Each year SPAC brings in Jurors to evaluate the members art work for the Spring Show.

The Jurors select artwork for the Jurors Choice Awards and provide comments for the artists. The awards are not monetized but highly prized by the artists and purchasers.  The Juror’s Choice Award artwork are often the first to be purchased at the Patron’s Night Gala.

The Jurors criteria to evaluate the artwork include:

1. Goal – Did the artist accomplish what they set out to do?

2. Technical Excellence – The artist’s skill and proficiency for the materials used.

3. Design – The arrangements of the elements, presentation, and the visual experience.

4. The Artist’s innovation – Inventiveness, creativity, and newness to the artwork.

5. The Artist’s vision – What does the piece say?  How does the artwork speak to issues or concerns? Is the message integrated within the material expression?

This year with over 400 members, we will have two 2D , a 3D and a Jewellery Juror to evaluate the artwork.

Deborah Tilby is a Canadian painter currently living in Victoria BC.  She is recognized as one of the top oil painters in the country and is a senior signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, a signature member of the American Artists Professional League and has been awarded the status of Oil Painters of America Master.  Her work has won many international awards, has appeared in Fine Art Connoisseur, International Artist, Southwest Art, Arabella and Artist magazines and is in collections all over North America and Europe. 
“I am passionate about my work; I truly love it and paint every day.  Painting is a challenge, but always fascinating and deeply fulfilling.”

Website: deborahtilby.com

Sara Robichaud is a mid-career visual artist based in Nanaimo and Chemainus.  Primarily known as a formalist painter, her recent work explores feminine perspectives, memory and place through a site-specific installation in her home entitled An Unapologetic Affair. Sara is currently working on a series of large-scale paintings centered around practices of care and empathy.

Robichaud holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Victoria (Victoria, BC, 2009) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Honours from Queen’s University (Kingston ON, 1995).

Recent Exhibitions include Tough, Herringer Kiss Gallery (Group 2022), The Line Between, Gallery Jones (Group 2021), Small Gatherings, Nanaimo Art Gallery (Group, 2020), Spectral, Herringer-Kiss Gallery, Calgary AB (Solo, 2019). Sara is represented commercially at Gallery Jones in Vancouver, BC and Herringer Kiss Gallery in Calgary, AB.

Her work is part of the following public collections, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ottawa, ON), Nanaimo Art Gallery (Nanaimo, BC) and the Kennedy Arts Centre (North Bay, ON). Other notable collections include the Fairmont Baku Flame Towers (Baku, Azerbaijan) and the private collection of Princess Noura of Saudi Arabia.

Website: sararobichaud.ca

Anisa Skuce Newell is a Canadian born artist of Iranian/ Irish descent who grew up in Canada’s Arctic, Vancouver Island, and Costa Rica. Skuce received her undergrad in Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and a Master’s in sculpture from the Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland. Her multidisciplinary practice has included site specific installation works, video, sculpture and collaborative works in aluminum, bronze, copper, silver, silk, glass, graphite, paper, text digital film and sound.
Anisa’s work explores the intersection between spirit and matter, the mystic and the material striving to translate the ephemeral into visible reality. She has exhibited across Canada, Scotland and the US. Skuce is passionate about how creativity finds expression
through children, youth and in community.


Geoffrey Beattie has been in the jewellery industry for over 30 years, starting in New Zealand as a trainee manager and quickly working his way up to manager within two short years. Thirteen years later, Geoffrey immigrated to Canada with his Canadian wife and child. Soon after arriving, Geoff and his wife Chris discovered Barclay’s Jewellers was for sale. It seemed as though fate had played its hand; the store had opened in the same year Geoff had joined the jewellery industry.

Geoff and Chris have progressively built their customer base and focused on key aspects to the jewellery business, enabling them to say, “Your jewellery is our speciality,” and mean it. From 2014-2015 Geoffrey served as the Chairman of the Board for the Canadian Jewellers Association. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Jewellery Group (CJG) and the Canadian Diamond Code of Conduct (CDCC).

Geoff may also bring one of his jewellery designers to assess the jewellery.