June 08 – September 16, 2018
open daily 10am-5pm
114 Rainbow Rd,
Salt Spring Island, BC
Artcraft celebrates 50 years of showcasing the very best in Southern Gulf Islands arts and crafts with a gala opening on Friday June 8th. The opening night party will honour some of the people who helped start the show back in 1968, and others who have helped shape it, over the years, into the success it is now. Names like “Nita Brown”, “Ilse Leader”, and “Mark Meredith” still come up reverentially in conversations about Artcraft and the arts on Salt Spring. The arts and crafts guilds have been associated with the show at Mahon Hall since the 1970s and their involvement is being recognised with the first Showcase of the summer, opening that same night and running until July 4th. It features new and wonderful work by the Potters, Jewellers, Painters, Weavers and Basketmakers guilds. In some ways it will be a smaller, more condensed and more dramatic Artcraft on the stage. The Guilds were all encouraged to produce exciting new works, to show off the incredible talent that calls these islands home. One of the most common things that staff at Artcraft hear is amazement at the incredible quality and diversity of work by so many talented people. The Showcase should shine a spotlight on exactly that.
June 8th will also see the opening of a new series of outdoor installations “Art on the Hall” with mural paintings and sculptures by Melanie Thompson, Cam Novak and Talia Peckel bringing a new and vibrant buzz to the outside of Mahon Hall. Also celebrated that night and installed on other parts of the building are a series of murals created by students in a recent workshop.
All this compliments the core of what has made Artcraft such a sought after destination for so long- the work of 100 local artists and craftspeople, under one roof in a relaxed and stylish setting housed inside historic Mahon Hall, home to the Salt Spring Arts Council. For 2018 there are a number of new and younger artists showing their work, mixed in with some of the old favourites; bringing new twists to quilting, exciting and recycled jewellery, a huge range of artist’s cards and new and wonderful painting and 2 dimensional artwork. All of this bodes well for the future of Artcraft and another exciting evolvement for BC’s longest running fine arts and craft show.
Artcraft is open daily from 10-5 seven days a week from June 8th to September 16th. The opening celebration is on June 8th from 6-9pm at Mahon Hall in Ganges.
Read more about the History of Artcraft in this piece by Suzanne Pendergast
Enjoy the very best art and craft created by artists and artisans of the Southern Gulf Islands in this Arts Council-run gallery and gift shop. Open from 10am to 5pm daily from June through September, ArtCraft offers a wide selection of exquisite works ranging from paintings, wood-turned bowls, felted wool and silk scarves, ceramics, baskets, jewellery, soaps and greeting cards.
With more than 100 exceptional local artists featured in this annual, juried display of contemporary art and crafts, ArtCraft is British Columbia’s largest and longest running exhibit of its kind. Open from June through September, ArtCraft has been operating for more than 40 years in Salt Spring Island’s historic Mahon Hall on Rainbow Road.
Proceeds from ArtCraft are used by the Arts Council to support and foster the arts on Salt Spring Island. Whether you’re a visitor or resident, be sure to visit ArtCraft and take home a unique island treasure.
Mahon Hall, the home of Artcraft, is directly opposite Ganges Marina on the corner of Fulford-Ganges and Rainbow roads, in downtown Ganges.
Access to the parking area is off Rainbow Rd where there is ample parking, even on Saturdays! The hall is a short, three minute walk from the Saturday market, and provides a calm, attractive environment, complete with a coffee stand and washrooms, in which to explore the work of over 100 Gulf Island artists.
The hall was built in 1902 as the Island’s agricultural hall at a time when Salt Spring was a thriving centre of market gardening. In 1904 it was re-named “Mahon Hall” in honour of Ross Mahon who had loaned $1000 to the construction and who’s family had forgiven the debt following his death in 1903.
Mahon Hall has served as a true community hall ever since; seeing time as a school gym and assembly hall, the home of numerous school and community theatre productions; a Halloween haunted house; meeting hall and venue for concerts, dances and shows of all kinds.
The Salt Spring Arts Council currently holds the lease using it to promote the arts in all its forms, whilst taking on the weighty responsibility of maintaining this wonderful, old building.
We are delighted to report that we have new LED lighting throughout the hall this summer, creating a very clean and bright feel to the exhibition. This was supported by the Government of Canada through Western Economic Diversification Canada.
Visual artists and artisans residing in the Southern Gulf Islands are eligible to participate in ArtCraft.
Applications are taken in the Spring for the same calendar year. To find out more about the ArtCraft application process, download the documents below. Please note that in 2018 all wood, metal, baskets, glass and sculpture, and miscellaneous work (toys, books, cds…) as well as anyone not previously successfully juried within the last 5 years.
Application and information forms for Artcraft 2018, Our 50th anniversary, are now available