Cohen Call: Performance Poets & Musicians

As part of the 11th Annual Easter Art Show, we are putting together a Tribute to Leonard Cohen’s Body of Work. We are seeking musicians and poets for April 22 at Mahon Hall.

Singer-songwriters-musicians, performance poets, and musicians: help us celebrate Leonard Cohen’s life and art!


  • Sets 10 minutes each, roughly 8 sets in all
  • Event is part of Easter Art Show, with the theme “body of work”
  • Alternating sets of song and poetry, with each set including both originals and some Cohen work
  • We’ll prepare lyrics for projection so everyone can sing along with the Cohen songs
  • Each singer-songwriter or group, please pick one or two Cohen songs you’d like to sing (see list of suggestions below) along with your own originals
  • Each poet, please pick a Leonard Cohen poem to perform along with our own originals, or select your own works in theme with ‘Body of Work’
  • To close, all performers welcome back on the stage to group lead a singalong of Hallelujah (of course!)
  • Also welcome, singers and musicians who want to help lead a singalong, back up other musicians, or….

If you’d like to participate, please contact Nedjo Rogers, or (250) 537-4949 (no calls earlier than 9am or later than 9pm please).

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Artcraft 2017

Registration is Now Open for Artcraft 2017.

Artcraft is accepting new and returning participants for the 2017 season.

Information for applicants is available here.

We are now able to accept online Registration Forms and Payments.


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In House Proposals

We are now accepting online proposal submission for “In House” workshops. Deadline for submissions for 2018 workshops is September 15th, 2017.

“In House” workshops take place at Mahon Hall in Jan/Feb/March and are focused on but not exclusive to Youth ages 5 and up. Anyone may submit a proposal for a one time or series of workshops. All administration and registration for “In House” workshops is done by WOR and the SSAC.

Apply Online Here.

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Artcraft 2017 registration open.

Registration and applications to the jury for Artcraft 2017 are now being taken. This year anyone new to Artcraft and all two dimensional work (painting, photography etc) and Household items (candles, soap, beauty, food etc) will need to be juried. The deadline to be a part of Artcraft 2017 is early in May

Artcraft information 2017 final

Artcraft Registration 2017 final

intro to Artcraft jury 2017 final

Artcraft Jury Application 2017 final

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Easter Art Show Call

This year’s Easter Art Show is themed ‘Body of Work.’ Mahon Hall will host our annual curated exhibit, featuring 20 – 25 artists whose work explores portraiture and the figure.

Some changes this year: You might have noticed we have dropped the ‘Tour’ from the title. In response to your feedback, we will not be promoting a studio/ gallery tour this year. However, we will be programming additional events featuring more art forms: film, dance, etc. And, we will be promoting arts events in the community that fit within the ‘Body of Work’ theme. This is where you come in:

Do you have an event taking place between April 14 – 23: an opening, literary, theatre or dance performance, screening, or workshop, that relates to our theme, ‘Body of Work’? We are looking for:
1. Concurrent community events in arts + culture to promote as part of the Easter Art Show roster.
2. Events that would be suitable to host in Mahon Hall during the exhibition.
3. Artists wishing to submit visual artwork for consideration for the Mahon Hall exhibit. Email:

For more information, or to submit at event, contact Yael by email or phone (250.537.0899).

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Interviewing Local Artisans + Craftspeople

SSAC Artist-in-Residence (2017) Fraser McCallum is interested in speaking with local craftspeople and artisans about their involvement in the local economies of Salt Spring Island and the Southern Gulf Islands. Fraser is making a video artwork about the craft and artisan exchange economies in the community, and would like to hear from residents on their insights and experience of the unique local traditions of craft.

How do you subsist by trading or bartering with other residents?  What does your local network of people who you sell to and/or buy from look like?  How does the local history and tradition of craft shape the community? Fraser is seeking local SSI and Southern Gulf Island artisans and crafts people to interview.

If you are interested in participating and sharing your experiences, please contact the Artists in Residence (AiR) Committee for more information. Email:


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Clay-Book Characters Sculptures & Vases-10-15yrs

Register Now

Instructor TracyHarrison

Clay – Book Character Sculptures & Vases for ages 10-15yrs

Do you have a favourite character you have read about in a book that you would like to see come alive in 3 dimension art? We will be creating clay sculptures of our favourite characters and making Vessels – vases of various shapes and sizes in which we carve out the characters. You will learn basic and advanced techniques while transforming clay blocks and slabs into masterpieces. Each sessions is 2.5 hours to give plenty of time for focused clay fun! Your final work will be displayed in the Easter Art Tour at Mahon Hall.

