LOCATION: Rollin Art Centre

Come to the CAC Art Exhibit Invitational from October 5th-30th.

Where & When

Tue, Oct 5, 2021 - Sat, Oct 30, 2021
Rollin Art Centre 3061 8th Ave. Port Alberni

Joan Ackerman

“Painting for me is a form of meditation - time disappears as I get lost in the process. The challenge of capturing and reflecting the effects of light and shadow in nature is forever new.”


Josee Baillargeon

“At the beginning of the COVID pandemic, I felt, like many of us, the need to escape and flee the mandatory quarantine. I felt the urge to visit remote places that were previously accessible to the public but now had restricted access. But I respected the stay-at-home order and adventured instead in my pictures from previous trips around Vancouver Island. I selected nine pictures and asked my family and friends to vote for which picture should be the subject of my next painting. The majority voted for this photograph of Keeha Bay that I captured in January 2019. It was a picture I took of the beach after hiking for hours on a path covered with fallen trees from the last December windstorm. When we finally arrived at the seashore, a winter storm was forming on the ocean and coming our way. Our rest on the beach was short; we had to hike back before the storm. COVID was like that too, it came our way and surprised everyone, changing the tone in our life. But COVID also stopped the unbridled life roll many of us have and helped us reconnect with certain parts of our life. For me it gave me the time to paint and learn more about local flora by observing signs of spring in the woods behind my house. Winter Storm in Keeha Bay represents the powerful beauty a west coast seascape can offer us. This contrasting seascape mixes calm and agitation all on one canvas.”


Doug Blackwell

“These pieces are Gyotaku prints highlighting the inhabitants of our oceans and we must be responsible for our actions that may affect their ability to survive. I am a commercial fisherman that relies on the sea to feed my family and hoping to conserve the resource for generations to come.”

Aleata Carpenter

“Painting throughout the pandemic has been meditative and comforting.  I find that my completed works, during this time, reflect my impressions of the ever evolving circumstances we are collectively experiencing.  I have been more than grateful for the love of my family and for the calm beauty of nature while navigating these challenging times, and all the while dreaming of better days for all.  My paintings and their titles represent progression through this time.”


Edith Haack


Ruth Jeffery

“I have never really had any desire to pick up a paint brush, other than the house, but ever since I can remember I have been creating, wanting to work with colour and texture to express myself. Weaving has become one of my avenues of expression. I began selling my weaving nearly 40 years ago (I guess that means I am old now). I use many of painting’s techniques and concepts: working with colour, abstract design, repetition, use of line and texture. I thoroughly enjoy the freedom of this form of constructive art. I often take inspiration from nature, trying to incorporate the feeling and intrigue nature gives us, wanting to stimulate thought for those who look at my work. I try to provide energy, depth, and movement through the use of both colour and texture, realizing that everyone will interpret my creations in their own individualized way.”


Mae LeBlanc

“Green Heron: Spring 2019 I chanced upon a Green Heron on a golf course in California. This image was frozen in my mind’s eye. Then Covid and the dash home. Pouring the colours locked in my brain I challenged myself to transfer thought to deed. And Green Heron is the result.

Sam’s Ghost: Covid gave us all time to think back to our past. Samantha was a beloved Standard Poodle who enriched my life for many years. She came to me in this pour and I loved her again.

Stamp Falls Kids: Stamp Falls is a favourite place of mine and the greatest pleasure is to share it with my grandkids. Covid sent us back to photos taken before and the wish that we could all be together again soon. I tried to capture that feeling in this pour.”


Rose Kamma Morrison

My art is a key to open doors for others to see my secret garden.

I wanted to create texture as it interprets my surroundings, so I decided to make that a reality.  I started the image by alcohol ink on yupo, giving its depths, and then I used high heat to change the substrate's surface into a tactile piece, and then photographed it to create the high density perception of texture - making it appear a tactile 3D like image.  

I love how art is adapting, my creations are ever evolving - it shows me that though I am nearing complete blindness, my mind’s eye leads my hand to create in ways I never thought possible.  Living with deaf-blindness is not an easy journey so I hope my expressions bring you positivity and beauty that in itself makes my journey easier.  I want to break the stigma of blindness, one brushstroke at a time, welcome to my garden.”


Ali Penko

“During the pandemic, I began revisiting my collections of travel photography, with the intention of finally organizing over 25 years of images.  However, what happened instead was that I began to create new images.  However, what happened instead was that I began to create new images by combining two or more images to create one new imaginary place.  These are a selection from the series titled ”In My Mind I’m Going to…”

Karen Poirier

“Robin’s Nest” (charcoal) My husband found the nest while working in the garden.  I am intrigued by its complexity and the ingenuity needed to construct the nest.  The broken shell represents new life, hope in a world that at times, feels dark and uncertain and was completed to honour the birth of our first great grandchild in September.

“Driftwood” (graphite) I’m never so happy as when I have a pencil in my hand.  This drawing is one in a series of driftwood images, a metaphor for the beauteous decay in a life well lived.  This piece was one of sixty accepted works in a SCA international show in Feb. of this year.

“Feathers” (charcoal) As an Artist, I’m always searching for inspiration in the language of lines, shapes and patterns in nature,  I’m struck by the beauty of something so organically ordinary.  As in good painting, the feathers are perfectly balanced, delicate and strong.  Both are necessary for flight.”


Judith Rackham

"The COVID isolation, ensured that many walks were taken where nature abounded, and people were few. My goals as an artist is to speak visually of the inherent beauty that surrounds us.”


Louise Ranger

“Bears in the Woods: This painting was inspired by a photo of three bears taken in Whistler that I had saved from a magazine for over a decade hoping to one day paint it. The photo is currently featured on the Tourism Whistler website. It is my own interpretation of a forest with the three bears from the photo."

"Boat in Sunset: This painting was inspired by a photograph I took on a honeymoon boat trip on Desolation Sound in 2019. It was an incredibly memorable night with the most amazing sunset I've ever seen."

"Sproat Lake Picnic: This painting shows one of my favourite places to go with my husband and two small dogs. Overlooking Sproat Lake it is a beautiful place to relax in the woods and have a picnic."


Lawrie Raymer

“Hope For a Safer World” (mixed media) Depicts the turmoil our thoughts have led us during these last 18 months and heading with the hope of a better future.

“As Mother Nature Sees It” (mosaic) Suggests the promise of spring.

“Pandemic Chaos” (Encaustic) Depicts the storm we were in for each cycle of this pandemic.”


Willow Smood


Ariane Terez

“During the pandemic I was thinking about the environment and how it’s going through its own ongoing pandemic.”

Sarah Williams

“During the pandemic she has focused primarily on watercolour and mixed media.”


The Grove Colored Line