ArtCraft: a famous display of Salt Spring art

ArtCraft an annual exhibition on Salt Spring by diverse island artisans.
ArtCraft an annual exhibition on Salt Spring by diverse island artisans.

From mid-June to mid-September every summer, historic Mahon Hall is the place to find ArtCraft, a daily exhibition of Gulf Islands and Salt Spring art, the work of diverse island artisans.

Now in its 48th year, ArtCraft sees the work of more than 100 artists from the southern Gulf Islands beautifully displayed. The show offers attractive options for gifts or one-of-a-kind mementos of your island visit. Visitors will find paintings, wood-turned bowls, felted wool and silk scarves, ceramics, baskets, jewellery, soaps and greeting cards, and more.

ArtCraft also hosts special showcase exhibitions on the hall’s stage throughout the season, featuring materials like precious metals, pottery or basketry, or solo shows by individual artists.

This year look for unique outdoor installations in addition to the sculpture garden.

The ArtCraft sale is the primary funding source for the Salt Spring Arts Council, which has a mandate to promote and enhance arts in the Gulf Islands community. Commissions earned through ArtCraft sales fund grants for art students in high school and university, and professional development grants for working artists. Sales also help maintain the hall, originally built in 1904, in which they take place.

ArtCraft is open daily between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. from mid June through mid September. Look for the beautiful yellow hall across the main road from the harbour in Ganges, accessed from Rainbow Road.

The WinterCraft show is the shorter Christmas-time version.

More info: ssartscouncil.com.

Photo/media credit: Jen MacLellan