Welcome to Community Arts Council

April - June 2016

Celebrating over 50 years in the Alberni Valley!




Our current art exhibit at the Rollin Art Centre is titled, “Wandering”, featuring local photographer, Roland Semjanovs. Roland captures the essence in his photographs and has a keen eye for detail. Colourful, vibrant and detailed is what comes to mind when you see this exhibit. Roland’s photographs mainly focus on nature and our surrounding, from flowers to water, this exhibit is beautiful and serene. 



Saturday May 13, 6-8 pm & Saturday May 14, 9-3 pm, at Echo Community Centre


This is the Community Arts Council GIANT book sale, and book donations are down. If you have any books, in great condition, that you are able to donate, pleased drop them off at the Rollin Art Centre, Tues. – Sat., 11-4 pm. What a better way to help the Rollin Art Centre by donating all your books, as well DVD’s, CD’s, and puzzles for their annual book sale. This is one of the Community Arts Council’s biggest fundraisers of the year to help to ensure our future in the Valley. Mark your calendars for this year’s two day event, May 13-14 at Echo Centre.



The Rollin Art Centre is still taking applications until April 30th, to exhibit at the gallery for the 2017 year. If you are an artist that is looking to showcase your work, here is the perfect opportunity. The Rollin Arts Centre has a call to artists, which offers you a chance to have your very own ART exhibit in the beautiful gallery for 2017. If you don’t have enough pieces, don’t worry, we can always match you up with another artist to have a joint show.  Applications are available on line or at the Rollin Art Centre



Tables are still available for the Community Arts Council’s “Days with the Arts”, although with a TWIST! This year we are starting a co-operative arts festival, with 4 local groups. The Rollin Art Centre will be the sight of the DAYS WITH THE ARTS aspect of the Solstice Arts festival. If you are an artist’s /artisan and are interested in renting a table and displaying your work in this beautiful setting, applications are still available, please contact the Rollin Art Centre, Space is limited. The Solstice Arts Festival is a 3-day event, June 17-19, and will excite everyone with everything it has to offer; from Art to Music we will have it all. This wonderful family event highlights local talents and community. Drop by the Rollin Art Centre for more information.  Table rentals are only $80 for the entire weekend.



Port Alberni is about to get a brand new Annual Arts Festival to celebrate the start of summer. The Solstice Arts Festival will take place in Port Alberni’s Arts District over three days, June 17 to 19, 2016.

The Solstice Arts Festival brings four Alberni Valley Festivals together under one umbrella for an unforgettable weekend of art exhibits, music, theatrical performances and street entertainment fun for the whole family. Seed funding for the Festival was distributed by the Rotary Arts District Grant program amongst four groups.  The Community Arts Council of the Alberni Valley (“Days with the Arts”) spearheaded the Festival, joined by Portal Players Dramatic Society (Improv/music), the Alberni Art Rave Society (“Art Rave”) and the Art Matters Society (“Festival of Artistic Creative Expression”= F.A.C.E.) in bringing this new community event to the Rotary Arts District. The principal objective of the Solstice Arts Festival is to encourage excellence in all forms of arts and crafts, and to assist in the promotion and sale of quality work, celebrating ARTS, CRAFTS and MUSIC.

Rollin Art Centre will be the kick-off venue for a reception for an art exhibit on Friday night, June 17, 5-8 pm. This reception and group art show showcasing local artists will be hosted by Alberni Art Rave.  There will also be a vendor’s showcase of Artisans and Artists in the Rollin Gardens, with entertainment on the Gazebo at different times throughout the weekend.

On deck at The Capitol Theatre during the Solstice Arts Festival will be entertainment in the fringe-style, brought in by the Art Matters Society, including Cougar Annie, the Mad Hatter, and William Vs the World. Portal Players will also feature various performances, including Mike and the Rockin’ Recliners on Friday evening, and late-night Improv on Saturday.

Argyle Street will be closed between 4th and 5th Avenues on June 18th and 19th to showcase Art Rave's presentation of Art On The Street. It will offer artists of all ages and stages a chance to express their creativity. There'll be some theatre from Art Matters and outside of Char's Landing, a music stage running all weekend highlighted by a street dance on Saturday night.

Entry to Rollin Gallery/Grounds and Capitol Theatre all venues and activities will be by wristband, which will be available to purchase soon. Wristbands will sell for $20 for adults and $15 for seniors/students. A discounted family wristband purchase is available for two adults and two students/seniors at only $50. Children 12 and under get in free when accompanied by an adult wristband holder. This is an outstanding value at these prices for the entertainment offered over the three day Festival. TICKETS NOW ON SALE at the Rollin Art Centre.



The Rollin Art Centre is very lucky to have a great musical line up this year for our EVER-LOVED, summer Teas on the Terrace fundraiser. Yes, you heard right, when you purchase your tickets you are also helping to raise funds for the Rollin Art Centre. This is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon, while helping to raise much needed funds for the Rollin Art Centre; listening to music, catching up with friends and experiencing the Rollin Art Centre’s “high Tea” under the canopy of trees. This year’s delicious treats are created, once again, by Harvest Thyme Fine Foods. Tickets are on sale at the Rollin Art Centre, so don’t miss out, as seating is limited, and sell-outs are already happening. 

Teas begin at 1 p.m. and run until 3 p.m.

 July 14 - Folk Song Circle

July 28 - Old Time Fiddlers

August 11 - Glen Mofford

August 25 - Paul Kurucz

*Tickets are $20 each, or save, $75 for all 4 teas, space is limited so pick up your tickets today!



To all Community Arts Council members, and everyone else who would like to help in supporting the Arts in the valley, memberships can now be renewed. If you have not yet renewed your membership for the 2016, pop by the Rollin Art Centre today. The cost is only $17 for adults, $12 for seniors and $22 for a family for an entire year. As we are a non-profit organization we rely on the generous support of art patrons like you. So please, help support the Community Arts Council today so we can help support local artists tomorrow.



The Rollin Art Centre is looking for help in our gardens with general work. If you are an avid gardener and are looking to help beatify our community gardens, then stop by the Rollin Art Centre and volunteer your time. We need volunteers to help weed, rake, transplant and general garden duties in our gardens. If you can volunteer a few hours every week or every month, please contact us at 205-724-3412 or stop by today to talk with us about what needs to be done in the gardens. Your support is greatly needed.



The Rollin Art Centre is happy to announce we now offer free Wi-Fi. Bring your lunches, and enjoy spending your lunch hour in our gardens. Our gardens are a hidden gem giving you such a lovely atmosphere to take you out of your busy office, with all the conveniences of Wi-Fi. We have plenty of places to sit, or bring a blanket and enjoy just sitting on the grass, surrounded by beautiful flowers and peacefulness. 


Melissa Martin is the Arts Administrator for the Community Arts Council, the home of the Rollin Art Centre. Call 250-724-3412.

The Gallery is located at the corner of 8th and Argyle Street and is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Mondays.

Admission is by donation and Wheelchair accessible.