Artist demonstrations are a popular part of the Sooke Fine Arts Show, happening this year from July 26 to Aug. 5 at the SEAPARC. Facebook

Head to Sooke this month for annual Island arts extravaganza

The 33rd Sooke Fine Arts Show offers visitors a veritable museum of modern art

For 32 years the Sooke Fine Arts Show has created a world-class exhibit of art in all its forms.

Open to the public from July 26 to Aug. 5 at a transformed SEAPARC near Sooke Harbour, the 33rd annual show provides the opportunity for the finest artists from Vancouver Island and B.C.’s coastal islands to showcase and sell their work.

As organizers and participants in this summer’s arts extravaganza prepare to do it all again, it’s interesting to note some of the stats:

  • The show is Vancouver Island’s longest-running juried fine art show and the Island’s premier summer arts event
  • The 11-day art show and sale draws more than 9,000 art lovers from Canada, the U.S. and abroad
  • More than 375 works of original art will be on display in a stunning, 16,000-square-foot gallery at the SEAPARC complex

There are numerous special events on during the Show, starting off with the Purchaser’s Preview Evening, July 25 from 7-10 p.m. For a $35 ticket, you not only get first crack at claiming a piece, you can enjoy live music, as well as hors d’oeuvres from 4 Beaches B&B Catering.

Special children’s and youth art activities are slated for July 30, and seniors tea events happen July 31 and Aug. 1 from 2-4 p.m. Admission to the tea is included with the show ticket for anyone 65-over, or $3 extra for all others.

There’s artist demonstrations and lectures throughout the show, as well as musical entertainment. Plus, for those seeking a more in-depth visit, your admission includes a docent tour led by artists and volunteers who can provide new perspectives on the works, or focus on specific artistic mediums or thematic works.

You can also check out the gift shop, packed full of delightful and affordable handmade gift items made by exhibiting artists.

For a full events schedule and other information, visit sookefinearts.com.

 

Just Posted

Ocean swim challenge shines spotlight on Crystal Pool plight

Ultra-marathon swimmer sends tongue-in-cheek invite to Victoria council

Sidney crash involving seniors underscores pedestrian safety issues

Sunday’s collision includes many of the main factors in crashes involving pedestrians

Morning crashes still causing delays for commuters

Three-vehicle crash on Highway 1 still causing congestion

Beat the rush: Give the gift of time to the community this holiday season

Volunteer Victoria offers tips for meaningful experiences

Sunny skies ahead for Wednesday

Plus a look ahead at your weekend

VIDEO: Ron MacLean says he doesn’t believe former co-host Don Cherry is racist

Sportsnet fired Cherry on Nov. 11, two days after controversial on-air comments during ‘Coach’s Corner’

POLL: Do you plan on making any purchases on Black Friday?

We’ve all seen the images. Shoppers rioting outside of a store in… Continue reading

B.C. woman puts call out for 10,000 personal, heartfelt Christmas cards for the homeless

Christmas Card Collective enters into third year of making spirits bright

No turn signals, double-parking among top concerns for B.C. drivers: poll

Two-thirds of B.C. drivers said that not using turn signals was their biggest pet peeve

1 dead, 2 seriously injured in crash with elk on Hwy. 18 in Cowichan

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP were called to the scene at about 8 p.m. Tuesday night

Man accused in fatal Shuswap church shooting also charged with arson

Parmenter family home badly damaged by fire a month before killing

PHOTOS: Patients pelt doctors with snowballs, all for BC Children’s Hospital

The snowball fight was to raise funds for the annual Snowball Fight for Kids Campaign

‘Our culture is not a religion,’ Indigenous educator tells B.C. Supreme Court in case of smudging at school

Mother also gave evidence Tuesday in Nanaimo courtroom, case continues Wednesday

B.C. man who killed Belgian tourist near Boston Bar gets life in prison, no parole until 2042

Sean McKenzie pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of 28-year-old Amelie Christelle Sakkalis

Most Read