Members Show

PRESS RELEASE:  March 10, 2020

This afternoon the Executive Committee of the Victoria Sketch Club met and decided based on the current information available necessary to cancel its 111th Annual Art Show scheduled for next week at the Glenlyon Norfolk Junior School Campus. 

Our decision was based on a potential case of the Coronavirus [ COVID 19] at the Glenlyon Norfolk School. While we do not know the test results the reality is that prudence must take precedence  over planned public events such as our art show which The Honourable Janet Austin Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia was slated to open on the evening of 17 March. Additionally, we did not wish to interfere with the School’s planned programme to cleanse the campus.  

We regret having to make this decision but it was necessary. If  the public health situation clarifies with the coming of spring we may reschedule our show sometime later in 2020. 

Joseph Gollner 
President VSC
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Every spring, the Victoria Sketch Club organizes its annual week-long Members 
Show to exhibit the work of Club members. These shows have been a major 
objective under the Club's Constitution for more than a century. Shows are 
normally held in the gymnasium of the Glenlyon Norfolk school, beautifully 
located in Oak Bay, one of Victoria's oldest neighbourhoods.

The annual exhibition featuring around 150 original paintings by members of the 
Victoria Sketch Club continues in the footsteps of early members like Emily Carr,
Jack Shadbolt,and Max Maynard.

For the members the show is an important annual event. It is their opportunity 
to display a sample of their recent work and for the public to view and purchase 
those paintings. Typically one can view the work of about 30 participating artists 
working in a wide range of media, formats, subjects and styles.

Normally 30 to 40 works of art are sold in the Spring Show at prices that include

the 7% PST. Since the show is presented on a break-even basis, the club charges
member artists only a small percentage as commission to defray expenses. The 
show attracts an ever-increasing number of visitors, many of whom return year 
after year.


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