SPAC Winter/Spring 2018

January Coffee Party a real hit!!

There was quite an enthusiastic group of SPAC members who came to the January Coffee Party, dressed in 1950s inspired hats, gloves and pearls, groovy and colourful hippy attire from the 1960s, and several poodle skirts! A huge round of applause to Cathy Schulhauser, her hard working assistant Heather Maciak and the extended team who helped with the many organizational details. President Lois Brown was the effervescent MC for the afternoon. The McTavish Academy of Art was a wonderful venue. More details and photos in the February Art Chat.


February Mini workshops
The February Mini Workshops** are one of SPAC’s most popular activities and this year, there are a record number of participants. Some workshops had such long waiting lists, that a second workshop was added! Registrations closed as of the January Coffee Party– see you in February!

If you have questions, contact: Arli LawMini Workshops Chair  250-544-8868

**Don’t forget the Mini Workshops are being held at McTAVISH ACADEMY of ART, 1720 McTavish Road North Saanich.

Point of View Challenge

Every SPAC member and art medium is welcome to interpret the photograph of Bill Langford of Sidney Shutterbugs. All artwork to be brought to Mary Winspear Centre April 3 at 10am for hanging.




SPAC Spring Show 2018
The excitement is building – artwork being created – and planning in full swing – for our upcoming Spring Show April 28th and 29th at Mary Winspear Centre. See link in Member Benefits (drop down menu) under Spring Show 2018 for more information.

Monthly meetings
Our next meeting will be on March 5th, 2-4pm***. Being our 65th anniversary year, we will be having a very special Founders’ Panel.

There was a large crowd on Feb 5 to hear Vincent Fe and his story of his evolution into the world of clay. He brought many samples of his decorative pieces and mugs, mugs, mugs! He and his slide show were truly entertaining as well as inspiring.

Remember to bring your name tag to the meeting. You must have it to win one of the door prizes!

***NOTE: Change in times for some of our monthly meetings.
     •   March
         DAYTIME  2-4 pm
     • April, May, June
         EVENING   7-9 pm
All meetings will continue to be on the first Monday of the month.

Saanich Peninsula Hospital Art Exhibit
Next changeover is May 8, 11am – 1pm. See link in Member Benefits (drop down menu) for more information. Also, see link to exhibit form in right column.

SPAC celebrating this year!!
New and exciting things are happening in the new 2017-2018 SPAC year. See below for updates on our 65th Anniversary celebration! The guest artist workshops for the next year have  been announced (see workshops page) and there are some very talented & well known artists who will be sharing their expertise with us.

The Board has a 65th Anniversary Committee who is very busy planning the year long celebration & looking for volunteers to join in. There are several special events taking place throughout 2018.

• Monday, January 29 at 10AM – a guided tour of the One Tree Exhibit at the Robert Bateman Centre in Victoria.
• February 15 – 21 –  ‘Taste of Tulista’ – a sample show of various activities that take place at Tulista Art Centre during the year.
•  June 25 – July 1   ‘SPACTIVITY’ – a series of art related activities all week: an art show, demonstrations, en plein air competition (with prizes); children’s painting area; a raffle and an information tent.  Held at Tulista Art Centre.

This is your chance to participate and celebrate a major milestone for SPAC!

SPAC and social media
SPAC has launched its own Facebook page which can be found at Our Social Media Chair, Susan Siemens, has also set up Instagram! You can contact her at, subject line ‘Social Media’  or on the facebook page.

This is really exciting as we can all show samples of our artwork on it – a perfect and easy way to show our talent to the world. There will be lots of links to art magazine articles, seminars & videos and tips on art making. Everyone is invited to contribute. FYI – Susan will help with ‘technical issues’!