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This is YOUR ArtSpring – help keep us going strong by purchasing or renewing your annual membership.

Every year ArtSpring brings you live music, dance, and theatre; visual art exhibitions and workshops; youth programming and opera broadcasts; talks and public meetings. Presented by professionals and amateurs alike, for all ages, and for everyone in the community to enjoy.

The support we receive from our members makes a big difference to what we can do. Show your passion for the performing and visual arts on Salt Spring Island by purchasing your ArtSpring 2021-22 membership today.

Your membership will:

  • support community-driven events, school programs, educational workshops, art exhibits – and so much more.
  • signal to our funding granters that you share our vision of a centre of artistic excellence on Salt Spring.

Here are the benefits:

  • Early access to ArtSpring Presents season tickets
  • Advance notice for some events
  • Access members-only events
  • Access members’ discounts
  • Backstage tour
  • Be heard and vote at the AGM

Here’s how to join us:

Purchase by August 31 and receive 5% off your 2021-22 ArtSpring Presents season tickets.

Loyal supporters like you are at the heart of what makes this a community facility. Thank you for being a part of ArtSpring.

With thanks,
Island Arts Centre Society (ArtSpring)

 
 

Header image: Elage Diouf (2020); Flight of the Hummingbird (2020); Angela Hewitt (2022); Dancers of Damelahamid (2018); SSNAP Parallel Art Show (2017 – photo Ale Mendoza); Met Opera Porgy and Bess (2020); Skylight (2019); Marv’s Cabaret Retirement Party (2018 – photo Bob Fenske)

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On behalf of the board Walter Stewart, President of the Island Arts Centre Society (ArtSpring), regrets to announce that Cicela Månsson will be stepping down as the Executive and Artistic Director of ArtSpring at the end of the year.

“Cicela has provided exemplary service and has provided ArtSpring with a solid foundation and an enviable reputation in the arts community, all of which will hugely enable the board’s efforts to recruit her successor. We are deeply grateful to Cicela for her service and all that she has accomplished. Our only regret is that her service could not have continued longer.”

This will be Cicela’s eighth and final season as the Executive and Artistic Director. “I’ve achieved many of the things I set out to do, and now it is time to turn my energies in other directions”, she says. “I have assembled and grown an incredible team who serve the community through their work. Their dedication and professionalism make me so proud. ArtSpring is in very good hands through the staff and the board.”

Cicela is also proud of the Makana youth choir ArtSpring initiated, the expanded artist residencies that give Salt Spring audiences a peek at embryonic artistic work, and last year’s ArtSpring Presents Collaborations In A Time of Covid: Writers and Artists of Salt Spring. Along with these successes, Cicela takes pride that ArtSpring is above all a community arts facility.

During her time at ArtSpring, a professional gallery lighting system was installed, a theatre sound and lighting upgrade was completed, and major accessibility improvements made, totaling over a quarter million dollars in capital investment.

“I am”, she says “particularly grateful to the community for welcoming me to Salt Spring, and their ongoing support of ArtSpring. We are in a very good place: close to the end of COVID, looking at a great number of community bookings for the coming year, and financially healthy. Together we made it through this challenging time and now as a community we move forward.”

The board is commencing a national search for a new Executive and Artistic Director to build upon the existing strengths of ArtSpring. Qualified candidates living on Salt Spring are encouraged to apply. The process for application will be announced soon, with details on the ArtSpring website.

Walter Stewart adds, “Cicela has assembled an extraordinary team of people. The board is deeply aware of the contributions all members of staff make, and we will rely heavily on them as we make the transition to a new leader.”

 

(photo credit: Howard Fry)

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Dear Friends,

Well, what can I say – Treasure Fair 2021, online for the first time, was a huge success. We raised 141% of our target for this year. And that’s all thanks to you.

Every individual, business or organization who gave items for our catalogue – or made a monetary donation. Everyone who registered to bid, whether you were successful or not. And everyone who played a part in the Treasure Fair organizing team. You all contributed to making this key fundraising event the success that it was.

ArtSpring relies on the money raised at our annual Treasure Fair events to support its operations and to provide a community-facing, professional performing and visual arts centre for the island, and its visitors, to enjoy. Your generosity enables us to keep doing just that.

Thank you for coming along with us and doing things very differently this year. We hope you had as much fun as we did.

With thanks,
Cicela Månsson
Executive & Artistic Director, ArtSpring

 

Any questions?

