Workshop course

Workshop teaches silk painting techniques – Port Alberni Valley News

Saskatchewan artist Connie Chaplin owns and manages the historic Hansen-Ross House Gallery in Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan. A rancher with a penchant for art, she is known for her silk-dyeing work. She traveled to the Alberni Valley to lead various workshops including Shibori and Indigo dyeing, batik and, on April 25-26, a two-day silk painting course at the North Island’s Port Alberni campus. Middle School.

The workshop takes place on Monday April 25 and Tuesday April 26 from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm at the NIC and begins with a simple introduction to silk painting. Participants then progress to constructing stretcher frames for our silk scarf. This class will include silk dyeing and paints. Participants will make sample pieces using Shinshi posts and then prepare for a larger piece.

Several techniques will be explored in this process. This course is designed for beginners to advanced and participants will be able to work at their own pace. Workshop fee: $175. Supply Fee – 50.00 paid to instructor. Register at the Rollin Art Center. 250-724-3412.


Ruth Jeffery enjoys working with color and texture to create art. Instead of picking up a paintbrush to accomplish this, the Port Alberni artist uses fiber to create his artistic landscapes. “Ever since I can remember, I have been creating, wanting to work with color and texture to express myself,” she says in an artist biography.

“Weaving has become one of my means of expression.”

Jeffery is currently curating an exhibition called “Under Over and Beyond” at the Rollin Art Center in Port Alberni. His exhibit is a collection of woven wall hangings and emu egg creations.

Jeffery’s work is inspired by nature and incorporates the feeling and intrigue that nature gives him. “I use a lot of painting techniques and concepts; working with color, abstract design, repetition, use of line and texture,” she says.

She tries to provide energy, depth and movement using both color and texture in her weaving and egg work. “Realizing that everyone will interpret my creations in their own way, my only hope is that it brings pleasure to someone.”

“Under Over and Beyond” runs through April 22 at The Rollin, 3061 Eighth Ave. at Argyle Street.


The Rollin Art Center will host a unique art exhibition inspired by spring, from May 25 to June 18. We invite local artists to submit up to three pieces (depending on size), which represent your interpretation of spring imagery. All mediums are welcome: Acrylic, oil, watercolor, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, photography etc.

Entitled “SPRING -Seasonal Imagery”, this exhibition is meant to reflect the gentle changes of the season; create a unique mood and feeling associated with this season. Application forms are available at the Rollin Art Center. Artists may submit up to three pieces; $10.00 per submission. The deadline to apply is April 30.


Our annual book sale is back! After two years, the Community Arts Council is thrilled to finally hold its annual fundraiser May 6-7 at Alberni Athletic Hall. We have lots of books for sale and are always looking for more donations. Please deposit all your books in good condition and especially the puzzles, under the stairs in the large wooden box at the Rollin Art Center on Tuesday. – Sat. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please do not leave textbooks, magazines, encyclopedias or Reader’s Digest. We also cannot accept old or torn books. Thank you for your continued support.


A two-day watercolor painting workshop will be held June 1 and 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Rollin Art Center on the outdoor terrace.

Ionne McCauley is an accomplished artist, quilter and author, currently living in Qualicum Beach. She has been giving color workshops for over 25 years. In this workshop you will learn the basics of color and pigment theory – value, hue, tone, hue and saturation. Explore the magic of watercolor paints, how to achieve vibrant color, and how to choose (and use) pigments for exciting color combinations.

Workshop fee: $150. Supply Fee: (Paid to Instructor) Kit fee of $20 includes all paints used in class, starter paper and a gray scale. Register at the Rollin Art Center, phone 250-724-3412.


Our annual Solstice Arts Festival is back after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. Join us on Saturday. June 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Center d’art Rollin. Spaces available on our terrace or in our two gardens. There’s plenty of space to spread out and it’s a perfect place to set up an easel or demonstrations of the works you create.

Let’s make this a huge community event, getting everyone to come to our annual free arts festival. If you are interested in exhibiting at this year’s free family event, call the Rollin Art Center 250-724-3412, for more information. Spaces $25 for the day.

Melissa Martin is an arts administrator for the Community Arts Council at the Rollin Art Centre. Call 250-724-3412. Email: [email protected]

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Saskatchewan silk artist Connie Chaplin hosts a number of spring workshops in the Alberni Valley at North Island College. Register with the Rollin Art Center. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)