Table rentals at the Rollin Arts Centre for this year’s Solstice Arts Festival can now be booked. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Join Days with the Arts in the Alberni Valley

The Community Arts Council is looking for interested artists for this year’s Solstice Arts Festival

The Community Arts Council is looking for all interested artists to be included in this year’s Solstice Arts Festival.

Two options are available: table rentals at the Rollin Arts Centre, or, if you have a gallery or studio, our Days with the Arts self-guided tour. Both are great options.

Table rentals are $60 for the two days. Inclusion on the self-guided tour costs $45. For more details contact the Rollin Art Centre or drop by today to register.


The Community Arts Council is holding a Family Friendly FUNdraiser at the Blue Marlin on Friday, March 2 from 5-8 p.m.

Join us for an evening of burgers, beer or soda. Invite your friends and family. This event is kid friendly, and everyone is welcome. We will also be having a silent auction. Tickets are available at the Rollin Art Centre for $15. If you have an item you would like to donate for our silent auction, items can be dropped off at the Rollin Art Centre. Thank you for your continued support!


The Rollin Art Centre is now accepting all your gently used books for our annual book sale in May. We are very grateful for all your books, but cannot take any textbooks, magazines, National Geographic, encyclopedias or Reader’s Digest. Please drop off donations (newer books only) at the Rollin Art Centre, inside the main door just under the staircase in the BIG wooden box.

As this is one of the Community Arts Council’s biggest fundraisers, we appreciate all your donations. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11-4 p.m. 3061-8th Avenue or call 250-724-3412.


The Rollin Art Centre is very excited to have two very talented artists for our next exhibit, which begins tomorrow Thursday, Feb. 8 and runs until March 2.

Naomi MacDonald & Desneige Zvonarova are two artists with very different styles and mediums. Naomi is an illustrator and is very creative with cut paper, and Desneige paints with acrylics on canvas. This exhibit will showcase a variety of pieces. Join us in the gallery Saturday, Feb. 10 from 1-3 p.m. for an opportunity to meet these talented ladies.


2018 Banner project, begins tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 8-11 at Glenwood Sports Centre. The cost is $25 for materials that are supplied with registrations being accepted at the Rollin Art Centre.


To all current Community Arts Council members and everyone else who would like to help in supporting the Community Arts Council, all memberships can now be renewed for 2018. The cost is only $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $22 for a family. Also available is an artist membership for $25 (call for more details).


David James & Big River, A Johnny Cash Tribute band, will be coming to Port Alberni on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the ADSS Auditorium. Tickets are available at the Rollin Art Centre for $35. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.


The Rollin Art Centre is now accepting applications to all visual artists and artist groups to apply to exhibit their work in our Fine Arts Gallery during the 2019 calendar year.

Don’t miss this opportunity to have your own art exhibit or group exhibit. Application forms are available at the Rollin Art Centre or on our website. Deadline is April 30, 2018. The Gallery is located at the corner of 8th and Argyle St., and open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. Call 250-724-3412 for more info.


PPDS’s 40th Anniversary Season is fast approaching, and we are now taking formal production proposals for the 2018/2019 Season.

The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2018. Here are a few examples of what we are looking for: Comedies/Farces, Murder Mysteries, Dramas, Musical Productions (from small revues to full scale productions), Children’s Theatre (performed by adults, aimed at children & families, possibly for touring into local schools), Pantomimes, One-Act Plays, and more! Please send your submissions or questions to Peter Wienold, ADC chair, at


A call to artists: exhibit and sales opportunity. In June, the Alberni Valley Museum will mount an art show open to artists working in all media, except photographs. For more details, theme and application form, email:


Friday, Feb 9, 8 p.m. Rock n Roll Dance Party #4 with The John Pippus Band

Saturday, Feb 10, 8-10 p.m., Down Home Blues with Lazy & Slim

Thursday, Feb 15, 7-10 p.m., Rock the Landing – Amateur Musicians Perform Pop & Rock

Friday, Feb 16, 8-10 p.m., Fiddelium’s Quin Etheridge-Pedden & Geoff Horrocks

Saturday, Feb 17, 8-late, Crash a Cuban Wedding Party with DJ Claudio – Smith & Rickwood Production

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.

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