2022 Spring Show Artist Information

Updated March 10, 2022

The Mary Winspear Centre is enthusiastic to play host to our in-person, member show coming this April, with strict COVID-19 compliance, of course. Obviously, if things change, protocols will be revisited, but, for now, we forge ahead!

We are also excited to announce that this year we will be putting on a virtual show to complement the in-person show at Mary Winspear and extend our sales potential.

REMINDER: you must have been registered as a member by December 31st, 2021 to be eligible to enter the show.

Sections in this post:

  1. Volunteer Positions
  2. Important Dates
  3. Promotion
  4. Call for Artists
  5. Patrons
  6. 1/2 Price Member Tickets

Seeking Volunteers

Sign-Up Genius will be used once again for the usual general volunteering at the Spring Show. Starting March 1st, you may click on this link to go to the show’s volunteering sign-up page.

Point of Sale Training

For those volunteers working in the gift shop, there was a Zoom training session put on recently. The recording can be found HERE. This applies primarily to the gift shop, but those working on the gallery sales desk may benefit as well.

Important Dates & Times

Artist Submission Period (including virtual show)
Opens: Tuesday, February 15th
Deadline: 6 pm, Sunday, March 20th**

* * Mailed submission forms must be RECEIVED by this deadline. See the Forms section, below, for more info.

Sale of 1/2 Price Member Tickets
February 15 through April 24

Art Intake
2D & Gift Shop
Wednesday, April 20th, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

3D & Jewelry
Thursday, April 21st from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Private Patron Gala
Friday, April 22nd
Patrons & Guests: 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Artists & Guests: 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
($25 per person)

Public In-Person Show Hours
Saturday, April 23rd – 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Sunday, April 24th – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Virtual Show Dates
Patrons-only Preview: 9:00 am, April 21st – 4:00 pm, April 22nd
Public Viewing & Sales: April 25th – May 15th

Sold Art Pickup by Customers
Sunday, April 24th from 4:30 pm

Unsold Art Collection by Artists
Sunday, April 24th – 5:00 pm NOT EARLIER!


If you would like to help promote the show, there are two sets of promo materials available: the Patrons Program items can be found below, and we also have the following general show stuff:

Call for Artists

We will be accepting entries from our member-artists who registered as members by December 31st, 2021, starting February 15th through March 20th, 2022. You must read the exhibition guides prior to submitting an application to the show:

Those entering the virtual show should read the information page specific to that:


Main Gallery

  • 2D Hanging art, which requires wall space to be exhibited, is limited to 4 pieces.
  • 3D art and jewelry are limited to 20 pieces.
  • Each artist may enter a maximum of 20 pieces, including all categories.
  • If the show is over-subscribed, we reserve the right to reduce the number of entries at check in.

Gift Shop

  • 2D Hanging art, which requires wall space to be exhibited, is limited to 2 pieces with a max. size of 18” X 18”.
  • 3D art and Jewelry are not limited.
  • Each artist may enter a maximum of 50 pieces including all categories.
  • If the show is over-subscribed, we reserve the right to reduce the number of entries at check in.

Virtual Show

  • Limit of 4 pieces of art of any category. If only entering the virtual show, the art must be of the same standard to qualify for the main gallery. If you are entering work for the main gallery, then the same item(s) must be the one(s) submitted for the virtual show. We are limiting the virtual show to a total of 200 pieces for an enjoyable experience–anymore and folks will fall asleep! Therefore, it is ‘first come, first served’. Get your entries in early.

Entry Fees

This year’s entry fee varies depending on the number and combination of display areas for which one submits artwork. See the table below for a breakdown. The total fee listed below covers all items submitted up to the limits given above.

Main GalleryGift ShopVirtual ShowTotal Fee
* Entry to the virtual show is included when the main gallery and/or gift shop are also entered.

Entry Forms

Members may enter the in-person show by filling out an electronic web-form online or by downloading and printing a form from our website, filling it out manually, and mailing it along with a cheque. There is no form drop-off at the ArtSea Gallery at Tulista park, nor can you pick up a blank form at Island Blue. Note that the virtual show can only be entered via the electronic form.

Electronic Forms

Note: If you wish to download, print and fill out a paper form and pay be cheque, please see the Paper Forms section below.

When using the electronic forms, you must pay electronically (i.e., using a credit card, VISA or MasterCard debit card, PayPal account, or e-transfer.)

