Calling all Green Thumbs to ArtSpring

On August 4, 2015, in News, by ArtSpring

ThGreen Thumbe time has come to beautify the ArtSpring grounds and we’re looking for volunteers on August 10th and 14th to come and work with Kevin, our new Building & Grounds Maintenance person, on a garden/landscaping project. ArtSpring relies on volunteers and we appreciate your help greatly with this project. Here are the details:

When: Monday, Aug. 10th & Friday, Aug. 14th from 9:00am to 4:00pm daily

Where: ArtSpring outside areas/gardens

Who: Anyone who is physically able to work outside doing gardening and grounds maintenance and enjoys “getting their hands dirty”.

What to bring: Fan rakes, three pronged rakes with long handles, spades, hoes, leaf blower, cutting tools, and any other garden tools you like using.

RSVP: Please email Taryn Hancock at or call (250) 537-2125 for more information.



A Treasure Fair Thank You

On July 20, 2015, in News, by ArtSpring
Treasure Fair

Treasure Fair organizers along with ArtSpring Director Cicela Månsson and Board President Donald McLennan (second row) pose in a rowboat, one of the many treasures auctioned off this year.

This year’s 15th Annual Treasure Fair was an incredible success. Hardworking volunteers and the fair’s tireless chair, Christie Roome, worked long days and nights with lots of good cheer to make the fundraising event unforgettable.

ArtSpring extends a heartfelt thank you to the wonderful Treasure Fair team for their hard work and dedication. A big thank you as well to all of the generous donors and bidders for their support of ArtSpring.

Your support is so critical to the success of ArtSpring. Thank you for another great Treasure Fair.


Summer Fest to Heat Up ArtSpring

On June 10, 2015, in News, by ArtSpring
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The Sweet Lowdown / Photo by Ashli Akins

Settle into the heart of summer with our newly announced ArtSpring Summer Fest.

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets because to start we’re hosting two outdoor patio concerts. On July 13th Victoria’s acoustic roots/bluegrass trio The Sweet Lowdown serenades us under the stars and on July 17th Bongeziwe Mabandla performs his distinct blend of urban-African world-beat. Both groups are perfect evening compliments to the warm Salt Spring summer days.

The ArtSpring Chamber Music Festival is larger than ever this year with 18 students and seven faculty descending on ArtSpring from across Canada. Join us for three unique concerts – young artists on July 23 & 24 and faculty on July 25. This year you can purchase a three-concert Chamber Festival pass (in person or by phone at the Box Office) for only $50.

Award-winning wildlife artist W. Allan Hancock shares his creative process in a week-long acrylic painting workshop (August 10-14). Don’t miss this rare opportunity to work with one of Canada’s finest nature artists.

Summer dance company-in-residence Mascall Dance closes the ArtSpring Summer Fest. On August 25th Jennifer Mascall presents an experiential anatomy dance class and on August 28th the dance company presents a free public performance of the piece they’ve worked on during their week-long ArtSpring residency.

Tickets are now on sale for all Summer Fest concerts and workshops at the ArtSpring Box Office in person (100 Jackson Ave.), at 250.537.2102 or online.


Local Businesses Help ArtSpring Soar

On June 2, 2015, in News, by ArtSpring

Float PlaneFlying over Salt Spring, fabulous restaurants, scooter rentals, wine, coffee, and a spa day are among the experiences that are being donated by local businesses to ArtSpring’s 15th Annual Treasure Fair (July 16th to 18th).

Our small island community is both supportive and generous. We would like to say a special THANK YOU to all of the businesses who have donated to the 2015 Treasure Fair so far.

The support of people in the business community, and also of the greater community, is crucial for the success of our annual Treasure Fair fundraiser.

We thank you for your past support and for the donations you have already provided this year to help ArtSpring, your community performing and visual arts centre, thrive.

We are still seeking more donations to add to the items and experiences we will auction off at this summer’s Treasure Fair.

If you are interested in supporting ArtSpring through our Live and Silent Auctions, please contact Christie Roome at 1-250-516-5622 before June 15, 2015.


Salt Spring hand-stamped spoon necklace by Christie Roome of Sweet Memory Art

In celebration of local artisans, craftspeople, weavers, knitters, and more, ArtSpring now features work by a local artist on a monthly basis in our lobby display case. This is an exciting opportunity for locals to showcase their wonderful creations for FREE!

Now in the lobby display case until May 31st, find one-of-a-kind pendants by Christie Roome of Sweet Memory Art. The pieces are created from reclaimed spoons gathered on Salt Spring. After being re-shaped, the pieces are hand-stamped and paired with semi-precious stones, Swarovski crystals and/or fresh water pearls.

If you are interested in displaying your work in the ArtSpring lobby display case, email Taryn at or call 537-2125, and ask how you can be added to the sign-up list.


ArtSpring Volunteer Kudos

On April 22, 2015, in News, by ArtSpring

Volunteer Project Manager Patrick Beattie of the ArtSpring 2014 Roofing Project

At our recent Volunteer Appreciation event, we honoured the many community members that help to make ArtSpring thrive. THANK YOU to all of our stellar volunteers for your dedication and elbow grease!

This year, we honoured three volunteers that have made BIG impressions on us.

The first honoree is Alan Coombes. Alan has volunteered for EVERY dance performance in the last two years. He works side-by-side with ArtSpring Technical Director Marv Coulthard hanging lights, setting up the dance floor and much more.

Long-time ArtSpring volunteer Richard Moses is honored as well for his MANY contributions. He has been an ArtSpring Duty Manager for a decade – managing countless shifts like the early morning Saturday MET Opera broadcasts. He has stepped in time and time again when we’ve needed him at the last minute, always with good cheer. Richard also maintains the outdoor board that announces upcoming shows.

