Planning begins for Sooke Fine Arts Show

Deadline for artwork is June 4

Artists from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands are busy creating artwork in response to the 2018 Sooke Fine Arts Show Call to Artists.

Submissions are open to anyone on B.C.’s coastal islands creating original 2D, 3D, photography, fibre arts, ceramics and hand-formed jewellery.

Deadline for submissions is June 4.

The jury panel selected to adjudicate this year’s show will have the task of choosing 380 pieces of original fine art created from every imaginable material, in both traditional and contemporary fashion.

“The jury panel for 2018 reflects arts professionals who have gained international recognition for their inspiring creativity, their knowledge of different modalities and for their contribution to the arts,” said Christa Brenan, executive director of the Sooke Fine Arts Society.

“The jury is selected each year from arts professionals who have extensive training and experience. That added to the unique perspective of each Juror, allows for a show that is fresh and exciting. The process is anonymous so that the work of emerging and established artists is viewed individually, without bias.”

This year’s jury includes:

Nick Bantock received his bachelor of fine arts in England and has gained international recognition for his wide range of creative talents, including painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, print-making and writing.

Wendy Welch has a master of fine arts from the University of Victoria, bachelor of fine arts from Concordia University, has taught at the Victoria College of Art, UVic and Camosun College, and was the founder of the Vancouver Island School of Art. Her art practice includes drawing, painting, sculpture, art writing, installation and curatorial work. She has shown extensively throughout Canada and the U.S.

Lee Gass is an accomplished sculptor, teacher and lecturer, a retired University of B.C. biology professor and has had a life-long passion for expressing himself through 3D art. His signature wood, stone and bronze works have been exhibited in several Vancouver and B.C. galleries and sculpture events in the U.S. His forms emulate the natural world in macro and he incorporates specialized photography and lasers in his teaching.

The Sooke Fine Arts Show runs from July 27 to Aug. 6 at SEAPARC arena.

For more information on the art show and online submissions, please go to

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