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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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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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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Festival Planning: Dates and location are set

Plans are firming up for Art Rave Festival 2015.
We are able to confirm that the Festival will take place at Harbour Quay, June 20 & 21. Plans are to have 5 tents housing art displays and art workshops for all ages.
Art Rave members will have the opportunity to book a spot to display and sell their art at the Quay site.
There will be a concert on Saturday night and we’re working on lots of family focus activities. As always, there is no charge to attend.
Our Group Art show will be held at the Capital Theatre. Available details are included in the Call to Artists, on facebook.
Art Rave is working hard to make this our best festival yet. We are a non-profit group staffed entirely by volunteers. We hope you will consider helping out. We’d love to hear from you.


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How to volunteer for Art Rave Festival in June 2015

As always, we desperately need volunteers to help us put on the June Art Rave Festival in the following areas.

– A friendly face to welcome people.
– Good with a hammer and can haul building materials.
– ‘Welcome to our Juried Show’
– ‘How can I help you?’ Calm, cool, and collected.
– Creating and collaborating with children

*Memberships are available at Char’s Landing & at our Wednesday Socials.
Details on plans and events on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AlberniArtRave
& here on our website.

Our very best wishes for a happy, healthy and creative New Year!
The Art Rave Society of Alberni

Any questions or concerns?
Please contact:

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New Year’s News

Hi and Happy New Year!
As a non-profit society of volunteers, Alberni Art Rave welcomes your support and encourages you to renew your membership.
The $10 cost goes directly to our Festival, our Bursary program and to help support the Arts & Artists in our area.

The Art Rave Society of Alberni is gearing up for it’s 2015 season.
With a new board and some fresh ideas, we have some changes to announce.
This year’s Festival will be held on the June 19th weekend and at a new location.
Art Rave 2015 will be held at the picturesque Harbour Quay. The setting allows us the room to try some new things, one of which is making available display areas for local artists around the perimeter of Spirit Square. Eligibility is limited to Art Rave *members.

Some of you may be coming to our monthly Last Wednesday of the Month Socials at Char’s Landing.
As the Wednesday Painters are currently on hiatus, Charlene has offered wall space to Artists who are Art Rave *members.

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January Social

January Social Poster
Art Rave’s Last Wednesday of the Month’s Social is starting off 2015 with Clay Play!

Clay Play is a “just for fun” instruction in how to hand-build with clay. The Workshop is being facilitated by Cheryl Ivanowskey, well known potter and owner of Bluefish Gallery on 2nd Ave in Port Alberni. Cheryl has generously offered to donate the clay and will fire all students pieces at no charge. Pre-registration is required and eligibility is restricted to Art Rave members.

Art Rave’s Monthly Socials always include

  • Live Music,
  • Art
  • perhaps some Spoken Word.

Enjoy a coffee, glass of wine or Char’s Drink Special while perusing the Silent Auction items.  Please show the bartender your Art Rave membership card when ordering. Art Rave negotiates discounts for it’s members.

Hope to see you at Char’s Landing on Wednesday, January 28th at 7PM

Members, friends, everyone 19+ are WELCOME! To register, to arrange membership or if you have any questions or concerns, please call Jill at 250-720-2101

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Funds raised from the sale of Art Rave Memberships are an important source of revenue for our non-profit group. The funds go towards our Festival, our Bursary, some out-reach programs we are planning and as in our mandate, to support the Arts in our area.
Besides that, we’re fun! So please pick up a membership.
Yet more benefits of an Art Rave membership…
- Only Art Rave members will be able to apply for display space at this summer’s Art Rave Festival.
- Art Rave negotiates Drink Discounts at Char’s Landing for it’s members.
Memberships are on sale at all monthly socials at a cost of $10 for the year. 
If you are unable to attend and would like to join Art Rave, please feel free to post a comment regarding your interest in purchasing a membership and we will arrange to get one to you.
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