Who Are You Anyway? – Submit Your Selfie!

On January 13, 2015, in News, by ArtSpring

Pope Francis poses for a selfie.

Nearly anyone with a cell phone can attest to having a collection of selfies. Selfies of that new haircut, from that great party, beside that celebrity last summer. Even Pope Francis poses for selfies. Remember Ellen’s famous Oscar selfie? It became the most retweeted image of all-time.

Now, you can bring your selfie beyond your cell phone or social media feeds into the world of art!

Submit a selfie that says something interesting about you to ArtSpring by February 1, 2015 for a special art project to be curated by four young local media-arts students. There is no cost to enter and there are prizes to be won!

The curators will select a number of selfie submissions and shape the pieces into a gallery presentation to be exhibited in late March.

Email your selfie to whoareyouanyway@artspring.ca. Please send as high a resolution image as your technology allows and also include your name, your e-mail address, and phone number.

For more information visit http://artspring.ca/who-are-you-anyway/.


Here’s Looking at You: Call for Submissions

On November 5, 2014, in News, by ArtSpring
Portraits of Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman and Keith Haring by Robert Mapplethorpe

Portraits of Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman and Keith Haring by Robert Mapplethorpe

From a time when portraiture reigned to Picasso’s cubist portraits that questioned our ideas of a unified self to Cindy Sherman’s “self” portraits to today’s selfie culture, the subject of the human self is a timeless theme in the visual arts.

Last year Salt Spring artists submitted artwork to our 20/20 Vision curated art exhibit and this year we invite submissions to our Here’s Looking at You exhibit. Submit an image of your piece (i.e. your artistic exploration of the human self) to us by January 31, 2015 and your work may be chosen to appear in the exhibit. There are also two prizes to be won: a $1000 Jury Prize and an $800 Viewer’s Choice Prize.

Please read the full submission guidelines and we look forward to looking at your work!


No Organization is an Island

On September 30, 2014, in News, by Julian Paquette

Volunteers IIWhen I first moved to Salt Spring, I was quite surprised at how many of the island’s organizations ran on a crew of hard-working volunteers and a tiny staff. I thought…this island must be run on volunteers. After a few years on Salt Spring I realized I wasn’t far off.

ArtSpring, like many Salt Spring not-for-profits, needs volunteers. In fact, we are currently looking for more volunteers to join our team. We’re hoping to find people for all kinds of roles including gardening, ground maintenance, ushers, box office, and hospitality crew.

If you’d like to meet folks who enjoy the arts and be a part of creating a thriving community arts centre then volunteering at ArtSpring is for you. Volunteers also enjoy special perks and incentives!

Please contact our friendly Box Office Manager and Coordinator of Volunteers Taryn Hancock at taryn@artspring.ca or (250) 537-2102 for more information.

Thank you!


Marta Marta Productions

On August 18, 2014, in News, by ArtSpring

Marta Marta Productions

As one of Vancouver’s cutting-edge new works dance companies, MMP is a response to artistic director Martha Carter’s vision of dance as a necessity of life. Together with Vancouver Microcosmos String Quartet MMP present two new dance productions to the music of György Ligeti.

  • Rehearsals (free) – Aug 17, 19, 20 & 21 from 12-1 pm
  • Informal Performance 1 (free) – Aug. 18 at 7 pm
  • Workshop Dancing Your Spine ($20) - Au Open g 20 from 7-8:30pm
  • Informal Performance 2 (free) – Aug 22 at 8 pm

For more info call ArtSpring at 250.537.2102 or visit www.artspring.caSpeaking_067


A Room of One’s Own

On July 15, 2014, in News, by ArtSpring


On June 27th, George Sipos and Cicela Mansson (our new Executive/Artistic Director) and the ArtSpring board presented ArtSpring’s longstanding Technical Director Marv Coulthard a plaque. In honour of Marv’s years of work – he’s been with ArtSpring since the building opened in 1999 – the technical studio has been renamed The Marv Coulthard Studio.

