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Art gallery goes virtual with new exhibit in celebration of Group of Seven's 100th anniversary – SooToday



The Art Gallery of Algoma has recently announced its new virtual exhibition called Algoma Through an Artist’s Eye.

If you are an artist, this is your chance to have your artwork featured along with art from the AGA’s permanent collection. The AGA is asking that artists submit a piece of art about Algoma or Sault Ste. Marie either as they see it today or as a memory that has a special meaning. 

The new exhibition was also launched to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Group of Seven, a group of Canadian landscape painters who formally became a group in 1920 and have ties to the Algoma region. A.Y. Jackson, a member of the Group of Seven, owned a cabin in Algoma, and Casson was here to officially open the Art Gallery of Algoma in September of 1980.

The AGA says this is the place where the Group of Seven artists found unspoiled nature and unlimited inspiration. With this exhibition they would like to celebrate the Group of Seven and their mark in Canadian art history. At the same time, they would like to celebrate Algoma itself and its uniqueness through the eyes of artists through centuries.

Artwork submissions are due from July 1 to July 10 when the AGA will open the contemporary segment of the exhibition. Submissions can be sent to

In addition, the Art Gallery of Algoma has launched a page on the website My Daily Inspiration which is open to anyone who would like to share their encounters or creations with the world. For more details please visit www.artgallery

Artists who are interested in teaching painting and drawing classes virtually can contact Jasmina Jovanovic at 705-297-3769 or

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Opinion | Art gallery opens at new location in Orillia –



Shops are becoming more accessible in the arts district, along Peter St. S.

The biggest event is the opening of the new Hibernation Arts, which has moved from 7 Peter St. S. to 17 Peter St. S., where Art & Home used to be.

This is welcome news. The following artists are helping to open the new gallery: Molly Farquharson, Cheryl Sartor, Barbara Schmidt, Catherine Cadieux, Gayle Schofield, Patti Agapi, Tammy Henry, Marie Jose van de Langerijt, with the group show “Covid Creations.”

The guest artist is MJ Pollak. There will also be a continuous showing of works by members of the Orillia Fine Arts Association (OFAA), with shows to change on a monthly basis. Expect to see new works.

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Most of the OFAA wall exhibitions are up and the official opening will be on July 8. At Peter St. Fine Arts, 23 Peter St., the guest artist for July is Judy Sugg. Judy was the owner of the Coach House Gallery which closed last year.

Also at PSFA, you can see works by Xavier Fernandes, Rob Henderson, Alex Henderson, Karen Gattie Popp, Brian Tosh, Lyndell Oldfield, Kristine Drummond, and others.

While on Peter St., visit the other galleries and shops such as Three Crows Speak and Patti Agapi at 9 Peter St. S., Shadowbox at 15 Peter St. S., and Tiffin’s at 22 B Peter St. S. (in the lane beside OMAH).

Also, OMAH is showing the 6-inch x5-inch squares donated by the local artists as a fundraiser. They have 15 on display at a time and they sell for $15 each, with all monies going to OMAH.

Venues ask patrons to remember the COVID-19 safety precautions and keep your distance.

Some galleries and shops have restrictions on the number of people allowed in at one time. Most have hand sanitizer available, and masks are optional. Your local artists look forward to your support.

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ARTS AROUND: Creative carvings on display at Rollin Art Centre – Alberni Valley News





Check out our next art exhibit online at titled “TOGETHER” and featuring Cecil Dawson, Allen Halverson, Nigel Atkin, and others.

This exciting exhibit, beginning in July, will feature many First Nations carvings, paintings, surfboard designs, carved river otters and so much more.

We invite you all to check out our website to view all our monthly exhibits from the comfort of your home. Our website is also a great way to stay connected with the Rollin Art Centre. Call 250-724-3412 to book an appointment.


The Rollin Art Centre will be holding art workshops for Children aged 9-11 every Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to noon.

These four-day workshops will begin Tuesday, July 6 and each week will be a different media: Painting I (July 7-10), sculpture (July 14-17), Drawing I (July 21-24), paper crafts (July 28-31), Painting II (Aug 4-7), nature art (Aug 11-14), Drawing II (Aug 18-21) and multi-media art (Aug 25-28).

All art workshops will be held outside to follow social distancing guidelines. Each week’s workshop will cost $50. Spots are VERY limited spots, as only five children will be allowed to register per week. Register today by emailing


Every Monday morning (10 a.m. to 12 p.m.), the Rollin Art Centre will be holding a writing camp for ages 10-12.

Writing workshops begin Monday, July 6 and feature a different genre each week. All writing workshops will be held outside to follow social distancing guidelines. Each week’s workshop will cost $12. Spots are limited, as only five children will be allowed to register per week. Register today by emailing


The Rollin Art Centre gardens are now open to the public from Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., for you to wander and enjoy.

Please note that the seating benches and the swing on our property, as well as any gate latches and fence supports, the concrete balustrade, the bandstand, the entrance gate and other outdoor touchpoints will not be sanitized by Rollin Art Centre.

Washroom facilities are not available for use. While on the grounds, please supervise children at all times, supply your own hand sanitizer and practice social distancing by staying two metres apart unless you are part of an established “bubble.” If physical distancing is not possible, we recommend that guests wear a mask.

The gallery and gift shop (washrooms included) will remain closed—however, personal appointments or curbside pick-up are available. Call 250-724-3412. Go to to view our online gallery and gift shop.

Thank you for your continued support through this difficult time.


Available now, you can view all our items in our gift shop from the comfort of your own home.

The Rollin Art Centre is excited to bring all our one-of-a kind art pieces from our gift shop to you online at We have an incredible lineup of artists and a wide range of items, including pottery, woodworks, jewellery, stained glass, sun catchers, prints, painting, art cards, First Nations artwork, glass etchings, birdhouses and so much more.

When you purchase from our gift shop or make a donation, you are helping to support local artists as well as the Rollin Art Centre. We need your continued support.


We want to see what you’ve been doing!

More and more ideas are springing up to help keep children doing creative and fun projects during the pandemic. We would love to see them and be able to share them on our Facebook page.

Send us a video or photo of yourself and a project that you are currently working on (or that you have completed). You can get more ideas if you tune into our Rollin Art Centre Facebook Page.

Get your mom or dad to help take a video or photo of you creating art work and send it to Melissa at Don’t forget to give us written permission, otherwise we wont be able to post it.

We are so excited to stay connected and see what you have all been working on during these crazy times!


The Port Alberni Arrowsmith Rotary Club is building relationships, brick by brick.

The club and community partners are excited to announce the Rotary Community Mural Project on the backside of the Canadian Alberni Engineering building at 3101 Bird Street (the back wall across from the train station).

Fundraising includes the sale of bricks that make up the mural. The bricks can be purchased through e-transfer ( or by cash or cheque to Arrowsmith Rotary Club.

Check out the Rotary Club of Port Alberni Arrowsmith Facebook page for more information or call Terry Deakin at 250-720-6604.


Second and last Wednesday of each month, 7 p.m. (virtual doors 6:30pm) — Alberni Valley Words on Fire !

All tickets are available online through or call 250-730-1636 to charge by phone or eTransfer “event date and email address” to

Melissa Martin is the Arts Administrator for the Community Arts Council, at the Rollin Art Centre and writes for the Alberni Valley News. Call 250-724-3412. Email:


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Nigel Atkin will be part of the next art exhibit at the Rollin Art Centre. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

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The Art of Gardening Summer Special 2020 – CFJC Today Kamloops



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