Dear Friends,

Today is the day! Tickets go on sale by phone only (250.537.2102) for past subscribers and members. You’ll be able to call and leave a message with your name and contact information. Rest assured that we’ll process purchases in the order they were received on or after the 14th. On Tuesday, September 22, tickets will go on sale for the general public.

To all of you who have renewed or purchased your membership….Thank you!!! If you’ve missed it, get your ArtSpring membership here

With all best wishes,
Cicela Månsson
Executive & Artistic Director, ArtSpring

 

ArtSpring Events

ArtSpring Presents 2020-21
It has been a wild ride and we are grateful to be back doing what we do.
Please see the complete season listing.

Valdy
ArtSpring is thrilled to have Valdy open the season on October 2, 3, 4, 2020.
More>

Alex Cuba
Alex Cuba’s artistry incorporates his Cuban roots and is a unique amalgam of styles. At ArtSpring October 15, 16, 17, 2020. More>

Gallery Events

Sooke Fine Arts – prize winners from Salt Spring Island
The Sooke Fine Arts show went online this year. Approximately 20 Salt Spring artists were accepted into the show, these three won five prizes. Mike Azzarello, Seth Berkowitz, and Josephine Fletcher. September 15 – 21, 2020 | 12-noon to 4pm

Online Events

Cas Holman
We’ve been watching this very interesting show on Netflix called Abstract. I’ve found many of them very inspiring including this one on toy designer Cas Holman. More>

 

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!.

Dear Friends,

We are really excited! On Monday, September 14, tickets for the upcoming season will go on sale by phone only (250.537.2102) for anyone who was a subscriber in 2019/20, and current members. You’ll be able to call and leave a message with your name and contact information. Please don’t call for tickets before the 14th as we are still ironing out some of the wrinkles. Rest assured that we’ll process purchases in the order they were received on or after the 14th. On Tuesday, September 22, tickets will go on sale for the general public.

Also on Tuesday, September 22, the ArtSpring Box Office will reopen for the first time since March. For health and safety reasons we are limiting the hours to Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 10am-1pm. We are encouraging our patrons to purchase their tickets online or by phone.

ArtSpring realizes that the Public Health regulations that limits audience sizes to 50 makes renting the theatre challenging for our community artists. Beginning October 1, ArtSpring is temporarily reducing the theatre rates by 75% for community rental clients to encourage performers to benefit from the use of our venue. These rates are available only to local residents who are on the stage or fundraising for local causes. We can do this thanks to the critical financial support of various government programs and our own donors in these unprecedented times.

To all of you who have renewed or purchased your membership….Thank you!!! If you’ve missed it, get your ArtSpring membership here

With all best wishes,
Cicela Månsson
Executive & Artistic Director, ArtSpring

 

ArtSpring Events

Valdy
ArtSpring is thrilled to have Valdy open the season on October 2, 3, 4, 2020.
More>

Alex Cuba
Alex Cuba’s artistry incorporates his Cuban roots and is a unique amalgam of styles. At ArtSpring October 15, 16, 17, 2020. More>

ArtSpring Presents 2020-21
It has been a wild ride and we are grateful to be back doing what we do.
Please see the complete season listing>

Pandemic Limerick Project
Buy the book and read all 78 submissions! Donate to SSI Foundation and get a copy of the book! Book available end of November.

 

Online Events

Martin Molin
It took Martin Molin 16 months to build his amazing musical sculpture.
More>

National Ballet of Canada
The National Ballet of Canada is one of the few ballet companies to possess an archive of its history. More>

 

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!.

Dear Friends,

Is it really the end of August? Where did the summer go!?! It has been a beautiful summer despite the current challenges. Most mornings I’m out deadheading the flowers and it has really made a difference. I love having dahlias and wisteria, here they are almost like weeds, in Ontario they are considered quite exotic!

On Monday, September 14, tickets for the upcoming season will go on sale by phone only (250.537.2102) for past subscribers and members. You’ll be able to call and leave a message with your name and contact information. Please don’t call for tickets before the 14th as we are still ironing out some of the wrinkles. Rest assured that we’ll process purchases in the order they were received on or after the 14th. On Tuesday, September 22, tickets will go on sale for the general public.

