Wintercraft hosts the best arts and crafts from Salt Spring and the Gulf Islands, with around 90 artists represented in Mahon hall between the last weekend in November and December 22nd each year.
The idea of gifting a beautiful, local and unique, handcrafted creation is a time honoured tradition in the gulf Islands, and at Wintercraft there is truly something special for everyone.
Pottery, jewellery, fine weaving and textiles, artisan soaps, painting, woodwork and much more fill historic Mahon hall with a sense of wonder and delight. The hall is open 10-5 daily and is decorated for the season. All are welcome to come in, out of the cold and enjoy the fine work on display.
Mahon Hall is the historic hall that Artcraft takes place in, and that the Salt Spring Arts Council operates out of. The building was erected 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.
Visual artists and artisans residing in the Southern Gulf Islands are eligible to participate in WinterCraft. Applications are taken in the Fall for the same calendar year.
To find out more about how the application process works, view previous WinterCraft application documents via the link below: