Projects and Events
Current & Ongoing Projects
Recycle Art Show (2017)
The management at Westshore Mall in Langford proposed this project and provided both the recycled plastic bottles and the venue for the resulting display. The WSAC put out a call to artists to participate, which resulted in five artists offering proposals. The public were invited to vote on their favourite creation, with the winning artist receiving a cash prize of $1000.
Quilt Show (2017)
Many delightful quilts, of all shapes and sizes, were displayed over several days in Westshore Town Centre. This was a collaboration between the WSAC and the Victoria Quilters Guild.
Canada 150 Art Tree Project (2017)
A national event to celebrate Canada 150, this project was organized by the WSAC for elementary school students, cubs and brownies. Several of the completed art trees were displayed at the Coast Collective art centre in the Children's and Youth's Art Shows.
Lantern Festival (2016)
“Light Up the Hills” in September 2016 was a thoroughly successful project and will be repeated in 2017 due to popular demand. Three preliminary lantern-making workshops were hosted by Langford Legion and the Coast Collective, and lantern-making materials were also provided at the start of the event at the new Belmont Secondary School. Participants were given simple maps to aid in following the pathways through Westhills to enjoy the talents of harpists, dancers, jazz musicians and installation artists. Trolley and bus service were provided at the end of the walking route to return drivers to the parking lot.
Photos and Video
Youth at Risk Band Port (2016-2017)
A program for children aged 12 to 17, considered at risk due to financial need or family problems, to learn to play an instrument and be part of a band. West Shore Music Academy provides the equipment and instructors in a supportive environment. Funding supplied through the WSAC from BCAC.
M'akola Family Art Studio (2016)
The WSAC was approached in 2015 by the M'akola Housing Society about providing art instruction available to their residents. Although it took us a year to make arrangements, the ensuing two events in 2016 were so successful that the M'akola group have requested further sessions.
Art at the Pub (2016)
The two inaugural sessions were done in partnership with the Six Mile Pub in View Royal, which provided attendees with a meal and beverage, A WSAC member artist gave a lesson on painting, and each student took home a completed work with mat, ready for framing.
Children's and Youth Art Shows (annual)
The first student art show was held in the gymnasium at the old Belmont Secondary School. Later shows were hosted on The Quarterdeck at Royal Roads University. A few years ago the program was expanded to include a Children's Art Show hosted by the Coast Collective at the Pendray House in Colwood. For the past few years both Student and Children's shows have been a collaborative effort between the WSAC and Coast Collective.
Mothers' Day Paint-In (annual)
The WSAC has been involved for many years at this annual event. Originally our booth was for public outreach, and we helped to organize the plein air painters. In latter years we have organized and remunerated the musicians who entertain below the terrace at Hatley Castle.
Canada Day at Ft. Rodd Hill (annual)
The WSAC participates each year for outreach purposes and to provide art projects to amuse children.
Speaker series (annual)
The first few events were held at the WSAC office in Metchosin. After a lapse of a few years the series resumed at the Metchosin Community House. Metchosin and East Sooke residents are the main attendees at these summer evening talks. Over the years we have enjoyed getting updates from internationally-renowned composer Gavin Bryars and have heard what goes on the scenes in film-making and have enjoyed early cuts of new films by Russian film maker Anna Tchernakova. The Victoria Story Tellers Guild entertained one year. Other speakers have talked on diverse subjects such as photography and homelessness.
Concert series (annual, at various venues)
This series started in 2013 with international cellist Michael Kevin Jones at St. Mary of the Incarnation Church in Metchosin. Since then, audiences have enjoyed performances by local violinist Philip Manning, Pacific Baroque ensemble and Tiller's Folly, among others.
Videos and Photos
BC Day Festival of the Performing Arts (2014)
Our long weekend event was comprised of a sold out evening concert by Ken Lavigne and his band at the Church of the Advent in Colwood and a family-friendly festival of music, artisans, sports and other entertainment at Langford's City Centre Park. Funding was provided by artsVest BC and community sponsors.
Festival web page and Photos
Arts Forum (2016)
Co-hosted by the WSAC and the Juan de Fuca Performing Arts Centre Society at the Langford Legion, this afternoon forum invited all comers to share ideas and concerns about development in arts and culture.
These were a series of meetings, held over many years, open to anyone interested in trying to promote the creation of a performing arts centre on the Westshore. The culmination was the “Development Study for a new West Shore Centre for the Performing Arts” by Schick Shiner Associates for the City of Colwood. Since then, a new organization, the Juan de Fuca Performing Arts Centre Society, has been formed to carry on with this endeavour.
Rotary Art & Wine festivals
Arts in the Park (2006-2009)
Director Gail Nash ran this summer series of music and family-friendly art for four years at Veterans' Memorial Park in Langford. Each week featured one or more entertainers from the Greater Victoria area. Art projects were aimed primarily at children, and included clay sculpting, toy boat making (and floating on the fountain pond), doll and teddy hospital and rhythm instrument creation.
Carnival for the Arts (2008)
Held at Olympic View Gold Club in Colwood, this evening of fine dining and dancing to “Band in a Box” also featured a silent auction and art displays. Attendees were encouraged to wear masks to add to the fun.
Starry, Starry Night (2008-2012)
These were annual events for members to meet and socialize over light refreshments and local entertainment.