Also on Tuesday, September 22, the ArtSpring Box Office will reopen for the first time since March. For health and safety reasons we are limiting the hours to Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 10am-1pm. We are encouraging our patrons to purchase their tickets online or by phone.

ArtSpring realizes that the Public Health regulations that limits audience sizes to 50 makes renting the theatre challenging for our community artists. Beginning October 1, ArtSpring is temporarily reducing the theatre rates by 75% for community rental clients to encourage performers to benefit from the use of our venue. These rates are available only to local residents who are on the stage or fundraising for local causes. We can do this thanks to the critical financial support of various government programs and our own donors in these unprecedented times.

To all of you who have renewed or purchased your membership….Thank you!!!.
Get your ArtSpring membership before the end of August and receive 5% off of ArtSpring Presents tickets during the 2020-21 season.

With all best wishes,
Cicela Månsson
Executive & Artistic Director, ArtSpring

ArtSpring Events

The Pandemic Limerick Project

Sponsored by ArtSpring, Salt Spring Public Library and Salt Spring Foundation.
Judges: Diana Hayes, Chris Humphreys, Kathy Page.

The verse that came forth from pandemic
Was split between rude and polemic
The judges were torn
But consensus was born
From a process approaching alchemic.

The judges met by Zoom on August 29th and deliberated on the 78 entries to the Pandemic Limerick Project. A short list was established, based on qualities such as originality, humour, conforming to the true limerick format and overall rhythm. A youth winner was chosen, and three limericks were identified for the short-list for adult entries. Chris Humphreys read out loud the short-listed limericks in true character and voice. It was a close call as all three finalists had strong merit. The decision was then made to select the “draconic…Bubonic” limerick as the winner, with “My cousin in Vesuvius” and “…one Cariboo” as runners up. Congratulations to all limerick poets who submitted work to this worthy cause and entertaining fundraiser.

Congratulations to the two winners!
Each will receive a $50 gift certificate to Salt Spring Books.
Lis Muise
Shawn Yee

Our two runners up will each receive a gift certificate for
an ArtSpring Presents performance:
Rosamund Dupuy
Michael Oliver

Lis Muise – Adult Winner
Corona’s a virus draconic
That brings with it symptoms quite chronic
It’s hard to find bliss
Can’t hug and can’t kiss
But I’m grateful it ain’t the Bubonic

 

Michael Oliver – Runner up
My cousin who lives in Vesuvius
Made a mask not very salubrious
From her panties so teeny
Not even Houdini
Could wear them and not look lugubrious.

Shawn Yee – Youth Winner
“Retelling of the Pandemic in a Future Book”
The plight of the virus, COVID-19,
Brought on with it quite a deviant scene.
The ozone layer healed,
And wildlife was revealed,
But TP rolls on shelves could not be seen.

Rosamund Dupuy – Runner up
In the North they say “one caribou”
Is the distance between me & you.
On Salt Spring two sheep
Is the distance to keep,
(But Arvid would say that’s taboo).

 

 

Buy the book and read all 78 submissions!
Donate to SSI Foundation and get a copy of the book! Book available end of November.

ArtSpring Survey Results

Thank you so much for your feedback in our survey. It really helped us figure out how to reopen. more>

Online Events

Madame Tricot
Swiss psychiatrist Dominique Kaehler Schweizer is also a master knitter. Her alias is Madame Tricot and she uses knitting to heal.

Dogs Sleeping
I am sorry, I know this is supposed to be a high-brow arts newsletter but I laughed so hard at these images I felt I had to share them with you. more>

Pontus Jansson – rock balancer/artist
Thank you to Melodie Herbert for this inspiring video, how impossible it seems to balance stones and yet these works of art emerge.

10 pieces by living Canadian Composers
Great article from CBC on 10 living Canadian composers that you will love. Jocelyn Morlock’s Oiseaux bleus et sauvages begins the list. more>

 

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!.

