Art

In this handout photo provided by Sotheby's Auction House, the auction for Banksy's "Love is the Bin" takes place in London, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. A work by British street artist Banksy that sensationally self-shredded just after it sold for $1.4 million has sold again for $25.4 million at an auction on Thursday. “Love is in the Bin” was offered by Sotheby’s in London, with a presale estimate of $5.5 million to $8.2 million. (Haydon Perrior/Sotheby's Auction House via AP)

Shredded Banksy artwork sells for $25.4 million at auction

Price a record for the artist, and close to 20 times the piece’s pre-shredded price

 

The Community Arts Council held its annual book sale at the former Gill Elementary School grounds on Beaver Creek Road on July 17. Dozens of people came out to check out the selection of books for sale. The giant book sale is the Community Arts Council’s biggest fundraiser of the year. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

ARTS AROUND: Rollin Art Centre looking for book donations

The Port Alberni gallery will be holding a Giant Book Sale fundraiser in 2022

 

Some of the local artwork on display at the Rollin Art Centre. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

ARTS AROUND: Local artists featured at Port Alberni’s Rollin Art Centre

New exhibit showcases what artists have been up to during the pandemic

  • Oct 6, 2021

 

Cole Speck sits in his Campbell River studio among some incomplete works. Photo by Ronan O’Doherty/ Campbell River Mirror

Vancouver Island artist carves own path while honouring past

Beau Dick protege, Cole Speck, makes magnificent masks

Cole Speck sits in his Campbell River studio among some incomplete works. Photo by Ronan O’Doherty/ Campbell River Mirror
VP of Vancouver Island Blacksmith’s Association, Rob Sainsbury, demonstrates the art of blacksmithing at the shop in Langford. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Vancouver Island blacksmith hammering new era for a legacy trade

Demonstrations occur at local events and during workshops held by the group

VP of Vancouver Island Blacksmith’s Association, Rob Sainsbury, demonstrates the art of blacksmithing at the shop in Langford. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Mistletoe Market will be starting early in Port Alberni in 2021. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

ARTS AROUND: Mistletoe Market starting up early in Port Alberni

The annual winter market showcases local artisans and crafters

  • Sep 29, 2021
Mistletoe Market will be starting early in Port Alberni in 2021. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Maynard Johnny Jr. created this steering paddle orca design using a playful colour palette and as he was painting the fun colours it reminded him of how playful and happy his granddaughter is, therefore becoming granddaughter orca. “I’m proud to be a part of the Coast Salish Renaissance and perpetuating the style to the forefront of the West Coast Native Art world,” he noted. (Photo submitted)

Island Coast Salish artist’s colourful design selected for newest BC Ferries vessel

Maynard Johnny Jr. honoured for his vision for the Salish Heron

Maynard Johnny Jr. created this steering paddle orca design using a playful colour palette and as he was painting the fun colours it reminded him of how playful and happy his granddaughter is, therefore becoming granddaughter orca. “I’m proud to be a part of the Coast Salish Renaissance and perpetuating the style to the forefront of the West Coast Native Art world,” he noted. (Photo submitted)
Artist Connie Chaplin will be demonstrating eco printing/dyeing and indigo shibori dyeing at the Rollin Art Centre in October. (SUBMITTED PHOTOS)

ARTS AROUND: Port Alberni workshops teach fabric dyeing techniques

Connie Chaplin, from Saskatchewan, will be the featured guest artist for two fall workshops

  • Sep 22, 2021
Artist Connie Chaplin will be demonstrating eco printing/dyeing and indigo shibori dyeing at the Rollin Art Centre in October. (SUBMITTED PHOTOS)
Nature and wildlife photographer Catherine Babault photographed in Moorecroft Regional park in Nanoose Bay. Don Denton photograph

Photographer Catherine Babault’s passion for the wild spaces

Nature and wildlife photography a full time business

  • Sep 17, 2021
Nature and wildlife photographer Catherine Babault photographed in Moorecroft Regional park in Nanoose Bay. Don Denton photograph
Carola Dunn and Alex Passey will be the two featured readers at Electric Mermaid on Sept. 17, 2021. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Electric Mermaid invites readers, listeners to Char’s Landing in Port Alberni

