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AR Events May 2015

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Special Events May 27 and June 6

BoyLast Wednesday of the every month Art Rave welcomes the public to a free social evening at Char’s Landing with live music, Spoken Word and free art workshops.
Capture-001June 6th, 1 to 3:30 in the garden of Rollin Gallery, a FREE Family Workshop.
Participants can paint a festive flag to take home, observe artists painting colourful banners that will be used to enhance the Festival site and will be encouraged to join in on Community Art collaborative pieces that will be displayed at the festival.
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Spotlight on Art – Reception tickets available

CaptureGroup Art Show “Spotlight on Art” runs from June 19 to the 26th in the Capital Theatre, on Argyle in the heart of Port Alberni’s Arts District. The Gallery space will be open each day from 10:30 to 5PM.
The show will include the work of several local and mid-island artists working in a variety of 2 and 3D media.
The show’s opens with a Reception on Friday, June 19th running from 7 to 11pm.
There will be a cash bar and live music will add to the evening’s ambience.
A wide selection of appetizers donated by many fine local restaurants will be served.
There will be a Silent Auction fundraiser comprised of pieces donated by local artists.
Participating artists, Art Rave sponsors and members of the public who buy tickets will attend.
Tickets on available to the public at a cost of $20 each and are available at Char’s Landing, Gayle’s Fashions, Rollin Gallery & Swale Rock Café. (Cash only please)

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Festival Poster


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Festival Schedule June 19th through 21st

Group Art Show “Spotlight on Art” runs from June 19 to the 26th in the Capital Theatre, on Argyle in the heart of Port Alberni’s Arts District.

Running All Weekend…

  • BoyArt for All Ages Tent .
  • Carving Tent offering demos both Saturday and Sunday including Chain Saw Carver, Jesse Toso.
  • Art Demo tent offering Life Drawing, Still Life demos. The public is encouraged to try their hand.
  • There will be an Art Market with a selection of local and mid-Island artists and artisans displaying and selling their creations.

DSCF6042Saturday, June 20th Saturday Stage sets up in Spirit Square at 1PM

  • A variety of local musicians and Spoken Word artists will perform from 1-11 pm.
  • Evening Dance Concert starts and 8 pm and features Cruise Control and Mystic Groove.
  • Beer Garden will be set up in with Spirit Square, operated by Port Alberni’s Young Professionals.
  • Open Saturday from 1 to11pm, serving a selection of wine and craft beers.

Sunday, June 21st from 12- 4pm

  • This is Father’s Day so we are planning Family events.
  • Projects for dad and kids at the Arts for All Ages Tent.
  • On-going Art Demos all afternoon.
  • Demos throughout the afternoon by the Chain Saw Carver, Jesse Toso.
  • Capture your memories of the day with Art Rave’s Photo Booth. Dress up with an interesting variety of costumes and props kindly loaned to Art Rave by Portal Players. The photo booth is by donation.
  • Spirit Square is the site of the regular Sunday Craft market, so on Sunday, Art Rave will use the Performance Stage at the rear of the Spirit Square building adjacent to the playground.
  • Local musicians and Spoken Word artists will be performing throughout the afternoon.
  • Special Sunday afternoon performances… kick up your heels to Port Alberni’s own marimba band the joyful, Marim-Bam-Buzz.
  • 1:30 PM, Art Matters performance of “Buckeroo Bob”, a funny and entertaining recreation of an old time radio play.”
    Even if you don’t remember the ‘good old days’ when the family gathered around the radio on a summer’s evening to listen to The Shadow and other serial radio plays you will enjoy Sunday’s production of Buckeraroo Bob on the Lone Prairie, written and directed by Gwynne Hunt.  The concept is simple, the times were simple. The audience watch a 1940’s cast arrive for work and present a special family friendly radio play. Buckeroo Bob and his trusty sidekick Seamus save a damsel (or two) in distress and rescue one more dusty town from demise.  It was an exciting time in radio. With the first world war over, nobody was rationing food anymore and Monsanto had a lot of ‘instant’ food’ to offer.  The radio play with commercial breaks is in reality a one-act play complete with laughter, drama and ‘dum, dum, dum’ more twists and turns then a slippery snake up in the yonder hills. Working with a foley artists, the sound effects are their own mini-production.
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Have you heard?

Jill and her helpers have been busy. They sent news out to:

  • the Arts Council
  • Art Rave members
  • Wednesday Painters,
  • Island Arts magazine.

Island Arts offered us editorial space in their May issue on-line and in print, so they’ll run an article with photos

We do monthly community Shaw promos that run on channel 4, chatting up Art Rave, the social, and the need for volunteers for the Festival.

We post monthly poster and email mail-out re: the social.
Art Link magazine has had ads and articles in the last 2 issues and one more due for June.

We use radio and all possible free on-line promo for our socials ie:

  • alberni.ca,
  • Harbour Living

Carolyn Ness has articles pending for both local papers.

Working on getting all confirmed info into media docs.

Posters up at VIU & ADSS looking for young artists and volunteers.

We’re working on

  • the Festival poster
  • a banner for Rogers Street at Mill,
  • the festival site
  • meetings with all and sundry in that regard
  • Kid’s Art Workshops at Rollin on June 6th to make site enhancement banners for the festival.
  • Supplies, plans, prep and promo stuff
  • Festival Volunteer schedule/matrix on which to base planning
  • Group Show site organized and prepped.
  • Entertainment/Beer Garden.
  • Banners.
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April Social, Wed. April 29, 7pm at Char’s Landing


The focus of Art Rave’s Wednesday social is “socializing”, a chance to be among friends and enjoy some conversation and laughter.

Erin Ryding, the force behind the amazing Light Up the Night luninary display at Rollin Gallery, will demonstrate how to create a luminary.

For those who want to give watercolour a try, there’ll be a collaborative art project based on using that media.
And as usual, music and spoken word.
Hope you can join us!
Wednesday, April 29th
Same time: 7PM
Same place: Char’s Landing
Hope you can join us!
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Calling all you Clay Play fans…

clay2If you attended Art Rave’s January Social and took part in Cheryl Iwanowsky’s workshop, don’t miss Art Rave’s March 25th Social.
Again, besides donated her time, talent AND the clay, Cheryl was kind enough to fire all your pieces and will be bringing them to the Social and offering a Glazing workshop.
Cheryl is donating all materials and will re-fire your glazed piece to give you a finished piece.
We can’t thank Cheryl enough!
See you March 25th at Char’s Landing, 7PM.

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Wednesday Feb 25th Social at Char’s Landing.


Everyone 19+ is welcome to attend Alberni Art Rave’s FREE evening of Music, Art & Theatre. This month Art Rave is excited to present a sample of skits from Gwynne Hunt’s upcoming local production of The Vagina Monologues.

And as always, Live Music, a Silent Auction & a collaborative art project for those who want to try their hand at some “no experience necessary” Art Play

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Art Rave Social Night

Wow! Tonight’s Art Rave Social night at Char’s Landing.
Cheryl Iwanowsky from Bluefish Gallery offered a FREE Clay Play workshop.
Later in the evening, music trio performed with singer songwriters Barry Bruyere & Rob Armich with John Dryden (Trooper , Headpins, Toronto).
Winter Darby and a live Art Demo.
All FREE thanks to Char’s Landing, Cheryl and Art Rave volunteers.

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