Art Council looking for more community involvement

April 4 meeting to discuss upcoming events, volunteering opportunities

The Sooke Community Arts Council will undertake planning and discussions in the coming weeks.

First of which will be a special meeting, held at the Sooke Harbour House, this Tuesday (April 4) at 7 p.m. The executive will discuss upcoming events such as the ARTiFACTS Art Show, as well as how to enter the event.

The meeting is open to the public.

“You’ve got a photo, got a drawing, come on out and share it with the community,” said member and organizer Linda Gordon, adding that anyone can join with their artwork, and doesn’t have to be a professional to do so.

The month-long show starts on April 27 and goes until May 28 at the Sooke Region Museum, with the application deadline April 15.

If you’re member of the arts council ($15 membership) there’s a $5 participation fee per person.

For non-members, the cost is $20, which includes membership.

There’s no commission on the art sold, so artists receive 100 per cent of what the art sells for.

All types of art, carving, fibre, clay and pottery as well as book authors and musicians are invited to apply.

Only criteria for ARTiFACTS is artists are local and the work must reflect elements of the area or inspired by Sooke.

Some changes are due for the operation of the organization itself, as its president, Caryl Wilford, stepped down recently from her position.

Though no person has been found yet, the other priority now is to engage more with the Sooke community, which will be the central focus of next week’s meeting, Gordon noted.

The organization is also in dire need of volunteer support, notably to help set up and organize shows and events; as such, Gordon pointed out, Art in the Park is in jeopardy of being cancelled.

“We’ve got a great group of people who are willing to step in and continue the events that are planned, but it’s really important this time to get the word out that the public is welcome to take part,” she said.

“We’re inviting people to come forth with their ideas and input.”


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