Back in 2009 a group of pirates really got into the mood and  built a ship during the Beach Art competition.

Back in 2009 a group of pirates really got into the mood and built a ship during the Beach Art competition.

Beach art coming up

Annual Beach Art competition takes place at Whiffin Spit

Every year people gather along Whiffin Spit and drag, pull, tie and coerce driftwood, rocks, flotsam and whatever else they find  into works of art.

The Sooke Community Arts Council sponsors the Beach Art event. This year it will be on Sunday, September 7 starting at 12 noon.

“Once again we’re planning a fun event for all ages. Families, friends and individual teams  compete each year to build amazing sculptures from natural and not so natural items found on Whiffin Spit. Each year I am amazed by the creativity of our participants,” said Sandra Scafe, event coordinator.

“Volunteers walk the spit with words of encouragement to our teams and especially the youngsters who are sometimes a little hesitant. We promote fun and all skill levels receive beautiful rosettes and small cash prizes,” she said.

And there are wondrous creations to be sure.

“We’ve seen many mermaids over the years as well as complete Roman villages created by kids. It really blows my mind to witness the fun and innovation of these children.  Our adult teams continue to amaze us every year with complex themes such as First Nations storytelling scenes and we even had a pirate ship with pirates on board!” exclaimed Scafe.

The ultimate goal is to provide a fun and free event for the community to enjoy and promote creativity in the beautiful natural environment in which we are so fortunate to live.