Port Alberni Artist Combines Passion for Painting and the West Coast in Gallery Pieces

Artist Joan Ackerman combines a love of the visual arts with a passion for the natural beauty of British Columbia’s west coast. Working in oils, acrylics and watercolours, the Port Alberni painter brings to life the vibrancy of coastal flora and the mood of rugged and changing landscapes.

Ackerman is one of 10 artists whose work is included in Summer–Seasonal Imagery, now exhibiting at the Rollin Art Center. The exhibition is a collection of oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings, mixed media, textile art, photography and ink: a prolific collection of works by local artists, Rebecca Terepoczki, Miroslava Gojdova, Andrew Bartley, Faye Hoffman, Corinne Schmitz, Courtney Anderson, Patrick Larose, Judy Magnussen, Phyllis Davenport, Mary Ann McGrath, Ackerman, Janet Finch, Robert Gunn, Janu Chaudhary and Susie Quinn.

While working in all three media, Ackerman’s watercolors belie how much she strives to capture and communicate to others the emotional tone and beauty of the landscapes and scenes she observes. A teacher by profession, art remained a passionate hobby for Ackerman. She prefers watercolor because, she says, “it captures the soft hues and patterns of translucent light so prevalent in the Vancouver Island environment.”

Explore Ackerman’s work at the Rollin Art Center gallery in “Summer–Seasonal Imagery” during gallery hours Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This exhibition runs until August 26.


Our last patio tea of ​​the summer, a tea party, will be on August 18 with musical guest Doug Gretsinger. Tickets are just $25 for two hours of musical entertainment, served with a selection of sweets and flavors, tea or coffee. Call 250-724-3412 or purchase online www.alberniarts.com for tickets.


There are two creative summer art programs remaining this summer, for children ages 7-13. Each week offers a different medium.

Three-day camps are held Monday through Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for ages seven and eight and 1:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. for ages nine to 11. Camps cost $75 per week. Art Explosion takes place from August 15-17 and Celebrate Art from August 22-24.

One-day camps are held Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for children ages 11 to 13 ($45 per camp). Day camps include: August 12 – miniature house or room; August 19 – Album page. To register, call 250-724-3412 or go online at www.alberniarts.com.


The Rollin Art Center will be closed from Tuesday August 30 and will reopen on Tuesday September 13.


Join us in the gallery on Tuesday, September 13, when we reopen with a new art exhibit called “The Art of Mystery”, featuring local artist Mystery McCarthy. “Painting is the key to the secret garden, a door to a magical and mysterious place,” says McCarthy. “My deepest wish is for my paintings to evoke a shared sense of wonder and a sense of mystery. The darker colors explore the depths of shadows, then recede to reveal a soft light.


Mark your calendars! The Community Arts Council will be hosting a special one-day book sale at Alberni Athletic Hall on Saturday, September 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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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‘Reflections’, an acrylic on canvas, is one of Courtney Anderson’s paintings hanging in Summer-Seasonal Imagery, currently on display at the Rollin Art Center. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)

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