ArtSpring newsletter May 17, 2021

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Dear Friends,

We have decided to cancel our summer Chamber Music Festival this year. It was a difficult decision but one that with the current uncertainty we felt was necessary. Now we are looking forward to and getting ready for the launch of a new season in October 2021. It is likely that the audience size will still be limited and intermission curtailed, but with multiple performances of each ensemble we will provide some much needed enjoyment and entertainment to the Salt Spring community. In the meantime preparations for a Virtual Treasure Fair continue! And to celebrate looking forward to brighter things, two of my favourite singers below in a joyful song.

With thanks,
Cicela Månsson
Executive & Artistic Director, ArtSpring


At ArtSpring


This year’s events are online only

Silent auction – Wed July 14 – Sun July 18
Live auction – Sat July 17


Treasure Fair 2021 – Call For Donations

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated items so far. Our wonderful acquisitions team, led by Kate Merry, is working hard to catalogue the incoming items. If you’d like to donate furniture, household items, sport and hobby goods, gift certificates, adventures, services, and more, we’d love to hear from you.


Interesting Links


U.Me: The Musical (BBC World Service)

This international love story staged for radio and podcast is based around two young people on opposite sides of the world who meet online and make a true connection. It had its premiere on May 12, 2021. Narrated by Stephen Fry, it was written, rehearsed, and orchestrated during lockdown in 2020. The premiere is now available to watch online with additional materials and interviews from the programme website.

CAPACOA – Connections Project

The Canadian Association for the Performing Arts (CAPACOA) is the national leader of Canada’s touring and presenting communities. Since its founding in 1985, CAPACOA has fostered and developed a pan-Canadian network for presenters, presenting networks, artist managers/agents and performing arts administrators.

CAPACOA continues to release its weekly video series Connections, featuring artists from around the world sharing their practice, inspiration, vision, and lockdown activities. This is the eighth and final video. more>


On Beaded Ground

On Beaded Ground at Victoria’s Legacy Art Gallery gives visitors a chance to view beaded creations that have been stored in vaults for decades as well as vibrant work by contemporary Indigenous artists.
Read the article.
Exhibit info.

Music on Main
Listening. Together. Festival

This festival is available free online until May 18. Check out this lovely teaser. What do you love most in an audience? Listening together has always been Music on Main’s deepest purpose, and continues to drive all that they do. more>


COVID vaccine clinic information

The Salt Spring COVID-19 immunization clinic is being held in the ArtSpring galleries, April 7 to September 15. Entrance is via the rear parking lot only.

To book your vaccination appointment you can use BC’s new online registration system, or you can ring the provincial call centre 1.833.838.2323. Visit the Island Health vaccine site for more information.

Please do not contact ArtSpring as we are unable to help with vaccine clinic inquiries.

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.



We were sorry to hear that Thrifty Foods is discontinuing its Smile Card program in its current form. Thrifty’s has been a wonderful supporter to ArtSpring and Smile Cards made it really easy for our patrons to help with our fundraising. The program runs until June 15, so please continue to top up your card until then. After that date we’re able to apply for other community support programs. And let us know if you need a Smile Card – we’ll put one in the mail for you. email us>


The Pandemic Limerick Project book

Limericks In The Time of COVID. Available through ArtSpring and at Salt Spring Books. Every limerick submitted to the contest in the summer of 2020 is included, plus cartoons and illustrations by Jim Dickinson, Susan Benson and Michael Whitfield. more>

ArtSpring acknowledges the unceded territory and the ancestors of Salt Spring Island, the Coast Salish First Nations peoples of Salt Spring and surrounding areas, who continue to use and steward these lands. We at ArtSpring wish to pay respect to the Elders of this land, past and present.