The Sooke Community Arts Council members mount a show at the Reading Room Cae.

The Sooke Community Arts Council members mount a show at the Reading Room Cae.

Local art show provides visual feast

Sooke Community Arts Council mounts exhibition at local cafe

Twenty artists are represented in a Community Arts Council show at the Reading Room Cafe. What was the art council’s Christmas show is continuing until the end of January.

“It’s a very eclectic show,” said Marion DesRochers, speaking for the council.

The show of mostly paintings, is a mix of traditional landscape scenes with a decidedly West Coast flourish by artists Michel DesRochers, Patricia Godbout, Len Platt, Marie Coakley Sandra Scafe and Maureen Savoy  There are also photographs by Jack Most and Viviene Cabot, fused glass by Alison Garrett Hannesson and fibre by Lynda Slater.

As the works sell, they are being replaced with new pieces, rendering the show a changeable feast of art work.

The CAC has about 60 members, with three-quarters of them being artists. Many people often buy a membership in the council to lend support.

The Sooke Community Arts Council is a registered not for profit society funded by the BC Arts council and the District of Sooke.

The arts council was founded by an enthusiastic group of artists and non-artists and incorporated on October 10, 1987 at which time it was named South Coast Arts Council. After several years of operating under that name, it was felt that it did not reflect the council’s geographical location and/or boundaries so it was decided that the name would be changed to the Sooke Community Arts Council.

The boundaries of SCAC extend from Port Renfrew, Jordan River, Shirley, Otter Point, Sooke, East Sooke and part of Juan de Fuca, giving a population coverage of some 18,000 people.

Each year they hold a number of events including the Family Arts Fair in April, Art in the Park in August and Beach Art in September. The arts council is also a sponsor of the Sooke Fine Arts Show.

For more information go to: sookecommunityarts.com.

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