West Shore Culture
Whether it’s a large and ominous stone octopus, a painting of a channel swimmer in stormy water that makes your lungs ache in sympathy, or a funky steam punk bird made of found objects and kiln fired glass, something will make you wonder at the limits of human creativity at the Sooke Fine Arts Show [SFAS] this summer.
2018 will see the SFAS celebrate its 32nd anniversary. This is a community-proud event with a long history of bringing art and culture to the West Shore region. Art lovers from far and wide are welcomed to Sooke for Vancouver Island’s Premier Summer Arts Event held at the SEAPARC Leisure Complex from July 27 to August 6. More than 8,500 attendees are expected to be inspired by the stimulating and inspiring art.
SFAS began as an initiative of the Sooke Region Museum and Sooke Region Historical Society in 1986 with 49 accepted artists. In 2006, the arts event came under the governance of the Sooke Fine Arts Society and continued to grow with 260 artists represented now, and over $12,000 in awards distributed each year.
“It takes a tremendous level of support from our community to put on the show, with 300 volunteers involved from gallery construction to ticket sales,” said Geraldine McGuire, President of the Sooke Fine Arts Society. “We have so much fun pitching in together and we love to watch the audience react to the unique work created by artists from all of Vancouver Island and coastal islands.” There are daily activities for all ages during the 11-day show, featuring live music, art demos, lectures and special events for children, youth and seniors. Along with a chance to see 380 pieces of juried world-class art, an on-site gift shop exhibits smaller works and a Youth Art Gallery spotlights 200 pieces by talented regional students. A must-see event for locals, visitors and tourists alike!
More event details here!