ArtSpring Newsletter December 7, 2020

Dear Friends,

Perhaps you will recall the fruit cake recipe I posted last week? Well I put all the dried fruit together and soaked it in rum for two days. I felt it was profoundly unfair that the fruit above the bottom inch was high and dry so I promptly doubled the amount of rum. At the moment both cakes are resting at the bottom of the fridge bound in layers of rum soaked cotton, wax paper, and tin foil. I am sure there’s a party going on in there. I will report back once we’ve tested the cake in a few weeks. Here is the recipe I’m using: fabulous fruit cake recipe.

For me Jessye Norman was one of the finest artists of our time. The instrument of her voice was remarkable and what she was able to do with it equally so. She was such an intelligent and well educated musician. I am currently reading her autobiography, Stand Up Straight and Sing!. She was a truly amazing singer and person. I’ve included a lovely interview that she did with CBC’s Eleanor Wachtel from February 16, 2019 at the Toronto Public Library. It is clear from the video that Ms. Norman has a great sense of humour.

Jane recommended an online arts centre called Xanadu Online Theatre, the world’s first online arts centre. They’ve created an alternative Christmas show that you can watch from the comfort of your own home. It is free but tickets are limited so reserve yours.

Finally I’m really excited that The Pandemic Limerick Project book will be back from the printer this week! A big thank you to Diana Hayes (Rainbow Publishing) for bringing the book together. Donate to the Salt Spring Foundation through their PayPal account and get your book in time for Christmas. They make a fabulous gift! Donation amounts over $15 will also get a charitable donation receipt. Get your book.

This past November 19 BC’s Provincial Health Officer issued a new order that affects events and gatherings. Unfortunately this means that almost all events between November 19 and December 7 have been cancelled and the building closed. If the order is extended past December 7 we are looking at ways to live-stream Makana Youth Choir concert, and The Jeff & Chrissy Show.

With thanks,
Cicela Månsson
Executive & Artistic Director, ArtSpring


ArtSpring Events

ArtSpring Presents
Makana Youth Choir Concert

December 5 | 7:30pm
Under the direction of Caroni Young, these young singers from grades 2-5 have been singing together since September. We hope to find a way to bring this concert to you once ArtSpring reopens. More>

ArtSpring Presents
The Jeff and Chrissy Show

December 10, 11, 12 | 7:30pm
December 13 | 2:30pm
Join Jeff and Chrissy and their friends, as they prepare for the opening night of their show “A Salty Holiday”. The festive season is in the air. It’s the last hour before showtime at the theatre. More>


Interesting Articles

Jessye Norman
CBC’s Eleanor Wachtel interviews the great soprano Jessye Norman, from February 16, 2019 at the Toronto Public Library. The interview is an hour and 15 minutes, so get comfortable. Also included is her obituary from The New York Times.
The New York Times article

Xanadu Online Theatre
December sees the debut performances from the Xanadu Online Theatre with a double bill of classic tragedy and comedy: Riders to the Sea by JM Synge and The Proposal by Anton Chekhov. Tickets are free but limited. More>

The Unheralded Artists of BC
The Unheralded Artists of BC, from Mother Tongue Publishing, is a beautiful, lively, and well-written series of ten books dedicated to introducing people to the many forgotten 20th-century BC artists and recognizing their artistic significance. More>

The Pandemic Limerick Project book
It is back from the printer and ready for Christmas! Get a copy by donating a minimum of $15 to the Salt Spring Foundation through their PayPal account. Donation amounts over $15 will also get a charitable donation receipt. More>


This month ArtSpring launches its Annual Donor Appeal campaign. Please consider making a donation to ArtSpring. Every little bit helps and there are many ways to donate including monthly. Donate now.


ArtSpring Presents 2020-2021
It has been a wild ride and we are grateful to be back doing what we do.
Please see the complete season listing.