Thank you to everyone who completed our first survey. Your responses were key in helping to formulate our safe re-opening plan. Please see the results of the survey below.

Based on your answers, this is how ArtSpring is responding:

 

1)  How many performances have you attended at ArtSpring in the last year?

Over 90% of respondents had attended 2+ shows in the last year.

ArtSpring response: The survey was intended to reach our patrons and find out how they were feeling.

 

2)  How important are the performing arts to you in a post-COVID-19 environment? 

78% felt arts were of high/very high importance.

ArtSpring response: We realize that there is still support and a desire in the community for performing arts during these unprecedented times.

 

3)  How worried are you about attending performances at ArtSpring because of COVID-19? 

35% had a lot/great deal of worry about attending performances, and 37% a moderate amount.

ArtSpring response: We are putting strict measures in place in order to help our audiences feel comfortable. ArtSpring is following all guidelines from the Provincial Health Officer, WorkSafeBC, and ActSafeBC.

 

4)  How often have you felt these emotions in the past week?  

Over 40% feeling stresses or anxious every once in a while.

ArtSpring response: We are putting strict measures in place in order to help our audiences feel comfortable. We realize this is a stressful time for many people.

 

5)  Are you currently experiencing financial worries or hardship that would prevent you from purchasing tickets to future live events?

86% not currently experiencing financial difficulties or hardship.

ArtSpring response: We are extremely fortunate that the cultural sector might not be as affected on Salt Spring Island as other communities, due to patron demographics. We also realize that many are suffering during the current pandemic.

 

6)  When will you feel comfortable enough to attend a performance at ArtSpring? 

48% would be comfortable attending a performance at ArtSpring depending on: public health measures/increased safety protocols

ArtSpring response: We are putting strict measures in place in order to help our audiences feel comfortable. ArtSpring is following all guidelines from the Provincial Health Officer, WorkSafeBC, and ActSafeBC. We have new safety protocols and a COVID safety plan in place.

 

7)  Would you be interested in watching performances outdoors, eg. on the ArtSpring patio, lawn, or parking lot?

64% interested in outdoor events

ArtSpring response: We have been unable to produce outdoor events this season. There has been lots of work to do both in preparing for new season – including outdoor maintenance.

 

8)  What would influence your decision to attend an event at ArtSpring? 

In order of priority for patrons:

  1.     Physically distanced seating

ArtSpring response: each performance is limited to 50 people, and a new physical distance seating map will be in place.

  1.     Physically distanced entry to theatre

ArtSpring response: lineup outside from back parking lot directly into the theatre. Entry via lobby only for patrons with mobility issues. Each party will have a unique entry point to their seating resulting in no crossover between patrons.

  1.     Increased sanitizing

ArtSpring response: sanitizer at entry points. Increased cleaning protocols before and after each show.

  1.     Mandatory masks

ArtSpring response: masks will be required whilst walking around the building (due to narrow passageways) and while entering and leaving the theatre. Masks may be removed once seated and during the performance.

  1.     Tickets refundable and cancellable

ArtSpring response: a new cancellation and refund policy will be in place.

  1.     Vaccine – n/a
  2.     No intermission

ArtSpring response: Shows will be 1 hour maximum, without intermission.

  1.     Testing/contact tracing

ArtSpring response: we take name and contact for every attendee (in advance when you book).

  1.     Limited concession service

ArtSpring response: there will be no concession at this time.

  1. Temperature checks

ArtSpring response: we will not be doing temperature checks of patrons entering the building

 

9)  What will be your primary method of purchasing tickets for performances? 

66% online and 18% phone call to buy tickets. 15% in person.

ArtSpring response: we will encourage patrons to purchase tickets online or by phone. Box office hours will be reduced to Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10am-1pm, to limit exposure for staff, volunteers, and patrons. Outside of these times the box office phone and email are checked daily.

 

10)  How comfortable do you feel about waiting in a lineup to enter the venue?

44% comfortable/very comfortable. 32% it depends on safety protocols/public health/weather.

