ArtSpring Treasure Fair 2015

ArtSpring Treasure Fair
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ArtSpring's 2015



Highlights in this year's auction include all of the LIVE AUCTION items:

  1. Live# 17 : Softub Model 220 Portable 1-4 Person Hot Tub + Extras

    donated by Gisela J. M. Welsh

    Canadian made, this hot tub is like new. Measuring 24" deep, holding 220 gallons of water, complete with 5 jets and LED underwater lighting. A Consumer Digest Best Buy, it is durable, lightweight, comfortable, safe and inexpensive to operate. The hot tub comes with an ingenious water recovery system that keeps water at an ideal temperature and you only have to plug it into your standard outlet (115V)! This motor is your hot tub heater. Another efficiency. It is quiet and soothing. The tub itself is a soft-but-remarkably durable wall construction. This hot tub comes with a large rubber mat and a gazebo. The gazebo has a slight tear in it and is repaired. Chemicals and the instruction booklet are included. Also included is the basic hot tub cover that is is well insulated and another cover for the entire system. This hot tub can be moved around your deck, to various places in your garden, or perhaps over to your neighbours!

  2. Live# 16 : One Week in Paradise - Maui

    One week stay in a fabulous Hawaiian condo on the island of Maui. The condo features a lofted bedroom with a king-sized bed, pull-out sofa in the living room, dining area and full kitchen. Perfect for a couple or a family. The "Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas" resort is set on 11 acres of lushly landscaped exotic gardens with two pools, shuffleboard courts and water activities on spectacular Kaanapali Beach. This long white sand coastline is consistently rated as the "Best Beach in America" by leading travel magazines. This is a paradise that is perfect for snorkeling, swimming, walking, whale watching and enjoying spectacular sunsets. Dates are to be mutually agreed upon. Stay must be used by the end of June 2016. (Successful bidder is responsible for a nominal daily resort activity fee.)

  3. Live# 20 : Chamber Music Concert in YOUR Home

    donated by Vetta Chamber Ensemble

    This is a wonderful opportunity to host three professional, talented and well-respected musicians—all residents of Salt Spring. Joan Blackman, violin, was Associate Concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony and has performed with them for over 25 years. She is the leading light of Vetta, a Vancouver chamber music series that celebrates 30 years next season. Lawrence Blackman is a viola player with the Vancouver Symphony and has been playing this instrument for 43 years! Paula Kiffner, cellist, is well known to Salt Spring and she, too, has played with the Vancouver Symphony. Both Joan and Paula will be a part of ArtSpring’s Chamber Music Festival during the week following Treasure Fair. This is an incredible opportunity to welcome three virtuoso musicians into your home! Date to be determined mutually by July 2016.

  4. Live# 19 : 1947 Sempé Vintage Armagnac (France)

    Armagnac is a highly aromatic brandy from the Gascony regions of France. Armagnac was France's first brandy and is believed to date from as far back as the 16th C. It ages very well and, after 25 years, it offers oak barrel fragrances and its length on the palate becomes truly remarkable. There are those who say that during the Nazi occupation of France, the collection of Armagnac was depleted by 1945. It took a couple of years for the industry to recover. This bottle is labelled 1947 - that is the vintage year - and it was bottled 50 years later, in 1997! Not unusual in the history of this extraordinary brandy. So, if you were born in 1947 (give or take a decade or two), and you believe you are just coming into your prime, then this bottle of Armagnac is just what you need to celebrate!

  5. Item# 230 : Cedar Picnic Table w/ 3 Benches

    donated by Deb & Jeff Bee

    You have both style and function with this cedar hexagon shaped picnic table is 52" in diameter. The three movable benches tuck away to save space and can be used as separate deck or patio seating for your guests. The new protective Cetol stain will guard the wood from the elements and add west coast style to your outdoor living.

  6. Live# 15 : One Night at Hastings House + $50 Dining Credit + $50 Spa Credit + Hastings House Cookbook

    donated by Hastings House Country House Hotel

    Return to an era of grace and simplicity with a getaway to Hastings House Country House Hotel, right here on Salt Spring. This package includes a one-night stay in a deluxe suite, plus a $50 credit toward dinner in the award-winning restaurant. Also included is a gift certificate of $50 toward a revitalizing treatment in the Wellspring Spa. To help you remember this wonderful experience, you'll also receive the keepsake Hastings House Cookbook, in which they share the beauty, ambiance, and flavours that make Hastings House such a special experience.

  7. Live# 13 : Concert in the Barn w/ Tapas

    donated by Don Conley

    Don Conley, renowned pianist and music teacher, will entertain you and up to 15 friends at a private concert in his barn located at the beautiful Ango Retreat. Yes, the barn. But don't worry, you won't hear horses neighing and chickens clucking here because this barn's rafters resound with the more melodic sounds of the Steinway 7' grand piano, French harpsichord, and digital piano. Don is a music historian so his performances are always educational as well as entertaining. As a special treat this year, Don will be joined by Cicela Månsson, Executive Director of ArtSpring & a celebrated coloratura soprano. In addition, you and your guests will enjoy the tapas purchased using a $100 gift certificate from Country Grocer. Date and time by mutual agreement.

