About the Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council
Originally Galiano, Mayne, North Pender, South Pender and Saturna were members of an inter-island arts council that included Salt Spring. In (19??) Salt Spring decided to separate, keep the Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council name and become an independent arts council. The remaining islands formed the Trincomali Community Arts Council at that time. Then, in 2014, when Salt Spring decided to become the Salt Spring Arts Council, TCAC officially changed to the Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council.
Throughout the years there have been many artist members who have stepped up to serve on the SGIAC Board including: Carol Christie-Smith, Monica Bennett, Kathleen Lightman, Bev Peden, Margaret Alpen, and Patrick Smith from the Penders; Donna-Faye Digance, Karen Muntean from Saturna; Arnie Bell, Keith Holmes, Dianne Laronde, Tish Saunders from Galiano and on Mayne, Leanne Dyck, Tina Farmilo, Nikki Spooner.
Tina Farmilo of Mayne Island has been on the Board for over a decade and has served as President several times, most recently from 2014-2016. Keith Holmes from Galiano is also a long-time Director, past President and past Treasurer.
Today’s Board of Directors are: Wendy Gardner, President, North Pender
Leon Willey, Vice President, North Pender
Emma McLay, Treasurer, South Pender
Kriss Boggild, Secretary, Mayne
Tina Farmilo, Mayne
Debra Carpentier-Holmes, Galiano
Karen Muntean, Saturna (temp)
Our geographic separation makes it difficult to hold regular meetings. Each island has its own unique personality and so each island initiates community arts projects that best suit the needs of that island. We do share this website, use of the display cases on the BC ferries that deliver service to our islands, advertise collectively in BC’s Guide to Arts & Culture and a willingness to support each others artistic endeavours.