You can view a short video explaining how to fill out the online form by clicking here.

All electronic forms are located on the SPAC members-only website. Click on the button below to be taken to the site, then login and read the Spring Show Submissions news article.

Note that the forms will not be available until the submission period begins.

Note: log in using your Username or email address. If you have lost your password, use the password recovery feature on the login page. If that still fails, then perhaps you don’t have an account on the website: fill out a registration form which, after being reviewed within 48 hours, your account will be activated. If all else fails, see the Getting Help section below for next steps.

Paper/Printable Forms

You can download, print, and fill out the forms below if you registered as a member by Dec. 31st, 2021. You must read the Instructions before filling out the form(s).

Main Gallery Instructions (Updated February 5)
Main Gallery Submission Form

Gift Shop Instructions (Updated March 3)
Gift Shop Submission Form

You must pay by cheque if using printable forms. Mail completed paper submission forms and cheques, made payable to “SPAC”, to:  

SPAC Spring Show
PO Box 2542
Sidney, BC
V8L 4B9

Please mail your printed application as soon as possible to ensure it reaches us by March 20th. We are not responsible for forms arriving after the deadline, whether due to late mailing or delays in processing or loss by Canada Post. The date of posting/postmark is irrelevant.

Other Entry Info

  • Jewelers, please watch for the new information/instructions which will be posted online.
  • All 3D and jewelry artists: Please use AVERY labels to identify your art. Other, less expensive labels fall off. If we cannott identify your piece of art, we cannot give you your commission! Tags that can be attached by string are best.
  • For the main gallery and virtual show, there is a minimum price of $200 for paintings and $75 for 3D and jewelry pieces.
  • Gift shop minimum item price is $5 with no maximum.

Getting Help

If you still need advice about filling in the electronic form after viewing the video, or downloading the printable form, contact the artist submission support team at helpers@spacsociety.com. Please provide your name and telephone number, and one of our helpers will contact you. On the other hand, if there is a technical problem with the form, video or any other aspect of our website, please contact the website administrator using the form found here.

Patron Program

Our patrons make up about 85% of the sales at our shows. It is vitally important, for the success of our shows, to therefore expand our Patron list. There are hundreds of new people living in Sidney since our last show in 2019, and they can be recruited to become Patrons.

The Patron Program works as follows:

The Patron buys a “patronage” for $150. In exchange, they receive an invitation for 2 people to our Patron’s Gala on the Friday night before the show opens to the public–this year it is April 22 at 6:30 pm. (Note: no extra guests allowed this year, due to Covid distancing.) They also receive a $100 gift certificate towards the purchase of art in our main gallery.

So, for $50, they get an evening of hot tapas, served by our volunteer members, wine from local vineyards, live guitar music, and the opportunity to purchase our amazing art prior to the show. It is the BEST KEPT SECRET in Sidney!

We are depending on our members to recruit one or two patrons this year. It’s actually quite easy! I asked my doctor and my lawyer to support us in return for the wonderful evening, and they both said yes immediately! So, give it a try!

Promo material and application forms can be found here on the website to be downloaded and printed:

  • Rack card (PDF) “rack card” for printing and emailing. Available as a colour or black and white image or PDF.
Black and WhiteDownloadDownload
Once card is displayed, click or right-click on it and select Save or Save Image As.
  • Email or letter content, suitable for copying/pasting into an email, or for printing and handing out to neighbours and friends respectively.
    • Plain text (to copy/paste) ** coming soon **
    • Letter (pre-formatted PDF) ** coming soon **

Also, professionally printed rack cards are available for pickup from several people. If interested, please contact showchair@spacsociety.com to be put in touch with a distributor.

Member 1/2 Price Tickets

Since we are not having in-person general meetings, where I can bore you with show information and give out tickets, the 1/2 price members’ tickets will be/are available online between February 15 and April 24.

Your receipt, which you receive as an email, will act as your ticket. There is no limit to how many tickets you may purchase: if you are purchasing multiple tickets for friends, make copies of your receipt as many times as you as recipients and give them out. We will check them off as they enter.

To purchase tickets, please click on the blue button to go to the members-only website and login. Read the news article on the show which has the links to the ticket purchase form.

For now, FINGERS CROSSED that the virus allows us to have our show.

Wendy Woollard, 2022 Show Chair