If you have any questions about the Treasure Fair events, your donations, or your winning bids, please email treasure@artspring.ca

Dear Friends,

The wait is almost over! Our beloved Treasure Fair event starts on Wednesday. Both the silent and live auctions are online only which means you can bid from anywhere!

Co-ordinator Catherine Griffiths and the whole Treasure Fair team have been working tirelessly for several months, seeking donations to excite and tempt you, and putting everything together in the online catalogues.

Our heartfelt thanks go out to every donor – individuals, businesses, and organizations – who have shown such generosity in the midst of a difficult year. Thank you for all of your gifts, you’ve shown amazing support for our fundraiser.

To everyone who’ll be bidding on these wonderful items – thank you for helping to raise vital funds for your island’s performing and visual arts centre. We hope you have a fun five days, and lots of success with your treasure hunting.

With thanks,
Cicela Månsson
Executive & Artistic Director
ArtSpring

Preview the catalogues and register to bid

 

The silent auction and live auction catalogues are open now for preview – you can find more details below. Register now and you’ll be ready to start bidding on Wednesday July 14. Registration is free. You must have a registration number and a credit card to start bidding.

Silent auction – Wed July 14 – Sun July 18

Bidding opens at 9am Wednesday July 14
Bidding closes at 6pm Sunday July 18

With close to 200 items in the silent auction catalogue, there’s something for everyone. Antique and modern furniture; fine art; kitchenware and home decor; food and wine; adventures and experiences; gift certificates for events and local businesses, and more.

Live auction – Saturday July 17

Live online gala event 6pm – 7:30pm
Bidding open 6pm – 8pm

We’re so excited to present our twelve big ticket items, including a three-night trip to Whitehorse/Yukon, a visit to the private studio of a whale skeleton articulator, and a signature cocktail created just for you. See the catalogue for more wonderful items.

You can bid online for these items and more – or why not join us live on Zoom for the gala event, hosted by Walter Stewart and Deb Toole. Tickets are $10.

To help your evening go with a swing we have a limited number of gala party packs. Each branded cotton bag contains a bottle of wine, Salt Spring Island Cheese, Salt Spring Kitchen jam/chutney, crackers, plus a ticket to the live auction gala. And one pack contains a special prize – could you be the lucky winner? Packs are $35 and are for pick up from ArtSpring only, Saturday July 17. Buy tickets for the live auction gala and party pack.

Thank you to our donors

Please join us in thanking our donors. You can find a list of all our supporters on the Donate page of the Treasure Fair website. Please visit the businesses and give them your custom whenever you can.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about the Treasure Fair events, your donations, or your winning bids, you can find more information here – or email treasure@artspring.ca

 
 

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.

Permanent position
Date Posted: June 16, 2021
Application Deadline: Tuesday July 13, 2021
Start Date: Tuesday August 10, 2021
City/Town: Ganges, Salt Spring Island
Term: See description below

Description of ArtSpring:

ArtSpring is a 259-seat professional theatre and gallery on Salt Spring Island. This community facility is owned and operated by the Island Arts Centre Society (ArtSpring) and hosts a broad range of community-based and commercial clients as well as events presented directly by ArtSpring. Approximately 250 events per year occur at this facility, 75% of which are created and presented by community artists.

ArtSpring is a collaborative and respectful work environment. Our staff members work toward a common goal: creating a welcoming and inspiring arts centre.

Island Arts Centre Society (ArtSpring) values an inclusive workplace and we encourage applications from members of diverse communities. We are committed to an equal opportunity workplace that is free of discrimination and harassment.

Job Description:

Front of House/Volunteer Manager, ArtSpring

The Front-of-House/Volunteer Manager reports to the Executive & Artistic Director (EAD).

The Front-of-House/Volunteer Manager is responsible for:

• The smooth-running of all Box Office operations, including volunteers, financial control, tickets sales, season subscriptions, memberships, gift certificates, and donations. They ensure that patrons receive a friendly and efficient purchasing experience both in-person and online, and support rental clients with the successful sale of their events.
• The recruitment, interviewing, training, scheduling, and management of all ArtSpring volunteers. They ensure that ArtSpring’s volunteer requirements are met (both at-event and administrative volunteers), that volunteers are successful in their roles, and encourage a strong team of ArtSpring ambassadors.
• The efficient running of day-to-day and ad-hoc office administrative procedures, ensuring that systems are operating correctly, and providing support as required to the EAD.
• Creating a warm and welcoming environment for visitors to ArtSpring.