Authors Carola Dunn and Alex Passey will be the featured readers on Sept. 17

Carola Dunn and Alex Passey will be the two featured readers at Electric Mermaid on Sept. 17, 2021. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
A painting titled “Floral Explorer” by Katerina Meglic. (SUSAN QUINN / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

ARTS AROUND: Rollin Art Centre seeks artists for invitational exhibit

The exhibit will showcase what you have created during the pandemic

  • Sep 15, 2021
A painting titled “Floral Explorer” by Katerina Meglic. (SUSAN QUINN / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Artist David Wilson Sookinakin. Photography by Lia Crowe

In Studio with artist David Wilson Sookinakin

Colourful modern interpretations of pictographs

  • Sep 15, 2021
Artist David Wilson Sookinakin. Photography by Lia Crowe
A painting titled “Quiet Stream” by Cynthia Bonesky. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Fall exhibit opens at Port Alberni’s DRAW Gallery

Work from the ninth annual Alberni Valley Paint Out will be on display

A painting titled “Quiet Stream” by Cynthia Bonesky. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
A painting by Katerina Meglic, the newest artist on display at the Rollin Art Centre. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

ARTS AROUND: Rollin Art Centre re-opens with new fall exhibit

Gallery accepting applications from artists for October exhibit

  • Sep 8, 2021
A painting by Katerina Meglic, the newest artist on display at the Rollin Art Centre. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
An artist paints what he sees at Fisherman’s Harbour while standing at Harbour Quay during the 2019 Paint Out. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
An artist paints what he sees at Fisherman’s Harbour while standing at Harbour Quay during the 2019 Paint Out. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Denman Island artist Katerina Meglic will have her artwork on display in Port Alberni starting Sept. 7. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

ARTS AROUND: Rollin Art Centre to re-open Sept. 7 with new exhibit

Katerina Meglic is a Denman Island artist

  • Aug 28, 2021
Denman Island artist Katerina Meglic will have her artwork on display in Port Alberni starting Sept. 7. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Artist Tanya Bub sits along the Dallas waterfront with her sculpture of a man called ' Arthur Heart' and one of a small dog. Don Denton photograph

Artist Tanya Bub creates fantastical driftwood creatures

Whimsical creations from Vancouver Island beaches

  • Aug 20, 2021
Artist Tanya Bub sits along the Dallas waterfront with her sculpture of a man called ' Arthur Heart' and one of a small dog. Don Denton photograph
A piece of artwork by Port Alberni artist Jim Sears. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

ARTS AROUND: Port Alberni artist offers watercolour workshop

There are only a few days left to buy a ticket for the Rollin Art Centre’s summer raffle basket

  • Aug 18, 2021
A piece of artwork by Port Alberni artist Jim Sears. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Port Alberni artist Jill Gibson poses with a skull-shaped hat outside of her shop on Burde Street. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni felting artist opens shop

Jill Gibson is planning to offer classes and workshops

Port Alberni artist Jill Gibson poses with a skull-shaped hat outside of her shop on Burde Street. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
A crocheted jersey is shown in this undated handout photo. Newfoundland artist Lucas Morneau spent much of the COVID-19 pandemic crocheting and rug-hooking jerseys for the 14 teams — like the St. John’s Sissies and the Dildo Dykes — in his make-believe Queer Newfoundland Hockey League. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Lucas Morneau

Artist faces off against homophobia with fantasy Queer Newfoundland Hockey League

Make-believe hockey league makes statement with ‘sissies,’ ‘pansies’ and ‘flamers’

A crocheted jersey is shown in this undated handout photo. Newfoundland artist Lucas Morneau spent much of the COVID-19 pandemic crocheting and rug-hooking jerseys for the 14 teams — like the St. John’s Sissies and the Dildo Dykes — in his make-believe Queer Newfoundland Hockey League. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Lucas Morneau