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In its 33rd year, the Sooke Fine Arts Show is Vancouver Island’s longest-running, juried fine art show and one of the region’s premier summer arts events. This 11-day art show and sale transforms Sooke’s SEAPARC arena and leisure centre into a stunning, 17,000-square-foot gallery, bringing artists, volunteers, students, visitors and art patrons together for a festival of the arts.
More than 375 works of original island art are carefully chosen by three jurors, selected each year from top arts professionals, gallery curators, and arts educators from BC and Canada.
The unique artworks encompass 2D, 3D, ceramics & glass, fibre, jewelry, and digital and traditional photography. Along with the chance to see world-class local art, visitors can enjoy daily programs such as artist demonstrations and talks, guided tours, live music and youth performances, and a large gift shop. Last year’s show welcomed over 9,000 visitors from the local area, Vancouver Island, the lower mainland, BC, Canada, the US and abroad.
The show was originally conceived and hosted by members of the Sooke Region Museum and Sooke Region Historical Society as a way to showcase the unique art and culture of the area. It has grown in size and scope to encourage a greater understanding and appreciation for the arts in general, and to foster the role art plays in the region’s heritage, culture, economy and community spirit.
There are more than 300 volunteers who work together to make the show come alive. Hailing from a large variety of backgrounds; realtors, historians, artists, bankers, construction workers, designers, business owners, teachers, or simply just art lovers; all volunteers pull together to complete each stage of the show from gallery construction, design, and setup, through to running all aspects of the show.
An event for all ages, and a feast for the senses…come out and enjoy some truly world-class local art!
“One of the best juried shows in North America – always a stimulating variety of media and pieces which are superbly displayed. “
“Always love this show! Love the way art is displayed, the music, ambience, community”
“An outstanding achievement for such a small community!”
“So glad I made the trip to Sooke from Vancouver!”