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Artists from the Fringe Silent Auction

Sunday, August 13th, 2-4pm
SS United Church

Artists From the Fringe is a group of over 30 artists who attend the volunteer run program called ArtJam, sponsored by SSAC. The program provides a safe, welcoming space for members of our marginalized community, where they can be defined as creators and artists, rather than by the challenges they regularly face. By celebrating their unique creative accomplishments and reinforcing the value of their work through public exhibitions, we promote positive self-identities and help build self-esteem.  Obtaining support from various community organizations has provided the ability to build bridges between our members and the rest of the community. This is our first Silent Art Auction and the proceeds will go to the artists and to the ArtJam program.

2017-08-10T15:50:27+00:00 Categories: Community Initiatives|0 Comments

Volunteer for SSNAP

SSNAP Call for Volunteers

Now in its second year, the biennial Salt Spring National Art Prize will be presenting exhibitions and events from September 22 to October 22, 2017.
SSNAP is looking for volunteers with an interest in the arts to help at events and behind the scenes. If you’d like to be a part of this fun month of art and creativity, please complete this brief Volunteer Application Form.
From the 2160 submissions received from across the country, the SSNAP Finalist Exhibition at Mahon Hall will show the work of 50 outstanding Canadian artists. Other exciting events include a Parallel Art Show of Salt Spring artists at ArtSpring, opening and closing gala events, artist talks, childrens’ art workshops, and the Creative Mind panel discussion.
2017-08-10T15:14:00+00:00 Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dialogue with the Arts: Yuri Arajs

The next Dialogue with the Arts Speaker is:
Yuri Arajs – Artistic Director of Vancouver’s “Kickstart – Disability Arts and Culture”
Website: www.kickstartdisability.ca

Yuri will be talking about the Kickstart Philosophy and the challenges facing those of us who are professional artists and identify as persons of disability.

His talk will be held in the gallery space of ArtSpring
On Saturday August 12 from 7 to 9 PM
The talk takes place at the Artspring Gallery during the “Salt Spring Stories” exhibition.
2017-08-10T15:10:53+00:00 Categories: Community Initiatives|0 Comments

SSNAP 2017 Finalists Announced

50 Works Selected

Fifty artists from across Canada have been selected as finalists for the Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP), one of Canada’s largest national visual arts competitions. Finalists are eligible to win one of eight awards totalling $30,000 and take home the prestigious Salt Spring Prize (Joan McConnell Award) of $17,000 as chosen by an independent jury. Artists nineteen years and older from across Canada were invited to submit two-dimensional and three-dimensional works in any medium showing visual impact and depth of meaning. All artist submissions were anonymous to the jury.

The jury is comprised of: David Garneau, associate professor of visual arts at the University of Regina; Denis Longchamps, artistic director and chief curator of the Art Gallery of Burlington; and Naomi Potter, the director/ curator of the Esker Foundation of Calgary.

Here is the list of finalists as chosen by the prestigious jury:

Eastern Canada Western Canada Western Canada
Quebec Manitoba British Columbia
Carole Pilon, Longueuil, PQ Patrick Treacy, Winnipeg, MB Gillian Richards, Vancouver, BC
Jamie Bradbury, Montreal, PQ Teresa Burrows, Thompson, MB Alison Shields, Vancouver, BC
Eric Nado, Montreal, PQ Saskatchewan Brad Turner, Vancouver, BC
Corri-Lynn Tetz, Montreal, PQ Nicole Paul, Prince Albert, SK Mena Martini, West Vancouver, BC
Catherine De Abreu, Laval, PQ Alberta Mia Daniels, Whistler, BC
Central Canada Judy Anderson, Calgary, AB Fae Logie, Bowen Island, BC
Ontario Tia Halliday, Calgary, AB Joanna Rogers, Pender Island, BC
Catherine Beaudette, Toronto, ON Alexis Kondra, Calgary, AB Janet Dwyer, Salt Spring Island, BC
David Brandy, Toronto, ON British Columbia Sibéal Foyle, Salt Spring Island, BC
Susan Collett, Toronto, ON Lou Lynn, Winlaw, BC John David James, Salt Spring Island, BC
Meghan Price, Toronto, ON John Hall, West Kelowna, BC
2017-07-20T09:44:46+00:00 Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Workshops on the Rock Coordinator: Jane MacKenzie

Jane MacKenzie has co-ordianted ‘Workshops on the Rock’ for the past five years, and first began her involvement with the SSAC as an ‘Artist in the Classroom’ instructor.

Jane is passionate about connecting young people to the world of art, inspiring them to be fearless creators and interpreters of art on their own terms. She is committed to creating and offering opportunities for youth that nurture their own artist within. Jane created Art Happens!, summer art camps for youth which she offered for 4 years on Salt Spring Island. Through her camps, students participated in the Inside Out Project, a large scale photography-graffiti project, and The Sketchbook Project where students filled sketchbooks that travelled around the continent. She also introduced her students to silk-screeing, found object sculpture, explorations in wood & sculpture, drawing, painting & collage.

Jane is a graduate of Emily Carr University in Printmaking & Photography and has studied weaving  in England and India. She exhibits her own textile/installation based art work.

2017-06-14T10:25:51+00:00 Categories: Art Camp 2017, SSAC Staff|0 Comments

Camp Assistant: Charlie Beaver

SSAC is very pleased to welcome Charlie Beaver as our Summer Student in 2017. As our Program & Outreach Assistant, when he’s not assisting with Summer Art Camps, Charlie is on the floor of Artcraft and helping the Arts Council with community outreach.