ArtSpring response: looking at issuing timed arrival/entry to theatre. We will mark line-up places outside. There is a covered walkway from the lower parking lot.

 

11)  When we reopen, how likely are you to use the concession or bar services? 

18% likely or somewhat likely to use concession service

ArtSpring response: concession service is eliminated until further notice.

 

12)  Before our venue reopens would you be interested in watching live streamed performances from ArtSpring?

and 13)  After our venue re-opens would you want to view performances online, eg. a hybrid of limited audience in the theatre plus live streaming.

and 14)  How much would you be willing to pay to access an online performance? 

ArtSpring response: At present we don’t have the technical equipment to give a good experience that patrons would pay for.

 

15)  There are several ways that patrons like you might support ArtSpring as a result of the health crisis. 

53% likely/somewhat to pay higher ticket prices temporarily

50% likely/somewhat like to make special donation

ArtSpring response: thank you in advance for your support. We’ll be giving further information about pricing when we launch the new season. Our Annual Donor Appeal will be running in October. You can also purchase a Membership to further support ArtSpring.

 

 

 

Dear Friends,

We hoped to have more new season details for you this week, but our best laid plans at times go askew. Contracts are still pending for some artists, but what I can tell you about our season is that we will open with Valdy for three performances, October 2, 3, and 4. Hoorah! We are also looking forward to presenting Jeffrey Renn in At Your Service – The Life and Yarns of Robert Service part 1 on November 6, 7, and 8.

The challenges in putting together a season this year were significant and what we’ve come up with will be a little different. We’ve managed to include music, theatre, as well as dance – and we’ve added some elements that we hope will be helpful to artists during this time. ArtSpring is going to be assisting performing artists in their creative process by helping produce new work with the extension of the Creative/Technical Residency Program in January. This program will offer theatre space and mentorship to help artists create new work, refine existing work, and be tour ready for the 2021-22 season. We are also making the theatre more financially accessible for our community rental clients given the current limited seating capacity.

Did you purchase your yearly membership? Renew or purchase your ArtSpring membership before the end of August and receive 5% off of ArtSpring Presents tickets during the 2020-21 season.

With all best wishes,
Cicela Månsson
Executive & Artistic Director, ArtSpring

 

ArtSpring Events

The Pandemic Limerick Project

Number of submissions: 78!

Donate to SSI Foundation to receive your copy of the book! Book available end of November.

Online Events

Peggy Baker
I love how this artist speaks of the process behind her work, the connection to and influence of other disciplines.
More>

Building Boats, Changing Lives
I found this video inspiring. It shows the importance of creation and mentorship. A story from Nova Scotia. In the span of three days groups create a Bevin’s Skiff. More>

Canadian Music Centre – BC
CMC-BC presents unaccompanied, an online concert series of Canadian works written for solo instruments.
More>

Society of Canadian Artists
I was drawn to this exhibit through Don Bergland’s first place award for Agnus Dei. The 2020 online exhibition features artists from around the world. More>

 

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!.

Dear Friends,

“Be kind, be calm and be safe.” Such a wonderful reminder from Dr. Henry of what is important. I like to think it will remain with us once we get through all of this. The connections we make in the world and the kindness we show each other make for a better community. But we are all only human, sometimes even I get a little grumpy, so show yourself some kindness too.

With our Covid Safety plan in place we are looking forward to a gradual reopening. Our season opening announcement comes next week. We are so excited!

Be part of ArtSpring. Renew or purchase your ArtSpring membership before the end of August and receive 5% off of ArtSpring Presents tickets for the 2020-21 season.

With all best wishes,
Cicela Månsson
Executive & Artistic Director, ArtSpring

 

ArtSpring Events

The Pandemic Limerick Project

The Pandemic Limerick Project is now closed, and we were overwhelmed with the amazing entries. Winners announced on August 31st, 2020. The book will be back from the printer end-November. More>

Donate to SSI Foundation to receive your copy of the book!

Join the Salt Spring Library in a virtual limerick reading on Thursday August 20.

