Fine Arts Show in Sidney

Annual Sidney Fine Art Show, presented by the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula, opens next week at the Mary Winspear Centre

Sidney Fine Art Show goers stand with artist Craig Benson and his piece Six Swimming Seals at last year's show. The 2012 show opens Oct. 12.

Sidney Fine Art Show goers stand with artist Craig Benson and his piece Six Swimming Seals at last year's show. The 2012 show opens Oct. 12.

The annual Sidney Fine Art Show, presented by the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula, opens next week at the Mary Winspear Centre.

The show is celebrating a decade of featuring works from some of B.C.’s most highly regarded artists.

“The Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula is excited and encouraged by the fact that over the years, the Sidney Fine Art Show has become one of the premiere juried fine art shows in Western Canada and a permanent fixture in the Peninsula’s annual fall arts schedule,” said Sandy Bligh, the chair of the Sidney Fine Art Show organizing committee.

“It’s an event that’s eagerly anticipated by artists, the community, and by the many volunteers who so generously give their time.”

Adjudication for the show closed in mid-September and saw 377 pieces selected by three jurors out of 1,200 submissions.

“In this economy one of our prime challenges remains to encourage artists working in all media to save and submit their best work for adjudication to the show,” Bligh said.

The Sidney Fine Art Show opens Friday, Oct. 12 at 9 a.m. and continues through the weekend until Sunday, Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. A “Meet the Artists” evening is being held on the Saturday night during the show.

Visit www.sidneyfineartshow.com for more information.