Charlie has spent most of his life in the southern Gulf Islands, and is a GISPA graduate with a passion for theatre. In January, he will be studying Theatre Production at Studio 58. Charlie has experience in retail, working at a children’s camp, and is an avid designer. Apart from working at Mahon Hall this summer, he will be performing in ExitStageLeft’s production of ‘As You Like It’.

2017-06-13T14:12:37+00:00 Categories: Art Camp 2017|0 Comments

Summer Camp Instructor: Cam Novak

Camp Instructor: Cameron Novak

Workshops on the Rock is pleased to introduce our Summer Art Camp Instructor – Cameron Novak – for Amazing Abstraction and Modern Art Mania happening July 24-28 and July 31-Aug 4th in our new ArtSpark Tent adjacent to Mahon Hall.

Cameron is an experienced art instructor for kids and youth, having taught at 4Cats, lead mural painting projects. He speaks both French and English and is planning a future in Art Therapy. Cameron has spent several summers on Salt Spring Island and will come to us in July fresh from the Bass Coast Music Festival in Merritt where he will be live painting a 8×20 ft. mural.

“My creative process and art making has always been a powerful tool for me to connect with my emotions… My art helps me understand and feel into the magic that I believe, see and feel everyday. It’s a way for me to purge and in turn transform uncomfortable or inexplicable sensation into something fun and/or beautiful.”

For Cameron, art “is a safe space for me to feel strong, free and accepted for who I am. I believe that creating art is one of the healthiest ways to manage and understand emotions and I’m passionate about sharing the tools I’ve used to self heal to encourage more self-empowerment and in turn a healthier community.”

Camps have limited spaces, to register and pay online go to http://ssartscouncil.com/summer-art-camps/

Or contact Jane @ 250-538-8447  or at   wor@ssartscouncil.com


Call for Curatorial Proposals: Easter Art Show 2018

Deadline for 2018 Submissions: Friday, September 15, 2017

Call for Curators EAS18 – PDF


Since 2007, the Salt Spring Arts Council has presented the Easter Art Show (formerly Tour). Each year Mahon Hall has a curated anchor exhibit of fine arts (photography, painting, sculpture) by artists from the Southern Gulf Islands (School District 64 boundaries). Past exhibits have included single artist surveys, duos, group and themed shows.

During the 10-day event Mahon Hall also hosts a variety of public events showcasing the fine and performing arts. Events include performances, artist talks, films, works by youth, and workshops. All the events are complimentary to the theme or parameters of each year’s exhibition. The Easter Art Show Committee oversees the planning and production of each year’s event, with specific components of the 10-day event directed by members of our artistic community.

The Easter Art Show seeks to:

  • Promote artists and the arts in our community;
  • Create opportunities for the public to explore the work of, and engage with, local artists;
  • Support the development of curatorial expertise in our community;
  • Ignite integration and collaboration amongst artistic disciplines.



The Salt Spring Arts Council is inviting members of the community to submit proposals for the 2018 Easter Art Show. The invited curator will work with the EAS Committee to direct all aspects of the 2018 fine arts exhibit.

(Please note the deadline for Easter Art Show, 2019 will be in March of 2018, but we are happy to review applications at any time from September 15 onwards.)

Modest Honorarium commensurate with experience and proposal: $1000-$2000.

The selected Curator is responsible for the artistic direction of a 10-day fine arts exhibit in Mahon Hall, March 30 – April 8, 2018. The exhibit must feature local visual […]

2017-06-12T13:50:34+00:00 Categories: Calls for Artists|0 Comments

“Mrs Williams: Homage to a Homemaker”

Melanie Thompson and Judith Barnett bring “Mrs Williams: Homage to a Homemaker” to the Stage at Artcraft

The exhibit runs from June 9th to July 5th at Mahon Hall, and is sponsored by Windsor Plywood.

Artists Talk: Sunday, June 18, 2pm


“Mrs Williams: Homage to a Homemaker” is the work of Melanie Thompson and Judith Barnett and has been in progress for the last two years. The idea came from an old wooden recipe box given to Barnett by her elderly neighbor, Mrs Williams. Inside the box was a collection of recipes, beautifully scripted in pen and ink, which, for Thompson and Barnett, symbolised the work of a lifetime homemaker. The box engendered memories of her own childhood for Thompson; her mother having a similar recipe box and being a homemaker, spending hours of each day in the kitchen, cooking, sewing, repairing, and being resourceful.

Thompson and Barnett have always appreciated and practiced these arts themselves, and believe that “women’s work” is to be celebrated and appreciated as the backbone of society.

To bring this to life they are creating a truly unique version of a kitchen from the 1950’s:  Dresses, aprons, mixing bowls and handmade books, vie for space with washing lines, an ironing board, shelving units and furniture, with repurposed materials being used throughout. Collage and painting line the walls referencing the world, skill, creativity, determination and resourcefulness of women at their work.
Acknowledging that the homemaker arts are now as important as ever, and that “ a woman’s work is never done” they have incorporated contemporary and unconventional materials in their creations, adding surprise and innovation to the feel of the installation.

An interactive aspect of the show will be a recipe box, like […]

2017-06-07T09:45:18+00:00 Categories: 2017|0 Comments