A Tribute to Arvid Chalmers

On February 1, 2016, in News, by ArtSpring

Arvid Chalmers (right) with Sid Filkow (left) as the Geezers.

ArtSpring has lost a friend and supporter, and the Salt Spring community has lost a treasure. Arvid Chalmers was one of the driving forces and founding members who helped turn the vision of a community arts centre into reality, and his sudden death on January 28 comes as a shock to all of us.

As we all know, Arvid brought laughter and entertainment to Salt Spring, going back to the early days in the Hysterical Society, the kilt-wearing Scottish ferry worker Maggie MacCaffrey, the sleazy realtor Milt Bottomly, and of course as one of the Geezers, beside his long-time comedy partner Sid Filkow. He also loved music and performed enthusiastically, and it is consoling that he died doing something that he so enjoyed.

Arvid was also generous with his time at ArtSpring, serving in recent years as the gifted auctioneer in our Treasure Fair. We know how passionate Arvid was about children and young adults as he continued to make suggestions about how to make ArtSpring a better place for all of us.

Our condolences go out to his family and his many friends. His loss will be felt across the island.

Donald McLennan, President
Island Arts Centre Society


A Fresh New Look in the Gallery

On January 27, 2016, in News, by ArtSpring

The ArtSpring gallery space has a fresh look thanks to our hardworking duo – ArtSpring volunteer Judy McLennan and ArtSpring Building Manager Kevin McLeod.

The pair worked tirelessly over the holidays to make sure each of the three gallery rooms looks fresh and clean. Users of the gallery will enjoy the refreshed venue for their exhibits, events, meetings and workshops.

Thanks Judy and Kevin — oh, and Mia too!

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Judy paints a fresh coat onto the sliding walls in the Guild room.

Painting the Gallery - Judy

Time for more paint.

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Kevin tackles the big wall in the Multi-Purpose room.

Painting the Gallery - Kevin II

Photo break!

Painting the Gallery - Mia

Mia offers moral support to Judy and Kevin.


Deck the ArtSpring Halls with Holly…

On November 24, 2015, in News, by ArtSpring

ArtSpring HolidayHave you noticed that the ArtSpring’s December calendar is filled with lots of holiday performances and events hosted by community groups as well as our very own ArtSpring Presents programming? Here’s a glimpse this busy month:

On December 1st, the Country Grocer, a sponsor of ArtSpring’s children’s programming, presents Canadian tenor Ken Lavigne. Country Grocer thanks the community of Salt Spring for its support. Come early to enjoy a delicious nibblies and beverages. ArtSpring is very grateful to Country Grocer for their continuing sponsorship of our children’s programming, which includes $5 youth ticket prices for all ArtSpring Presents performances as well as concerts for the schools, workshops in the schools, children’s art enrichment programmes and the Chamber Music Festival Youth Camp.

Join the Salt Spring Singers on December 5th and 6th for a magical holiday concert. Enjoy the singers happily singing traditional Christmas carols, Don Conley’s new “Mystic Suite” and the magnificent music of Mozart, Mendelssohn and Brahms.

On Dec. 8th, vocal trio Tenore presents Christmas with You based on their recent 2014 GMA “Seasonal Album of the Year” award. This show captures the spirit and magic of the holiday season with holiday classics and favourites.

Enjoy a show of traditional Blues Christmas tunes from the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s 50’s and 60’s by Uncle Wiggly’s Hot Shoes Blues Band and Guests on December 11th. Listen to the songs of Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner, BB King, Eric Clapton, Charles Brown, Etta James and more.

Then on December 17th, come to the ArtSpring Christmas Sing-Along. Dress up in holiday garb and sing your favourite carols with friends and neighbours. Please remember to bring a non-perishable food item for the food bank.

Join the Salt Spring Arts Academy on December 18th for its Annual Holiday Show! Enjoy dance and theatre selections from Academy teachers.

