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April 7, 2009

DRAMA FESTIVAL
This May, Portal Players Dramatic Society is hosting the week long 2009 Theatre BC North Island Zone Drama Festival at the Capitol Theatre. The Festival opens with The Stillborn Lover presented by ECHO Players of Qualicum Beach on Mon. May 18 at 7:30 pm, followed by Kiss The Moon, Kiss The Sun by the Nanaimo Theatre Group on Tues. May 19. Each play will be given a brief public critique after their performance by festival adjudicator Kathryn Shaw. Tickets will be available soon at the Rollin Art Centre.
PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT
Rick Marotz’s exhibit West Coast, means storm, rain, mist and sometimes sunshine. He has tried to capture all of it. Rick has won many awards throughout the years. To name a few: 1976 Canadian Environment Competition Honourable Mention, 1982 Kodak International Newspaper Award, 1993 Brant Festival 1st and 2nd, and 2005 Oceanside Arts Festival Best of Show. West Coast is showing at the Rollin Art Centre Gallery, Tues. to Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Tues. Apr. 21st. Free admission to the Gallery! Wheelchair accessible.
ARTS AND CULTURE WEEK
Arts and Culture play an essential role in learning. Participating in arts programs and activities provides the discipline and creativity to enhance learning, improve motivation, renew community participation and provides a strong foundation for enriching your lives. Celebrate Arts and Culture week, Apr. 19-25 by attending an acrylic painting demonstration with Susan Schaefer at the Rollin Art Centre Gallery on Sat. Apr. 25, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The West Coast Spinners and Weavers Guild will also be demonstrating their skills.
LAST FILM THIS SERIES
When Adam was a little boy, he witnessed the murder of his secular parents in the Middle East. Ten years pass, and Adam is raised in a religious manner by his rabbi grandfather. One day, while on his way to a clarinet audition at a downtown Montreal university, Adam meets Yasmine, a feisty Lebanese student who recently moved to Montreal to live with her father. Her mother is still in Beirut, her beloved home, working as a journalist. Sparks fly between Adam and Yasmine, but their families are less than enthusiastic. Adam’s Wall plays at the Paramount Theatre, Wed. Apr. 15 at 7 p.m. only. Tickets $6 ea are available at the Rollin Art Centre and the museum. This is the final film in the Winter/Spring Film Fest Series.
BOOKS GALORE!

The Community Arts Council is looking for gently used books, for their annual fundraising book sale on May 9th at Echo Centre. Categories still needed include travel, sports, games, humour, art, music and dance. NO Readers Digest, Encyclopaedia, National Geographic or Text books, please. Bring your donation to the Rollin Art Centre, Tues. to Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., inside under the staircase. Raise-A-Reader will be hosting a concession for coffee and goodies for your enjoyment, starting at 10 a.m.
FESTIVAL OF CHOIRS
A night of uplifting and inspiring music from local church and community choirs and Phil’s Harmonics String Orchestra will be presented at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Fri. Apr. 17, 7 p.m. at their church on Compton Rd. This event is free and all are welcome. Refreshments will be served after the performance.
DAYS WITH THE ARTS
The Alberni Valley Museum will host the Sunshine Club quilters, Hannah Theus (Ukrainian Eggs), Joyce Little (Northwest Coat clothing design) and David Cox (wooden toys). Echo Centre-Craft Rooms A & B (behind building – Sat. only) will host the Sunshine Pottery Group. Mickey Smeele will show her pottery at her 8th Ave. home. Miriam Manuel Studio on Beale St. will have Miriam with her watercolours and oils, Marie Krog and Pat Lesieur with their watercolours and Barb Gaetz with her pottery. Purchase a ticket ($15) and take the self-guided tour of artist’s homes, studios and venues on Sat. Apr. 25 and Sun. Apr. 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the Rollin Art Centre and the Clock Tower Gallery.
2010 OLYMPIC NUU-CHAH-NULTH ART
You have until Sat. Apr. 18th to visit the AV Museum and view the exciting exhibit of Nuu-chah-nulth art before it heads to Vancouver for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The artwork is united by the theme of “Hupakwanum”, a Nuu-chah-nulth word meaning ‘a chief’s treasure box”. These works of basketry, carving, glass, pen and ink, and paint harness the beauty and innovation of Nuu-chah-nulth culture.
TIMBRE!
The last concert of the current Timbre season “Celebrate the magic of music” is on Sun. Apr. 26, ADSS Auditorium at 2:30 p.m. Tickets $12 adults, $10 senior/students and $6 child are available at the Rollin Art Centre, Echo Centre, Somass Drugs and Salmonberry’s.
ACTING WORKSHOP
Vancouver Island University instructor Eliza Gardiner will facilitate the “Intensive Acting Workshop”, which will focus on comedy, as suitable for both novice and experienced adult actors, at the Capitol Theatre on Sat. Apr. 18th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wear loose clothing and bring a lunch. Cost is $10 for Theatre BC members and $20 for non-members. Deadline to register is Tues. Apr. 14th. To register, send a cheque made out to Portal Players Dramatic Society, in care of the Capitol Theatre, 4904 Argyle St., Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 1V7.
DECORATIVE RELIEF TILE WORKSHOP
A workshop in creating decorative relief tiles takes place on Sat/Sun Apr. 18-19 and Sat. Apr. 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Lingua Terra-Tile – a working, full-scale tile production studio on Denman Island. This three-day workshop with Bronwyn Simons will cover all the elements of creating unique hand-pressed earthenware tiles with relief design. For more info: call 1-250-335-1224.
POTTERY DECORATING WORKSHOP
Come and decorate a hand made pottery mug or small plate at the Arrowsmith Potters Guild Studio at the Parksville Train Station on Sat. Apr. 25th from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon or 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.. Pre registration required as space is limited. Call 1-250-954-1872.
CASTLES AND CRAFTS
The Harrison Festival Society invites BC artists to participate in a non-juried market Sept. 19 and 20, during the World Championship Sand Sculpture Exhibition. Market held inside and outside the Memorial Hall, Harrison Hot Springs. Application deadline: First come, first served! For more info: call 1-604-796-3664.
TICKETS AT ROLLIN ART CENTRE
Adam’s Wall – Paramount Theatre – Apr 15
Days With The Arts – Alberni Valley – Apr 25, 26
Timbre! – ADSS – Apr 26
Loot – Capitol Theatre – Apr 30, May 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16
The Beauty of the Seasons – AV United Church – May 2
Email: communityarts@shawcable.com
The Rollin Art Centre is wheelchair accessible and admission is by donation. Submit articles for this column to the Rollin Art Centre (preferably by e-mail) by Friday noon for the following Friday’s publication. Please limit the length of your article to 150 words or less.

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