Thanks for all of your hard work over the years Marv. Here’s to many more!


Farewell George, but Not So Long

On June 30, 2014, in News, by ArtSpring

George and CarThis Friday marks George Sipos’ last day as ArtSpring Executive Director. It’s been a great seven year run for George at ArtSpring and we’ll miss him dearly.

During his time here, George was a champion for youth and the arts. He spearheaded various youth-related initiatives like maintaining the $5 youth tickets ArtSpring offers.

He also was the visionary behind the ArtSpring Chamber Music Festival, which is now in its 7th year this July.

George grew our dance programming into an ever-more popular yearly series that features some of Canada’s most innovative dance troupes.

His passion for the arts and willingness to try new things – like this year’s 20/20 Vision Art Exhibit – were great gifts he gave to the Salt Spring community.

George has very strong beliefs about the role of the arts in society and he never shied away from holding on to what he held true.

Art is to provoke, to move, to inspire, to evoke. Entertainment is secondary.

Definitely the fodder of many heated and passionate debates around these parts.

And the inspiration for the past seven years.

Thank you George. Farewell, but not so long.



The Salt Spring Kidd Pivot Project

On May 13, 2014, in News, by ArtSpring

SS KP ProjectRemember the spectacular dance film An Evening with Crystal Pite at the Netherlands Dans Theatre we screened last fall? It featured choreography by Crystal Pite, “one of the hottest choreographers on the planet” (according to the Vancouver Sun). We definitely agree. Now, Crystal will visit us on Salt Spring next week with her dance company Kidd Pivot for three days of events and workshops. 

On Thursday, May 22 we begin with a film night and chat with Crystal Pite at the GISS Dance Studio. This will be an extraordinary chance to converse with an incredible dance professional and see her work on screen.

On Friday, May 23, in addition to a workshop for the high school dancers at the Gulf Islands Secondary School, Crystal and the Kidd Pivot dancers will teach two workshops for the public: a workshop for Salt Spring community dancers at Antler Ridge Studio (211 Horel Road) at 1pm and a workshop for advanced and pre-professional dancers at GISS at 5pm.

On Saturday, May 24 at the GISS Dance Studio at 9am, Friday workshop attendees are invited to spend the morning with Crystal and company putting what they learned into action by creating a choreographic project. The public is also invited to attend and watch the creation unfold into a finished product.

To register for the workshops and film screening, call the Box Office at 537-2102 or visit us online, and also make sure to confirm your registration by emailing slanger@sd64.bc.ca. All events are $20 each (except Saturday, which is free). Payments can be made at ArtSpring (by phone or online) or at the door.


Holding On

On April 15, 2014, in News, by ArtSpring

Min and Sheila 1Minnie Thom and Sheila MacLachlan walk down the ArtSpring theatre steps using our new handrails. Thanks to the generosity of the Salt Spring Island Foundation and an anonymous donor, patrons like Minnie and Sheila can now navigate our theatre with more ease.


Not lampshades but halos

On March 19, 2014, in News, by George Sipos

Piano Pinnacle

Congratulations to Vancouver’s Piano Pinnacle on winning first prize at the US International Duo Piano Competition in January.

ArtSpring audiences will remember Iman Habibi and Deborah Grimmett from their concert here in January 2013 with cellist Rylan Gajek. And those with even longer memories will recall both Iman and Deborah as participants in ArtSpring’s first (and only) piano festival in early 2007 when they were still both music students at UBC.

This coming August Iman, who is a composer as well as pianist, will be in residence at ArtSpring with Victoria’s Emily Carr String Quartet working on the creation of a new composition. There will likely be an opportunity for you to hear work in progress toward the end of the residency – always an exciting experience.


Art is where you find it.

On February 26, 2014, in News, by George Sipos

crashed car 2Check out this example of installation art that appeared overnight outside ArtSpring. You will agree it makes a statement about the contemporary Zeitgeist, no?