Thank you, Volunteers

Another year here at the gallery is quickly approaching. We’ve had a great year, with many successful shows, but, we could not have had such a successful year without the help of our fantastic volunteers! Our volunteers are an integral part of the federation.They work with us effortlessly and tirelessly, devoting so much of their time to helping us set up for exhibitions, helping out with fundraisers and special events, and helping the gallery run smoothly. Thank you for all your time and effort this year, volunteers! All of us here at the gallery greatly appreciate it!


Thanks again for all your help, volunteers!

The Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) – 2017 Call For Artist Submissions

Offering $30,000 Worth Of Awards!

The Salt Spring National Art Prize is pleased to launch its second biennial juried competition of Canadian 2D and 3D visual art.

The intent of the Salt Spring National Art Prize is to encourage artists whose practice demonstrates originality, quality, integrity and creativity, resulting in significant work with a real visual impact and depth of meaning.

Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada who are eighteen years and older (as of January 1, 2016) are are invited to submit their two-dimensional and three-dimensional work for consideration.

Approximately 50 finalists will be chosen by an independent jury from across Canada. All artists’ submissions will be anonymous to the jury.

SSNAP Awards Totaling $30,000.

THE JOAN McCONNELL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING WORK; $17,000 ($12,000 and a $5,000 Salt Spring Island artist residency)

THE JUROR’S CHOICE AWARDS; three awards of $2,000 selected by each juror

THE ROSEMARIE BEHNCKE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS; three awards determined by a vote of visitors to the exhibition;

1st prize – $3,000

2nd prize – $2,000

3rd prize – $1,000

THE ASA (Alliance of Salt Spring Artists) AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SALT SPRING ARTIST; $1,000. Guidelines and submission details to be found on our website

Calendar of Events:

The call for artist submissions opens January 12, 2017 and closes May 31, 2017. The list of finalists will be announced by July 15th.

Original works will be exhibited and presented for sale at the Finalist Exhibition at historic Mahon Hall on Salt Spring Island, from September 22 to October 22, 2017 (Open daily from Saturday, September 23).

Gala Opening, Friday, September, 22 2017: Winners announced at the Gala Awards on Saturday, October 21, 2017.

This exciting endeavour is an initiative of the Salt Spring Arts Council (SSAC), which represents the arts for Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, known as one of Canada’s premier arts communities.

We look forward to celebrating the talent of Canadian artists!

2016 Day of the Dead Exhibition

As part of our outreach to other arts organizations, we recently were host to a large part of the 2016 International Day of the Dead exhibition. Professional international artists in Vancouver were provided with clay skulls to use as a canvas to recreate and express how they interpret death according to their own cultures and traditions. Each skull was unique with its own design and were great representations of the artists.

This video was produced by the Mexican Consulate in Vancouver in support of the project.

Gallery Odin’s 15th Annual Winter Exhibition

Ski on in to meet new artists at art gallery on Silver Star

Rod Charlesworth’s A January Cold Spell is one of the Kelowna artist’s whimsical winter scenes that will be on display during Gallery Odin’s 15th annual winter exhibition, opening Nov. 24 and 26.


— image credit: submitted

by  Kristin Froneman – Vernon Morning Star

Silver Star Mountain, Vernon posted Nov 16, 2016 at 8:00 AM

For the past 15 years, skiers on Silver Star Mountain’s Aberdeen Skiway have, perhaps unknowingly, whisked past a treasure trove.

Located among the hill’s alpine, Nordic and snowshoe trails is a little art gallery filled with contemporary paintings and sculpture in all manner of mediums.

Owned by longtime Silver Star residents Kalman and Maria Molnar, Gallery Odin is celebrating its 15th winter exhibition with two new artists who join the gallery’s long list of Okanagan and B.C. supporters.

Rod Charlesworth and Peter Stuhlmann are painters who capture the still beauty of their respective landscapes.

For oil painter Charlesworth, who was born in northern B.C. and moved to the Okanagan at a young age, it was the surrealists who influenced his earliest paintings.


He later discovered the works of the impressionists, which has taken him to his current artistic interests experimenting with colour and physical qualities of paint. Tom Thompson and the Group of Seven have also had a profound influence on his work.

“I must say that if I had waited for a bright shaft of light to awaken my artistic senses and stir me to create, I would probably have created nothing,” said Charlesworth. “What initially inspired me to paint was how we all see the world differently. I wanted to strike my own visual language that could be used to portray the Canadian landscape in all of its rugged subtleties.”

Known for his bold landscapes and his whimsical images of children at play, Charlesworth says he is committed to providing his viewers with a refreshing, often celebratory approach. His work consciously comments on beauty and the ephemeral within the landscape, done so in a manner of mark making which is unique to his visual vocabulary.

“Painting becomes tedious when the ultimate goal is to recreate the external work. I have always felt that the painting exists only within its own borders. This allows the curious mind of the artist to ask, ‘what if I did this?’,” he said.

