Photofest Celebrates the Photographic Arts in June – Gulf Islands Driftwood
Salt Spring Photofest is fast approaching, with photographs on display at major galleries across the island and several other venues from June 3-17.
The Salt Spring Photography Club’s annual eclectic visions will show images from 27 photographers in Gallery 8 for this period and will have one artist in attendance opening from 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 3. Normal gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Photosynthesis group will show the work of members and guests at ArtSpring, with hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
Pierre Mineau is president of the Photofest committee.
“Even though we have found it necessary to curtail our previous Photofest 2019 activities, we hope many people will join us this year to appreciate our local photographers and their artistic achievements,” he said in a press release. .
In addition to exhibits on Eclectic Visions and Photosynthesis, photography will be featured at Salt Spring Gallery (Julianna Slomka’s It’s About Time Art and Photography Exhibit), Salt Spring Public Library, Steffich Fine Art, at TJ Beans, Del Vecchio Pasta Fresca, Pod Contemporary, The Laundr-O-Mat, Salt Spring Books, Artcraft, SSI Mobile Electronic Repair and Country Grocer’s Roasters Cafe.
Judy McPhee, President of the Salt Spring Photography Club, said, “It’s great that the club can show our photos in person this year; the pandemic has disrupted so many public events around the world. Our members have been busy photographing and selecting new works for this year’s eclectic visual expression, and eagerly await the opportunity to share them with the public in June.
Razali May, owner of Gallery 8, agrees, saying: “It has been difficult for the past two years with the pandemic keeping many people at home, not traveling or visiting galleries.”
This is the sixth year he has hosted Eclectic Visions.
“I am very happy to see the photography club back in the gallery in June. I believe their show will be a big boost to our traffic. They always have very interesting and creative work.
June 2019 saw the first iteration of Photofest on Salt Spring Island. It was an island-wide event with the work of over 75 local photographers seen in around 30 different locations, as well as evening lectures, daytime discussions and workshops offered.
The COVID pandemic has prevented the Photofests from repeating in 2020 and 2021, and the 2022 version is obviously smaller than the 2019 event.
For more information, visit saltspringphotofest.com.