Melissa Martin

Solstice Arts Festival takes over Alberni’s Rotary Arts District

The festival unites four art groups in the Valley for an entire weekend of arts, music and entertainment to celebrate the start of summer.

One large arts festival is taking over the Alberni Valley’s Rotary Arts District on June 17 to 19.

The Solstice Arts Festival unites four art groups in the Valley for an entire weekend of arts, music and entertainment to celebrate the start of summer.

The Community Arts Council of the Alberni Valley spearheaded the festival, joined by Portal Players Dramatic Society, the Alberni Art Rave Society and the Art Matters Society in bringing this new community event to the Rotary Arts District on Argyle.

“My intention was to bring arts and culture and community together,” Melissa Martin, arts administrator at the Rollin Art Centre said. “Rather than having the four individual groups on individual weekends my hope was to unify us all and to work together to bring something wonderful for the community.”

Festivities kick off on Friday, June 17 with opening ceremonies happening at 5 p.m. at the Rollin Art Centre, with an artist reception with Dennis Olsen and Mystic Groove to follow. Lazy Mike and the Rockin Recliners will playing at the Capitol Theatre at 8:30 p.m.

Saturday brings art of all sorts to Argyle Street from spoken word artists, musical groups and visual art exhibits. Events begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday and run until 9:30 p.m. Theatre productions will also be happening at the Capitol Theatre from 2 -9:30 p.m.

Sunday, the final day of the festival, begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. with events happening on Argyle Street and at the Capitol Theatre.

With a goal to support local artists, Martin said she hopes to make the Solstice Arts Festival an annual event.

“We’ve got such a diverse art scene here and I think this will make it grow… I’m hoping that this will bring people into the community and see what we do have,” Martin said.

Planning for the event began about a year and a half ago when Martin proposed to the other three community arts groups to join forces to create one giant arts festival.

“There’s strength in numbers and I think once the community sees what there is they’ll embrace it,” Martin said.

(Story continues below)

The Alberni Art Rave Society have done their own festival, Art Rave, for the past three years and chair, Jillian Mayne, is excited to collaborate with the other community arts groups to create one large festival.

“It gives the community a more diverse festival and representation from all of the arts, not just the visual arts,” Mayne said.

Mayne said the Art Rave Society will have art displays and tents set up on Argyle Street, between Fourth and Fifth Avenue, from Saturday morning until Sunday afternoon; that section of the road will be closed during those times.

Art rave will have activities available for all ages throughout the weekend and will be offering a chance to take part in collaborative art like musical easels, jewelry sculpting and still-life drawing.

“There will be lots of colour and action and music,” Mayne said.

Some of the street events and performances are free of charge while some will require a wrist band for access.

Weekend passes can be purchased at the Rollin Art Centre, Capitol Theatre and Char’s Landing.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, $50 for a family pass (two adults and two students) and children under 12 years old are free with a paid adult ticket.

Tickets cover admission for the weekend’s events.

For a list of the festival’s artists and events, with specific dates and times, visit https://www.facebook.com/AlberniSolstice/timeline.

karly.blats@albernivalleynews.com

facebook.com/albernivalleynews

twitter.com/alberninews

 

 

Just Posted

ARTS AROUND: Giant book sale approaches in Port Alberni

This is the last week to drop off all your donations

Port Alberni ‘a safe place to be’ despite crime rate, says RCMP

Criminal offences up in Port Alberni for the first quarter of 2019

Portal Players production touches on residential schools

Sisters chronicles a convent-run residential school in Canada

San Group ups plans for mill, remanufacturing plant in Port Alberni

Company moves new mill site after public input

VIDEO: Alberni Valley celebrates Easter weekend

Port Alberni children enjoy Easter egg hunts and spring activities

Should B.C. parents receive money if they make sure their kids are vaccinated?

New survey looks at public opinion around government’s role in forcing immunizations

Many teens unaware if they’re vaping nicotine or not

Health Canada survey finds many youth are unaware of the risks of using nicotine products

Defence accuses officer of ‘incompetence’ in trial for B.C. man accused in daughters’ murder

Double murder trial for the Victoria father accused of killing his two young daughters continues

‘Cutthroat’ sport of wine tasting happening in B.C.

BC Tasting Games are underway with competitions in three Okanagan communities.

Early data suggests no post-legalization spike in drug-impaired driving charges

Many police departments are prioritizing investigations related to drugs like fentanyl and methamphetamine

WATCH: South Vancouver Island shooting an ‘isolated and targeted’ incident, say police

One person in custody, another fled following shooting and crash on West Shore

Woe, Canada: Bruins down Maple Leafs 5-1 in Game 7

No Canadian teams left in Stanley Cup playoffs

B.C. men challenge constitutionality of Canada’s secret no-fly list

Parvkar Singh Dulai says he received a “denial of boarding” notification under the no-fly program last May 17

Most Read