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An Abundance of Artistry on Mayne November 12 -14 2021

story by Deborah Strong Mayne Island’s annual Fall Studio Tour is back for another exciting year to brighten up the season, and once again Arts on Mayne is pleased to be organizing the event. From November 12-14, thirty-six artists/artisans will show visitors what they make and, in many cases, where they make it. It’s a great opportunity to shop locally and support Mayne’s creative community, and it goes without saying it’s perfect timing to purchase holiday season gifts. There will [...]

The Spookiest Halloween Ever on Pender

Stories and photos by Hans Tammemagi Last year, the end of October was a frightening time on Pender Island. I remember it well, for bats, ghouls, witches and a spooky graveyard came alive in a large field as a full moon shone down. Skeletons, sombre reminders of what death brings, roamed everywhere, and not just those of humans but also the bony racks of fierce cat-like animals, mythical creatures with wings and even dinosaurs. An eerie mist rolled over the [...]

The Farmers Market: Cornerstone of Pender Island

Story and photos by Hans Tammemagi This Saturday morning, like most Saturdays, the Pender Island Farmers Market beckons me. Arriving early, I find about 50 vendors putting the finishing touches on their booths. Lineups have formed, some having begun even before the bell was rung. A great thing about a small island is that we locals know each other. Thus, I am friends with most of the vendors. As I wander, Dean shows me the fancy wooden boxes he has [...]

Artists Thrive on Pender Island

Story and Photos by Hans Tammemagi A hand-printed sign peered out from among a tangle of blackberry bushes with an arrow pointing toward “Art in the Wash - Open House.” I followed a twisting road lined with apple trees whose boughs hung low with large green apples, reaching a small parking lot. A path led to a wooden shed, the top half of its open stable door revealing the artist, Stan Ogloff, a white goatee and moustache gleaming in the [...]

Travel to Learn in the Traditional Territories of Coast Salish Peoples

Southern Gulf Island Tourism acknowledges that we work and live in the unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples whenever we invite you to visit this special place. These islands were home to indigenous peoples from several Indigenous nations for thousands of years before settlers began making establishing their own homes starting in the mid-nineteenth century. The rest of us increasingly enjoy visiting the beautiful Salish Sea islands of Galiano, Mayne, Pender, Salt Spring, and Saturna. When we genuinely acknowledge [...]

The Song of the Island

I’m surrounded by firs and cedars as I sit on my deck, entranced by evening birdsong, and long shadows cast through the garden from the sun that sets behind neighbouring Salt Spring Island. From somewhere in the distance, I can hear a flute being played, soft notes carried through the thick coastal air. Other nights...

The Salt Spring National Art Prize

Founded by artists, SSNAP is many things - a unique national art prize, educational opportunities for youth, public talks by artists, cultural events, ongoing interactions on social media, public engagement and a target destination for visitors from the region and across Canada.

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