ArtSpring newsletter April 5, 2021

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Dear Friends,

Spring is such a joy. Yellow daffodils backed up by pink blooming cherry trees make such an impact. I hope you are enjoying it as much as I am.

We are thrilled to introduce our new Dance Outreach Co-ordinator, Aina Yasué. Aina has taken over the role from Anna Haltrecht and will be continuing Anna’s great work as a liaison between ArtSpring and Made in BC Dance On Tour, helping to connect the community to dance artists presented on the ArtSpring stage.

Aina grew up on Salt Spring and attended the GISPA dance program before earning a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from Quest University, majoring in Critical Dance Studies. Her first project with ArtSpring is an online discussion with her mentor at Quest, Dr Ahalya Satkunaratnam. We hope you’ll be able to join us – more details below.

Aina Yasué – photo by John Cameron

The BC Provincial Health Order of November 19 restricting events continues until further notice. We look forward to welcoming you back when we are able.

The Salt Spring COVID-19 immunization clinic will be held in the ArtSpring galleries, Wednesday April 7 to Wednesday September 15. Entrance is via the rear parking lot only. For bookings and any questions about appointments please contact Island Health – 1-833-348-4787, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily, or visit the website Please do not contact ArtSpring directly as staff are unable to help with vaccine clinic inquiries.

With thanks,
Cicela Månsson
Executive & Artistic Director, ArtSpring


At ArtSpring


ArtSpring Presents: At The Intersection of Dance, Research, and War

Wednesday April 7 | 6:30pm
ArtSpring’s new Dance Outreach Coordinator Aina Yasué will be in conversation with interdisciplinary artist and educator Ahalya Satkunaratnam. Dr Satkunaratnam will be talking about her new book, Moving Bodies, Navigating Conflict: Practicing Bharata Natyam in Colombo, Sri Lanka, her dance project, Usha/Agni/Vyvastha (Dawn/Fire/Order), and how activism, academics, and art practice intersect.

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A open to the community. Questions can also be sent in advance, by 5pm Tuesday April 6. To register to receive a free Zoom link email:

Presented in collaboration with Made in BC Dance on Tour. more>

Makana Youth Choir

The Makana Youth Choir directed by Caroni Young continues. The new session started on February 5. Thank you so much to this season’s sponsors of the program: Joan Farlinger, Galleons Lap Photography, The Lost Chords, and Viva Chorale. More>


Interesting Links


CBC Interview with Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood spoke to The Current about her late partner’s love of birds. In the pandemic, she sees how they help people feel less alone. more>

Capture Photography Festival

Capture is a Vancouver photography festival devoted to presenting the most compelling lens-based art from local and international artists.
April 2 – 30, 2021. more>

Mi’kmaq artist Jordan Bennett’s al’taqiaq: it spirals (photo by Jocelyne Junker), Capture Photography Festival.

15th Century Clavicimbalum Demonstration

In November of 2018 Duo Corvi members, Katelyn Clark and Julie Ryning, performed as part of the ArtSpring Presents series. Clavicimbalist Katelyn Clark demonstrates her 15th century reproduction (Rennoldson, 2015) clavicimbalum. more>

Tapestry Opera

Toronto’s Tapestry Opera has been busy having fun with interesting arrangements of opera. Part 1: Puccini meets R&B. more>


The Pandemic Limerick Project book

Available through ArtSpring and at Salt Spring Books. More>


ArtSpring Presents 2020-2021

It continues to be a wild ride, and we are looking forward to seeing you back at ArtSpring.
Please see the complete season listing.