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.


Interested in Having a Spring Fling?

On February 23, 2015, in News, by ArtSpring

With spring just around the corner, ArtSpring is getting a head start on the celebrations. Join us for our Spring Fling Festival (March 3-7) with four exciting exciting shows over five days!

Festival Schedule:

For tickets to the shows, visit ArtSpring in person (100 Jackson Ave.), or call 537-2102 or visit

Artist Descriptions:

Jan Lisiecki, the winner of Gramophone Magazine’s prestigious Young Artist of the Year award in 2013, joins us on Tuesday, March 3 at 7:30 pm. He is a prize-winner in seven international competitions and has already released three highly acclaimed recordings – his Chopin Etudes were nominated for a Juno award – and he plays solo recitals and with major orchestras around the world.

Imagine the sound of a Brazilian Carnaval in the Appalachian Mountains. A sound where dynamic percussion instruments rumble beneath blues drenched vocals, telecaster twangs, accordion acrobatics, and folksy fiddle tunes. Imagine Matuto. This well-loved band plays at ArtSpring Wednesday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. and their dynamic music will be sure to have you dancing!

Cicela Mansson

ArtSpring’s new Executive/Artistic Director, Cicela Månsson, a graduate of the Faculty of Music at McGill and an accomplished coloratura soprano, performs on Friday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. Her tastes range from musical theatre to jazz to classical repertoire. She’ll treat us to an evening of songs from Gershwin, Bernstein, Donizetti and a wide variety of her favourite works.

One actor becomes six different guitarists, each with his own distinctive voice, views and musical style (Blues, Jazz, Rock, Classical, Folk and Country) in Six Guitars on Saturday, March 7th at 7:30 p.m. The characters play music, share their history and celebrate or skewer the other genres. Hilarious, charming and at times surprisingly poignant, Six Guitars has toured North America since its premiere in 2010, earning awards and applause everywhere.


Beethovenfest: A Three-Day Extravaganza!

On January 27, 2015, in News, by ArtSpring

Catherine and KaiAccording to ArtSpring board member and classical music aficionado George Ehring, Beethoven’s violin sonatas are “hallmarks of the repertoire and great examples of Beethoven’s maturing art.” George has taught the well-loved Meaning in Music course at ArtSpring over the years, which focuses on classical music appreciation. If anyone knows great classical music, it’s George.

Over three consecutive days – February 6th, 7th, & 8th – you will have the rare opportunity to experience the complete Beethoven violin sonatas performed by two terrific performers who are friends of ArtSpring and faculty of our annual Chamber Music Festival.

Award-winning musicians and husband and wife duo, violinist Kai Gleusteen and pianist Catherine Ordronneau, will immerse attendees in Beethoven’s exquisite music. The first concert on February 6th at 7:30 p.m. features Beethoven violin sonatas 1, 4, and 7. During the following evening’s concert on February 7th at 7:30 p.m. hear sonatas 3, 6, 9 (Kreutzer Sonata). On February 8th at 2:30 p.m. listen to sonatas 2, 5 (Spring Sonata), 8, and 10.

For people new to Beethoven, this is also a great chance to hear his small-scale and very approachable music. Kai, concertmaster of the Gran Teatre del Liceu Orchestra in Barcelona, is a very interesting speaker and will introduce each of the sonatas. This will be helpful to anyone who is new to Beethoven’s music and certainly interesting to those familiar with the music.

The weekend is a three-day feast for the senses with music, delicacies and visual art! On opening night at 6:30 p.m. enjoy Salt Spring Vineyards wine and Salt Spring Island cheeses. Continue the celebration on Feb 7th with a wine bar and on Feb 8th for a Viennese Kaffeehaus with tea and decadent desserts.

Bring a friend, a date, a family member, or come solo, and spend one, two, even three fine evenings with us!

For tickets call the ArtSpring Box Office at 537-2102 or visit Adults: $25 per concert or $56 for all three; Youth: $5 per concert. (For the three-concert package, please call the Box Office.)


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 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


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!