Art Events at the Library

If you are interested in having a month long exhibition of your art in the library program room or display case, please download, complete and send an Art Exhibition Proposal to the Library Art Coordinator  art@saltspringlibrary.com.

2017

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Nikki Menard – Alchemy of the Soul

August 1 – 30, 2017

The exhibit includes mixed media, gelli plate, pen and ink watercolours and soul star paintings, which are on exhibit in August.

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Susan Rogers

July 1 – 29, 2017

Susan Rogers is exhibiting her paintings during the month of July in the program room at the Salt Spring Library.  One visitor to the exhibit commented, ‘the paintings are exuberant!’ Another person added, “they sizzle like summer.” Come and find out more about the process behind these bold joyful paintings.

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Julia Lucich

May 1 – 30, 2017

Julia Lucich’s paintings are on exhibit in May.

Art display runs May 1-30, Monday-Saturday 10am-5PM, Library Program Room

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Patricia Brown

April 1 – 28, 2017

Patricia Brown’s paintings are on exhibit in the Program Room in April.

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Sibylle Rentschler

March 1 – 31, 2017

Sibylle Rentschler oil paintings are on exhibit in the Library Program Room March 1-31.

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The Uprooting

February 1 – 27, 2017

The Japanese Garden Society presents a month-long commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the removal of all people of Japanese ancestry from the BC Coast.

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Weston Abbott-Arcan

January 2 – 28, 2017

These works of art are created with ink, from my imagination and without pencil contours or grids. To warm up, generally I draw my favorite things – dragons and Buddhas. When I’ve completed an hour of that, I feel like I’m ready to delve into the drawing that I hope to fully complete which usually takes about 5 hours. The theme for the show generally revolves around the mystical, the symbolic and the afterlife. Once I’ve chosen the gods and creatures I want to portray, I create a fantastical afterlife environment for them to exist within, fulfilling my penchant for the subject.

2016

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Unearthed – Celia Meade

December 1 – 30, 2016

Sharing common of themes of transcendence and spirituality with her husband in both their works, Meade envisions the room filled with oil paintings, depicting trees, islands/coastlines, a car at dusk, and all the images that go along with her husband’s poems. The two together this night will be presenting as a pair both the art and the poems.

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Day of the Dead

November 1 – 29, 2016

Local artist and photographer Bernadette Mertens-McAllister explores the idea of Death following the Mexican tradition, and in this work a touch of humour. However, beyond the use of the bright colors and cheerful compositions, Mertens-McAllister goes deep into the subject.  Facing the mystery of Death she invites the viewer to explore questions such as “How would you like to die?’ or “Is Death a gateway to the beyond or is it a transformation?” In this series, Bernadette has used a multimedia technique that she has developed over the years using acrylics and photos that are only her own.

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First Impressions – SSI Painters Guild Printmakers

October 1 – 29, 2016

Printmaking can take many forms.
Wood and lino cut, silk screen, and
encaustic collograph and mono prints are a few of the types of original prints created by members of the SSI Painters Guild. This is the first show of their work.

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Colour Story…Once More with Feeling

September 1 – 30, 2016

Margie Korrison has lived on Salt Spring for over 4 decades building, supporting and contributing to the growing vibrant arts community. Her work as an abstract painter is integrated with her personal life and her love for this special place.  Her painting are in collections in Canada, US, and overseas.

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Iridescent: Above and Below

August 1 – 30, 2016
Local artist Susan Gordon and Doug Wahlsten kick off a month long art exhibit of a collection of photos from their book, The Iridescent Silence of the Pacific Shores, and new paintings of light and spirit by Gordon.

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Artists from the Fringe – A Journey into the Minds of the People Under the Stairs

July 5 – 30, 2016
You’ve seen them on the street, you’ve seen them in the park. Now take a moment to see inside their hearts. Over the winter months we have shared music, poetry, art, thoughts, and wisdom through a drop-in program at the United Church. Now it is our pleasure to share this with you. Please come, browse and enjoy the hidden talents from the fringes of Salt Spring society!

