ArtSpring. For those who know and love it, there’s no need for introductions or reminders of its value. For the uninitiated, the arts and cultural soul of Salt Spring Island was officially opened by Robert Bateman in April 1999 and has been provoking creativity and inspiration ever since. The beautiful building boasts a theatre and exhibition rooms that allow everyone from school children to budding and accomplished artists to meet, develop, and showcase their work. This facility hosts roughly 300 events from far and wide each year and approximately 75% of those are community created and presented. You won’t see higher calibre entertainment at a more affordable price anywhere.
This fine cultural hub needs you. Let’s break it down: ticket sales comprise less than 40% of the revenue required to operate the theatre. Fundraisers make up the difference, and the annual Treasure Fair is hugely important. Businesses and individuals donate an exciting array of items and experiences. Then it’s all up for bidding during the 3-day event in July.
Here’s where you come in. Every year dozens of hard-working volunteers rally to make Treasure Fair the huge success and community-builder that it is. You can become part of the action! We have jobs for every personality and schedule. Tasks are diverse: make phone calls, pick up items, monitor the silent auction, and more. You would be welcomed and supported by the veteran volunteers who are already underway.
Susan Eide, Wendy Herbert, Candace Brochmann, and Carole Eyles are a few of the legion of outstanding people who lend their time and efforts to this event. And they’ve done so for many years. Their reasons for coming back each year are numerous, but mostly they appreciate the comradery and the fun. They’re also involved with ArtSpring through community theatre or as patrons and realize the value of the space. Carole Eyles is a member of ArtSpring’s board and knows first-hand the importance of Treasure Fair to ArtSpring.
If you’re keen to meet new people and contribute to your community, we would love to have you on our team. Please call Charlotte at 250-537-2125 for more information. Treasure Fair happens July 18, 19, and 20.