Featured Artist: Álvaro Sánchez

We return to our regular Featured Artist scheduling with none other than Álvaro Sánchez!

Álvaro Sánchez was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he studied design, music and architecture.
Since leaving Argentina, he has lived in almost every country in Latin America. In 1990, Álvaro established a residence on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.

As a self-taught silversmith Álvaro has gathered influences, techniques and inspiration from the ancient and contemporary art of the many cultures he has been immersed in.
His artistic style has an urban Latin flavour.

Using precious metals and natural gems, Álvaro creates fine jewellery that is durable and very comfortable to wear. Álvaro’s passion for music has also remained untouched, and he sells his recordings alongside his silver work.

This is part of a series of featured artists exhibiting at Artcraft this summer. Visit the artist’s website at alvarosanchezjewellery.ca, or contact them through the Arts Council here.

2017-08-10T16:46:08+00:00 Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

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.

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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.
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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

The Stillness of Life: Jeannette Sirois

Jeannette Sirois


Exploring the dichotomies between the speed of our lives and the stillness of the mundane.

Using iconic still life images of oversized botanicals, this series of works attempts to examine the deep-seated rift between the speed of our lives, and the stillness of nature as seen in still life illustrations. Plants drawn in detail, and on a grand scale, are used to challenge and ask the viewer to consider how the speed of our lives compares or contrasts to the stillness of nature as depicted in these images.  The two, seem diametrically opposed.  One, our lives, seem filled all the time and non-stop.  The speed in which visual, auditory and sensory information comes to us seems to fill our days, rarely allowing us to just be still.  On the other hand, these simple plants, represents what we are missing and what many of us have lost. Like these plants, our ability to slow down, breathe the air, absorb the sun on our fleshy skin, nourish our bodies, and be in this moment is the base to our existence, health and growth.  Stillness seems to be fleeting for us, or even unattainable, yet there it is before us.  Through this series of images, I hope to bring to the viewer, an opportunity to dialogue on who we are within this world, take opportunities to slow down, live this moment, see the world from a different perspective and take the time to be still.

There will be an opening […]

2017-08-12T10:39:22+00:00 Categories: 2017, Showcase Exhibitions|0 Comments

Homage to Mu Ch’i: Michael Wall

Michael Wall

August 4th to August 23rd


Whilst an art student in 1970’s England, Michael Wall came across a pen and ink drawing by Mu Ch’i, a 13th century Chinese monk. “Six Persimmons” is widely acknowledged as being one of the greatest calligraphic paintings ever produced, and the image has fascinated and inspired Wall ever since.

Over the years he has made several works in different media that reflect the composition and cadence of the original, but it is to photography that he keeps returning as he feels there are great parallels between the processes of Eastern Calligraphic painting and digital photography. In both disciplines there is a meditative precondition followed by a rapid execution.  Wall is particularly drawn to the period of contemplation before he captures a photograph and is acutely aware of how much this dictates the subsequent execution. This characteristic is common with Zen painting where the emphasis is on meditative power and the spiritual depth of each work, with the paintings often being used to aid meditation.

The photographs in the exhibition are largely black and white studies of six locally grown persimmons, with Wall manipulating the depth of field in some photographs and exploring effects made by moving the camera during longer exposure times. Hints of colour, unusual textures, and adventurous compositions appear from out of his contemplation, making for a series of unique and personal responses to the original painting. It is a visually strong and intoxicating collection; inviting the viewer to join in the contemplation.

Wall says that over time and in creating this exhibition his relationship with  “Six Persimmons” has altered, although he is not yet sure in exactly what way. That will, in […]

2017-07-27T12:18:14+00:00 Categories: 2017, Showcase Exhibitions|0 Comments

Featured Artist: Dana Pennington

Discerning beach goers know that one of the finest ways to beat the summer sun is a good hat. They will find a friend in Dana Pennington, then, who’s designs match elegance to practicality–never has not being cooked by the sun looked so fun.

Dana’s company, DCP Designs, is comfortably balanced between Salt Spring’s coastal flavour, and an international sense of style. Dana’s states of her own work: “As an evolving collection from the west coast, we at DCP Designs envision a line of smartly casual hats, totes, and dress designed for the sensually sophisticated. We are committed to creating a quality product based upon artistry , innovative design, and timeless, subtle styling.”

Maintain a sunny outlook with DCP Designs, either by dropping into ArtCraft at Mahon Hall, or visiting one of the links below.

This is part of a series of featured artists exhibiting at Artcraft this summer. Visit the artist’s website at www.dcpdesigns.com, or contact them through the Arts Council here.

2017-07-20T11:06:38+00:00 Categories: Uncategorized|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
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Featured Artist: Liam Johnson


Liam Johnson creates incredible handmade cribbage boards out of found materials.

Liam’s boards are made from driftwood, right off the beaches of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Each board is completely unique and is made out of a variety of different types of wood. The boards come with carved pegs. Some Boards made with custom leather cases.

Johnson blends leatherworking, woodworking, and a game maker’s eye for functionality in all of his pieces.


This is part of a series of featured artists exhibiting at Artcraft this summer. Visit the artist’s facebook at facebook.com/Gulfislandcribbage or contact him through the Arts Council here.

2017-07-20T10:31:45+00:00 Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments