Funds will be raised through three days of silent auction culminating in a live auction gala with auctioneer Walter Stewart – all held in ArtSpring’s beautiful timber-framed building.
On July 18th, ArtSpring will open its doors to a silent auction extravaganza with 700 (and counting) items valued at over $100,000. Funds raised go directly into the operations and sustainability of ArtSpring as Salt Spring’s largest community arts centre.
The money raised will help ArtSpring maintain and evolve the community’s use of the 259-seat theatre, box office and online ticketing services, 3 galleries with artist workspace, meeting room, lobby, extensive grounds surrounding the building, and parking lots.
In 2018, our community raised approximately $55,000 during Treasure Fair which allowed ArtSpring to upgrade theatre equipment with a new projector and curtain system, improve technology systems throughout the building, upgrade dressing room hallway wall to wall mirrors, and develop a new website (to be launched in late 2019).
On the horizon, ArtSpring hopes to renew flooring in the gallery and carpet throughout the building, paint the interior and exterior of the building, and upgrade some of the theatre systems.
For 20 years, ArtSpring has been dedicated to the advancement of the arts on Salt Spring Island and each year our community comes together to raise over $150,000 with Treasure Fair as one of its critical fundraisers.
With the efforts of dedicated volunteers and Treasure Fair coordinator, Charlotte Priest, the Treasure Fair team reached donation capacity early this year and are thrilled with the array of exceptional items, services, and experiences which will be expertly displayed throughout ArtSpring. During the three day event, Treasure Fair will see hundreds of people come through its doors.
“We always look forward to going to Treasure Fair and for us, it is the highlight of the year at ArtSpring”, shares longtime supporters Joan and Larry Blackman of Vetta Presents.
“We have fun bidding on things – both the silent and not so silent auctions. Sometimes we end up with bargains (and sometimes not when we get carried away outbidding our friends!) but it is all for a great cause.”
“This year we are happy to have a few things we can donate – it is just another way to participate in a great event. ArtSpring is not just a building, it is a community and getting to know and be a part of it is the real treasure.”
Without ArtSpring, the arts community on Salt Spring Island would lose a vital resource. ArtSpring was built by a passionate community determined to see their island artists thrive and art enthusiasts satiated.
Hosting nearly 300 events per year, about five events each week, friends and family come together year round at ArtSpring to enjoy community theatre, professional touring artists, art exhibitions, talks, children’s recitals, opera, and so much more.
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