Membership

You can become a member of SPAC at any time by filling out and submitting a membership application and fee payment using our online form, download-print-and-mail form, or a paper form available at one of our in-person meetings or at either Island Blue location on the peninsula. Two caveats:

  • You must be a paid-up member by December 31st in order to be eligible to enter that season’s April show.
  • Applications submitted from May 1st through Sept. 31st (a traditionally quiet time for SPAC) will be for the following season (Oct. 1st through Sept. 31st)–early registration, as it were–but member status begins immediately.

Activities & Benefits

MONTHLY MEETINGS

Normally, the Saanich Peninsula Arts & Crafts Society holds interesting monthly meetings on the first Monday of October through June at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney, B.C.

Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, however, all monthly meetings (and the January Social) have been suspended until further notice. The information below is therefore for “historical” (and, at some point, “future”) reference at the moment.

Meeting times:

  • October, April, May and June: evenings from 7pm to 9pm
  • November, December, February and March: afternoons from 2pm to 4pm (Note: there is no general meeting in January.)

In addition to keeping up-to-date regarding SPAC activities and business, our general meetings feature a fascinating guest artist discussing their art, style and choice of medium, and a presentation of some of their artwork. Our meetings also feature:

  • Artwork of member featured artists
  • Meet & mingle socializing with other members
  • Refreshments & light snacks
  • Extensive borrowing library of art-related books
  • Door prizes!

January Social

January’s general meeting is replaced by our popular January Social. A wonderful event, this event provides a dedicated venue for our members to socialize over tea, coffee and delicious food in an casual setting. It also provides us with an opportunity to publicly recognize the remarkable contributions that our active members have made to SPAC. And more door prizes!!

SPRING ART SHOW

SPAC is renown for its long-running, members-only, non-juried art show every April.

It is SPAC’s intention to have a Spring 2022 show, held in accordance with BC government health protocols. Please see the Spring Show page for more details as they become available.

Note that one must be a paid-up member by December 31st in order to be eligible to enter the following April’s show.

OTHER EXHIBITS

ART CHAT NEWSLETTER

Emailed to you monthly between October and June, Art Chat is SPAC’s internal newsletter. You would be amazed at how much is going on with our group and the Art Chat team (well, mostly our dedicated and wonderful editor-in-chief) crafts an informative, interesting and fun journal of SPAC’s happenings.

WORKSHOPS

All workshops are currently being conducted and planned in accordance with BC government health protocols. Please see the appropriate page for more details.

Workshops-by-the-Sea

We love bringing in guest artists to put on extended, in-depth training workshops. You can find a list of our current workshops here.

February Mini-Workshops

Every February, we fill some of those dark, dreary winter days with something amazing: the fabulous February Mini-Workshops! These peer-taught classes cover everything from advanced techniques to fun crafts. So popular, that even with over 40 workshops in 2020, the majority of seats were filled within the first 3 days of going on sale! Check out the most recent year’s mini-workshop retrospective on the members-only website to get an idea of how we fill those rainy days with fun and informative art-filled activities.

POINT OF VIEW CHALLENGE

Each year, SPAC hosts our Point of View (POV) Challenge. After choosing one of several reference images supplied by our friends at the Sidney Shutterbugs in the Fall, members are invited to create their own interpretation of the original. Delightfully creative, the results are exhibited at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney in the Spring.

Please see the POV page for information about this season’s POV Challenge and our relationship with the Sidney Shutterbugs Camera Club.