Spring is coming to Port Alberni Art Gallery – Port Alberni Valley News

The Rollin Art Center will host a unique spring-inspired art exhibition next month and we invite all artists to submit their work.

“SPRING – Seasonal Imagery” will run from May 25 to June 18 at the Rollin Art Center and will reflect the gentle changes of the season, creating a unique mood and feeling associated with spring based on your interpersonal reflections.

Local artists are invited to submit up to three pieces (depending on size) depicting their own interpretation of spring. All mediums are welcome.

Application forms are available at the Rollin Art Center. The fee is $10 per submission. The deadline for submission is April 30.


Register now at the Rollin Art Center or call 250-724-3412.

Two-day Batik workshop (April 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and April 20, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) — Batik is an age-old method of using wax as a resist to create patterns, then dyeing in layers. The workshop takes place at the NIC. The workshop fee is $175.

Two-day silk painting workshop (April 25 and 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) — This course is designed for beginners to advanced and you can work at your own pace. The workshop takes place at the NIC. The workshop fee is $175 and the supply fee is $50.

Two-day watercolor workshop (June 1 and 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). — Learn the basics of color and pigment theory. The workshop takes place at the Center d’art Rollin. The workshop fee is $150 and the supply fee is $20.

Landscapes Made Easy – Acrylic Painting Workshop with Susan Schaefer (Saturday July 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.). — Susan will guide you through the landscapes, discussing what makes a good composition while simplifying your landscape. The workshop takes place at the Center d’art Rollin. The cost is $115.


The current art exhibit in Rollin features local fiber artist Ruth Jeffery. The exhibit, titled “Under Over and Beyond,” is a collection of woven wall hangings and emu egg creations. Ruth’s work is inspired by nature and incorporates the feeling and intrigue nature gives her.

The exhibition lasts until April 22.


The Rollin Art Center is accepting all your lightly used books and puzzles for our annual Giant Book Sale May 6-7 at Alberni Athletic Hall.

We are very grateful for all your books, but we cannot accept any textbooks, magazines, National Geographics, encyclopedias or Reader’s Digests. Please do not donate old and torn books.

Drop off your donations at the Rollin Art Center, inside the main door just under the stairs in the large wooden box. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. We are located at the corner of Eighth Avenue and Argyle Street.


Our annual Solstice Arts Festival is back, after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, and we are looking for artists to exhibit on Saturday, June 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Spaces for artists and artisans are available on our terrace or in our two gardens. If you would like to exhibit at this year’s free family event, call the Rollin Art Center at 250-724-3412 for more information. Tickets are $25 for the day.


Teas on the Terrace are back at the Center d’Art Rollin and tickets are now on sale. Choose between our high teas (served on a two-tier plate) or our strawberry teas (served with a decadent strawberry shortcake). The first event will take place on July 7, with the musical guest to be announced.

Melissa Martin is an arts administrator for the Community Arts Council at the Rollin Art Center and writes for the Alberni Valley News. Call 250-724-3412. Email: communityarts@shawcable.com.

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