Whether you pause before moving on to the next piece or prefer to reflect on each creation, art at its best is still an in-person experience.
After two years of online-only attendance due to the pandemic, the Sooke Fine Arts show is returning to its traditional in-person format at the SEAPARC Leisure Complex from July 22 to August 22.
The Sooke Festival of Fine Arts, in its 36th year, showcases exceptional works of art in a variety of media by local artists from Vancouver Island and the coastal islands of British Columbia.
The popularity of the event, the largest juried art exhibition on Vancouver Island, is underscored by the more than 10,000 people who viewed the exhibits online last year, a considerable increase over some 9,000 people who attended in person in 2019.
Sponsors are a vital part of the Sooke Fine Arts Show’s continued success, SFAS Executive Director Terrie Moore said in a press release.
“Many of our long-time sponsors are considered part of the SFAS family,” Moore noted. “Brian Butler and his son Travis Butler have made sponsorship of the local arts community a key part of their family business. Sponsors like the Butler family are an inspiration, and their commitment to local artists and the arts helps shine a spotlight on local talent, nurture emerging artists in the community, and inspire other sponsors and volunteers to support the show.
Butler Brothers and Butler Concrete and Aggregate have sponsored the event for 13 years.
Keycorp Development and Marketing in Langford has also made SFAS part of its overall commitment to supporting local arts and culture.
Moore said the support of many local businesses in Sooke and on the West Shore is essential to help defray the annual costs of the event. Tom Lee Music provides the gallery piano, design services are provided by A Sea of Bloom and The Artisan’s Garden, and local hospitality sponsors include the Prestige Oceanfront Resort and the Westcoast Grill.
The Sooke News Mirror, Times Colonist, Island Social Trends, CFAX radio and CTV-VI television also provide critical media support, Moore noted.
“From corporate sponsorship to individual donations, and from goods and services to the donation of time that all of our volunteers donate, the Sooke Family Arts Show runs on the energy, donations and contributions of local businesses, families and art lovers, for which we are so grateful,” Moore said.
The Sooke Festival of Fine Arts kicks off July 21 with a Buyer Preview Night, an exclusive ticketed event that gives seasoned and new art collectors and buyers first access to see and buy their favorite unique works of art.
The event includes assorted drinks and appetizers prepared by 4 Beaches Catering and live music with Broke and Blue. Tickets are $45 and are available online at sookefinearts.com.
The Sooke Fine Arts Society is a federally registered non-profit charitable organization.
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