Sidney Fine Art Show is set to shine later this month

The Sidney Fine Art Show (SFAS) will be celebrating its 12th year when it opens on Friday, Nov. 17

Attendees enjoy last year’s Sidney Fine Art Show at the Mary Winspear Centre.

The Sidney Fine Art Show (SFAS) will be celebrating its 12th year when it opens on Friday, Nov. 17.

“The Sidney Fine Art Show is one of the largest and most anticipated juried art shows in B.C. and a highlight on Vancouver Island’s cultural calendar,” said event chair and designer, Sandy Bligh.

The 2014 show takes place at the Mary Winspear Centre from Oct. 17 until 19, and promises to continue a tradition of showcasing excellence said Bligh.

“Over 1,040 entries from 441 artists were submitted and judged over a two day period in September,” she said, adding that this year, the show will feature over 400 pieces of original fine art.

“All of the pieces in the show are for sale ranging from small prints in the $350 range, to more imposing pieces from master artists,” she said.

The 2014 show features nine master artists, Dale Dziwenka, Noah Layne, Craig Benson, Tara Juneau, Clement Kwan, Johannes Landman, Leonard Butt, Marion Evamy and Stephanie Steele.

“This group of artists has been presented with a Sidney Fine Art Show major prize at least twice, and are in the running for a prize for best master’s work,” Bligh explained.

Bligh is one of the 300 volunteers to dedicate their time to the show each year. It’s a volunteer effort, Bligh explained, and people put in an estimated 6,000 hours to make it all come together.

The show is produced by the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula (CACSP) and is juried by Nick Tuele, former curator at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria,  Kayleigh Hall, curator and operations manager at the Art Gallery of Calgary, and Janice Robertson, artist and signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.

Bligh also said there are two special evening events this year from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

“Friday night is Celebrate Local Night,” she said, adding that show attendees can enjoy the art show while they savour local Saanich Peninsula wines and ciders and cheeses and charcuterie. Saturday night, she continued, is Meet the Artists Night with participating artists in attendance.

Admission to the SFAS is $6 per day or $10 for a three-day pass (children 12 and under are free). Hours are Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more visit sidneyfineartshow.ca.

— With files from Susan McIntyre

 

Bligh stepping down from show  in 2015

Sandy Bligh, with the Sidney Fine Art Show since its inception in 2003, will step down as the show’s organizer but will stay on as the show’s designer.

“Chairing the show committee for these past four years has been very rewarding and a lot of fun, but it is time for me to focus on my own painting,” said Bligh, adding the show and its volunteers are looking for someone new.

 

Just Posted

North Saanich pedals ahead with bike lane expansion

Road alignment modifications made following resident feedback

Oath of office not needed: North Saanich councillor

District council set to approve oath that had been repealed in 2012

After dark: Sandown construction goes overnight

Noise concerns from Sidney could stop nighttime work schedule

Pioneer Park chosen as site of Central Saanich’s new cenotaph

After some back and forth over the years, Central Saanich councillors chose… Continue reading

Central Saanich property taxes may rise 2.97 per cent

Higher police costs due to new CRD dispatch

VIDEO: What you need to know today at the B.C. Games

All 19 events are underway across Kamloops, where five to 10 cm of snow is expected to fall

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Hundreds march for justice in death of Winnipeg teen

Tina Fontaine was pulled from a river in 2014, her body wrapped in a blanket and weighed down by rocks

Rookie boxer gains new self-confidence

After ten weeks of training ‘Killer’ Gibson is ‘unstoppable’

Maritimes want their own CFL team

Their biggest hurdle is getting a stadium commitment in place

Former Island hockey player dies suddenly in Costa Rica

Well known and popular former hockey and lacrosse player dies in accident while travelling

Wounded Warrior Run BC makes it to the Comox Valley

Day four of the annual fundraiser saw the team stop in Courtenay and Comox

Sask. school shooter to be sentenced as adult

The man was just shy of his 18th birthday when he killed four people and injured seven others

Most Read