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

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MELISSA MARTIN

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Check out our next art exhibit online at www.alberniarts.com 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.

CHILDREN’S ART WORKSHOPS

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 admincac@shawcable.com.

SUMMER WRITING WORKSHOPS

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 admincac@shawcable.com.

GARDENS ARE OPEN

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 www.alberniarts.com to view our online gallery and gift shop.

Thank you for your continued support through this difficult time.

GIFT SHOP NOW ONLINE

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 www.alberniarts.com. 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.

HEY KIDS

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 admincac@shawcable.com. 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!

ROTARY MURAL PROJECT

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 (arrowsmithrotaryclub@gmail.com) 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.

CHAR’S PRESENTS ZOOM

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 www.sidedooraccess.com or call 250-730-1636 to charge by phone or eTransfer “event date and email address” to info@charslanding.com.

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: communityarts@shaw.ca.

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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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Mental health art show in Vernon until Aug. 17 – Vernon News – Castanet.net

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The therapeutic power of art is being showcased in Vernon.

The Vernon & District Canadian Mental Health Association’s 17th annual Awakening the Spirit art show and sale is on now at the Vernon Community Arts Centre.

More than 20 works are featured, including photography, acrylics, pen and ink, and watercolour.

All the artwork is from those living with mental illness, who have used art to positively improve their mental health.

“Through art and creativity, we hope to break down some of the barriers and stigma surrounding mental health and mental illness,” said Julia Payson, CMHA Vernon’s executive director.

For the past 20 years, CMHA volunteer Christine Schmidt has been using art to help her express herself and practise self-care.

“It keeps the creative juices going, connects me to nature, and is a way of expressing emotion,” she said.

She has been contributing to the show and volunteering at the CMHA’s Georgette Thrift Shop for three years.

At the beginning of the pandemic, Schmidt spent her time walking, doing photography, cooking, baking, meditating, and connecting with others over the phone. 

She also dedicated herself to drawing a picture every day for six weeks. 

“It was neat to have a focus, to have something on the go during that time to commit to. I decided to stay calm and collected when B.C. launched its COVID-19 measures,” said Schmidt, who decided to create an art calendar.

“My plan was to take a photo for inspiration and do a drawing each day of the month.

The arts centre donated its gallery for the show, which runs until Friday, Aug. 17, Monday to Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Thursday to Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The show and sale is also being featured online.

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Art Gallery of Sudbury back in business – The Sudbury Star

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New visiting protocols are in place to keep people safe

The Art Gallery of Sudbury has re-opened with a new art exhibition and new visiting protocols to keep people safe. Supplied photo

The Art Gallery of Sudbury said Friday it has re-opened with a new art exhibition and new visiting protocols to keep people safe during the pandemic.

“We thank all community members for incredible support and patience during the period of mandated temporary closure,” the gallery said in a release. “Pre-book for your visit. We can’t wait to see you.”

Like much of Sudbury, the gallery closed in the spring as COVID-19 reached the area. Sudbury is part of Ontario’s Stage 3 reopening plans. As a result, the gallery is complying with safety and health requirements for staff and visitors in public spaces as issued by Public Health Sudbury and Districts. If you are planning a visit, you should:

  • Book your visit online in advance at artsudbury.org.
  • Booking times are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., or 3 p.m.
  • Each visit provides visitors with 45 minutes of exclusive access to exhibitions and gift shop.
  • Each booking time is available to one small group comprising from one to six persons from the same social circle.
  • Visitor contact information is collected at the time of booking.
  • Bookings are also available by contacting the gallery at 705-675-4871.
  • Visits are free but we sure appreciate your donations.
  • All are required to wear masks and practise social distancing. The Gallery has also implemented enhanced cleaning protocols.

NEW SHOW

The Gallery has re-opened with a new thematic exhibition called Change of State/Altération.

The gallery said Change of State is a meditation on the current moment and our shared experiences of the recent past. It draws together 23 signature art works from the Permanent Collection.

Featured artists include Carl Beam, Mary Green, Suzy Lake, Daphne Odjig, Jane Ash Poitras, Jana Sterbak, and Bill Vazan, among others.

Sudbury artist Pandora Topp has contributed a major new mixed media installation called Imperfect Poetry. Her installation comprises 14 video performances based on a series of creative drawings and texts produced during the unusual circumstances of COVID-19 lockdown.

“This is my process: I decided to work with my elements of emergent drawing, automatic writing, embodied voice and to capture it on camera,” Topp said. “It was a clear, sequential process: to proceed forward with presence into the unknown and to capture ephemera, movement, feeling through the four elements of drawing, writing, unrehearsed voicing, all captured and witnessed through the visual recording.”

ART EDUCATION ACTIVITIES

Art in the Park

August 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27

$5 per participant

Register www.artsudbury.org

Families and individuals ages five years and up are invited to register for inspired and imaginative two-hour outdoor art sessions presented by Gallery educators at Bell Park. Space is very limited and must be booked 24 hrs in advance. All art materials are provided in a sanitized sealed bag. Masks are encouraged and social distancing is mandatory. For more information please email Nancy Gareh ngareh@artsudbury.org or Sarah Blondin education@artsudbury.org.

Online art classes

$40 plus HST

Register www.artsudbury.org

New series underway. Taught by practicing artist Dineen Worth, this introductory course in painting is suitable for the novice painter or as a refresher for those who have not painted for some time. This short series of classes encourages exploration of the medium with emphasis on building a personal style. Classes are presented online on four consecutive Thursday nights from 6:30 to 8:30.

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Family-friendly activities: Enroll in Surrey Art Gallery’s Art Takeout “at leisure” courses – Voiceonline.com

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THIS summer, have fun while exploring artistic techniques with Surrey Art Gallery’s Art Takeout “at leisure” courses. These hands-on, interactive programs are a wonderful way to try new artistic mediums, build on creative skills, all while working at your own pace from home. Everyone of all ages and abilities are welcome to enroll, and participants pick up the course materials from Surrey Art Gallery. Each box includes the necessary art supplies and links to six video lessons with experienced artist educators.  

There are two Art Takeout courses to choose from. Drawing in the Field focuses on learning and practicing drawing skills.  Each class builds on the next, and participants will use perspective and composition to look at elements of a landscape – from the natural beauty of plants and flowers, to the bustling energy of city streets and buildings. This at your own pace course, led by artist educator Alexandra Thomson, costs $15.

Use your imagination to turn blocks of clay into ceramics in Handbuilding with Clay with artist educator Amelia Butcher. Bring to life coiled pots with animal features, create constructions with clay slabs, experiment with surface and 3D decoration, and more. This at your own pace course is $35 and includes firing and glazing. Register today with Art Takeout materials boxes for both courses available for pick up beginning August 10 at Surrey Art Gallery. 

“Ceramics are everywhere, all around us,” says Handbuilding with Clay artist educator Amelia Butcher, “clay is a super common, super-human, and a super-global material. We learn a lot about history, archeology, and people through pottery.” 

“For all ages and abilities, Surrey Art Gallery’s Art Takeout “at leisure” courses are a lovely way to spend the summer by doing art with family and friends,” says Alanna Edwards, Surrey Art Gallery Engagement Facilitator. “It’s a way to still feel connected to each other and the artmaking community during this time.”  

 To register for either program, phone the Call Centre at 604-501-5100, or sign up online at surrey.ca/artgallery

Handbuilding with Clay with Amelia Butcher Trailer: https://youtu.be/tPDI8340Cbg 

Drawing in the Field with Alexandra Thomson Trailer: https://youtu.be/vWY5ndL9eeA  

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