Sooke art auction supports young artists

Sooke art auction supports young artists

Nov. 10 event features works by past art show winners

The work of 36 Sooke Fine Arts Show prize winning-alumni will be featured in a benefit event designed to support the community’s artists and the Sooke Fine Arts Scholarship Fund.

The Nov. 10 event, the Sooke Fine Arts Show Auction and Gala, includes such well-known names as Leonard Butt, Nirmala Greenwell, John Grey-Noble, Pavel Francev, Leslie Gregory-Morgan and many others who have won honours at the fine arts show.

The Sooke Fine Arts Show is held every summer at SEAPARC arena.. It’s the longest-running juried fine arts show on Vancouver Island.

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More than 375 works of original art were on display and the show attracted more than 9,000 visitors from across Canada, the United States and abroad.

One feature of the fine arts show that organizers find exciting is the work submitted by art students. This summer’s show featured some 200 works by students from Edward Milne community school, Belmont secondary, and Royal Bay secondary.

“We invited art students from those schools to participate and some of the work they submitted was just outstanding,” said Jen Hayward, the administrative coordinator for the SFAS.

“It’s that kind of extraordinary young talent that has inspired us to offer scholarships so that those young people can pursue higher educational opportunities to prepare them for careers in art and culture.”

The auction is structured so that each of the contributing artists has set a minimum bid for their work, and anything above that minimum level goes to provide the scholarship fund.

“We didn’t want the artists to have to totally donate their work, but this method supports the artists while at the same time raising money for the artists of tomorrow,” Hayward said.

This is the first year for the auction and gala event, which replaces the annual Appetite for Art event.

“Our new event will feature a three-course meal by the culinary experts at the West Coast Grill in the Prestige Hotel and it promises to be a lively, elegant and fun event, all in support of young, emerging artists,” Hayward said.

Tickets are available at or by calling 250-642-7256.

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