This summer Mahon Hall is graced with art created by local artists. The works will be on display until September 16th so make sure to come down and enjoy them with a coffee from the Coffee Can or a salad from the GISS Salad Truck.

Artcraft’s initiative, Art on the Hall, invited local artists Melanie Thompson,Cam Novak and Talia Peckel to create artwork and murals specifically for the front of the hall.
Melanie Thompson lives and works on Salt Spring Island and in a very small cabin at the Finn Slough on the Fraser River. She has practised basketry for many years using traditional and non traditional materials. Melanie recently completed the Diploma in Fine Arts at ECUAD. This course work has led to her new mixed media work. Melanie has exhibited and sold her work widely. Her work can be found at Crafthouse, Granville Island, BC, South Shore Gallery, Sooke, BC, and Artcraft, Salt Spring Island, BC. It can also be viewed at, and on her blog
Cam Novak created two murals related to the images on Tarot Cards.   Cam is both a mural artist and an experienced art instructor for kids and youth.
“My creative process and art making has always been a powerful tool for me to connect with my emotions. “It 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.”
Talia Peckel is a visual artist and workshop instructor who was born in Canada and raised in Colombia. She moved back to Toronto and completed her BFA with a major in Drawing and Painting at OCAD University in 2014. In 2015 she was an art instructor in a community-run studio in downtown Toronto. She then travelled for a year and completed a series of murals in various locations throughout North and South America culminating in an artist residency on Gabriola Island.  She now lives on Salt Spring Island, developing her personal practice and offering art workshops to the community. 


Cam also led the Youth Mural Workshop (March 2018), which was generously supported by the Salt Spring Foundation of Youth. Eight teens, worked in teams to create 4 murals that are mounted on the front and back side of Mahon Hall. A huge thanks to Zoe Clarke, Maya Neufeld-Boucher, Sasha Hroch, Noah Huebert, Zaela Ocean, Elvin Schoolbraid and Nikita Dunford for their environmentally themed creations.