Welcome to the Sooke Fine Arts Show
2015 Online Submission Now Open
Artists wishing to submit work for consideration to the 2015 Sooke Fine Arts Show are asked to carefully review the Submission Guidelines for information on eligibility, requirements and important dates. Submissions will remain open until midnight Monday, June 8. Please note: assistance will not be available after 4pm. Artists will be notified by email June 16, and a list of accepted artists will also become available on the website.
Please note an incorrect website was given for one of this year’s jurors, Craig Sibley, in the Call to Artists graphic; visit the 2015 Jurors page for up to date information on this year’s jury panel. We apologize for any confusion.
If you are not registered and would like to receive the Call to Artists and other notifications, please email us to be added to our database.
Sooke Fine Arts Society Recipient of Non-Profit Excellence Award
The Sooke Fine Arts Society is honoured to be the recipient of the 2014 Not-For-Profit Organization Excellence award, presented by the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the Sooke Harbour House.
Our small army of 300-odd volunteers devotes more than 10,000 hours annually to the Sooke Fine Arts Show and its related programs, out of a genuine love of community and the arts. To all our volunteers, and our many supporters in the business community, thank you and congratulations!
Upcoming Art Social: Witness Blanket with Carey Newman
May 28, 7:30pm
Edward Milne Community School Theatre, 6218 Sooke Rd
The Sooke Fine Arts Society’s next Art Social event will feature an evening with Carey Newman as he discusses his powerful Witness Blanket, now on tour across Canada, a large-scale art installation commemorating the atrocities of the First Nations residential school era, as part of the ongoing reconciliation process. Carey is a renowned multi-disciplinary artist, whose work has been featured many times in the Sooke Fine Arts Show. Join him for a special insight into the creation of the blanket’s tapestry, the collection of its mementoes and the message it carries.
February Kick-off Meeting Yields Energetic Ideas
More than 75 Sooke Fine Arts Society members and volunteers attended the annual kick-off meeting in February at the Sooke Harbour House, and were asked to break out into groups to brainstorm about of the challenges and opportunities the Society is looking to address as it approaches the 30th anniversary of the Sooke Fine Arts Show (in 2016!). From community collaborations to increased learning opportunities, the results were truly energizing – see the full report here.
About the Sooke Fine Arts Show
The Sooke Fine Arts Show is a regional exhibition of fine art showcasing 375 works of original, west coast art by artists on Vancouver Island and the surrounding BC coastal islands. Set in a 17,000-square-foot temporary gallery within the SEAPARC Leisure Complex in the seaside town of Sooke, BC, it is the largest juried event in the region to represent Island artists, attracting more than 8000 visitors, tourists and art patrons throughout its 11-day run. The show is an important means of drawing attention to the distinct artistic talent on the coastal islands and their contribution to Canada’s artistic heritage.
In addition to the exhibition of art, the show features special events and programs to engaging visitors of all ages with art and to connect them with the artists, fostering an appreciation of the arts and encouraging a hands-on engagement with the many artistic techniques on exhibit in the gallery. The Society endeavours to create an accessible experience while maintaining the highest quality of presentation.
Special events include a Purchaser’s Preview Evening, Artist Celebration gala, live artist demonstrations, talks and music daily, as well as children’s, youth and senior’s programs, including a Youth Art Gallery adjacent to the main gallery.