Bringing forward the spirit of cabaret and combining it with music from around the world, a thread of theatre and dance, and a dash of improvisation, Cari Burdett’s and Lila Music Centre’s 5th Annual Winter Solstice Music Cabaret on December 19th is sure to please! Also a crowd-pleaser of another kind is The 2nd Annual Last Chance Community Christmas Craft Fair on the 19th. And, if you want to participate in the fair, the organizer welcomes new vendors.

Celebrate the Christmas season with a live broadcast of The Nutcracker from London’s Royal Ballet on December 20th. This is a show for all ages, full of beauty, magic and Tchaikovsky’s most well-loved and gorgeous ballet music.

For tickets or more information call the ArtSpring Box Office at 250.537.2102 or www.tickets.artspring.ca.

Please note that ArtSpring is closed from December 21st and reopens on January 4th. However, during this time tickets will still be available through our online ticketing system.



Catch the next generation of musicians

On November 2, 2015, in News, by ArtSpring

Catch the next generation of musicians at ArtSpring with the University of Victoria Chamber Ensemble here on Sunday, November 8th at 2:30 pm. These young and talented artists play duos and trios of Haydn and Debussy in the theatre. It’s incredible what these young artists have accomplished. Learn more about these four dynamic performers…

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Violinist Aliayta Foon-Dancoes is now in her third year studying at the University of Victoria. She has been awarded scholarships to attend Orford, Tafelmusik, Switzerland’s Astona Festival and Morningside Music Bridge. She has played with professional ensembles including the Victoria Symphony, the Sydney Concert Orchestra, and won first prize in UVic’s 2014 Bach Competition and 2015 Concerto Competition.

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Violinist Chloe Kim is currently in her second year at the University of Victoria. Past honors include 1st place in the National Strings Class at Performing Arts BC, after which she represented BC at the 2014 National Music Festival. Recent highlights include performing the 1st movement of the Sibelius Violin Concerto at the Orpheum in Vancouver, after winning the inaugural Provincial Concerto Competition hosted by the Vancouver Academy of Music.

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Conductor and violist Evan Hesketh studies conducting at the University of Victoria and has conducted orchestras in Victoria, Powell River, Maine, and New Hampshire. An accomplished violist, he holds a Bachelor of Music degree from UVic and a master’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He was a member of the prizewinning Ariadne String Quartet and has been a regular substitute violinist and violist with the Victoria Symphony and the Galiano Ensemble.

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Shiun Kim is currently studying with Pamela Highbaugh Aloni, member of the renowned Lafayette String Quartet. She has played in both the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra and Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra. This February, Shiun won 1st place in UVic’s 2015 Bach Competition.


Tickets for Sunday’s performance are available through the ArtSpring Box Office at 537.2102 or www.tickets.artspring.ca. $15 Adult | $5 Youth.


Showcase your Creations in our Display Case

On October 27, 2015, in News, by ArtSpring
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Operations Manager Taryn Hancock picks the lucky winner of an item made by Sandra (of Sonia’s Studio).

Calling all local artisans, craftspersons, weavers, knitters, potters, jewellery makers and more.

ArtSpring 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!

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


Jazzing Up ArtSpring

On September 23, 2015, in News, by ArtSpring
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Judy McLennan paints the kitchen

Have you noticed that ArtSpring has been looking quite fresh lately? Judy Mclennan is one of the hard-working people who is helping to jazz up the building. Over the past few months, she has been volunteering her time in a number of ways. First she reupholstered some of the lobby furniture with funky new colours. Judy then took a break from beautifying the building, to work tirelessly as part of the Treasure Fair core team. You’ll now find Judy painting away. She tackled the kitchen with some lovely yellow and grey, and is now in the conference room, working to rejuvinate the white walls. Hats off to Judy!

Judy McLennan paints the conference room.

Judy McLennan paints the conference room.


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 taryn@artspring.ca or call (250) 537-2125 for more information.



A Treasure Fair Thank You

On July 20, 2015, in News, by ArtSpring
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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.