Looking for local, hand-made Christmas crafts and decorations? There are many arts and crafts fairs throughout the Capital region around this time of year. What a wonderful opportunity to support arts in your communities and find those unique gifts that are treasured by their recipients for years to come.
One of the largest and longest-running Victoria area Christmas craft fairs is the annual All-Sooke Arts and Crafts Christmas Show here in Sooke. It runs this weekend, from November 14 to 16, and features over 60 local artists and crafters displaying and selling everything from paintings, jewelry, preserves, baking, ceramics and more.
It is going on at the Sooke Community Hall, 2037 Sheilds Road, Sooke (map) and the hours are from 1:00 – 8:00 on Friday, 10:00 – 5:00 on both Saturday and Sunday.
Completely shameless plug: You won’t find my lovely wife-to-be’s Driftwood Santas there, but they will be appearing at other craft fairs in Sooke and Victoria later this month, and you can purchase them online from the comfort of your computer chair.
One of the most highly anticipated events of the year in Sooke is the Sooke Fine Arts show. The premier juried art exhibition on Vancouver Island runs this year starting July 26th at 10:00am until August 4th. The event attracts many local Sooke artists, as well as other talented creators from around Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Painting, sculpture, pottery, mixed media and more will be represented.
There is a special purchaser’s preview night on Thursday, July 24th for those who don’t want to miss out on special, unique pieces.
The 10-day event will feature over 350 pieces, and will have events for seniors such as afternoon tea, events for kids such as the “art for kids” art scavenger hunt, and even an evening of ballroom dancing. There will be musical entertainment throughout the festival, too.
New this year is the Artist in Attendance program, where one or more of the exhibited artists will be on hand demonstrating their skills and technique.
A raffle and a silent auction will also be held.
Tickets are $7 for adults (one day), $5 for seniors (one day) or $10 for the week. Kids under 12 are free. The special purchaser’s preview night costs $25 and you must reserve in advance. Call 250-642-7256.
The SEAPARC recreation centre is located on Philips road. Take Hwy 14 to Sooke, go over the bridge and turn right at the red and white lighthouse (the first traffic lights). SEAPARC will be on your left as you pass the museum. See the Google Map below:
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