Service note: we have been experiencing intermittent problems with our website. We are investigating the issue. Thank you for your patience.

Membership applications for 2020-21 are now available. See the link in the right-hand sidebar to download and print the form.

There is an update concerning the Saanich Peninsula Hospital exhibit. Please take a look here.

Fabulous February Mini Workshops

SPAC’s Fabulous February Mini-Workshops will be happening once again during the month of February 2021. We are making changes to the policies and processes to address COVID-19 concerns and to respect B.C. Health Orders. We are looking for members to assist us with the day to day activity that will need to be in place to run this event. Together we are stronger!

You will find more details on the mini-workshops page, here.

Colour, Contrast & Cacophony

Our Workshops-by-the-Sea are back in business! Join Kerry Seifried and Kathryn Compton on November 14 for this 2-day acrylic workshop.

After many discussions, we have rebooked this workshop for November 14 & 15, 2020. If you registered for this workshop in the Spring, check your inbox, as you have been sent an invitation to re-register. For all others: time is short! Act now as there are only a few seats left!!

You’ll find a full course description and registration link here

*Please also visit the Workshops-by-the-Sea page to see how we intend to handle the workshop environment in terms of COVID-19 and the safety of participants.

Message from the SPAC President

We have come through the summer break dealing with Covid-19 and are now ready to embark on another season of art activities.  We are working hard to come up with new ideas that will keep us all involved in our love of art and challenge our creativity.  We have also been developing Covid-19 guidelines for all SPAC activities.

Our AGM is normally held in October, but the following decision has been issued from the BC government Registrar:

British Columbia Societies May Postpone 2020 AGMs until November 2021

In a further step to assist BC societies in managing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the British Columbia Registrar of Companies (the “Registrar”) issued a decision extending the period of time in which societies may hold their 2020 annual general meetings (“AGMs”) to November 2021.”

We will keep members updated when we make a decision on where and when the next AGM will be held.

Other Activities

Workshops by the Sea:  We are pleased to announce that the first members’ workshop for this season is fully booked.  These will continue to be a wonderful at-cost benefit for members.

Mini Workshops:  These fabulous classes held throughout the month of February will be continued again this year.  Members will be notified when and how to sign up.

Note: The workshop teams are developing a classroom cleaning protocol to ensure a hygienic environment.  Masks and sanitizer use will be required.

Point of View Challenge: This project, which is based on photos from the Sidney Shutterbugs club, continues to be one of the most loved of our projects, both by the member artists and the public.  Members will be kept informed of the details for the coming year.

ArtChat: Our monthly publication will continue to be a great source of information for SPAC members.  A September issue was most recently sent out.

Monthly Meetings: These will continue as soon as we can provide a healthy and safe environment for our members. In the meantime, we are looking at things like organizing virtual meetings, investigating a private Facebook page for members only, online demos featuring member artists, and even future online art courses are possibilities being considered.

SPAC SHOW 2021:  We are all committed to doing our best to produce a show that will meet our usual, expected high standards while conforming to public health regulations.

2021 might be a year of changes and opportunities as we find new ways to enjoy and feature our work.

– Heather Corbitt, President