Artist Walter Collins, whose Hornby Island Inspirations exhibit is currently on show at the Rollin Art Centre Gallery, has collaborated with others on a number of large murals in and around Port Alberni.
Two of his favourites are “Della Falls” on the Best Western Barclay Hotel, and the “World Famous Martin Mars Bomber” on the side of Watson’s Paint Centre at 10th Avenue and Roger Street.
Collins also uses murals as an educational experience; art students at several local schools participated in the planning and creation of various murals inside the schools.
Hornby Island Inspirations, a collection of stone carvings, paintings and prints are on display at the Rollin Art Centre Gallery until Wednesday, April 28.
The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission and the gallery is wheelchair accessible.
in Reel Injun
Director Neil Diamond (no relation to the famous Canadian singer) headed out on a road trip across the continent to try and figure just how Hollywood flicks have influenced the public’s view of native culture. Along the way, he talked to a slew of actors, filmmakers, historians, critics and activists about this.
He met with — among others — actors Adam Beach and Graham Greene, directors Clint Eastwood and Jim Jarmusch and musician Robbie Robertson. Find out what they said in the documentary Reel Injun playing at the Capitol Theatre, Wednesday, April 21 at 7 p.m.
Season tickets to the spring film fest are $19 (all three films) or $7 per film and are available at the Rollin Art Centre and the Alberni Valley Museum. Stay after the movie for refreshments and to discuss the film.
To celebrate Arts and Culture Week, the Community Arts Council will on Thursday, April 22 honour the book sale committee and the volunteer gardeners with coffee and cake at the Rollin Art Centre from 1-3 p.m.
Artist Walter Collins will be on hand to demonstrate how he sands his soapstone carvings.
Last chance: unload books
The public has until Friday, April 30 to drop off gently used books and jigsaw puzzles for the Community Arts Council’s annual book sale.
Donations may be placed inside the Rollin Art Centre under the staircase in the wooden box.
The centre is open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sing for spring with Timbre
Timbre! Choir presents their final concert of the 2009-2010 season on Saturday, April 24, 7:30 p.m. at the ADSS Auditorium.
Honorary guest will be composer Dave Baker who wrote Old Lady Rose. Join Timbre! in bidding a fond farewell to the MV Lady Rose.
Tickets are $12 adults, $10 seniors/students, $6 children and are on sale at the Rollin Art Centre, Echo Centre, Somass Drugs and Salmonberry’s at the Quay.
is a menagerie
Portal Players Dramatic Society is proud to present Tennessee Williams’ classic The Glass Menagerie under the direction of Scott Lowe.
The Glass Menagerie plays at the Capitol Theatre, Apr. 23, 24 and May 7,8,11,12,13,14,15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 students/seniors (65+) and are available at the Rollin Art Centre, Echo Centre and the Capitol Box Office.
Gareth Flostrand writes Arts Around for the Community Arts Council.