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It’s “summer” at the Rollin Art Center gallery in Port Alberni | Pro Club Bd

The latest exhibition, Summer-Seasonal Imagery, opened July 27 at the Rollin Art Center gallery and there will be an artists’ gathering on July 30.

This exhibition is a collection of artist work in oil, watercolor and acrylic painting, mixed media, fabric art, photography and ink. It represents a prolific collection of artworks by local artists, Rebecca Terepoczki, Miroslava Gojdova, Andrew Bartley, Faye Hoffman, Corinne Schmitz, Courtney Anderson, Patrick Larose, Judy Magnussen, Phyllis Davenport, Mary Ann McGrath, Joan Ackerman, Janet Finch, Robert Gunn, Janu Chaudhary and Susie Quinn.

Bartley and Hoffman are a married couple of artists who relocated to the Alberni Valley from the Victoria area earlier this year. Summer is the first show both will be showing at the Rollin (Hoffman had work hanging on the Spring show). Bartley says his work is inspired by realists from both the Renaissance and 20th-century Canadian art. Although drawing is his first love – check out his pencil sketches in his online sketchbook at – this former graphic designer/illustrator has been making original paintings and drawings since 2012.

Bartley and Hoffman, who met more than a decade ago, often combine their love of the outdoors with plein air painting. “Especially when working outdoors (outside outdoors), experiences are fleeting and ephemeral, which makes expression all the more difficult,” explains Hoffman on her website, “It’s important to me to practice my art deeply enough to intuitively understand the process and convey in my own way what it means to practice my art.”

Hoffman works in oils on various media including paper, cardboard and panels; Her portfolio also includes charcoal drawings. Each captures the expressions and emotions of their subject, whether it’s a portrait or a landscape.

Summer-Seasonal Imagery runs through August 26th.


There are three weeks left of our creative summer arts program for children aged 7-13. Each camp week lasts three days and has a different medium. The camps run Monday through Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for children aged seven and eight. Camps for children aged nine to eleven take place in the afternoon from 1:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m

Camps include: August 8-10 – Build It!; 15-17 August – Art Explosion!; 22nd-24th August – Celebrate the Art! Friday Day Camps 10am-2pm for 11-13 year olds: August 12 – Miniature House or Room; August 19th – Scrapbook Page. For pricing and registration information, call 250-724-3412 or visit


Our last tea of ​​the summer, High Tea, takes place on August 18th with musical guest Doug Gretsinger. Tickets are $25 each for two hours of musical entertainment, served with a choice of sweets and savory items, tea or coffee. Tea takes place on our terrace under the treetops, a lovely way to spend an afternoon. Call 250-724-3412 or purchase online at for tickets.


Mark your calendars! The Community Arts Council is hosting a special one day book sale on Saturday, September 17 from 9am to 3pm at Alberni Athletic Hall.


For the Highlander, a performance by Vancouver Island-based band Celtic Chaos, tells their story through original narration/poetry, song and music. Join us on Sunday, November 6th at 2pm at the Capitol Theater for this energetic, fun-loving group of musicians and help support the arts in the community.

This is guaranteed to be a lively and highly entertaining afternoon of Celtic song, poetry and storytelling. Tickets are $25 each and are available now from the Rollin Art Center or can be purchased online at

Melissa Martin is the arts administrator for the Community Arts Council at the Rollin Art Center and writes for the Alberni Valley News. Call 250-724-3412. Email: Located on the corner of Eighth Avenue and Argyle Street, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 4pm

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Andrew Bartley switched from graphic designer to artist in 2012. He says his current artistic journey is en plein air, or painting outdoors. (INSERTED PHOTO)

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