From Standing Babas to Spring Break Sessions

Updated 2015/02/03

We have some wonderful events to look forward to this week and in the future covering sculpture, photography, poetry, short fiction and some special spring break events for kids.

Art Talk | Risk and Reward | Ronald T Crawford (Wed 6pm)

This month’s Art Talk features a slide show and discussion on the creative process in the art of Ronald T Crawford highlighting the building of “The Standing Babas”. Interpretive photographs by David Borrowman, Eric Klemm, Sam Lightman and Teresa MacKey of these intriguing and engaging “Babas”, a sculptural installation at Salt Spring’s “StoneHouse” will be in the program room for the month of February. The Art Talk itself is on Wednesday at 6pm in the Program Room.

Poetry Open Mic | Dan Jason

The featured poet at this month’s open mic. event is Dan Jason.

Dan moved to Salt Spring in 1976, and after three years of being inspired by the people and beauty of Salt Spring Island he wrote a bestselling book of songs and poems called West Coast Whimsy and Womance.

Dan has owned and run Salt Spring Seeds for three decades and has been President of Salt Spring’s non-profit Seed and Plant Sanctuary for the past dozen years.

Sign up for the Open Mic is at 6:45pm with the readings starting at 7pm. Dan’s reading starts at 7:30pm.

Short Fiction Competition

Continuing with our literary theme, this time in prose. Nanaimo Arts Council are running a short fiction contest for Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands writers.

From the competition press release:

Writers on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands are once again invited to take up their pens and fire up their word processors for the 2015 Islands Short Fiction Contest.

Co-sponsored by the Nanaimo Arts Council, the Vancouver Island Regional Library, and the Vancouver Island University Department of Creative Writing and Journalism, the contest seeks entries of up to 2000 words in three categories: Adult (19 and over), Youth (13 to 18), and Junior (12 and under). Over $2000 in prizes and cash will be awarded to the winners and finalists.

The closing date is the 16th of March 2015. Download an entry form and get writing!

Spring Break Library Camp

Salt Spring Library is pleased to announce the first annual Spring Break Library Camp, a free program open to everyone ages 4 to 12.

“The Library’s Spring Break Camp is like a tour of all the different genres in the Library,” says Danielle Hubbard, librarian responsible for Children’s and Youth Services. “One day we’re focusing on Folk Tales, another day Drama, another Mysteries, and so on.”

There are plenty of special appearances to look forward to. On Science Fiction Day, local author Kim Thompson works with kids filming sci-fi movies in front of a green screen. On Action Day, kids learn Tae Kwon Do from a black belt instructor. The Camp also includes two days of adventure in the non-fiction collection: wildlife stories from local children’s author Margriet Ruurs; an icky gicky hands-on tour of the seashore with StoryTime volunteer Margaretha Nordine; and dazzling photographs of underwater life and the African Safari from nature photographer Ann Donahue.

For more information and registration see the Spring Break Library Camp page.

For further information about these and other upcoming events see our online calendar.