Sooke Art Scene

There are many artists living on Vancouver Island. Maybe there is something about experiencing where the ocean meets the land and how it introduces itself with a big wave that gets peoples creative juices flowing.

Are you a lover of the fine arts?

The annual Sooke Fine Arts Show just wrapped up, it happens during the last week of July and first week of August. Don’t worry if you missed it this time around, it happens every year and even after the show is finished, many of the pieces stick around for us to admire from afar or bring back to our homes and enjoy it’s beauty daily. Visit Sooke Fine Arts Society for more information on where to purchase some of this exhibits art.

Believe it or not but the Barking Dog Studio has nothing to do with dogs, it is an artists dream. They carry Fat Paint Supplies which they have generously used on different furniture pieces to demonstrate the antiqued finish that can result. If you aren’t looking to pick up a brush and make your own creation, they have furniture and shelves for sale. This is also the perfect place to go when you have a long list of people to shop for, perhaps get your Christmas shopping done early? There is something for everyone here, all unique, and locally crafted.

The Blue Raven Gallery features generations of aboriginal art. The Newman family creates exquisite art and master carvings. Please be sure to come visit the gallery as they are planning on closing it down soon. The art can always be purchased online or viewed at Carey’s workshop near Sidney.

After a beautiful drive up the West Coast, Road Marshall-Inman Gallery has unique hand crafted pottery and wood carvings that are unlike anywhere else. This gallery is filled with one-of-a-kind pieces from Glenys and Basil, a very talented husband and wife duo. Another added bonus is that when you pull into the driveway you are greeted by llamas. Not everyday that you get to see a llama.

Sooke has everything you need to find a unique birthday gift, check off all of the items for your Christmas list or to bring back a unique piece of art that only a few people have ever had the pleasure of seeing.

Share the gift of local art this trip to Sooke, a gift that will last a lifetime. The best place to stay is overlooking the water at Sooke Harbour Resort and Marina. Wake up with the sea otters playing in the water and a crane trying to catch his breakfast. Feel inspired, amongst a very artistic community.