Our final honoree is Patrick Beattie who was the volunteer project manager of the ArtSpring 2014 roofing project. This was a BIG job. He was here so much during this project, some of us thought we was part of the contractor’s team rather than a volunteer!

A warm ArtSpring thank you to our three volunteer honorees and to ALL of our many amazing volunteers.


And the Winners Are…

On April 8, 2015, in News, by ArtSpring

Jury Prize Winner by Doug McMillin.

The recent Here’s Looking at You juried art exhibition in the ArtSpring gallery featured an array of work by Salt Spring artists that explored the concept of the “self”. For two weeks this wonderfully eclectic and fascinating range of art was on display for the public to view.

We’re excited to announce that the winner of the Jury Prize was Doug McMillin. The jury said the following about his work:

“The artist has set up a complicated tableau. He invokes Vermeer’s light and architectural containment while probing the endless mirroring potential of the photographic apparatus. His outward gaze, toward us, a companion or accomplice, another mirror or window, enhances all in a techno-social network of place, self, and speculation.”

Viewers' Choice Award Winner by Jen Holmes

Viewers’ Choice Award Winner by Jen Holmes

The Viewers’ Choice award went to Jen Holmes.  The two viewers whose written responses won $100 each were Louise Goodman and John Moore.

Congratulations to the prizewinners and thank you to all who supported the exhibit!


Keeping ArtSpring Together

On March 23, 2015, in News, by ArtSpring

PoleFor a rainy March Monday, there was lots of excitement happening today on the ArtSpring grounds. Look as these workers replace an outside beam with a lovely cedar one to hold up the side section of ArtSpring’s roof. The old beam really needed to be replaced, so now we have a sturdy (and handsome) new post to keep ArtSpring together!


Not Your Typical Chamber Ensemble

On March 17, 2015, in News, by ArtSpring
Turning Point Ensemble

The Turning Point Ensemble performs classical music composed within the past 100 years.

Turning Point Ensemble is not your typical chamber ensemble. They perform classical music written within the last 100 years and aim to make it fun and accessible.

On March 22nd at 2:30 p.m., TPE presents the world premier of Luft Suite by Jocelyn Morlock, an award-winning composer and current composer-in-residence of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. This piece was originally written as a 35-minute ballet, choreographed by Simone Orlando.

Michael Bushnell’s arrangement of Stravinsky’s Firebird, for which the TPE won a 2011 Alcan Performing Arts Award, is also included in the ArtSpring concert. The use of a seventeen member ensemble as opposed to the full orchestra of the original is very exciting and as the reviews attest, TPE makes it work wonderfully.

The concert begins with Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, a sensuous piece based on a poem by Stéphane Mallarmé who was a close colleague of the composer.

TPE regularly collaborates with all manner of artists and this Sunday is no exception. In their exuberant Carnival of Animals by Saint-Saëns’, George Zukerman narrates the poetry Ogden Nash wrote in 1949 (with a few contemporary revisions) to accompany the music.

Let your sense of adventure lead you to ArtSpring this Sunday!

For tickets call the Box Office at 537-2102 or visit $28 Adults; $5 Youth.

Join us for a Salt Spring Coffee tasting and pre-concert chat at 1:30 p.m., and the concert at 2:30 p.m.


Family Ties

On February 25, 2015, in News, by ArtSpring

Bob Bossin performs “Davy the Punk” on Saturday, Feb. 28th at 7:30 p.m.

Imagine your father was a quiet, conservative man. Then imagine if one day someone tells you that your father was once outlaw and a punk.

Performer Bob Bossin, one of BC’s best known folk singers from way back, comes to ArtSpring on February 28th with his one-man show of music, theatre, and storytelling about his father “Davy the Punk”.

The show tells the tale of Davy Bossin’s life in the gambling underworld of the 30s and 40s. A life Bob Bossin knew nothing about till about forty years ago.

Blocked by the rampant anti-semitism of the time, Davy Bossin blazed his own path in the gambling industry. The Attorney General of Ontario and the police doggedly pursued Davy Bossin from the late 1930s onwards.

Imagine Bob Bossin’s surprise to discover this.

Now, how many of us really know the people our parents have been? Often there are many lives lived within a life and this show explores just that.

You’ll want not only want to attend the show because of this fascinating story, but also because Bob Bossin is probably BC’s best known folk singer from way back and has considerable talent and skill, having spent 40 years writing and performing music and stories.

He co-founded the iconic and long-lived Canadian folk group Stringband and is the author of some of Canada’s favourite folk songs. He has recorded a dozen albums.

“Only a handful of songwriters have created a body of work that constitutes a portrait of our country. Stan Rogers did that. So did Gordon Lightfoot. And so does Bob Bossin,” says Stuart Mclean.

In addition to being a musician, Bob Bossin is also a writer. He published poetry in the 70s with House of Anansi Press. He has written non-fiction, including the book Settling Clayoquot (1981), and the play Bossin’s Home Remedy for Nuclear War (1986).

In 2014, Porcupine Quill published the memoir by Bossin – Davy the Punk: A Story of Bookies, Toronto the Good, the Mob and My Dad. Copies of the book will be on sale at ArtSpring on the evening of the performance.

Now is your chance to hear Bossin’s performance about fatherhood, family, immigrant life, political high life and the criminal underworld.

Kinda makes you wonder about your own family, doesn’t it?

Tickets to the February 28th 7:30 pm performance can be purchased at ArtSpring in person (100 Jackson Ave.), or at 537-2102 or at Adults: $23; Youth: $5.