Jessie Taylor-Dodd is one of the “Bag Ladies” whose work is on display at the South Shore Gallery. (photo contributed)

Jessie Taylor-Dodd is one of the “Bag Ladies” whose work is on display at the South Shore Gallery. (photo contributed)

Sooke Bag Ladies host gallery event

Presentation of Fibres and Beyond an annual event

South Shore Gallery in Sooke will be hosting its latest display of art in November and the gallery owner, Jessie Talyor Dodd, says that this presentation is not to be missed.

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The display is the work of Fibres and Beyond, of which Taylor-Dodd is a member.

It’s a women’s art textile co-operative based on the southern tip of Vancouver Island that was founded in 2002 as a way to support and challenge artists who work with surface design, fibre, fabric and mixed media.

This year’s display is entitled “Bag Ladies” and is a collection of the artists’ interpretation of the concept of a bag.

“We have handbags, but we’ve also got displays with titles like “It’s in the Bag”, “Man-Bag”, “Bags of Money”, and “Bag Man”. They’re all very different interpretations on a theme,” Taylor-Dodd said.

“Every year we follow a specific theme and the results are always entertaining. A few years ago we asked for the interpretation of a poem and another year we did a sort of “telephone game” approach where only the first artist was told the theme and the others had to interpret that work and create their own, based upon what they thought the theme might be.”

The pieces in the South Shore Gallery show will all be for sale during the exhibit of the “Bag Ladies” artwork, as will all the other works in the gallery.

“We feature the work of more than 80 artists from southern Vancouver Island (in the gallery), and many of those are from Sooke. We have Fionna McDannold, who is a weaver, and Sharon Bussart-Grove who is a potter. We have glass artists and a sculptor … there is just so much talent in the region,” Taylor Dodd said.

The show begins on Nov. 3 with a gallery reception that is open to the public and runs to Nov.17 at the 2046 Otter Point Rd. location in Sooke.

More information on Fibres and Beyond can be found at

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