Art Galleries & Artists
Glass artwork (Danielle Hayes photo)
Artists and craftspeople are drawn to the Sooke region by the quiet, the beauty and the opportunity to establish home studios in an inspiring west-coast setting.
The community also has some interesting galleries, art tours and events.
Sooke Fine Arts Show
This week-long adjudicated show in late July and early August has been showcasing up-and-coming Vancouver Island and Gulf Island talents since 1986. Over the years these have included First Nations' artists Victor, Edith and Carey Newman, the fabric artist Juno and the late Jimmy Wright, renowned for his whimsical bear paintings.
The Sooke Fine Arts Show is now widely recognized as one of the finest such exhibitions in western Canada. A broad selection of work in many mediums - painting, photography, jewellery, ceramic/glass and fibre art included - is featured and most of the work is snapped up by collectors long before the show ends. Live music, an art raffle and a silent auction are part of the schedule.