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ArtSpring’s celebration of Canada’s 150 birthday ~ “Salt Spring Stories”

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Saturday, August 12th, 2017

Salt Spring Stories by artists, Greg Klassen and Andrea Locke, presented by ArtSpring as a celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, consists of two main interconnected elements – images and text – designed not just to communicate our sense of wonder and awe at this amazing place but to provide a space for our community to come together and share in the stories of this place and its people and in the making of new stories that will unfold as we continue to move between past and future – always in the present.

Artist Statement

Stories are central to being human.

Stories are a stepping-stone to truth.

They have the power to inform, and to place in context.

Stories are at the heart of the way we create and communicate meaning.

Anchoring the experience are the images – composites of past and present. Each image, its structure, its content, is designed to simultaneously engage the viewer in a unique story about the historical context associated with specific sites around the Island and contribute to the overall collective – and ever-evolving – story that is this Island, its people and its larger context in contemporary Canadian society. Structurally, each image presents three key elements, a site (to date 35 of 50 sites researched have been photographed as panoramic images for inclusion in the project), historical images (for 28 of the sites we have so far incorporated sets of historical images to tell specific, unique and meaningful stories relevant to those locations), a personal context (our daughter, RhiAnnon is included in every image as avatar – encouraging each of us to perceive – reconceive – the stories through another’s eyes). The accompanying texts, written by Andrea, interpret the images and serve as a jumping-off point for further storytelling based on written and oral histories, the collections of the Salt Spring Historical Society – with special thanks to Usha Rautenbach – and our own experiences.

Creation of the work in this exhibition was made possible thanks to grants from the Canada Council for the Arts (Cultivate: Creative Development Grants) and the Salt Spring Arts Council as well as support and archival images from the Salt Spring Island Historical Society. We are grateful to ArtSpring for choosing this project as their Celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday and for donating gallery space and technical support. Many thanks to all the members of GIFTS (Gulf Islands Families Together Society) for their contribution to the success of this program and to Scott Simmons for documenting the project. We are further grateful to the Salt Spring Island Public Library and Steffich Gallery for participating in this celebration. Furthermore, this initiative was made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between the Salt Spring Island Foundation, Community Foundations of Canada, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.


Cost: Free Event
Category: Arts | Entertainment
    Gallery | Exhibition
Location: Artspring
100 Jackson Avenue, Saltspring Island
This event is for Everyone
More Info: Artspring
(250) 537-2102
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