Melanie Thompson- Shadow Show

Opening Reception & Meet the Artist

Saturday Oct 26, 5-7 pm

Show runs to Wed Nov 13, 2019.

Artist Statement

“We find beauty not in the thing itself but in the patterns of shadows, the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates.”  In Praise of Shadows, Junichiro Tanizaki 

Shadows, as an important visual element, have always been part of my work. From the first lamps I made that cast their shadows up and out, patterning ceilings, walls, and floors to the work of this exhibit I have been intrigued by shadows, their beauty and their impermanence. In Shadow Show materials were chosen specifically for their ability to create shadows-a line becomes a shape becomes a shadow. The shadows created are as important to the work as the work itself, the shadow becomes the work. One is offered a new perspective, another way of seeing, another visual layer with the creation of shadows. The way an object appears and the way it appears in the shadow object are two perceptions, different yet similar, a dialogue between the real and the ephemeral, a way to truly see the work. 

Melanie Thompson 2019

Harvest- Fall Potter's Guild Show

Salt Spring Potter’s Guild Annual Exhibition Harvest

Opening Reception

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019

Time: 5-7pm

Exhibition continues until October 2, 2019

Exhibiting Members:

Sonja Barnard

Anne Byrne

Kuno Egger

Patricia Gibson

Monica Ritenour

Wendy Squirrell

Edith Stevenson

Diana Thompson

Pat Webber

Joan Werner

Sharon Wilson

Margo Zak


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.