Welcome to the Sooke Fine Arts Show


The Sooke Fine Arts Show provides the opportunity for the finest artists from Vancouver Island and BC’s coastal islands to showcase and sell their work. The Show, coming into its 29th year, 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 8000 art lovers from Canada, the US and abroad. More than 375 works of original island art are on display in a stunning, 17,000-square-foot gallery at the SEAPARC complex on Sooke Harbour. Visitors can also enjoy daily artist demonstrations, talks, guided tours, live music, gift shop and bistro.

Fall Art Social: National Prize and Award Winners’ Tour

NOTE: Tour is fully booked; email us to be added to the stand-by list in case of cancellations.
Members of the public are invited to join the Sooke Fine Arts Society for an art-filled day on Salt Spring Island, including a tour of the inaugural SSNAP gallery and 2015 Sooke Fine Arts Show award winners’ studios.

This year marks the launch of the Salt Spring National Art Prize exhibition (SSNAP), a juried, biannual national art prize with $25,000 in awards. The work of 52 top finalists, including some of Canada’s best emerging and established visual artists, will be on exhibition at the Mahon Hall on Salt Spring Island from Sept. 25 to Oct. 26, with prize winners announced Oct. 24.

Attendees will be treated to a docent-led tour of the exhibition, followed by lunch and a visit to the local studios of artists Patrick McCallum, Melanie Williamson and Nicola Wheston, each of whom won awards at this year’s Sooke Fine Arts Show.

Patrick, Melanie and Nicola say they are thrilled at the opportunity to welcome our group!

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Tickets are $30.00 per person, which covers the cost of the ferry, gas, and entry into the show (does not include lunch).

Sept 30: The tour is fully booked, however we taking names for a stand-by list in case of cancellations, and will notify you if a space opens up by October 9.
RSVP to sfas@sookefinearts.com no later than Oct. 8th. Space is limited. Cancellations after Oct. 8th are non-refundable. Payment must be received by October 8, by PayPal or cheque to:

Sooke Fine Arts Society
PO Box 471, Sooke, BC V9Z 1H4

Tour Itinerary, Tuesday October 13:
7am | Meet at Seaparc parking lot
9am | Travel by vans and catch the 9am ferry to Salt Spring.
10am | Attend the SSNAP Exhibition, followed by lunch at Barb’s Bakery and Bistro.

POST-LUNCH | The afternoon will be spent touring the studios of:
Mel Williamson (Award of Excellence, SFAS 2015)
Patrick McCallum (Award of Excellence, SFAS 2015
Nicola Wheston (SSNAP finalist; SFAS Jan Johnson Memorial Award 2015; SFAS Award of Excellence 2014)
5:50PM | Return ferry (approximate arrival time in Sooke 7:30pm).

2015 Sooke Fine Arts Show Concluded

Thank you to the thousands of artists, volunteers, sponsors and visitors that made the 29th season of the Sooke Fine Arts Show such a tremendous display of talent, creativity, and community spirit.We hope to see you all next year for our 30th anniversary celebration!

After tallying thousands of votes, we are pleased to announce the winners of the People’s and Children’s Choice Awards:

"Resurrection", by artist Alfons Laicher, is a corner armoire made of reclaimed maple and scavenged beach glass, which, in the artist’s words, "fashion a piece that is evocative of the West Coast's natural surroundings and breathes new life into forgotten objects.”

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD: “Resurrection”, by artist Alfons Laicher, is a corner armoire made of reclaimed maple and scavenged beach glass, which, in the artist’s words, “fashion a piece that is evocative of the West Coast’s natural surroundings and breathes new life into forgotten objects.”

Milroy, Steve - Millie

CHILDREN’S CHOICE AWARD: “Millie”, an oil portrait of artist Steve Milroy’s rescued Maltese mix, is a mosaic image of 48 popular dog breeds.


First SFAS Youth Art Scholarship Awarded

The Sooke Fine Arts Society is delighted to announce that William Kacki, a graduating EMCS student and the first Youth Arts Scholarship recipient is receiving a $750 bursary toward his arts education at Camosun College, where he is now enrolled.

The Youth Arts Scholarship fund was established in 2014 to assist young artists in pursuing post-secondary studies in the arts, and has been made possible through private donations and events such as Appetite for Art. We wish William every success in his studies, and look forward to making higher education in the arts accessible to many more talented young artists.

Youth Art Scholarship Donation

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Your donation will go toward a young artist’s education through the Sooke Fine Arts Youth Scholarship, a $750 purse awarded annually to a graduating high school student to pursue post-secondary studies in the arts. Help give the means and the confidence to young talent, and support the next generation of artists!

All donations above $10 are eligible for a charitable tax receipt from the Sooke Fine Arts Society (R852375765RR0001).

All donations above $100 will be recognized in the annual Sooke Fine Arts Show catalogue, and on our website, provided the donor does not request anonymity.

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Donation Total: $50.00