Online Events

Chris Humphreys
A recitation of the poem Ulysses by Tennyson read on the Salish Sea.

Jacob’s Pillow
The Land on Which We Dance: One-year Anniversary Celebration. More>

Watering can trombone
Rimsky-Korsakov’s orchestral interlude, Flight of the Bumblebee, is played on a watering can by Martyn Stroud.

Banff Centre Choreography Award
Choreographer Crazy Smooth has been enthusiastically selected to receive Banff Centre’s 2020 Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award. More>

 

Fundraising

Support us with the Thrifty Foods Smile Card program. If you already have a Smile Card from ArtSpring you can continue loading it up and we’ll receive 5%.

Don’t have a Smile Card from ArtSpring? Contact us – info@artspring.ca or 250.537.2102 – and we’ll happily put one in the mail for you. Please confirm which address you’d like it sent to.

Thank you for your continued support!

Dear Friends,

With our Covid Safety plan in place we are looking forward to a gradual reopening.

There are only a few days left to participate in The Pandemic Limerick Project, a collaboration with the Salt Spring Island Public Library, and Salt Spring Island Foundation. Submit your five line limerick between July 27 and August 14. Limericks will be judged by three Salt Spring authors and two prizes will be awarded. BC residents of all ages welcome.

Renew or purchase your ArtSpring membership before the end of August and receive 5% off of ArtSpring Presents tickets for the 2020-21 season. New season starts in October.

With all best wishes,
Cicela Månsson
Executive & Artistic Director, ArtSpring

 

ArtSpring Events

The Pandemic Limerick Project
Submit your limerick>

Online Events

Alanis Morissette
On July 30, Canadian artist Alanis Morissette performed “Ablaze” on The Tonight Show.

Benjamin Zander
A 20 minute TED talk. The transformative power of music and how to be a positive force in this world.

Swan Lake Bathtub Ballet
At ArtSpring we’ve seen dance in many forms but never in a bathtub!
Choreographed by Corey Baker and including dancers from the National Ballet of Canada.

Art and Engineering
Sculptures that appear to walk on their own — Strandbeest created by Theo Jansen move to the music of Khachaturian’s “Spartacus”.
More>

 

Fundraising

A grateful thank you!
We’d like to say a huge thank you to Catherine and Bill Griffiths for their recent donation. Catherine says, “I would usually set aside money to spend at Treasure Fair, and I thought we would still give the same amount to ArtSpring as there is no Treasure Fair this year. I have truly missed the magic and mayhem and look forward to it in some form next year!”

And thanks as well to Pacific Rim Storage Salt Spring for their great service with trying to find a storage solution for us. Treasure Fair donation collections start again in Feb/Mar 2021.

Support us with the Thrifty Foods Smile Card program. If you already have a Smile Card from ArtSpring you can continue loading it up and we’ll receive 5%.

Don’t have a Smile Card from ArtSpring? Contact us – info@artspring.ca or 250.537.2102 – and we’ll happily put one in the mail for you. Please confirm which address you’d like it sent to.

Thank you for your continued support!

Dear Friends,

With our Covid Safety plan in place we are looking forward to a gradual reopening.

Write a limerick to participate in The Pandemic Limerick Project, a collaboration with the Salt Spring Island Public Library, and Salt Spring Island Foundation. Submit your five line limerick between July 27 and August 14. Limericks will be judged by three Salt Spring authors and two prizes will be awarded. BC residents and all ages welcome.

Renew or purchase your ArtSpring membership before the end of August and receive 5% off of ArtSpring Presents tickets for the 2020-21 season. New season starts in October.

With all best wishes,
Cicela Månsson
Executive & Artistic Director, ArtSpring

 

ArtSpring Events

The Pandemic Limerick Project
Submit your limerick>

Salt Spring Painters Guild
Annual Summer Show and Sale. More>

Maritime Day, by Peter Eyles

 

Online Events

Vetta Chamber Music
Vetta wanted to provide all ticket holders…more>

Vetta suggested the video below, Benjamin Zander coaching a cellist playing Bach.