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Expressions of Childhood Memories – An Intergenerational Art Project

June 1 – 30, 2016
This monthly exhibit features artists from Salt Spring Elementary and residents of Greenwoods and Braehaven. After interviewing each other about their childhood memories, they learned about each other and how their childhoods differed and/or were similar. Then they drew images onto canvasses about these memories
and painted them, some adding text and collage.

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Contemplations on Nature and Spirit

May 1 – 31, 2016
Mandala and Abstract Paintings by
Dara Clayden.
Each piece portrays intricate detail through the medium of gouache paint (opaque watercolour) and small, fine brushes. His work draws upon inner reflection, wilderness exploration, receptivity, improvisation, focused attention and playfulness.

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Terra Incognita

April 2 – 30, 2016
“Terra Incognita”, a reception/talk by Richard York introducing his April library exhibit.  York will share his thoughts about his exploration of “sense of place” in his new-found home, using his chosen medium of woodblock printing.  This landscape series, created in his Fulford studio during the past five years, includes prints which have found their way into private collections around the globe.

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Across the River

March 1 – 31, 2016
An art installation bridging the creative processes of writing and visual art, created by local artist Anna Gustafson.  ‘Specimens’ present a window into the writing processes of over 20  Salt Spring writers, including Arthur Black, Brian Brett, Deborah Campbell, Michele Dunkerley, Robert Hilles, C.C. Humphreys, Connie Kuhns,  Peter Levitt, Derek Lundy, Patrick Taylor, and Ronald Wright.

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Abstract Explorations – An Exhibit of Paintings and Photo Collages

February 1 – 29, 2016
Acrylic paintings and photo collages by Phyllis Webb are the surprising late-life creations of this well-known Canadian poet and Salt Spring Islander. Colourful, sometimes puzzling, and mainly
abstract, these works feel at home in the Library’s generous gallery space. Webb’s books of poetry and essay collections are also on display.

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The Colour of Sound – Exploring Synesthesia

January 2 – 30, 2016
Salt Spring artists Frank Huether and Sandra Charge explore how music can guide the artist’s brush strokes.  Whether it is the connection of music to colour or the provocation of music to emotion and movement, there is an underlying energy in sound that permeates into the senses.

2015

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Howard Fry
Vanishing  Landmarks: Photos of a BC Pioneering Heritage

December 2 – 30

Art reception featuring photographer Howard Fry who will be present to discuss when he embarked on an aesthetic exploration of historic BC farmscapes in the 1970’s. His motivation was kindled by both a nostalgia for the stark world of the Yorkshire moors and a respect for the hope and determination of the pioneering peoples of BC.  The old barns and farm structures shown in this exhibition were rapidly disappearing and he was moved to record the rugged, iconic beauty of an abandoned, heroic way of life.

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Stories of Grace Islet

November 1 -30

Stories of Grace Islet exhibit opening with a talk by Joe Akerman, other speakers and songs.

An exhibit of artwork, images and text recording the protection of a sacred burial ground in Ganges Harbour.

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Fuel – The Charcoal Project

October 1 -31

An exhibition of work by GISS students and Salt Spring artists that incorporates charcoal excavated from 100 year-old kilns on Salt Spring Island.
Also included are photographs of the kiln excavation project and information about this legacy left by early Japanese settlers.

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For RhiAnnon… – Greg Klassen

Art Talk: October 11th, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

A new photo-based exhibit by Greg Klassen. The full title of this project is “For Rhiannon, who reminds me every day of the importance of recognizing the relationship between reality and imagination”.  Exhibition is outside the library September 25 – October 24.

 

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Bill Brownridge

September 1 -30

A reading by Bill Brownridge, author of four Canadian classic children’s books (The Moccasin Goalie) relating to hockey and “Tracking the Iron Horse” – a tribute to railway pioneers. His paintings are available in three Canadian galleries, and the U.S. Olympic Centre in Colorado. He has exhibited in Toronto’s Hockey Hall of Fame, and appeared in newspapers across Canada, in magazines, and on CBC Radio and CBC TV. His works were also commissioned as a part of Calgary’s winning presentation to the International Olympic Committee for the 1988 Olympics.

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Stefanie Denz

August 1 -31

Hear Stefanie Denz’ talk on “Women in my paintings; narratives of discovery within covert spaces”.

