This highly-anticipated annual Sooke Fine Arts Show gives the finest artists from Vancouver Island and BC’s coastal islands an opportunity to showcase and sell their work.

This year, the Sooke Fine Arts Show is celebrating its 33rd anniversary as Vancouver Island’s longest-running, juried fine art show. Each year between 1200 and 1400 artworks are submitted.

The 11-day art show and sale draw more than 9,000+ art lovers from Canada, the US and abroad. More than 375 works of original island art are on display in a stunning, 16,000-square-foot gallery. The unique artworks encompass 2D, 3D, ceramics and glass, fibre arts, jewelry, and digital and traditional photography.

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.

I met with Adam Barter, a founding member of this talented West Shore group, to hear about new directions that they’re taking right now.
High Noon to Midnight consists of four guys who share the simple notion that music sounds better when you have a damn good time making it. The rock tunes they create reflect this idea and pay tribute to each member’s very different musical background and influences. Simply put, this is a band that you must see live. With soulful, emotionally-driven vocals and blistering saxophone solos, their creatively crafted songs take on a life of their own. High Noon to Midnight delivers the goods every time they hit the stage.

It’s planting season! All of us here at The Artisan’s Garden are already busy creating the most beautiful hanging baskets and planters for the summer season and for Mother’s Day.

With our greenhouse open now, you can come and create a personal planter or hanging basket of your own design, if you wish. We have a wide variety of healthy plants to choose from and, the best part is, you can leave the mess with us. Mothers, daughters and girl friends make an afternoon of it, while enjoying Mackenzie’s special coffee drinks and sweet treats in our garden. Just give us a couple of hours notice that you’re coming and we’ll be sure to have your planting station organized. After that, it’s up to you. Let your own creativity soar!

Imagine for a moment that you’ve discovered an artisan marketplace. You’re strolling through a spacious garden and everywhere you look you see extraordinary things—unique treasures that you’d have a hard time finding anywhere else. It’s not your neighbourhood mall, that’s for sure.

I met up with Jesse between tours on a rainy morning at the Broken Paddle Coffee Shop in Metchosin, BC. He’s unassuming, soft-spoken and just as approachable and as charming as his music.
Jesse Roper is the West Shore’s own versatile blues artist rooted in soul, rock and country. He’s a hardworking performer with a non-stop touring itinerary across North America. In the past few years, he’s quickly become a staple on modern rock radio and a major headliner at festivals such as Sunfest, Rifflandia and Rock the Shores. He’s shared the stage with many great artists and played direct support to Keith Urban, Lee Brice, Colin James, Spirit of the West, Tower of Power, Booker T Jones, Chilliwack, and others as well as older rock bands like ZZ Top, Steve Earle and Big Wreck. Incapable of holding back, Jesse always delivers with knock-out live performances, making him an unstoppable presence in the music industry today.