Ripple Effect 3- Art for the Orca

Opening Reception Friday Sept 6, 5-7 pm.

Show runs to Sept 19, 2019

Just this month, three more orca have been declared missing, presumed dead, leaving just 73 majestic creatures remaining. We at the Salt Spring Gallery feel strongly that it is important to put our art to work in support of the survival of these majestic creatures. For Ripple Effect 3, over 20 Salt Spring artists present ocean themed ceramics, paintings, glass, jewelry, prints, textiles and more, with 25% of all sales going directly to the Georgia Strait Alliance (GSA).

Now is the time to insure their Chinook Salmon food supply, reduce the noise from marine craft and protect them from pollution and harassment. This must be done before it is too late. We believe the Georgia Strait Alliance is working hard locally on their behalf and deserves our support.

Learn more here about GSA’s latest efforts and partnerships working to take the Canadian government to court to enforce our own environmental laws to protect the creatures of the Salish Sea.

Come out Sept 6-19 and buy beautiful art that makes a difference.

Salish Sea Orca

Salish Sea Orca

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Over the Rainbow- Paintings by Dorothy Tinman


New encaustics & oils

Opening reception Friday Aug 2, 5-7

show runs daily 11-5 until August 14.

Dorothy Tinman paints landscapes and seascapes in a modern semi-abstract style using thick impasto oils, often contrasted with areas of transparent glazes. Her paintings are influenced by the dramatic changes of weather from the intense white light of a low winter sun, to the darkest blue of an approaching storm.

Dorothy is an elected member of the Ulster Society of Woman Artists and the Arts Society of Ulster and exhibits regularly with them. In addition, her work has been selected on 6 occasions for the annual exhibition of the Royal Ulster Academy.

She is also a member of the Salt Spring Arts Council.

Her paintings are included in many collections including the First Trust Bank, Ireland and in the British Isles, Canada, USA and Salt Spring Island.

This year she has broadened her range to include encaustic wax and oils creating texture and relishing the tactility of the medium to draw the viewer in.


About Encaustic Painting

Encaustic is an ancient painting method in which wax and pigment are fused onto a surface with heat.

The word originates from the Greek word enkaustikos meaning to burn in. Earliest examples of this technique are probably the Egyptian Fayum mummy portraits which date back to 1st century BC.

 Encaustic painting is also known as hot wax painting and involves using heated beeswax to which is added oil paint. This is then applied in layers to prepared wood with each layer being fused to the previous one with a blow torch or heat gun. The resulting finish is as hard and as permanent as a ceramic tile with a dimensional texture and luminous quality.

Probably the most famous artists to paint with encaustic are the Canadian Tony Scherman and Jasper Johns USA.

PLAYTIME - Photography by Sam Montelbetti


Photography by Sam Montelbetti

Opening Reception June 14, 5-8 pm

Show runs to June 26

“Playtime” approaches Photography as an additive medium, and as a site for sculptural and instinctive activity. 

These pictures begin in the colour darkroom, where I make colour photograms (any process of making a photograph with no camera), using photographic paper, colour filters and light.   I bring these prints to a studio, where I make in camera multiple exposure photographs of them, accentuating their physicality for the camera while their colours and forms interact inside of it.   

Both the studio and the darkroom are used to explore spaces of instincts, intuition and improvisation. To me, photographs are created through a relationship between anapparatus (or instrument) and a practitioner (or player) whose various decisions and actions largely affect the outcome of the photograph.  The spaces I work in stem from a curiosity towardsthis form picture making; “What would this gesture or action look like?” is a common question within my practice as a whole.  

I came to photography through a love of music, and my initial relation to this additive activity was the track by track layering process of recorded music.  Also inspired by the sonic environments created by full albums, I’m interested in the affection of a photograph and in making photographic worlds for viewers to get lost in.  Hopefully, they find something there too.  


Far Shore- A Celebration of the Salish Sea by Evelyn Russell

Opening Reception Friday May 31, 5-7

show runs to June 12

The Far Shore is a collection of Hand Printed works by Artist Evelyn Russell.  It is a dedication to the Salish Sea, Vancouver Island, The Gulf Islands and the Sunshine Coast.  It is arbutus trees, whitecaps, orca whales, pebble beaches, rain forests and harvest moons.  It is kelp beds, windy days, starry nights and the sound of sea lions. The show is also a call to arms, a wake up call, step up protect and defend this Salish Sea. A portion of the proceeds from sales will go to charities that  uphold environmental conservancy in the area.

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Insignia by Anh Le


An exhibition of abstract mandala drawings, paintings and modern calligraphy 

Reception/Meet the Artist: Friday, May 10 from 5pm-8pm – ALL WELCOME 

Exhibition runs May 11 - 29, 2019