth with Tucker, the inspiration for her book “Talented Tucker’s Tricks.” (SONJA DRINKWATER / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
A painting by Port Alberni artist Ann McIvor. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)

ARTS AROUND: Port Alberni women showcase their artwork in diverse new exhibit

‘Women’s work’ opens June 1 at the Rollin Art Centre

  • May 26, 2021
A painting by Port Alberni artist Ann McIvor. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)
Danielle Marcinek of Port Alberni recently completed her Licentiate in classical piano. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Port Alberni pianist adapts to COVID-19

Danielle Marcinek completes her Licentiate in piano performance

Danielle Marcinek of Port Alberni recently completed her Licentiate in classical piano. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
A painting by Port Alberni artist Robert Hall. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

ARTS AROUND: Port Alberni artist exhibits paintings for the month of May

Next exhibit will feature five female artists

  • May 19, 2021
A painting by Port Alberni artist Robert Hall. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Joseph A. Dandurand is a Kwantlen First Nation writer. (Langley Advance Times File Photo)

Indigenous poet and NYT bestseller to read at Electric Mermaid

Electric Mermaid: Live Reads from Char’s Landing takes place online via Zoom on Friday, May 21

Joseph A. Dandurand is a Kwantlen First Nation writer. (Langley Advance Times File Photo)