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Peninsula-based Donna K. Williams is among the artists featured in the ArtSea Virtual Artist Tour, which replaced the 2020 Artists’ Studio Tour cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (YouTube/ArtSea Community Arts Council)

VIDEO: Annual artist studio tour goes virtual on Saanich Peninsula

ArtSea converts popular event to online format with personalized artist videos

Peninsula-based Donna K. Williams is among the artists featured in the ArtSea Virtual Artist Tour, which replaced the 2020 Artists’ Studio Tour cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (YouTube/ArtSea Community Arts Council)
Bearded Alcazar Iris by Salt Spring Island artist Jeannette Sirois, sketched with coloured pencil on a 22 by 22-inch by 15-inch paper. Sirois’ work is on display this month in the West End Gallery. (Jeannette Sirois Image)

Rolling the dice on the patina of old copper

At the Galleries: Summer days continue

Bearded Alcazar Iris by Salt Spring Island artist Jeannette Sirois, sketched with coloured pencil on a 22 by 22-inch by 15-inch paper. Sirois’ work is on display this month in the West End Gallery. (Jeannette Sirois Image)
Sooke Arts Council opens first gallery

Sooke Arts Council opens first gallery

Classes available at new location

Sooke Arts Council opens first gallery
Canadian-Cuban musician Alex Cuba poses in Toronto on Tuesday, October 2, 2012. Cuba wasn’t planning to be a trailblazer for the future of Canada’s live music scene, but his upcoming concerts may serve as a blueprint for the road ahead in the midst of the pandemic.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Pay cuts, seating charts, COVID screening: How one Sidney venue is bringing back concerts

A growing number of bars and restaurants are welcoming back musicians under COVID-19 precautions

Canadian-Cuban musician Alex Cuba poses in Toronto on Tuesday, October 2, 2012. Cuba wasn’t planning to be a trailblazer for the future of Canada’s live music scene, but his upcoming concerts may serve as a blueprint for the road ahead in the midst of the pandemic.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Artist Katherine Babcock, of West Island Designs, is inspired by the outdoors. (Courtesy Esquimalt Community Arts Hub)

Esquimalt artists take to great outdoors amid coronavirus

Group invites budding, or just willing artists, to join at Saxe Point

Artist Katherine Babcock, of West Island Designs, is inspired by the outdoors. (Courtesy Esquimalt Community Arts Hub)
Jake and his sole companion Sparky in ‘Woodland’ (Joie Anacker)

Psychological thriller filmed on northern Vancouver Island debuts on AppleTV

‘Woodland’ is set in Haida Gwaii at a remote fishing lodge

Jake and his sole companion Sparky in ‘Woodland’ (Joie Anacker)
Victoria’s Symphony Splash, which usually draws thousands to the Inner Harbour, goes virtual this year. (Black Press Media file photo)

Symphony Splash goes virtual, revisits 2018 performance

Organizers postpone live event until Aug. 1, 2021

Victoria’s Symphony Splash, which usually draws thousands to the Inner Harbour, goes virtual this year. (Black Press Media file photo)
Dr. Mary Kerr on the desk of her office. The theatre professor has been recognized for transforming stages through her design for five decades. (UVic Photo Services)

Oak Bay set designer wins Molson Prize Laureate

Mary Kerr, UVic theatre professor, earns esteemed award

Dr. Mary Kerr on the desk of her office. The theatre professor has been recognized for transforming stages through her design for five decades. (UVic Photo Services)
The Sooke Writers Collective have released its annual anthology - Lucky Number Seven. (File photo)

Sooke Writers Collective releases new anthology

Lucky Number Seven features work from local writers

  • Jul 14, 2020
The Sooke Writers Collective have released its annual anthology - Lucky Number Seven. (File photo)
The Sooke Fine Art Show will take place virtually from July 24 to Aug 3. This painting by Richard Hunt is one of the wide range of pieces to be featured at this year’s event. (Contributed - Sooke Fine Arts Society)

Purchasers Preview Night offers first glance into this year’s Sooke Fine Art Show

