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Featured Artisan: Salt Spring Vinegar

This week we taste some of the yummy artisan work the island has to offer, with Salt Spring Island Artisan Vinegar!

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The delicious vinegar comes courtesy of Bree Eagle, an islander raised growing fruits and vegetables on her parents’ farm. Bree mastered fermenting vinegar during her years of learning how to preserve the abundance around her. Now, Bree creates concoctions from her own fruit and the finest local produce she can find.

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What gives Bree’s vinegar it’s special edge is the fact that each batch is fermented from the fruit that flavours it. Many other vinegar producers flavour generic vinegar for their products after fermentation. Here, the fresh, local-or-BC-grown fruit is instead brewed into its own wine, which is then turned to a much richer, more complex vinegar. Using the intended fruit not just for flavouring, but for the whole process of vinegar-making, truly captures its essence in the bottle.

The bottles are capped in golden wax, and range from fruity wine vinegars to more balsamic-style vinegar perfect for dipping bread with oil.

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

2018-08-09T14:02:26+00:00Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Featured Artist: Brent Birney-Hintz

Today’s featured artist is right on the dot: welcome Brent Birney-Hintz!

Influenced by the Group of Seven, E.J. Hughes, and Monet, Brent explores images beyond realist representation. By starting from something real, Brent follows artistic impulse from there to discover a world of vibrant colours, living shapes, and curious life.

A sense of fun and slice-of-life whimsy permeates each piece Birney paints.

Birney is a retired art and woodworking teacher. He has traveled and worked across British Columbia, but now has returned to Salt Spring, where he grew up.

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

2018-07-25T13:26:46+00:00Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Featured Artist: Leslie DeAthe

Today’s featured artist is Leslie DeAthe!

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Born in Montreal and an east coaster for much of her life, Leslie is a Saltspringer at heart, having moved here for more peaceful surroundings, less concrete, and a closer community. Dabbling in many creative forms for much of her earlier artistic experience, Leslie found beadwork to be love at first sight.

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Leslie on discovering her medium: “These lovely beads provided the chance to play with colour, design, and texture all at once. Now it’s nothing but needle and thread and little tiny beads!”

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Leslie often works with organic forms, and is constantly experimenting to find new techniques, patterns, and effects.
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This is part of a series of featured artists exhibiting at Artcraft this summer. To learn more about this artist, visit their website at http://www.lesliedeathe.com/ You can contact this artist through the Arts Council here.

 

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Featured Artist: Sonja Barnard

We take a dive into the depths of ceramics with today’s featured artist: Sonja Barnard!

Growing up all over the world, from Germany to New Zealand and Australia to B.C., Sonja creates in response to the divine feeling of interconnection she finds kayaking through the West Coast.

With work featuring intertwining orcas, kelp, starfish and mer-people, Sonja explores coastal dreamworlds with subtle embellishments – sparkling rhinestones in eyes, or metallic scales decking out glamorous fish.

Sonja is a member of the Salt Spring Potters Guild, and participated in the International Symposium on Ceramics in 2012. She has studied painting, print making, graphic design, art history, & ceramics.

This is part of a series of featured artists exhibiting at Artcraft this summer. You can contact this artist through the Arts Council here.

 

2018-07-24T15:40:54+00:00Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Featured Artist: Melanie Thompson

Today’s featured artist is Melanie Thompson!

With her basketry and mixed-media pieces, Melanie takes us on a nature tour like no other. Using natural materials, interesting sculptural shapes, and unexpected lighting features, Melanie invites us to discover the living world in new ways.

In Melanie’s own words: “It is my desire that my work inspires others to find beauty where they may not have looked.”

Melanie lives and works on Salt Spring Island, and also in a tiny cottage at the Finn Slough on the Fraser River.

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

2018-07-20T13:51:51+00:00Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Featured Artist: Cathy Grindler (Love Rocks)

Today’s featured artist is as bright as the weather! Welcome Cathy Grindler and her fantastic Love Rocks.

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Coming in singles, bunches, adorable heart-eyed faces, and in rustic frames, Love Rocks are joyous to behold. If you’re in need of a fix of whimsy and colour, look no further.

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Each rock is gathered on-island, hand-painted, and filled with love.

This is part of a series of featured artists exhibiting at Artcraft this summer. Visit the artist’s website at https://www.saltspringtherapy.com/love-rocks, or contact them through the Arts Council here.
2018-07-13T15:09:06+00:00Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Coastlines

Coastlines

Joanie Paterson with Alison Sparshu

August 3rd to August 22nd

Joanie Paterson brings us her studies in print and painting of the Union Steamships of the BC coast. These ships were the lifelines for so many settlements from the late 19th to mid 20th centuries. Alison Sparshu is creating 3 dimensional pieces to set the stage of “boat day” a hundred years ago.

 

 

2018-07-12T12:36:55+00:00Categories: 2018, Showcase Exhibitions|0 Comments

Featured Artist: Barnacle Love Silver

Today’s feature brings us a jeweler for salty souls: Barnacle Love Silver!

Kim Duchak is an artist working from her off-the-grid workshop and home on Wise Island, BC. Inspired by the ocean, Kim uses turquoise, ocean jasper, and fossilized sand dollars as her stones of choice, with many of her pieces textured using beach sand and featuring nautical elements.

Kim brings everything to us via boat, making each piece a testament to the interconnections of island life.

Fresh sea air, precious silver, and a salty soul combine to make something special!

This is part of a series of featured artists exhibiting at Artcraft this summer. Visit the artist’s website at https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/BarnacleLoveSilver, or contact them through the Arts Council here.
2018-07-11T11:11:34+00:00Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

WILD

WILD

Amy Melious and Shari MacDonald

August 24th to September 16th

Two photographers combine, creating altered landscapes.

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Melious and MacDonald see the same things but portray them in their own unique visions, and using their own unique techniques.

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2018-07-05T15:53:54+00:00Categories: 2018, Showcase Exhibitions|0 Comments