The Front of House/Volunteer Manager is:

• An outgoing people-person, with the ability to get on well with and respect a wide variety of staff, volunteers, patrons, artists, and other stakeholders.
• Comfortable with, and quick to pick up, office software and administrative systems.
• Able to identify staffing, training, or systems gaps and remedy as necessary.
• A well-organized multi-tasker, with patience and excellent time management skills.
• Willing to work as part of the small ArtSpring team, cross-training to support colleagues where needed.
• Passionate about the arts, both within and outside the community.
• An ambassador for ArtSpring, both at work and in the community.

Requirements:

The successful candidate will have:
• Strong interpersonal and oral/written communication skills
• Ability to thrive in a fast-paced work environment with multiple deadlines
• Excellent time management, organizational, and administrative skills
• Ability to take initiative and work both independently and as part of a team
• Professionalism, maturity, and sensitivity to confidential information
• Computer literacy (including Office Suite)
• Passion for the arts
• Education/Experience:
o Post-secondary degree in related field, or an equivalent combination of education and professional experience.

Terms of Employment:

• 30 hour per week
• permanent position
• $20-21/hr
• two weeks of vacation plus two weeks at the end of the year
• group benefit plan
• position requires infrequent evening and weekend work

How to Apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter via email to jobs@artspring.ca. Deadline for applications is 5:00pm Tuesday July 13, 2021.
No telephone calls or faxed applications please. We thank everyone who expresses an interest in this position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

PDF job description

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Dear Friends,

Though the recent chilly weather seems to disagree we are on the cusp of summer! This will be the final newsletter for a few weeks as we take a summer break.

Through these weekly newsletters ArtSpring intended to provide something of interest, some distraction and entertainment. Since April 1, 2020 we’ve sent out an almost weekly newsletter, this being our 63rd. When the newsletter returns in July look for announcements regarding the season, ArtSpring’s membership renewal, and our Virtual Treasure Fair.

Until then, enjoy the sunshine and be good to yourselves.

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 and hobby items, gift certificates, adventures, services, and more, we’d love to hear from you.

 

Interesting Links

 

Digital Performance Exploration Lab

A free 8-week lab that gives performance artists (aged 16–22) the opportunity to explore digital performance. The lab runs via Zoom, July 10-August 28, Saturdays 10am-1pm. Deadline to apply June 20, 2021. Artists based in BC with a background in dance, theatre, or performance art are welcome to apply. Applicants from diverse populations and from rural areas within BC are encouraged to apply.


 

For All to Hear – Pacific Opera

For All to Hear celebrates and features diverse voices from the IBPoC community of artists and other marginalized voices, offering a platform to share music and stories that matter.
Explore the many ways in which these artist platforms are taking form through videos and podcasts offered on Pacific Opera’s online programs and directly in this space.
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.

 

Fundraising

Support ArtSpring with the Country Grocer Save-a-tape program. When you’ve finished shopping put your tape in ArtSpring’s box at Country Grocer. It’s that easy! ArtSpring is so grateful to Country Grocer for all they do in the community!

 
 

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.

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Dear Friends,

I have no words. I sit in silence. We knew but we turned away. Flags at half-mast, displays of sorrow – what does it mean to the people who were affected and continue to be? I will listen to the stories of First Nations’ people, and try to find meaningful ways to contribute to reconciliation.

Writer Michelle Good has won the Governor General’s Literary Award for English-language fiction this year. Her debut novel, Five Little Indians, follows five teenagers as they leave residential school and strive to find a place of safety in a world that doesn’t want them. Good previously worked as a lawyer advocating for residential school survivors. She joined Tom Power from Kamloops, B.C., to discuss her work and her amazing literary achievement.

If you have been affected by the residential school system and you need support right now, help is out there. The Residential School Crisis Line is open 24-hours a day. The number is 1-866-925-4419.

Listen to Michelle Good speak to Tom about her life and work.

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 and hobby items, gift certificates, adventures, services, and more, we’d love to hear from you.

