Beach Art Day returns to Sooke

Create an art installation on at Whiffen Spit using only supplies found at the beach

Create a work of art from nature at Whiffin Spit beach on Sept. 2 with the Sooke Arts Council.

At the event, teams or individuals are required to create a piece of art using only materials found at the beach, no outside supplies are allowed.

“It’s a fun event and it’s just to encourage art in and among the community,” said Beach Art Day organizer Lynda Slater. “It gives people a chance to get out and enjoy the fresh air and our surroundings.”

The free annual event begins at 11 a.m. and teams are given until 2 p.m. to finish their art installations. At 2 p.m. the artwork is judged and cash prizes will be given out to first, second and third place teams, along with prizes for children who participate.

Linda Gordon, a member of the arts council who has helped with the event for the past five years, said it gives the public a chance to do something artistic that they might not do otherwise.

“I’m excited to be out in nature, meeting new people and reconnecting with friends as we all participate in a fun day of making art,” said Gordon.

There will be a concession put on by the Harbourside Lions, and cookies sold at the event. Money collected from the cookies sold will be donated to the food bank.

“I would love to see this event evolve in to something bigger. Maybe eventually it will become a big community event with music, vendors and a barbecue or something,” said Slater.

The Sooke Arts Council is also now offering memberships to anyone in the community, and sign up forms will be available at the beach art event upon request.

For more information, please contact Lynda Slater at 250-642-4638.

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