posted Jun 6, 2017, 10:11 AM by T Brett   [ updated Sep 12, 2017, 2:11 PM ]

Sointula Portraits Call for Participants

posted Jun 6, 2017, 8:22 AM by T Brett   [ updated Jun 6, 2017, 8:25 AM ]

Dear Sointula, come meet our new artist in residence Michael Barker! He will be having open studio drop ins in his studio, and also hopes to go to the homes of locals to photograph people where they live and work...read what he says below, and get in touch. We think this project is going to be lovely, and a wonderful document of where this community is at right now.

My name is Michael Barker and I’m a Toronto-based photographer doing a residency at the Sointula Art Shed throughout June. My parents, Chris and Heather (and their dog Toby), moved to Sointula (to the yellow house on 1st) last year and I visited them for the first time last September. As a new visitor I was struck the beauty of Sointula and filled with curiousity about my parent’s new homeplace, it’s community, and unique history.

I would like to photograph both temporary and permanent residents of Malcolm Island, ideally at their home, workplace, or within the landscape of the island. I want to develop a personal and partial portrait of Sointula that captures something of the complexity, beauty, and uniqueness of it’s people, architecture, and landscape. While I see this project as long term project that will span a few years, my goal is to eventually exhibit the project in both Sointula and Toronto, potentially as part of the Contact Photography Festival in Toronto.

You can check out some of my past projects (and general photography) on my website (www.michaelbarker.ca). These projects include “Fieldwork: Talking with Teachers in Alternative Schools,” an ongoing collaborative project with documentarian Ariel Fielding, interviewing and photographing past and present alternative school teachers in Toronto; and “ALPHA Alternative School 1972/2012,” a collection of portraits of students from the early days of one of the oldest alternative schools in Canada. On my website you’ll also find an excerpt from my multi-year project documenting the work of the Toronto Wildlife Centre—Canada’s largest and busiest wildlife hospital—that bears witness to our often ambivalent relationship with our wild neighbours and the tragic consequences for animals as a result of our impact on their habitats and ecosystems in urban environments.

If you’d like to participate in my project please contact me at hello@michaelbarker.ca — I’d be happy to hear from you. I’m also going to have open studio days when anyone is welcome to drop by to have their portrait taken in the Art Shed, I'm still figuring out when those days will be, and what the hours will be.

Participants will be given an exhibition quality print in gratitude at a later date.


Michael Barker


Painting/Drawing Workshop with Carly Gordon: Intuitive Mark-making

posted May 30, 2017, 7:57 AM by T Brett   [ updated May 30, 2017, 8:04 AM ]

Monday, May 29th, at the FO Hall 4- 7pm, $25.

In this workshop, artists will participate in several different exercises that encourage intuitive mark-making. From these processes, artists will choose one or two ideas to develop into a more finished piece. All mediums welcome, all levels and ages welcome.

Participating artists can work in any medium they choose, and are encouraged to bring their own supplies if possible. Those who wish to attend but don’t have supplies, please let us know, as we do have a limited amount of supplies we are happy to share. We will also provide some tea, coffee, and cookies.

To register, please contact Kerri at the Sointula Art Shed: sointulaartshed@gmail.com or 250 974 4234

Carly Gordon Open Studio

posted May 30, 2017, 7:55 AM by T Brett   [ updated May 30, 2017, 7:55 AM ]

Sunday, May 28th, 2-5pm at the Sointula Art Shed (in the shed at 260 2nd Street)  Please stop by to meet Manitoulin Island, ON based painter Carly Gordon, and see some of what she has worked on while she’s been staying with us here in Sointula this month!

Dominique Ferraton Open Studio

posted Apr 18, 2017, 4:23 PM by T Brett   [ updated Apr 18, 2017, 4:30 PM ]

Please join us in the Art Shed studio Sunday April 30th from 1 - 4pm to see what Dominique has been working on this month in her studio. Access the studio via side door of shed at 260 2nd St. (corner of 2nd St. and 13th Ave).  There will be tea and cookies! 

Dominique Ferraton is a multidisciplinary artist from Montreal. Her work explores landscapes, soundscapes, and our relationship with the sights and sounds in our environment.  

Waterwise Gardening with Egan Davis Cancelled

posted Apr 5, 2017, 12:22 PM by T Brett   [ updated Apr 10, 2017, 7:49 AM ]

Egan is unable to make it to Sointula at this time. We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused those who have registered.

Saturday April 15th, 2017  2pm - 4:30pm at the Sointilla Art Shed, 260 2nd Street.

This is a 2.5 hour interactive gardening workshop, $20/person.

As the arid summer of 2015 showed us, changing climatic conditions can be a real challenge for gardeners - even here in the North Island! This class will clear up some facts on water use and plant needs, and explain why plants in nature live without supplementary irrigation. This workshop does a good job of answering "How do I know when to water" and 'How much water to use?" Egan will suggest the best plants to grow without irrigation, and how to maintain plants during the establishment period. He will also highlight some of the non-conventional planting techniques to ensure plant establishment that he has seen in his travels and tested in his work.
This workshop will consists of:

- a presentation
- question period
- outdoor demonstration

Egan Davis is the chief instructor of the Horticultural Training Program at the University of British Columbia's Botanical Garden, where he teaches all aspects of horticulture, from soil science, plant identification and greenhouse management, to landscape design and pruning techniques. And he won the BC Horticultural Educator of the Year Award last fall!

Davis previously worked for 9 years as a master gardener at VanDusen Botanical Garden, and can often be heard on the radio offering gardening advice on shows like CBC's North by Northwest. He is also a dear friend of ours who is engaging, fun, hilarious, and extremely knowledgeable, so this workshop will be a real treat!

Speaking of treats, we will provide tea, coffee, and some cookies.

Please message, call, or email us to confirm you're attending, just so we can get of sense of how many people to expect. You can pay Egan in person when you come.
250 974-4234

Alex Stursberg and Evan Hardy Open Studio

posted Mar 23, 2017, 7:21 AM by T Brett   [ updated Mar 23, 2017, 7:23 AM ]

Leeroy Stagger April 14th, 2017

posted Mar 23, 2017, 7:12 AM by T Brett   [ updated Mar 23, 2017, 12:23 PM ]

FRIDAY, APRIL 14TH, doors 7, show 7:30pm

$15, pay at the door

At the Athletic Hall (aka the Old Firehall) in Sointula

Come see Leeroy Stagger as he tours his new album Love Versus, showcasing his ever-evolving fusion of roots, rock, and pop.

More info about Leeroy Stagger on his website: http://leeroystagger.com

Leeroy Stagger is touring his latest album Love Versus (out April 7, 2017 through True North Records). This eleventh studio release by this Western Canadian is also a milestone, marking the first recording made at Stagger’s home studio in southern Alberta. But more significantly, his ever‐evolving fusion of roots, rock and pop reaches new heights on Love Versus, resulting
in 10 tracks that confirm his status as one of Canada’s best contemporary singer/songwriters.

Artist Residency Cottage and Studio renovations complete!

posted Mar 8, 2017, 9:12 PM by T Brett   [ updated Mar 8, 2017, 9:24 PM ]

We are pleased to announce recent upgrades to the cottage that include a much larger dinning table window, new kitchen counter tops and oven, renovated bathroom and art studio!  Updated album coming soon...  Here are a few highlights.

Window Gallery opening March 2017

posted Mar 8, 2017, 8:55 PM by T Brett   [ updated Mar 10, 2017, 8:02 AM ]

Coming soon to the new Sointula Art Shed Window Gallery: an exhibition by current artists in residence followed by Sointula's own master puppeteer Roy Small!

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