Kai Gleusteen and Catherine Ordronneau
“Estrellita”, by Manuel Ponce.

Kai and Catherine, regulars at ArtSpring, have a little fun during their self-isolation in Spain.

Sooke Fine Arts Show

There are at least 20 Salt Spring artists among the 232 artists selected for the Sooke Fine Arts Show. Three Salt Spring artists received awards, congratulations to Mike Azarello, Seth Berkowitz, and Josephine Fletcher.
Silk screen demo below from exhibitor Andrea Fritz.

See the show online>

 

Fundraising

Support us with the Thrifty Foods Smile Card program. If you already have a Smile Card from ArtSpring you can continue loading it up and we’ll receive 5%.

Don’t have a Smile Card from ArtSpring? Contact us – info@artspring.ca or 250.537.2102 – and we’ll happily put one in the mail for you. Please confirm which address you’d like it sent to.

Thank you for your continued support!

Dear Friends,

With our Covid Safety plan in place we are looking forward to a gradual reopening.

Today we launch The Pandemic Limerick Project in collaboration with the Salt Spring Island Public Library, and Salt Spring Island Foundation. Submit your five line limerick between July 27 and August 14. Limericks will be judged by three Salt Spring authors and two prizes will be awarded. BC residents and all ages welcome.

Below you’ll find an encore performance. Last October ArtSpring had the honour to present the Montreal Guitar Trio and the California Guitar Trio. If you were lucky enough to be in the audience you would have been treated to their version of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. With the recent passing of composer Ennio Morricone it is a good time revisit their performance.

With all best wishes,
Cicela Månsson
Executive & Artistic Director, ArtSpring

ArtSpring Events

The Pandemic Limerick Project
Submit your limerick>

Salt Spring Painters Guild
Annual Summer Show and Sale. More>

Maritime Day, by Peter Eyles

Online Events

Eric Whitacre’s “Sing Gently”

17,572 singers from 129 countries come together to perform.

Montreal Guitar Trio and California Guitar Trio

“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, by Ennio Morricone.

All Bodies Dance Project – See & Be Seen

Brings together artists with and without disabilities to explore the endless creative possibilities in difference. More>

Fundraising

Support us with the Thrifty Foods Smile Card program. If you already have a Smile Card from ArtSpring you can continue loading it up and we’ll receive 5%.

Don’t have a Smile Card from ArtSpring? Contact us – info@artspring.ca or 250.537.2102 – and we’ll happily put one in the mail for you. Please confirm which address you’d like it sent to.

Thank you for your continued support!

Dear Friends,

With our Covid Safety plan in place we are looking forward to a gradual reopening.

On July 27 the Painters’ Guild exhibit begins, daily from 11am-3pm. Please enter from the back of the building directly into the gallery. Covid safety protocols will be in place.

Next week we launch The Pandemic Limerick Project in collaboration with the Salt Spring Island Public Library, and Salt Spring Island Foundation. Submit your five line limerick between July 27 and August 14. Limericks will be judged by three Salt Spring authors and two prizes will be awarded. BC residents and all ages welcome.

Artcraft is open daily 11am-4pm at Mahon Hall. Congrats to the Salt Spring Arts Council for continuing with this long running project despite current challenges.

With all best wishes,
Cicela Månsson
Executive & Artistic Director, ArtSpring

Events online

Phoenix Choir – For the Longest Time
(The Quarantine Edition)

Festivals for Compassion
Festivals around Europe express…full article>
list of participants>

Rachael Beale | Singing Together, Apart
London Review of Books – 25 June 2020

After a performance of Bach’s St John Passion in the Concertgebouw on 8 March, 102 of the 130-strong Amsterdam Gemengd…more>

Fundraising

Support us with the Thrifty Foods Smile Card program. If you already have a Smile Card from ArtSpring you can continue loading it up and we’ll receive 5%.

Don’t have a Smile Card from ArtSpring? Contact us – info@artspring.ca or 250.537.2102 – and we’ll happily put one in the mail for you. Please confirm which address you’d like it sent to.

Thank you for your continued support!