Members Show

Press Release: 

Heads Up to Art Lovers - Victoria Sketch Club Launches Art Show and Sale

Prepared by Gillian Rhodes Dated: February 19, 2022

All are welcome to attend the much-anticipated Victoria Sketch Club Annual Art Show and Sale to be held this year at the Glenlyon-Norfolk Junior School gymnasium at 1701 Beach Drive in Oak Bay, March 22 – 27. Doors open at 4 p.m. March 22 with Mr. Tomas Vesey, Governor of the Glenlyon Norfolk School Society opening the Show. The Show will run daily from 10 am – 6 pm and close at 4 pm March 27th.

“The Victoria Sketch Club has played an integral part in the collective experience and camaraderie of many local artists here in the Greater Victoria area,” said Oak Bay Mayor Kevin Murdoch at a previous opening. “It’s history dates back over 100 years and it’s one of those hidden gems that enriches the framework of our community.”

The Art Show will feature local club members’ works in various sizes in oil, acrylic and watercolour, all framed and ready to be hung Current members include prize-winning members of the Federation of Canadian Artists, whose artwork is featured in galleries across Canada.

“I’m proud that our Club can again host its annual show, “said Joseph Gollner, President of the Victoria Sketch Club. “We are honoured to have our show in the stunning new gymnasium here at Glenlyon-Norfolk Junior School. I’m sure if some of our well-remembered members, like Ted Harrison or Ray Goldsworthy were to see us here today, they would be so pleased to know we were continuing to produce and provide art with enthusiasm and sensitivity.”

Well over 125 painting will be on display and for sale. There will be demonstrations by artists, personal sketch books to view, and door prizes to be won. 

For more information, please contact: Vicky Turner at

Please help publicize the Annual Victoria Sketch Club Show – we are grateful to you for your help.

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.