Salt Spring Island – more than the market…

I have a confession, I love Salt Spring Island. My good friend, Deirdre, lives there, Barb’s Buns is one of the best place to eat on the Islands, the bookstores rock, the beaches are amazing, the kid’s toy store is a place the kids want to live at,  Salt Spring Air does flying tours and I can simply relax when I am there.  One of the things I have always enjoyed is the Saturday market – oh my, what a spot to be at! Food, clothes, creations, soaps,

Grace enjoying some art on Salt Spring Island

Grace enjoying some art on Salt Spring Island

music, fun, packed with people… it is the place to be. After the excitement of the market, we like to check out the galleries. There are loads of them and they feature something differest in each one: native art, stone carvings, wood art, paintings, photography – and many are from the local talent of Salt Spring Island.

I would like to encourage everyone to make it to Salt Spring Island at least once this summer – make a day trip, camp or splurge and go to Hastings House – really you will have fun. We are heading over to enjoy the Masterpiece Weekend – lots of art and we get to meet the artists (and hopefully meet Robert Bateman). Below is the press release about the special weekend.

“Masterpiece Weekend” Salt Spring Island, BC June 19-21, 2009 Salt Spring Fine Art Initiative – three-day master show…

The Salt Spring Fine Art initiative presents the Masterpiece Weekend. It’s a “Best of Show” featuring 40 master works by 40 artists unveiled together for the first time. Pieces will be on display at ArtSpring for three days only. The show premiers Friday, June 19th from 5:00-10:00pm with artists in attendance and runs Saturday from 5:00-10:00pm and from 10:00-4:00pm on Sunday. Opening night festivities include live music sponsored by the Salt Spring Jazz and Blues Society, wine provided by Salt Spring Vineyards and local cheese by Salt Spring Cheese Co.

Salt Spring Island has been named one of Canada’s top art communities and is considered in the top ten in North America. This show is intended to showcase the very best of this community. The art will be displayed in the 6000 square foot Robert Bateman Gallery at ArtSpring, the island’s performing Art Centre located at 100 Jackson Ave. Weekend highlights include an opportunity to meet the artist at the galleries or to take in the Fine Art Walking Tour by downloading the free map at:

The Fine Art Group is: Galleons Lap Atelier-Gallery, Jill Louise Campbell Fine Art Gallery, Martinus Studio-Gallery, Pegasus Gallery of Canadian Art, Steffich Fine Art, Stone Fish Gallery with sculptor Allan Crane, the Salt Spring Arts Council and sponsors, Hastings House Country House Hotel and ArtSpring, the Island’s performing Art Centre. For future updates please visit:

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  1. Hi Kim, My brother Dave is in Salt Spring…give him a call when you’re over…

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