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. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2016, it is Vancouver Island’s longest-running juried fine art show and the region’s premier summer arts event.
The 11-day art show and sale draws more than 8000 art lovers from Canada, the US and abroad to the SEAPARC Leisure Complex in Sooke, BC. More than 375 works of original island art are on display in a stunning, 17,000-square-foot gallery on Sooke Harbour. Visitors can also enjoy daily artist demonstrations, talks, guided tours, live music, gift shop and bistro. See our special events page for kid-friendly events!
The 2016 show was a tremendous success. We thank each of the artists, sponsors, volunteers and guests who helped make our 30th anniversary such a very special celebration of our region’s culture. We hope to see you again in 2017 – dates, special events and details will be announced in January.
Notice to Sooke Region Artists
Call for Entries to the 4th Annual Appetite for Art
Online Artist Submissions accepted until January 25, 2017
Yes! I would like to donate to the 30th Anniversary campaign!
Your donation will go toward the creation of a public art sculpture at the entrance of the SEAPARC Leisure Complex, to be unveiled in 2017. The metal sculpture (based on the design seen above) is designed by Salish artist Chris Paul, who brings to life a traditional Coast Salish story evoking the earliest shaping of the southern Vancouver Island region. It is a celebration of place, of people, of the power of art to connect us all.
The sculpture is planned as part of a series centred on Sooke’s history and culture, in collaboration with local arts and culture organizations. What better way to celebrate three decades of community achievement than with a tangible legacy in the community, for the community.
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.
People’s and Children’s Choice Awards
After tallying 2500 votes, the Sooke Fine Arts Society is proud to announce the winners of the People’s and Children’s Choice awards. This year the People’s Choice votes resulted in an unprecedented tie between Len Platt’s haunting oil painting “Lenticular Dreams over Sooke Hills” and Jennifer Mummery’s fantasy gown “Beneath the Salish Sea”. The Children’s Choice was the whimsical 3D installation “Hero Ark”, a collaboration between Kay Lovett, Bob McLeod and Shannon Proctor-McLeod, which also garnered an Award of Excellence at this year’s show.
Thank you for casting your vote for your favourite piece! Thank you also to our generous sponsors who make it possible to encourage and recognize artistic excellence on BC’s coastal islands – please support us, by supporting them.