 

Interesting Links

 

Indigenous Cities | Cités Autochtones

Presented through the NAC: experience stories from the cities you thought you knew. Indigenous Cities presents memories from Indigenous community members based in cities across Canada; memories that have been interpreted by Indigenous artists to create a unique audio storytelling experience. Artistic Director of Indigenous Theatre Kevin Loring introduces the series. more>

 

Talking Stick Festival
Season of Four Fires | Summer Sojourn
June 1 — July 1, 2021

2021 marks the 20th anniversary of Full Circle’s Talking Stick Festival. This year they celebrate the work of their artists online.
Full Circle calls to the Four Directions and All Our Relations to gather around Four Fires, in each season: winter, spring, summer, and fall. Summer Soujourn schedule. 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.

 

Fundraising

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.

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Dear Friends,

The announcement of BC’s Restart plan was welcome news to all British Columbians, not least those of us in the performing arts industry.

Whilst the ArtSpring building continues its important role as the island’s vaccination centre, we can now continue planning our 2021-22 ArtSpring Presents season to start in October, and to take inquiries from interested rental clients. The safety of our patrons, artists, volunteers and staff is of utmost importance to us. We continue to closely follow all Public Health Orders, and do expect there will still be limits on audience capacity when we reopen. We will post updates on our website and social channels.

Thank you for your trust in ArtSpring.

 

It isn’t often that a classically trained singer can convincingly spin songs in other genres. One such artist is Irish-Canadian mezzo soprano, Wallis Giunta, who I came across this week. Have a listen to her perform Joni Mitchell’s Little Green, or below, Gordon Lightfoot’s Affair on 8th Avenue, or her TED talk on Singing out of the Box.

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 and hobby items, gift certificates, adventures, services, and more, we’d love to hear from you.

 

Interesting Links

 

Capsule at the NAC

Get lost in Capsule, the community-responsive dance video hub from the National Arts Centre. Dance artists from across Canada answered an open call to submit passionate and innovative short film creations made between March 2020 and March 2021. The selection committee chose 60, now available to watch online until August 31, 2021. more>

 

Salt Spring Elementary Mural Project: Natureplex

A call for new artwork from School District 64 and the Parent Advisory Council. Gulf Islands based artists are invitednto submit concept proposals for two-dimensional artwork that will be displayed at Salt Spring Elementary. Deadline June 14, 2021. more>

Jeanine de Bique – soprano

I was blown away this week by the voice of Trinidadian artist Jeanine de Bique in her video of Rejoice Greatly from Messiah. Her vocal lightness, flexibility and the joyfulness with which she approaches the music is inspiring. I had to look a little further and what I found was this lovely video of her and Concerto Köln collaborating on beautiful music making and conversation. more>

 

Sylvia Olsen – knitter and storyteller

…and because knitting is a passion of mine, I’m including this wonderful article on knitter and storyteller Sylvia Olsen. Her latest book is called Unravelling Canada: A Knitting Odyssey. While touring for her previous book, Knitting Stories: Personal Essays and Nine Coast Salish-inspired Knitting Patterns, she didn’t realize it would give her the framework for another book by the time she got home. 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.

 

Fundraising

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.

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Dear Friends,

Happy long weekend! I hope you are enjoying a lovely day of rest.

Canadian pianist – and regular visitor to ArtSpring – Janina Fialkowska celebrated her 70th birthday on May 7, 2021. In response to the overwhelming outpouring of birthday wishes from around the globe, Janina extends her gratitude with this 25 minute recital of four pieces by Chopin, Weber, and Debussy. Discovered by the legendary Arthur Rubinstein in 1974, she was his final student and prodigy.

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 and hobby items, gift certificates, adventures, services, and more, we’d love to hear from you.

 

Interesting Links

 

Les voix humaines

Les voix humaines Margaret Little, co-fondatrice et co-directrice artistique des Voix humaines, a quitté l’ensemble après 35 années de contribution extraordinaire. La violiste Mélisande Corriveau prendra le relai au sein du duo de l’ensemble, au côté de Susie Napper. Le nouveau duo des Voix humaines a enregistré quelques pièces du Sieur de Sainte-Colombe. En voici un avant-goût.

Dylan Thomas Day

I found this performance interesting because of the pacing and inflection.

Michael Sheen performing Do not go gentle into that good night for Dylan Thomas Day on May 14 is everything you’d hope it to be.

 

DIG Arts

DIG Arts (Digital Innovation Group) is a growing group of island arts councils working together on digital innovation and dreaming of an arts and culture super-region. Read more about what they are up to, and consider taking their survey. more>

Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

This joyful video of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell performing Ain’t No Mountain High Enough is just so full of joy and happiness. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

 

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.

 

Fundraising

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.

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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.

 

Fundraising

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.