Peninsula ArtSea Festival – Oct 14th through Oct 23rd

October is ‘art month’ on the Peninsula. Friday the 14th the Sidney Fine Art Show kicks off the Peninsula ArtSea Festival. The Festival brings the community together in a celebration and appreciation of all art forms.

In embracing the ArtSea Festival, Sidney Mayor Larry Cross said:

“The ArtSea Festival, bookended by the Sidney Fine Art Show and the Peninsula Fall studio Tour, and filled with an exciting range of art, musical, literary and natural history events, is a major step forward for the Town, and the Peninsula in reaching our goal of attracting visitors who stay with us and enjoy the ambiance of this area.”

The concept has captured the imagination of many local business owners who have taken the opportunity to open their doors to artists. They have invited those artists to bring their work out of their studios and into retail locations. What better way for the whole community to experience the process of making art.

The Festival – inspired by the connection we have with the sea that surrounds us, provides a showcase for the depth and diversity of the creative activities that are truly an inherent part of the “community of arts” in Sidney and the Peninsula.

Performing art is certainly part of the Festival. The 2011 Peninsula ArtSea Festival Concert ‘Sea Cantata’ with Nicholas Fairbank as Conductor- Oct. 16th, 7:30pm at St. Elizabeth’s Church in Sidney.

VivaPeninsula Academy of Music students will be performing at Victoria Butterfly Gardens and in Sidney at the Scotiabank BBQ.

The Invitational First Nations and M├ętis Show will continue throughout the ten day Festival at the Tulista Art Centre. A new art initiative – ‘Sidney Seaside Sculpture Walk’ will be unveiled during the Festival. Visitors are also invited to follow the Arts Council’s self-guided “Art Walk” of Sidney, check out the sculptures, murals and those interesting ‘Art’ boxes on the main street.

The annual Peninsula ArtSea Festival is proudly sponsored by the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula, the Peninsula Celebrations Society, and the Town of Sidney, with support from Canadian Heritage, the Capital Regional District and the Vancouver Foundation.

For more information and a full schedule of events please visit, and check the pullout supplement in the Oct 12 edition of the Peninsula News Review.