Friday &  Saturday, March 3 & 4 from 10 – 12:30pm. Glazing Friday March 24 10-12:00pm

Early Bird $130 includes all materials, glaze and firing. After Jan. 6 $143.

Minimum students 6 – Maximum students 15

Tracy Harrison

Tracy Harrison is a Multimedia Artist, Arts Educator and Registered Art Therapist. She has been facilitating art workshops, camps, classes and experiences high on the FUN FACTOR for children, teens and adults for over 30 years. Friday & Saturday March 10 & 11 from 10-12:30pm @ Mahon Hall

Ages 10 – 15

Early Bird $130 includes all materials. After Jan. 6 $143

Please Register Online or contact us at

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SSNAP 2017 Call for Submissions

The Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) Announces

The 2017 Call For Artist Submissions Offering $30,000 Worth Of Awards 

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SSNAP Submissions


 The Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) is pleased to launch its second national juried competition of Canadian visual art. The intent of SSNAP is to encourage artists whose practice demonstrates originality, quality, integrity and creativity—resulting in significant work with visual impact and depth of meaning. Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada who are eighteen years of age and older as of January 1, 2016 are invited to submit their two-dimensional and three-dimensional work for consideration. Approximately 50 finalists will be chosen by an independent jury from across Canada. All artists’ submissions will be anonymous to the jury.

SSNAP Awards Totaling $30,000:


          $17,000 ($12,000 and a $5,000 Salt Spring Island artist residency)


          Three awards of $2,000 selected by each juror


          Three awards determined by a vote of visitors to the exhibition; 

          1st prize  – $3,000  I  2nd prize – $2,000  I  3rd prize  – $1,000



Calendar of Events:

The call for artist submissions opens January 12, 2017 and closes May 31, 2017

The list of finalists will be announced by July 15th

Original works will be exhibited and presented for sale at the Finalist Exhibition at […]

2017-02-07T11:52:10+00:00 Categories: Calls for Artists, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dialogue with Sandra Semchuk

Sandra Semchuk speaks on Resilience and Conciliation

Sunday, Nov. 27 at 7pm

Mahon Hall.

Attendance is free (donations greatly appreciated).
Sandra has, I believe, a great deal to say to us about the social context of contemporary art. But then I’m biased. As one of her graduate students at Emily Carr University, I learned a great deal from her in terms of the formal aspects of art, methodology, context, structure etc., but I learned far more about personal investment, about the personal costs involved in pursuing art and the social impact and relevance that our art can have. CAN have. All too often we tend to see art as backdrop, as pretty pictures on the wall and not – as I think we should – as an integral part of who we are and what we do in this life, as individuals and, collectively, as societies. It is a sense of this investment, this dedication to ideas, ideals and our fellow beings that Sandra brings to her art and to her interaction with those around her. It is this sense of the importance of art in our lives that I want her to share with us this Sunday. Sandra is the only person I know personally with her own Wikipedia entry.

– Greg Klassen, SSAC Director

Biography – Sandra Semchuk
Sandra was born in 1948 in Saskatchewan. She has a BFA from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters in Photography from the University of New Mexico. She has deep ties with the Ukrainian community as seen in her recent work. Sandra was awarded a grant from 2008-2015 from the Canada First World War Internment Fund to complete her book on Ukrainian’s in Canada “The […]

2016-11-29T10:41:57+00:00 Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Poetry & Art Call for Submissions

Submission deadline: Dec. 1, 2016

Poems from the Open Mic –  The chapbook project aims to celebrate and encourage participation in the Salt Spring Poetry Open Mic, while also showcasing Salt Spring visual artists.

Any funds raised through sales of the chapbook will go to support the Salt Spring Poetry Open Mic, including providing honoraria for visiting poets.

The initiative was inspired by the 2013 book Poems from Planet Earth, which published work by those who have read at the Planet Earth Poetry event in Victoria.

To be eligible to submit, poets must have read at least once at the Open Mic, either as open mic performers or as featured poets. Contributors can submit up to two original poems, with a maximum of one poem to be accepted per contributor.

Visual art for the cover will be in colour, with interior pieces reproduced in black and white.

All contributors whose submissions are accepted will receive one copy of the published chapbook.

The project is possible thanks to a grant from the Salt Spring Arts Council. The Salt Spring Island Public Library, which sponsors the Open Mic, is also chipping in funds and logistical support.

For more details and to submit, email—or come on down to one of the Open Mic events.

Poem Eligibility:
Poetry open mic performers and featured poets.

Submit: Up to two original poems, maximum 24 lines per poem. One poem per contributor may be accepted.

Visual art:
Cover- colour, interior- black and white

Submit by email:

Details: chapbook/

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