Art Galleries & Artists
Glass artwork (Danielle Hayes photo)
Art tours of the Alberni Valley invariably begin at the first-rate Rollin Art Centre in the heart of town.
From there, aficionados can chart their own course in touring the area’s 20 plus workshops, studio galleries, and home studios.
Rollin Art Centre
Home base for the Community Arts Council of the Alberni Valley, the Rollin Art Centre space features a rotating series of seasonal exhibits. The gift shop is packed with locally made arts and crafts – paintings, glasswork, First Nations carvings, painted rocks, jewellery, pottery, sculptures, and hand-made teddy bears. The surrounding gardens make for a peaceful stroll following a spot of tea on the centre’s terrace. (3061 Eighth Avenue at Argyle Street.)
Harbour Quay Galleries
A 10-block hike downhill from the Rollin to the waterfront Alberni Harbour Quay leads to several more fine professional galleries.