Annual event to be held virtually on July 23

  • Jul 13, 2020
The Sooke Fine Art Show will take place virtually from July 24 to Aug 3. This painting by Richard Hunt is one of the wide range of pieces to be featured at this year’s event. (Contributed - Sooke Fine Arts Society)
Aaron Pritchett will play the Mary Winspear Centre July 16 to 19, starting at 7:30 p.m. (Photo Courtesy of Mary Winspear Centre)

Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre to host a trio of acts

Aaron Pritchett, Alex Cuba and Valdy will each play four shows

Aaron Pritchett will play the Mary Winspear Centre July 16 to 19, starting at 7:30 p.m. (Photo Courtesy of Mary Winspear Centre)
The Sooke Fine Art Show will take place virtually from July 24 to Aug 3. This painting by Richard Hunt is one of the wide range of pieces to be featured at this year’s event. (Contributed - Sooke Fine Arts Society)

Sooke Fine Art Show gears up for July 24 launch

Virtual event to feature more than 375 juried works from local artists

The Sooke Fine Art Show will take place virtually from July 24 to Aug 3. This painting by Richard Hunt is one of the wide range of pieces to be featured at this year’s event. (Contributed - Sooke Fine Arts Society)
The eighth annual Victoria Flamenco Festival will be hosted on Youtube and Zoom from July 23 to 26, in response to the pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
The eighth annual Victoria Flamenco Festival will be hosted on Youtube and Zoom from July 23 to 26, in response to the pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
Coastal scenes at the forefront for July shows at Victoria galleries

Coastal scenes at the forefront for July shows at Victoria galleries

From sculpture to landscape paintings, summer art is about nature

  • Jul 4, 2020
Coastal scenes at the forefront for July shows at Victoria galleries
Coastal wolves are among the unique species featured in the IMAX documentary Great Bear Rainforest. (Ian McAllister/Pacific Wild)

Imax Victoria back in action

Theatre reopens July 3 after COVID-19 closure

Coastal wolves are among the unique species featured in the IMAX documentary Great Bear Rainforest. (Ian McAllister/Pacific Wild)
Madrona Gallery owner Michael Warren and employee Brittany Scarfe with Ted Harrison’s Glorious Lone Land (1990), which might be Harrison’s biggest piece. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

From emerging artists to rare pieces, Madrona Gallery in Victoria turns 10

Seven-foot Ted Harrison piece latest to come through gallery

Madrona Gallery owner Michael Warren and employee Brittany Scarfe with Ted Harrison’s Glorious Lone Land (1990), which might be Harrison’s biggest piece. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
At The Galleries: Madrona Gallery reopens for 10th anniversary
At The Galleries: Madrona Gallery reopens for 10th anniversary
Oak Bay resident Christin Geall with her new book, Cultivated: The Elements of Floral Style, a collection of Geall’s floral photography that accompanies Geall’s 42,000-word journey of art history and floral arrangement. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Renowned Oak Bay floral arranger debuts first book

Instagram star Christin Geall combines photography, floral arrangements

Oak Bay resident Christin Geall with her new book, Cultivated: The Elements of Floral Style, a collection of Geall’s floral photography that accompanies Geall’s 42,000-word journey of art history and floral arrangement. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
The Bateman Foundation’s Sketch Across Canada program encourages artists of all skill levels to go outside and capture their natural world. (Courtesy of the Bateman Foundation)

Sketch outside, connect with nature through Bateman Foundation program

#MyNatureSketch initiative encourages Canadians to become ‘bright-eyed three year olds’

The Bateman Foundation’s Sketch Across Canada program encourages artists of all skill levels to go outside and capture their natural world. (Courtesy of the Bateman Foundation)
Local Western Speedway drivers bring the thrill to fans at home while helping the Goldstream Food Bank. (Screenshot/iwesternspeedway.com)

Western Speedway brings racing home, feeds those in need

Realistic online racing series runs Sundays May 17 to June 7

Local Western Speedway drivers bring the thrill to fans at home while helping the Goldstream Food Bank. (Screenshot/iwesternspeedway.com)