  8. Live# 4 : Sweet Celebrations - Dessert-a-Month for One Year from Love My Kitchen

    donated by Love My Kitchen

    Become the most popular potluck guest on Salt Spring. Enjoy a sweet celebration every month with your friends and family. Linda Koroscil of Love my Kitchen fame will bake you one of her incredible cheesecakes (or another delectable dessert) every month for a year. Here's your excuse to invite your friends around for wine and cheesecake on the patio, or bid for this delectable treat with a friend and share the joy. Expiry July 2016.

  9. Live# 12 : Sweet Vintage Diamond Ring

    Someone special in your life? Or time for something special just for you? Why not celebrate that someone or indulge in something special with this delicate vintage diamond ring. It has dual hearts at the base of the setting. The ring is comprised of both 14kt and 18kt white and yellow gold. Such a treasure and so beautifully understated! (Details: The diamond is of good quality and is 27-19 points. This GH colour (near colourless) diamond has a very small chip in it and so it has been reclassified as a small Inclusions 1 (SI1) grade diamond.)

  10. Live# 7 : Helicopter Ride Over Salt Spring Island with Don Arney

    donated by Don Arney

    Soar with the eagles or indulge in a bit of James Bond fantasy (Miss Moneypenny, is that our yacht down there?). Treat yourself and two friends to a bird's eye view of Salt Spring Island during this breathtaking opportunity. Indulge your curiosity about the off-the-beaten paths, harbours and hills of our magical Island. That's right! You get to choose the flight path. This 20-minute helicopter ride will be an experience of a lifetime and shouldn't be missed! "It was particularly thrilling to fly in slow motion with a whole new perspective of familiar landmarks on Salt Spring. Our adult children still talk about this incredible experience and the beauty of our Island from a bird's eye view." (Jeff Bee) Please be aware that ArtSpring has not carried out any investigation of the safety practices, procedures expertise or qualifications of the donor/provider of this auction item. Placing a bid on this item means that you acknowledge you are aware of this and that you agree that under no circumstances will ArtSpring be liable for any losses whatsoever arising from your participation in the bid for activity. Expiry June 2016.

  11. Live# 14 : Beautifully Refinished 6'10" Boat Tender w/ Oars + 2 PFD's + Gear

    donated by Wendy & Doug Herbert

    This little beauty is perfect to tow along behind your boat or hoist onto your deck. Or, you may be using it to row around a lovely lake or off the ocean beach. This charming fibreglass tender has one wooden seat mid ships and a stern fibreglass seat. It has been "tenderly" refinished and will be just perfect for you!! The oars are also in prime condition. Complete with oars and an adult and child PDF, a crab net, fishing rod & fish net. Care to name it the "Love Me" Tender?

  12. Live# 9 : Long Weekend Stay in Whistler Condo

    Enjoy a 3-night 4-day long weekend of your choosing (excluding Christmas and New Year's) in this rustic, family owned, old style Creekside condo. This condo sleeps a family of four comfortably, with a queen-sized sofa bed in the living room, and a double bed plus two single bunk beds upstairs. There is a bathroom on each floor. Enjoy winter skiing, summer golfing, hiking or biking.......whatever your preference, Whistler can't be beat! Arrangements to be made directly with owner.

  13. Live# 21 : Vintner's 'en famille' Dinner for 4 - Garry Oaks Winery

    donated by Garry Oaks Winery

    Marcel Mercier & Elaine Kozak, proprietors & vintners of Garry Oaks Winery, invite you and 3 of your favorite people to dinner at their home which is situated with a commanding view of the vineyard and of the Burgoyne Valley. You'll be treated to a delicious dinner prepared especially for you which will be paired with past vintages of wine from their vaults. Good friends, wonderful food, charming hosts, delectable wines - it's hard to imagine a more entrancing event. To be held at a mutually convenient time by July 2016.

  14. Live# 3 : OutDoor Visions Whale Watching & Nature Tour for Two

    donated by OutDoor Visions

    Admit it! You've lived here for years and have yet to experience the wonder of viewing Orcas or other whales up-close and personal (of course while still respecting the whales' personal space!). Now is your chance to remind yourself why you live in this extraordinary place and to experience the splendor of the Gulf Islands on this whale watching and nature tour for two. The speed and maneuverability of the specially-built 12 passenger zodiac and the daily observations of the OutDoor Visions' crew make every journey a truly unique experience. Valid 2015. "We would never have imagined seeing a pod of transient whales creating waves to wash seals off the rocks for their lunch. It felt like we were in the middle of a National Geographic special." (Kerry & Chris Tudin)

  15. Live# 5 : Afternoon Tea Party - for 8

    donated by Kate Merry

    Gerald Tibbits and Kate Merry are inviting you to their home where you will be treated to the simple yet sublime experience of the perfect Afternoon Tea. Your hosts will prepare and serve everything, allowing you and your party to relax and share in your hosts' own delight in this classic ritual. Break out the bonnets and nibble your way through a fine repast featuring scones, cakes, pastries and, of course, the pièce de résistance, the classic tea sandwich presented by your own personal butler and chef. Just bring your convivial conversation. Gossip and gloves optional. Expiry June 2016.

