Catherine Keogan

Two for one at SFA show

Two talented women are job sharing the administrative co-ordinator position

The Sooke Fine Arts show, which draws a plethora of talented artists, has a team who work throughout the year to put on the massive event.

Among the hardworking bunch are dynamic duo, Britton Jacob-Schram and Catherine Keogan.

The two young women were hired in October to share the position of administrative co-ordinator. A position that requires a multitude of skills and knowledge.

Touching just the breadth of their position, the two women handle administrative work, write grants, respond to enquiries from sponsors and artists, do web design and provide support for the nearly 300 volunteers who put on the show.

“There’s no one hat to wear,” said Keogan. “There’s a lot to be done, and a lot of aspects of the show that need our help.”

Although the job can be demanding, with a workload that “rises and falls,” Keogan said it’s been a great experience.

“I love it, this is a wholly positive work environment and we are working towards a very positive goal.”

Keogan arrived in Sooke, along with Jacob-Schram, last October after living in Costa Rica.

Their relocation to Vancouver Island’s west coast was all thanks to a simple wish list, depicting their ideal homestead. Items on the list included mild weather, close to the ocean, close to a big city, but not in one, a strong community feel, and marvellous wildlife and nature.

And just as expected, Keogan is an artist in her own right, with her main medium being words. As an accomplished writer, Keogan has published a national best-seller on Costa Rican travel titled Pura Vida.

She is also trilingual, having a grasp on English, French and Spanish.

“They are more than what I was hoping to get in this office,” said show director, Sally Manning. “They are exceptionally talented.”

The two women were hired on an eight month contract, which Manning now hopes to extend.

“We really, really are working hard to keep them with us,” she said. “We’re more than thrilled to have them here with us, they are just a godsend.”

The Sooke Fine Arts show, which is in its 26th year, will take place at the SEAPARC Leisure Complex from July 28 to Aug.6.

The show features artists from Vancouver Island and B.C.’s Coastal Islands, and has approximately 8,000 annual visitors who attend.

This year, 1,335 arts works from 561 artists were submitted, which was narrowed down to about 275 pieces for the show.

For more information on tickets and the Sooke Fine Arts Show schedule, visit: www.sookefinearts.com

Just Posted

Port Renfrew man charged with animal cruelty

Hot coffee poured on dog’s face, say police

Sooke cougar sighting unconfirmed

Boy had a close encounter with the big cat

Central Saanich makes moves to alieviate business transit concerns

Councillor calls for enhanced service and long-term transit passes

Saanich sponsors Jeux de la Francophonie giving $50,000 for the French-language Games

Couns. Susan Brice and Nathalie Chambers opposed funding, citing substantive and procedural concerns

VIDEO: B.C. MLA Michelle Stilwell takes first steps in nearly 30 years

‘It actually felt like walking. It’s been 27 years… but it felt realistic to me’

Report of dead body in B.C. park actually headless sex doll

This discovery, made at Manning Park on July 10, led police to uncovering two other sex mannequins

Grand Forks fire chief found to have bullied, harassed volunteer firefighter: report

WorkSafeBC, third-party human resources investigation looking into allegations complete

Taekwondo instructor, 21, identified as B.C. bat rabies victim

Nick Major, 21, an instructor at Cascadia Martial Arts in Parksville

15-year-old with imitation gun caused ‘dynamic’ scene at Nanaimo mall

No one was harmed in Monday’s incident, say Nanaimo RCMP

B.C. on right road with tougher ride-hailing driver rules, says expert

The provincial government is holding firm that ride-hailing drivers have a Class 4 licence

RCMP investigating alleged ‘sexual misconduct’ by cyclist on BCIT campus

BCIT said they were reviewing video evidence of the incident

New home cost dips in B.C.’s large urban centres

Victoria, Kelowna, Vancouver prices decline from last year

Graphic suicide scene edited out of ‘13 Reasons Why’ finale

Suicide prevention groups support the decision

Most Read