We're still here! We are monitoring the BC Health guidelines for Covid-19 and will send emails to members about upcoming on-line or in-person events.
The Fall Fair is taking place this year, September 18 and 19, on Salt Spring http://ssifi.org/fall-fair. The Basketry section is always a visitor favourite and will give everyone a chance to show off what they've been working on during Covid. You don't need to be a Guild member to enter.
The Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP https://saltspringartprize.ca/) is taking place from Sept 24 (Opening Gala) - Oct 25. Ralph Simpson, one of the finalists, is a wood fibre artist from New Brunswick who combines traditional weaving techniques and natural materials to make contemporary basketry and sculptures. The Guild has invited him to teach a workshop on Sept 26 during his visit for the SSNAP opening.
The Parallel Art Show (https://saltspringartprize.ca/pas/) is taking place alongside SSNAP and will feature artists from the Southern Gulf Islands, including two Salt Spring basketmakers - Melanie Thompson and Heather Martin-McNab. It will be at ArtSpring from Sept 25 - Oct 17 with the Opening Gala on Sunday, September 26.
The National Basketry Organization has a great series called NBO Presents which features basketmakers' studio visits and other basketry topics. Guild member, Joan Carrigan, and friends paid tribute to Dorothy Gill Barnes in one of the series. Dorothy passed away in late 2020 and was a good friend and mentor to Joan. https://nationalbasketry.org/nbo-presents/
Membership fees for 2019-2020 will again be rolled over into the new 2021-2022 guild year that runs September 2021 through August 2022.
New members are always welcome! Membership Form (PDF)
You can also find program updates and new photos of Guild activities on our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/ssibasketryguild