  16. Live# 10 : RMT & SPA package

    donated by Solace Organic Spa

    Begin with a full body dry brush to stimulate your circulation and lymphatic system and a one hour aromatherapy massage. Following, you will enjoy a neck, face and scalp massage while your body relaxes on the massage table with complete privacy under the steam canopy. This deeply relaxing and therapeutic session is beneficial for purified and revitalized skin, detoxification, stress relief, joint/muscle pain, immune system boosting, improved circulation, reduced inflammation. We use fresh coastal cedar for your steam and at times can combine other fresh beneficial herbal ingredients from our spa garden.

  17. Live# 2 : Maple Coffee Table

    donated by Keith Lavender

    This beautiful Salt Spring style burl coffee table is a fabulous addition to your summer cabin or home. It has a durable sealed shellac finish. Easily cleaned. This piece is in pristine condition and is large enough to complement a full sofa or love seat. Make your front room cozy with this fabulous table!

  18. Live# 18 : Beautiful Silk Sari

    donated by Estate of Kathy Robertson

    This beautiful silk sari is pure elegance. The fabric is sturdy but extremely lightweight, in rich burnt amber tones with striking navy blue striping. In the traditional style, the sari is comprised of over 6 yards of fabric that is 46" wide & is draped around the body in graceful folds. Worn to celebrate the highlights of a woman's life or simply for comfortable attire in a hot climate, the sari has been a stylish option for hundreds of years.

  19. Live# 8 : Tour of Salt Spring in a Morgan

    donated by Marv Coulthard

    Take a one hour drive anywhere you would like on Salt Spring Island with Marv Coulthard in his fully restored 1960 Morgan +4 Roadster. The Morgan is the cream of British sports cars - lightweight, powerful & super stylish. Pick a sunny day and be the envy of your friends as you wave from the plush red leather interior in this sporty little car!

  20. Live# 11 : "Miss Caledonia" Bench

    donated by Donald McLennan

    The bench was made as a prop for the one-woman play "Miss Caledonia" at ArtSpring. It is autographed by the star Melody Johnson and is accompanied by an autographed programme for the play. "Miss Caledonia" told our Executive Director, Cicela Mansson, that a bench was needed for the play. The ArtSpring piano bench was offered. But Miss Caledonia said she needed to put a couple of nails into it. Cicela withdrew the offer and asked a volunteer to make Miss Caledonia a "rustic" cedar bench as a prop. This is the result.

  21. Live# 6 : The Seat's on Arthur!

    donated by David Hart

    This is the bar stool to trump all bar stools! The story goes that our very own beloved Salt Spring personality and renowned author, Arthur Black, was one day contemplating this eclectic bar stool. Not one to ignore a potential "story", and perhaps thumbing his nose at technology, he decided to autograph the seat. But, not with his name. Instead, this unique, one-of-a-kind, highly unusual stool seat has been autographed not with a signature but with a hand painted "Selfie". Who could resist the opportunity to have a "seat" with Arthur Black!

  22. Live# 1 : A Trug Full of Fresh Produce from Salt Spring Nature Works

    donated by Salt Spring Nature Works

    Fill this authentic Trug full with fresh produce at Salt Spring Nature Works. Wonderful fruits. Fabulous vegetables. All proudly grown organically on Salt Spring Island & sold by the island’s natural foods store. Selling organic and locally grown fruit and vegetables, local artisan foods, organic bulk foods, high quality vitamins & supplements, bulk herbs and complementary medicines all in a welcoming environment with friendly knowledgeable staff. Located in the heart of Ganges.

  23. Live# 22 : Salt Spring Calendar and Book

    donated by Judith G. Fry

    Thirty-five Salt Spring women put their bodies on the line in a unique way to preserve and protect threatened forest land. These women took off their clothes to symbolize their vulnerability and the vulnerability of our precious island home and were discreetly photographed by Howard Fry. The calendar became an immediate hit and a prized collector's item raising significant monies for the Save Salt Spring campaign fund. Coupled with the calendar is the beautiful coffee table book, "Salt Spring: the people, the place", featuring the photography of Howard Fry, Michael Levy and Osman Phillips with a forward written by Arthur Black. Both items are signed by Howard Fry.


Note: We aim for accuracy in the descriptions & photos attached to each item; however, if you're interested in bidding on any of the items, please visit ArtSpring during the Treasure Fair and examine the item for yourself. Buy-It-Now prices will be in effect beginning July 16, 10:00am.