SFA07-5The Sooke to Port Renfrew region is a year round haven for Vancouver Island artists, artisans and crafts-people. As B.C.’s oldest independent settlement, the historic town of Sooke has attracted residents who have developed an excellent arts and crafts community with theatre productions, music, galleries, festivals and the well-known Sooke Fine Arts show. Visitors can enjoy the creativity of these artists through a host of galleries, craft studios, concerts, festivals, workshops, lectures and tours. Ground yourself in the history and culture of the area with a visit to the Sooke Regional Museum. The museum provides a comprehensive experience including displays of 18th century clothing, weaving, quilting and carving; pioneer artifacts and displays of exploration, natural history and early education; and farming, forestry and mining exhibits. Within the museum’s galleries, you’ll also experience First Nations artifacts, historic photographs, dioramas, displays and scale models, depicting both momentous events as well as day-to-day life. Household tasks of the turn of the century are demonstrated in nearby Moss Cottage. Built in 1869, Moss Cottage is the oldest standing pioneer home west of Victoria. After a visit to the Sooke Regional Museum, take time to check out some of the area’s talented present-day artists. The varied works of local artists and crafts-people include everything from paintings, prints and sculpture, to glassworks and metal art. If you time your visit for late-July and early-August, be sure to catch the annual Sooke Fine Arts Show, Vancouver Island’s premier adjudicated art show. The show brings together artists, volunteers, visitors and art patrons in an 11-day celebration of the arts and provides an opportunity for both well-known and emerging artists to showcase their work. Year round, check out the Marshall-Inman Gallery and the Sooke Harbour House for evolving artwork displays.