Rampage:the pathology of an epidemic

Rampage:the pathology of an epidemic
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Monday 27 August 2012

Port Alberni offers bursts of creativity and lots of talent . . .my challenge is to tap into that talent pool. I am looking for actors and those who are afraid to call themselves actors but want to act. It is my hope that I can, along with the help of Art Matters Society, foster and encourage the arts in Port Alberni through live, unjuried theatre. This is a casting call for people to perform in our own curious and fun brand of radio plays . . .we hope to do them at least once a month at our new store the Main Artery and if we can find enough actors we will do them once in awhile at Steamworks; a cool coffee shop around the corner.
My play Breadlines is being performed Friday November 23 and Saturday November 24th at 7:30 PM at Char's Landing . . .another cool place, just up the road. I specifically need a young woman to play a key role---someone under the age of 25 and there are roles for several other characters ages 20-50. Experience is not necessary. Auditions are Thursday Sept 6th at 7 PM at the Main Artery, 4969 Argyle Street, Port Alberni. Email me gwynne1@telus.net if you have any questions or just drop by-cold read.
*We are offering tons of theatrical and creative workshops . . .coming soon. Creative Art Play-Theatre for kids ages 8-12 starting Sept 11th. Seven weeks of learning the craft of putting on a play, producing it and performing in it. Super inexpensive for your budding star--$90.
*Creative & Freelance Writing for adults (13+) Starts Sept 13th . . .covers all genres and helps you discover your creative voice. Lots of motivational prompts to get started. $80 for five sessions.
*Drop In Scrap Booking starts Sept 21-$5
*Creative Jounaling for kids Sept 24th-4 weeks-$60
Call the store for details    250-723-3331

Monday 13 August 2012

New Town, New Venture

Owner hopes store will be a hub of activity

New Argyle Street craft supply shop offers hard-to-find items, original art and a venue for workshops

Kristi Dobson, For The Times

Published: Friday, August 10, 2012
While walking past Main Artery on Argyle Street, the storefront looks like a regular craft supply shop. Stepping inside, though, one realizes it is much more than that. Not only providing hard-to-find items and original art, owner Gwynne Hunt hopes her new venture will be a hub of activity for workshops and live performance art.
Hunt recently relocated to Port Alberni from the Fraser Valley, where she lived for the past 25 years. She was highly involved in creative fields including desktop publishing, writing and the theatre. She recently published a book chronicling the lives of missing women and children in British Columbia and has books of poetry in print. For 14 years, Hunt had produced the community's Fringe Festival as well as about 15 productions that travelled around the province.
Putting these skills to use to help others is what drives Hunt's passion for the arts, which she does as the artistic director of the Arts Matters Society. The organization fosters and encourages the arts, and by doing so, raises funds to benefit local non-profit organizations, mainly those which assist with violence against women.
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When Hunt visited Port Alberni last fall, she learned of the Rotary Arts District and realized she could bring her idea of the Main Artery into fruition.
The cosy, high-ceiling space near the corner of Third and Argyle was available and provides the perfect surrounding for her plans. Hunt's vision is to provide workshops in creative freelance writing, art play for children, scrapbooking, art therapy and others complimenting the seasons.
"I did Spirit to Heal workshops in Mission for women going through abuse, divorce, death or other tragedies and there is something very healing about working on creative art projects together," Hunt said. "It allows women to talk and open up. I hope to do those here in the future too."
For those workshops, Hunt introduced participants to the art of wax dolls and altered books. She said she saw a similar ability for self-expression to shine through while working with senior citizens on storytelling and those with brain injuries taking part in improv theatre and poetry readings. As such, she has set up a stage area to provide the local performing arts community with an outlet for their talents and plans to hold regular evening performances.
Already a member of Portal Players Dramatic Society, Hunt has met many local performers but knows there are many more creative artists that may be looking for space to sell their work.
Along with paintings, photography, music, intricate polymer clay bracelets and other jewelry, she welcomes consignments from other artists. She stands by her view that art is best nonjuried and is open to a variety of mediums.
"Art comes in so many forms," she said. "It is such an amazing way to express yourself and it can be so healing, so I don't believe we can judge others' work."
On the retail front, Hunt strives to provide items that have not been available in town, including specific paints and brushes, soap and soap making supplies, wax and beads. She looks forward to meeting even more new people, as her first impression of the city was its friendly atmosphere.
The grand opening of Main Artery takes place on Saturday, Aug. 18 with a drop-in scrapbook session at 1 p.m. and two radio plays taking place at 8 p.m. Drop by 4969 Argyle Street to see what the store has to offer.