It’s Showtime!

Without art we would be like a breeze across the water. The excellence and strength of this community is shown through the commitment it has to the arts; this is a most impressive and awe-inspiring art show.

– Arthur Vickers

The 2011 Sidney Fine Art Show takes place at the Mary Winspear Centre in beautiful Sidney by the Sea from Friday October 14th through Sunday October 16th and promises to continue a tradition of showcasing excellence.

Show hours are from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm Friday and Saturday and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Sunday. There will be artist demonstrations every day. Saturday October 15th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm is “Meet the Artists” night with more artist demonstrations, nibbles and a no-host wine bar.DemonstrationDemos

Admission is $6 per day, or $10 for a 3-day pass. Children 12 and under are free. Visitors can win fabulous door prizes every day.

Now in its 9th year, the Sidney Fine Art Show has become one of the largest and most anticipated shows in British Columbia, and a highlight on the cultural calendar of Vancouver Island. For 3 days, the Bodine Hall will be transformed into a world-class gallery.
Sidney Fine Art Show – 2009Sidney Fine Art Show – 2009Sidney Fine Art Show – 2009The Show, which is run by the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula (CACSP), is not for profit and run totally by volunteers – over 300 of them who, together, will work over 4,000 hours on the Show. Commenting on the Show, Sidney Mayor Larry Cross said:

The Sidney Fine Art Show has achieved over the past eight years a provincial and national reputation as one of ‘the’ shows to have work accepted in and one of ‘the’ shows to visit to experience outstanding art. The fact that over 300 volunteers have come forward to be associated with the Sidney Fine Art Show speaks to the commitment our residents have to the arts.

Over 2 days in September, our jurors Don Farrell, Mary Reid and Peter Shostak selected 384 diverse and exciting pieces of excellent art by close to 260 artists from the 1,250 pieces that were entered in the show. Their selection was based on excellence, creativity, originality and technical achievement with an emphasis on artistic accomplishment. This year, our six Show Masters, Craig Benson, Dale Dziwenka, Tara Juneau, Clement Kwan, Noah Lane and Johannes Landman will be displaying new pieces.

The show opens on Oct. 13 with opening celebrations for invited guests. The evening starts with a special reception for sponsors and patrons, who will have the first opportunity to view and purchase the art. The awards ceremony in the Charlie White Theatre follows with Sheryl McKay, host of CBC’s North by Northwest and guest speaker, well known artist Keith Hiscock. Prizes are awarded for Best in Show, Best Work on Canvas or Board, Best Work on Paper or under Glass, Best 3 Dimensional, the Colin Graham Award for Innovative Work as well as six Juror’s Choice Awards and the Show Designer Award.

Following the awards ceremony, the celebration continues with the show preview and reception for invited sponsors, patrons, artists and volunteers.

The show continues to be especially important to the local art community. Not only do artists receive 80% of their sales revenue, any surplus from the show is used by the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula (CACSP) in direct support of their many diverse programs. This contribution enables the CACSP to operate the Tulista Arts Centre, and to continue many of its programs, including the ArtSea Festival, summer children’s and seniors art classes, the First Nations fall show, as well as grants provided to member groups.

Again this year, the Sidney Fine Art Show, and the Saanich Peninsula Fall Studio Tour which takes place the following weekend, October 22nd and 23rd, are the “book-end” events in the Peninsula ArtSea Festival, which runs from October 14th through 23rd, includes these two much-anticipated events, as well as a full range of other activities in between. In addition to fine art and crafts, these include will be music, dance, literature, film, and, of course, the ‘art of shopping.’ Visitors can also participate in the CACSP’s self-guided “Art Walk” of Sidney.