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, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2016, 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.

Important Dates for 2016

Call to Artists: Feb 15
Submission Close: June 6, 11:59 pm
Show open to public: July 22 – Aug 1
Purchaser’s Preview: July 21 (ticket sales open online in June)
Artist Celebration: July 23

Online Submission for 2016 Show Now Open

Artists wishing to submit work for consideration to the 2016 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 6. Please note: assistance will not be available after 4pm. Artists will be notified by email June 14, and a list of accepted artists will also become available on the website.submissions button2
Artists whose work is accepted into the show can refer to the Guide for Exhibiting Artists for information on preparing the artwork, drop-off and pick-up dates, artist demonstrations and more.

If you are not registered and would like to receive our annual Call to Artists and other notifications, please email us to be added to our database.

Celebrating 30 years of art$30 for 30

As part of our 30th anniversary celebration, we are launching a “$30 for 30” campaign to help us raise funds for a public art sculptural project, to be unveiled in 2017. 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.

Whatever your level of support, we are asking you to contribute a little extra toward this special project to help us mark this important milestone. Donations to this campaign will be earmarked and all donors recognized publicly for their contributions unless otherwise requested.

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Donation Total: $30.00

First SFAS Youth Art Scholarship Awarded

The Sooke Fine Arts Society is delighted to announce that William Kacki, a 2015 graduating EMCS student and the first Youth Arts Scholarship recipient, has received 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. Donations over $10 to this fund are eligible for a charitable tax receipt – click here to learn how you help shape a bright future for young talent!