I want to thank the community for the recent, overwhelming support of our extension to the face mask requirement. We’ll be updating you again soon as we head towards the province’s proof of vaccination end date of April 8.
This month ArtSpring welcomes musical artists from near and far, both geographically and musically. We bring you performances of contemporary Canadian folk and roots music, and a recreated songbook from the Spanish renaissance. And a visiting theatre company goes even further back, with a full stage production about Cleopatra’s time in exile.
As I get to know the island, I’m taking great pleasure in discovering the diverse local artists and craftspeople, and so it will be a treat to have five of the guild groups all exhibiting under one roof over the Easter weekend. And you also have an additional month to enjoy the lobby exhibition from one of those guilds – the Salt Spring Painters.
I hope you can join us for wonderful live performance, and beautiful art.
Howard R Jang
Executive & Artistic Director, ArtSpring
IN THE THEATRE
OCE Stage Productions presents
Cleopatra, Queen of Exile
Sun Apr 3 | 2pm
This full theatre production tells the story of Cleopatra’s exile to the desert and her struggle to raise an army to retake her throne. Directed by R. David Simpson.
Thu Apr 7 | 7:30pm
Two fiddles, a viola, and a cello used to sparkling effect to transform fiddle tunes and folk melodies into intricate, beautiful, high-energy arrangements.
María Cristina Kiehr and Ariel Abramovich
Fri Apr 29 | 7:30pm
Argentinian soprano Kiehr and vihuela player Abramovich play works by 15th and 16th century Spanish composers.
The Guilds Of Salt Spring Show and Sale
Thu Apr 14 | 1pm-4pm
Fri Apr 15 – Mon Apr 18 | 10am-4pm
Five guilds – pottery, basketry, photography, weaving and spinning, and painting – join together and present a show and sale of their finest works.
Salt Spring Painters Guild
Tue-Fri, Apr 1-29 | 10am-1pm, and before evening concerts.
Painters Guild members exhibit their recent artistic explorations. Expect style or thought experiments, daring forays into new territory, self-indulgences, and whimsical wanderings.
Makana Youth Choir
Fridays, Jan 28-May 27 | 3:30-4:30pm
Young singers – grades 2-5 – meet weekly to learn to sing together, with a focus on harmony, blend, and balance. The term ends with a concert on stage at ArtSpring. Director Caroni Young.
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.