Art

The Rollin Art Centre in Port Alberni is located at the corner of Eighth Avenue and Argyle Street. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

ARTS AROUND: Rollin Art Centre gardens opening in June

The gallery and gift shop will remain closed to the public

  • May 20, 2020
The Rollin Art Centre in Port Alberni is located at the corner of Eighth Avenue and Argyle Street. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
A photograph featured at DRAW Gallery titled “Totems.” (LUCAS CHICKITE PHOTO)
A photograph featured at DRAW Gallery titled “Totems.” (LUCAS CHICKITE PHOTO)
Charlie Jones freestyles a painting at the Art Rave children’s tent during the 2017 Solstice Arts Festival in Port Alberni. (SUSIE QUINN PHOTO)

Rollin Art Centre to host virtual summer arts programs for kids

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rollin Art Centre is going virtual

  • May 13, 2020
Charlie Jones freestyles a painting at the Art Rave children’s tent during the 2017 Solstice Arts Festival in Port Alberni. (SUSIE QUINN PHOTO)
A burned forest painted by Port Alberni artist Ali Spence. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Artist Ali Spence finds freedom to paint in adopted Vancouver Island home

Spence is one of several artists whose work is showing online at DRAW Gallery

A burned forest painted by Port Alberni artist Ali Spence. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
The painting “Mountain Solitude (Lake Oesa)” (left) was inspired by Lake Oesa, British Columbia (right).

Travel to ‘Group of Seven’ art sites using Google Street View, 100 years after first exhibit

Art group’s first formal exhibit was on May 7, 1920, in Toronto

The painting “Mountain Solitude (Lake Oesa)” (left) was inspired by Lake Oesa, British Columbia (right).
Scarlet Danieluk shares one of her art projects created during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rollin Art Centre in Port Alberni is calling all kids to share videos of their art projects. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

ARTS AROUND: Port Alberni’s Rollin Art Centre calling all kids

Send us a video of yourself and a project you are currently working on

  • May 6, 2020
Scarlet Danieluk shares one of her art projects created during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rollin Art Centre in Port Alberni is calling all kids to share videos of their art projects. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Christina Myers will be the featured reader at a virtual Alberni Valley Words on Fire on Wednesday, May 13. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Alberni Valley Words on Fire goes digital

Spoken word event will feature the editor of a provincial best-seller

Christina Myers will be the featured reader at a virtual Alberni Valley Words on Fire on Wednesday, May 13. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Ron James’ stand-up comedy performances have consistently sold out theatres from coast to coast for 20 years. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

ARTS AROUND: Comedy show postponed to 2021

Comedian Ron James has rescheduled his spring tour for 2021 due to COVID-19

  • Apr 29, 2020
Ron James’ stand-up comedy performances have consistently sold out theatres from coast to coast for 20 years. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
A cartoon by Gord Barney. (Submitted)

Ladysmith cartoonist documents loggers’ lives through caricatures

Gordon Barney’s cartoons tell stories of lives inside logging camps along the west coast of the Island

A cartoon by Gord Barney. (Submitted)
Port Alberni artist Shelley Penner shares her art through the Rollin Art Centre’s Facebook page. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Port Alberni artist Shelley Penner shares her art through the Rollin Art Centre’s Facebook page. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
The Rollin Art Centre gallery is currently closed due to COVID-19. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

ARTS AROUND: Last call for Alberni Valley artists

Submit an application to have your own art exhibit in 2021

  • Apr 15, 2020
The Rollin Art Centre gallery is currently closed due to COVID-19. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Artist Jillian Mayne stands beside a piece called “No Place - Outsider” at the Alberni Valley Museum show in 2018. The theme of the show was Place. “I was part of a group working at bringing over a refugee so this was my response to the theme,” said Mayne. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Alberni Valley artist adjusts to the COVID-19 times

Jillian Mayne was set to show in three venues this year, but all that has changed

Artist Jillian Mayne stands beside a piece called “No Place - Outsider” at the Alberni Valley Museum show in 2018. The theme of the show was Place. “I was part of a group working at bringing over a refugee so this was my response to the theme,” said Mayne. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
B.C. artist erects 15-foot statue and names it COVID

B.C. artist erects 15-foot statue and names it COVID

Decades of collecting spare parts culminated in folk art towering over a country road

B.C. artist erects 15-foot statue and names it COVID
Marim Bam Buzz was a popular performance at the Rollin Art Centre during the Solstice Arts Festival in 2019. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)

ARTS AROUND: Alberni’s Solstice Arts Festival cancelled due to COVID-19

Annual book sale, other events postponed

  • Apr 6, 2020
Marim Bam Buzz was a popular performance at the Rollin Art Centre during the Solstice Arts Festival in 2019. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Judy Plater with an eagle that she has almost completed. (SONJA DRINKWATER / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS)

Port Alberni’s Judy Plater works magic with a chainsaw

Bald eagle carving unveiled at Alberni Valley Golf Club

  • Apr 1, 2020
Judy Plater with an eagle that she has almost completed. (SONJA DRINKWATER / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS)
A February 2020 exhibit at the Rollin Art Centre featured photographs and fabric art. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
A February 2020 exhibit at the Rollin Art Centre featured photographs and fabric art. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
A mural is planned for this brick wall outside of Canadian Alberni Engineering. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)

Mural planned for entrance to Port Alberni’s Harbour Quay

Arrowsmith Rotary project falls under the theme ‘building relationships’

A mural is planned for this brick wall outside of Canadian Alberni Engineering. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)
That day I was a life model

That day I was a life model

I tell myself I feel okay about others seeing my naked body

  • Mar 30, 2020
That day I was a life model
In Studio with artist Anita McComas

In Studio with artist Anita McComas

Painting nature on the bright side

  • Mar 20, 2020
In Studio with artist Anita McComas
Bonnie Kemble speaks to Chris Arthurs and Melanie Anderson during a scene from the Portal Players’ production of Shadow of Murder. The Capitol Theatre is now closed to the public. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni arts community announces closures in wake of COVID-19

Capitol Theatre, Rollin Art Centre postponing all events

Bonnie Kemble speaks to Chris Arthurs and Melanie Anderson during a scene from the Portal Players’ production of Shadow of Murder. The Capitol Theatre is now closed to the public. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)