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 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 at the SEAPARC complex 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 is now concluded. 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!

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As part of our 30th anniversary celebration, we have launched a “$30 for 30” campaign to help us raise funds for a public art sculptural project, to be unveiled in 2017 at the SEAPARC Leisure Complex.30for30-4colour-copy

Your donation will go toward the creation of a public art sculpture sited at the entrance of the SEAPARC Leisure Complex. 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 that evokes 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.

Charitable tax receipts are available for all donations above $10 made out to the Sooke Fine Arts Society. Charitable registration #R852375765RR0001

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

People’s and Children’s Choice Awards

After tallying 2500 votes, the Sooke Fine Arts Society is proud it 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.

Didn’t get a chance to see the Show? Check out Shaw Cable’s go! Island coverage of the 2016 Sooke Fine Arts Show