Sooke Arts Council’s new art gallery opens in August

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Renovations to the Sooke Arts Council Society’s new gallery and gift shop are progressing in increments.

Work is nearly complete, apart from some final touches to the ceiling and moving the whole thing to the new location on Church Street, said longtime arts council member Lynda Slater.

The gallery is expected to be ready to open in early August, with opening hours Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Mondays and Tuesdays, the space will be available for rent.

“We’re here to provide space for artists, people interested in art, and those who want to explore more learning opportunities,” Slater said. “It’s all about community engagement. We want to be a hub that brings everything together, that promotes artists through our exhibitions, our gallery space and our gift shop.

Last year, the arts society sold over $40,000 worth of artwork in its gallery and gift shop.

Slater said one of the new space’s priorities was to encourage young people to get involved in the arts council by offering free memberships to anyone under the age of 18.

“The more members we have, the better it is for funding opportunities,” Slater said.

To learn more about membership and volunteer opportunities, please go online to sookearts.com.

The arts society, a community institution since the mid-1980s, is also seeking to acquire a permanent space to deliver classes and promote learning opportunities at The Gathering Place, part of a center for multi-aged facets that will be built adjacent to the Vancouver Island Regional Library. on Wadams Way.

Upcoming events for the company include the Beach Art Festival at Whiffin Spit on September 11.

“We invite artists to participate in full-ago, a French term for plein air painting,” Slater explained. “Proceeds from their artwork will go towards fundraising for The Gathering Place. Artists interested in getting involved should email [email protected]

Members of the Sooke Community Arts Society will also be at the Sooke Music and Arts Festival September 2-4 at John Phillips Memorial Park.


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