ArtSpring’s 17 th annual three-day fundraiser for the arts, Treasure Fair, is now ready to collect unique items and services for its silent auction July 13 -15, with a grand finale Live auction hosted by ever entertaining, Chris Humphreys. To volunteer or donate, please contact Terri Reid: (778) 353-0014

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2017 Volunteer Appreciation Gala

On April 17, 2017, in News, by Jessica Beck

There were glowing smiles and hearts when our volunteers gathered for our annual appreciation gala on April 13th. Sadly, I was the only one taking photos – someone either give me a photography lesson or get the camera out of my hands! Alas, some photos survived the terrible fate of me behind the camera.

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Plan Your Visit

On March 31, 2017, in News, by Jessica Beck

ArtSpring is located in the heart of Salt Spring Island with a unique majestic forest backdrop the whole family will love.

Our centre is open to the public Monday – Friday, 9 – 5pm and the Box Office is open 10 – 4 throughout the week.

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We Have a New Marketing Manager!

On March 28, 2017, in News, by Jessica Beck

Hello! My name is Jessica Beck, but most people call me “Jess”. I’ve been based on Salt Spring Island since 2012, where I live with my dog named Myrtle.

I’ve worked as a promotional writer for the past seven years. In that time, I’ve collaborated on multi-million dollar projects to strategizing with farmers. My area of speciality is writing for websites & marketing campaigns.

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What’s on in April at ArtSpring

On March 28, 2017, in News, by Jessica Beck

Well, what a winter we had with record-breaking snowfall. Many of us shovelled more snow than we thought possible on Salt Spring and trudged our way into town with a unified wish for warmer days. Or was that just me? Lucky for us, April is here and we’re in for a real treat this month with a stellar line up of Salt Spring’s celebrated visual artists, Canadian-made comedy, world-renowned choral music and much more. With a slight twinkle of snow or sunshine, the show will go on.

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Calling All Fun-Loving Volunteers!

On March 27, 2017, in News, by Jessica Beck

A message from our Treasure Fair Manager, Terri Reid: 
Ahoy There!
Join the crew who follows up on donated treasures!

Every year Salt Springers contact us with generous donations to Treasure Fair. We are looking for volunteers to receive, unwrap, photograph, take histories of and document these treasures.

It’s interesting work. You never know what you will see.

If you want to get out and about, meet new people and support ArtSpring, Welcome Aboard!

Call Terri at 250-537-2125

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Come Plan and be Merry, again!

On March 17, 2017, in News, by Jessica Beck

Come one, come all – to help create the most fabulous show on earth: the 2017 Treasure Fair! Planning for this July’s Treasure Fair – ArtSpring’s annual three-day auction fundraiser since 2001 – is now underway and we would love to welcome you to the ATF team.

If you enjoy the arts, are good with people, have a great sense of humour, enjoy being part of a dynamic team, and want to make new friends then you will fit right in. And, the coffee and nibblies are free-flowing – so you will be energized and satiated at all times!

Please call Terri Reid at 250-537-2125 to join the fun.

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ArtSpring welcome new Treasure Fair Coordinator

On February 22, 2017, in News, by Danielle Hubbard

ArtSpring is happy to announce that Terri Reid will be the Treasure Fair Coordinator for 2017. Terri comes to us with a wealth of event planning experience and we are very pleased to welcome her on board.

We are launching into a new season of fundraising beginning with this call for Treasure Fair volunteers and donors. Volunteering is a great way to meet fellow islanders particularly if you are new to Salt Spring. Whether you are a new or past donor or volunteer, we would love to hear from you. Join us and be part of this dedicated team who help keep ArtSpring vibrant and alive.


Development Manager Says Goodbye

On November 16, 2016, in News, by ArtSpring

ArtSpring bids farewell to Christie Roome, our intrepid Development Manager who’s seen us through two successful Treasure Fairs, and a myriad of other projects. We wish Christie all the best as she forges ahead with her writing career!

Here are Christie’s pchristie-compressedarting words:

“It is with both excitement and sorrow that I bid farewell to the staff and my volunteers at ArtSpring.

“I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to be part of the ArtSpring team.  It has brought more joy and meaning to my life than I could have every wished.  I have so much respect for the staff – Cicela, Meghan, Danielle, Jane, Marv, Kevin and Morgaine – and I will miss working with them.  And, I will miss all of my volunteers tremendously.  They have brought much laughter, joy and friendship to my life.

“I originally moved to Salt Spring with my family two years ago to build my career as an artist and author.  After a very inspired meeting with my writing group last month, I feel that I must return to writing and illustrating my books.

While I am leaving, this is not goodbye.  I will surely reach out to volunteer.

Thank you to each and every one of you for making my ArtSpring experience a phenomenal one that has touched each member of my family.”

 – Christie



Opera on Salt Spring? You better believe it!

On September 23, 2016, in News, by ArtSpring

What do Salt Spring Island and New York City have in common? Arbutus beaches? Skyscrapers? No. How about … the Metropolitan Opera! That’s right. On eight lucky Saturdays between now and April, Met Operas will be live broadcast on ArtSpring’s stage. Salt Springers and New Yorkers will see the action, majesty and music unfurl at exactly the same

Tristan and Isolde depicted by Herbert Draper (1863-1920).

Tristan and Isolde depicted by Herbert Draper (1863-1920).


The first o

Tristan and Isolde depicted by Edmund Blair Leighton (1853-1922)

Tristan and Isolde depicted by Edmund Blair Leighton (1853-1922)

Isolde as seen on the Met's stage October 8th.

Isolde as seen on the Met’s stage October 8th.

pera of the season is Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, appearing on screen on ArtSpring’s stage on Saturday, October 8th, at 9:00 AM (or noon in New York). Tristan und Isolde is based on a Celtic legend that many believe pre-dates Arthurian myth, and indeed may have inspired the legendary love triangle of Arthur, Guinevere, and Lancelot.

The legends of Tristan and Isolde vary, but agree on the basic plot: Tristan, a knight and the nephew of King  Marke of Cornwall, has an ongoing affair with Isolde, King Marke’s war bride. As with Arthurian legend, Tristan, Marke, and Isolde all love each other, with Marke regarding Tristan as his son. In most versions of the story, Tristan and Isolde’s romance is fuelled by a love potion they ingest before Isolde’s marriage to the king, a strange element by modern sensibilities, and one that was tactfully omitted from the 2006 Hollywood movie version starring James Franco and Sophia Myles.

What sets Tristan und Isolde apart? For opera singers, Tristan und Isolde is known as one of the most demanding vocal performances, with Isolde often considered the mother of all soprano roles. On October 8th, Nina Stemme plays Isolde and Stuart Skelton plays Tristan, with Sir Simon Rattle conducting.

Rather than medieval England, director Mariusz Treli?ski has set his 4-hour epic in World War II-times. In addition to the downward-spiraling love triangle, Tristan und Isolde is also overshadowed by rumors of renewed war between Cornwall and Ireland, a theme made more pronounced by the stark, military costumes, and the military war ship on which the first act of the opera takes place.

Tickets to Tristan und Isolde are available at the ArtSpring Box Office, 100 Jackson Avenue, or here online. There will be an intermission with refreshments half-way through the performance. For more information, contact ArtSpring at 250-537-2102.