On Saturday, April 22, those interested can grab their lawn tools and help the Rollin Art Centre get ready for spring and summer events. SUBMITTED PHOTO

On Saturday, April 22, those interested can grab their lawn tools and help the Rollin Art Centre get ready for spring and summer events. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Celebrate Earth Day with Rollin spring clean

On Saturday, April 22, those interested can help the Rollin Art Centre get ready for spring events.

What a better way to celebrate Earth day then to volunteer a few hours to help clean up the gardens at the Rollin Art Centre. We are looking for volunteers beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April, 22 to help get our community gardens ready for the many events that take place at the Rollin Art Centre, such as ADSS grad pictures, Teas on the Terrace, the Solstice Arts Festival, Days with the Arts, weddings and more. We need your help. Bring your garden tools and tell a friend. The Rollin Art Centre needs a spring clean-up with pruning, weeding, raking and general yard work. Thank you for your support.

ARTIST OPEN HOUSE

Invitation to all local artists; please join us at the Rollin Art Centre, outside terrace, for an afternoon to celebrate art. Meet other local artists, share ideas and bring any current artwork you would like to share. No formal speeches, just an afternoon of gathering. Sunday, June 25 from 1-4 p.m. Please RSVP by June 16 by calling the Rollin Art Centre at 250-724-3412.

CURRENT EXHIBIT

This is the last week to visit this amazing art exhibit with two very talented and unique stylized artists who are currently on display at the Rollin Art Centre. Rob Liboiron, an artist who dabbles in many mediums, is showcasing some of his carvings in soapstone, wood, along with some pen and ink and oil paintings. Klaus Joehle, a mosaic artist, brings you right into a European café with his incredible collection wall hangings, floor inlays, backsplash mounts and much more. This exhibit runs until April 28.

BOOKS NEEDED

Only a few weeks left to help with this year’s annual book sale. Donations are low, but there is still time to clean out all your book shelves and share your love of books with someone else. Drop off donations (newer books only) at the Rollin Art Centre, inside the main door, under the staircase, in the big wooden box. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The book sale is on Friday, May 12 (6-9 p.m.) and Saturday, May 13 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.)

HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Please join the Alberni District Historical Society for an interesting evening with writer Michael Layland. This event takes place at the A.V. Museum on Thursday, April 20, at 7 p.m. and is free and open to all. Layland will give a presentation on his latest book, A Perfect Eden: Encounters by Early Explorers of Vancouver Island. He will illustrate his talk with paintings, charts, maps and more. In this lovely coffee table book you will find many local connections, including the stories of Horne, Bamfield, Sproat, Stamp and Mayne.

CALL TO ALL ARTISTS

This is the last week to get in your applications to have your very own art exhibit at the Rollin Art Centre for 2018. We are looking for new and exciting artists to exhibit in the gallery while helping to bring more awareness of local art to the Valley. If you are interested in showcasing your artwork in 2018, stop by the gallery for your application today. Applications are open to all visual artists or artist groups. Deadline is April 30, 2017, or call 250-724-3412.

ART PROGRAMS

The Rollin Art Centre invites children aged seven to 12 to participate in our summer art programs; camps run every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday beginning at 10a.m.-12:30 p.m. (for ages seven to nine) and 1-3:30 p.m. (ages 10-12), and features a new theme each week. These summers art programs promise a creative outlet children need and enjoy that integrates art with learning. At each camp the children will fabricate stimulating artwork and foster friendships with peers. Our first camp begins July 4 and is titled “Super Hero’s Unite.” Call today for more info and to register, as space is limited. Check out the full summer lineup on our Facebook page; http://www.facebook.com/rollinartcentre. Weekly camps are $50.

TIMBRE! CHOIR

Join Timbre! Choir and musical director, Rosemary Lindsay on Sunday, April 30 at 2:30 pm at ADSS Theatre as we present With a Song in Our Hearts.

This concert will include a wonderful assortment of contemporary, classical and Canadian music – in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday. The choir will be joined by Danielle Marcinek, Graham Villette, Kiara McNaught and Ken Lister, as well as the popular Vancouver Lions.

The choir would like to take this opportunity to thank the businesses and business people who support them; ticket sellers; the City of Port Alberni for its support of the Port Alberni Orchestra and Chorus Society but most of all, the supportive audience.

Tickets on sale at Rollin Art Centre (cash only), Echo Centre, Finishing Touches, Salmonberry’s – Adults/seniors – $20 and students (under 18)/children – $5

BARKLEY SOUND CHOIR SET TO SING

“Good Times, Good music, Good Memories” is the theme of the Barkley Sounds concert on Sunday, April 23. In a nostalgic mood, the choir takes us back to ’50s rock and roll and popular hits from the ’60s. This year director Bonnie Wallbank has added local flavour with songs about Port Alberni. After all, we are the”Ultimate Fishing Town”and we are celebrating our 50th anniversary as a city. Choir member Val Geist wrote the lyrics and Phil Wallbank wrote the music for these entertaining numbers and the choir thanks the City of Port Alberni for their assistance with this project. Special guests are Phil’s Harmonics String Orchestra and guitarist Dennis Olsen. The concert takes place at the ADSS Theatre at 2:30 p.m. Tickets available at the Rollin Art Centre (cash only).

CHAR’S LANDING – CONCERTS

Saturday, April 22 from 8-10 p.m.- Claude Bourbon medieval & Spanish blues – Anthology Tour – finger picking guitarist

Sunday, April 23- Dancestreams Youth Dance Company – Pattie MacKenzie

Wednesday, April 26 from 6:30-10 p.m.- Open Mic – Own the Stage & Rock the Stage – Amateur Musician evening

Thursday, April 27 from 7-9 p.m.- AVWoF! Spoken Word Open Mic – Featuring Sue Pederson

Friday, Apr 28 from 8-10 p.m.- Pat Temple & the HI LO Players – Hillbilly Jazz, original Western Swing

Saturday, April 29 from 8-10 p.m.- Linda McRae Music For The Soul – Roots/Gospel/Blues

Melissa Martin is the Arts Administrator for the Community Arts Council, at the Rollin Art Centre. Call 250-724-3412. Email: communityarts@shaw.ca.

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