Charlesworth has had numerous solo exhibitions in B.C. and Alberta and has taken part in several group shows. He is affiliated with 14 galleries, has written 10 publications, and has received several special awards.

His work is collected worldwide.

Stuhlmann began drawing at age four in his native Germany.


“I broke my leg that summer and had to keep off my feet for eight weeks. I was given a generous stack of paper and coloured pencils, and from there happily amused myself,” he recalled.

Stuhlmann says he displayed a knack for art, although no one made any mention to that effect.

“Something had fallen into place, however. I felt differently when drawing than I did doing anything else,” he said.

After moving to Montreal at the age of eight, Stuhlmann told his father that he wanted to be an  artist. The answer came back in no uncertain terms.

He said ‘no.’ I didn’t argue, and swept the idea from my mind,” said Stuhlmann, who ended up pursuing a career as a professional chef in Ontario, but kept drawing with the occasional, hesitant painting sprinkled throughout.

In 2007, Stuhlmann moved to his then fiance’s home province of B.C. and settled in Scotch Creek in the North Shuswap.

“The first winter there I could not find work cooking and so, together, much of the time was spent in the surrounding bush exploring,” he said.

After taking a beginner’s course in acrylic painting given by a local artist, Stuhlmann discovered fluid acrylic paints and with tiny brushes on tiny canvases, he started creating what would become his signature style.

“The canvases grew slowly to 8-by-10-inches, the brushes didn’t, and I was forced to enter a local show. I say forced because it was true. I insisted I would never show my pictures.”

His wife, Diane, disagreed, and Stuhlmann ended up selling all the paintings on display and was invited to join the Federation of Canadian Artists and won his first award soon after.

“Today the canvases are a fair bit bigger, but the brushes still aren’t. It turns out that I am rather obsessive in how I apply paint, which is in layers of tiny dots, pointillism, but without a view to colour theory as with Seurat, et al. I do it for the texture look it gives. It’s a look that bristles with potential energy.”

Now living in Chase, Stuhlmann prefers to paint from memory, which he says is inherently more genuine and immediate. He has also started including figures in his landscapes.

“I never, or very rarely, make preparatory sketches or drawings, preferring to draw directly… I paint by looking inward, not out at the actual landscape. Human memory is deeply flawed, and therefore inherently more interesting. The paintings that come from these flaws are more interesting still,” he said.

Other artists participating in Odin’s 15th annual winter exhibition are Bonnie Anderson, Iean Dobson, Glenn Clark, Karel Doruyter, Edward  Epp, Lynn Grillmair, Ginny Hall, Wendy Hart Penner, Peter Lawson, Jerry R. Markham, Elizabeth Moore, Sharda Murray-Kieken, Destanne  Norris, Dawn Piche, Barry Rafuse, Dana Roman, Al Scott, Todd Regan White, Deborah Wilson and Charlene Woodbury.

Opening receptions take place Thursday, Nov. 24 from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 26 from 2 to 6 p.m.

Gallery Odin is located at 215 Odin Rd. off Monashee Road at Silver Star Mountain. Winter hours are Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1 to 6 p.m. or call 250-503-0822 for an appointment.

Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency: Apply Now!


Chilkoot Trail Artist-in-Residence, Kevin Curry with 3D printed map of Bennet Lake, 2015.
Photo courtesy of Yukon Government.

Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency:
Apply Now!

Currently accepting applications for both the 2017 and 2018 residency programs.

Deadline: February 1st, 2017

Yukon Arts Centre together with Parks Canada and the US National Park Service have launched the 2017- 2018 Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency. This residency is a unique two-week backcountry experience for visual artists with a passion for the outdoors. The program invites artists to hike the historic route of Tlingit traders and turn-of-the-century prospectors from the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Alaska to the Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site in Canada and connect with the hundreds of hikers along the trail, while pursuing their artistic practice.

Each year, three artists are chosen to participate in this cross-border creative journey – one from Canada, one from the United States, and one regional (Yukon or Alaska). As we begin our seventh season, we are proud to announce that the Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency is extending its scope and is now accepting applications from artists worldwide for the 2018 edition. The deadline for submitting applications for both the 2017 and 2018 residencies is February 1st, 2017.

By creating art on the trail and leading workshops and art talks in nearby communities afterwards, the selected artists will bring contemporary art to new and wider audiences and inspire an appreciation for the legacy of the Chilkoot Trail across both nations. The Chilkoot Trail, like all Parks Canada places, reflects the rich and varied heritage of our country and provides an opportunity for Canadians and visitors to learn more about our diversity, including the history, cultures and contributions of Indigenous Peoples.

As we near the 150th anniversary of Canada, the Government invites all Canadians to experience and learn more about our environment and our history. Canada’s national parks and historic sites enable Canadians to experience their heritage in special ways and will play a big part in the celebration of Canada 150.

The online application form and extensive program information may be accessed on the Yukon Arts Centre website here: programs/chilkoot

If you have any inquiries, please contact Jacqui Usiskin at or by phone at 1-867-667-8460.