The white tents in Ed Macgregor Park announce the two-day Art in the Park event

Celebrate local art… in the park

Annual two-day event features artisans and craftspeople as well as entertainment and food

The big white tents are the visual signal that Art in the Park is once again happening in Ed Macgregor Park.

Sooke residents are gearing up for a day in the park in celebration of local art.

The 10th annual Art in the Park festival, taking place at Ed Macgregor Park on Aug. 18 to 19, features a large line-up of local artists, vendors, music, and entertainment.

“We’ve upped the entertainment (this year),” Marion DesRochers, treasurer of the Sooke Community Arts Council, says.

But other than an expanded list of performers, “there’s not a huge amount of change,” she adds.

The annual event, put on by the Sooke Community Arts Council, aims to promote art in the community.

Members of the public can browse for paintings, pottery, jewelry, photography, and other arts and crafts.

“It’s truly a family affair,” DesRochers says. “It’s just an enjoyable family day.”

The festival includes children’s activities, live music, and entertainment.

Performances include Steve Anderson from the Sooke Harbour Players, with his daughters, making up The Rock Society; Salvatore Sam Pasta Barber Shop Quartet; Dorothy Cline from the Sooke Folk Society, a belly dance display; and shows by the Sooke Dance Studio.

All of the entertainers have a local Sooke connection, notes Carole Cave, vice president of the arts council.

“What’s really nice about having local talent is it brings in more local people,” she says.

Cave encourages people to come out and enjoy the art, music, and dancing.

“It’s just great,” she says. “A good way to spend a day.”

Art in the Park runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday (Aug. 18) and Sunday (Aug. 19) at Ed Macgregor Park, 6751 West Coast Road in Sooke.

For more information, search for Sooke Community Arts Council on Facebook, or visit www.sookecommunityarts.com.

 

On stage:

Saturday, Aug. 18

10 a.m. The Rock Society

11 a.m. Salvatore Sam Pasta Barber Shop Quartet

12 p.m. Sooke Folk Society featuring Dorothy Cline

1 p.m. Belly dancing

2 p.m. Janet McTavish – country folk

3 p.m. Peter and Trina Tutus on mandolin and guitar

4 p.m. Rob – folk rock

 

Sunday, Aug. 19

10:30 a.m. Sooke Tai Chi Society

11 a.m. Nels Tae Kwon Do

11:30 a.m. Katrina Kadoski -folk

12:30 p.m. Sooke Dance Studio

1:30 p.m. Sooke Harbour Players

3:30 p.m. Revolver 3 -rock.