The Salt Spring artist will discuss her paintings as intellectual and emotional examinations of relationships, focusing on women in their daily interactions. The work in the exhibit dramatizes situations of women negotiating their desires within and through their many roles in society.

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Portrait Reception: The Mardi Mob

June 30-August 1

Join the Mardi Mob for the opening of their portrait exhibit. For many years this group have been getting together to paint portraits of islanders. You will see how each artist uses their chosen medium to express their own approach to the art of portraiture. This exhibit includes oil, charcoal, pastel and pencil works done by the eight members of the Mardi Mob: Sylvia Andrews, Rosamonde Dupuy, Nixe Gerbiz, Judy Fry, Maureen Milburn, Diana Morris, Margarite Sanchez, and Susan Rogers.

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Writers of the Square Table

June 1-30

A show of writings and artwork which is the culmination of Let’s Get ExperiMental, a project whose aim is to strengthen the social and emotional health of youth through intergenerational workshops in creative writing and multi-media storytelling, the anthology to be published later this year.

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Orca Chief

May 6, 6pm

Join artist Roy Henry Vickers & author Lucky Budd for an evening of storytelling and art, to celebrate the third installment in the bestselling Northwest Coast Legends series. Orca Chief shares an ancient fable about respecting our oceans.

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Artisan Series:  Illuminate

May 4-30, 10am –  5pm

The word “illustration” comes from the latin words “illustra’tio, illu’stro” meaning enlighten, irradiate, illuminate.

Salt Spring is home to some amazing illustrators! Find wonderful examples of their work including sketches and working drawings in the library program room during the month of May.

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League 181: Interpretations II

April 1-30

Five artists from the painters group League 181, an established group of experienced painters, presents an exhibition of new works that compare and contrast the range of interpretations each artist made of the same subject.

The current show  in the library program room running from April 1 to 30 with a public talk on April 8 at 6:00 pm illustrates the diversity of work emerging from round two.

League 181 members in this exhibition are: Peter Eyles, Don Hodgins, Herb Otto, Wendy Wickland, Dulcy Wilson

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The Gathering: A Presentation of Art Glass on Salt Spring Island

March 2 – 31

Come and discover the creative cousins of the common drinking glass, serving bowl and window pane that are the essence of contemporary art glass. This presentation by local glass artist Bob Leatherbarrow showcases the wide range of techniques used to design and create with glass by highlighting exciting work by Salt Spring glass artists.

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Risk and Reward – Ron Crawford

Feb. 1-28

Ronald T. Crawford’s artwork reflects both the theoretical and physical aspects of his life. His multifaceted work is the result of the blending of contemporary painting concerns with the earthy spiritualism of stone.

Interpretive photographs by David Borrowman, Eric Klemm, Sam Lightman and Theresa Mackey of these intriguing and engaging “Babas”, a sculptural installation at Salt Spring’s Stonehouse Bed and Breakfast, will be in the program room for the month of February.

 

Past Events

Art Talk - Dec 2014

Community Knit-in Event

Dec 1-31, 2014
Mon-Sat, 10am – 5pm

Warm up in the Program Room at the library with our December feature – an exhibition of intricate and inspiring knitting by some Salt Spring knitters of note.

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Impressions of the Salish Sea

Nov 3-28, 2014
Mon-Sat, 10am – 5pm

The environs surrounding the Salish Sea are a crucible of creativity. See how artists working in a variety of media interpret their surroundings and incorporate them into their art.

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Jack Avison Watercolours

Oct 1-31, 2014
Mon-Sat, 10am – 5pm

Join us for a celebration of his life on October 3rd from 4-7pm.

This is a special opportunity to also view his portfolios, share stories and hear Martin Herbert remember Jack, a found member of the Salt Spring painters guild and treasured resident of Salt Spring.

Talking Pictures, Painting Words

Talking Pictures, Painting Words

Aug 14, 2014 – 7pm

Put together an artist who loves words and a writer who thinks in imagery and the conversation is bound to be lively!

Local author Kathy Page and visiting artist Carole Miles have a long history of collaboration and will talk about how words and images come together in Carole’s rich and diverse body of work.

Carole’s illustrations for Kathy’s short story ‘Of Paradise’ are on display in the Library Program Room August 1 – 29.