Oak Bay has a long history of being a destination for artists to live, work and create. Here are some of the current events, organizations, and contact for artists living or working in Oak Bay.
Oak Bay Artists Studio Tour
Since 2000, Oak Bay Parks, Recreation & Culture has supported two annual Artist Studio Tours, allowing patrons to visit artists in their own homes/studios.
Call for Artists to exhibit at the Oak Bay Neighbourhood Learning Centre
Professional, mid-career and emerging artists are invited to submit an application for 2020 exhibitions at the Neighbourhood Learning Centre in Oak Bay (adjacent to Oak Bay High School). This is a great opportunity to share your art with all generations of the community! Applications are accepted throughout the year.
Exhibition space for paintings, photographs (two-dimensional art only) is provided free of charge to promote artists and arts and culture groups. Artists and groups from Oak Bay and neighbouring municipalities may apply. The Neighbourhood Learning Centre can accommodate approximately 40 works of art, artwork must be approved as appropriate for viewers of all ages. Artwork will be exhibited for approximately 8-10 weeks.
If you are interested or have questions, please contact the Arts and Culture Programmer, firstname.lastname@example.org or 250 370 7908.
Bowker Creek Brush-Up
Community Art Organizations
"The Oak Bay Community Artists Society is a group of amateur, professional and emerging artists, living and working in Oak Bay in the beautiful city of Victoria, BC. We currently have over 40 members...". Begun in 2002. They Society sponsors Oak Bay's yearly outdoor summer arts show Bowker Creek BrushUp.
"The Oak Bay Art Club (OBAC) is a non-profit organization that is proud to have one of the longest running memberships on Vancouver Island. Originating in the 1940's, we have continued to be inclusive and attract a diverse group of people of varying ages and backgrounds, all with a common love and interest in painting and art in general. This approach has served us well and brought artists together to share, learn about and enjoy their passion."
“The Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) is a national organization founded in Kingston, Ontario in 1941 and now headquartered in Vancouver...The Victoria Chapter, with 125 members from Sooke to Lands End, and from Mill Bay to Saltspring and the Gulf Islands, offers regular programs and workshops designed to raise artistic standards by stimulating participants to greater heights of achievement. The Victoria Chapter includes notables such as Robert Bateman, Dorothy Oxborough, David Goatley, Catherine Moffat, Clement Kwan, Marcia Semenoff, Margot Clayton, Marney Ward, Peter Paterson, Mary Ann Laing and Anne Hudec.”
This guide includes fifteen categories of Oak Bay artists to browse (e.g. Acrylic painting, Ceramics, Mixed Media, Photography, Sculpting, Water Colour Painting, etc.)
"Victoria Sketch Club is the oldest Canadian art group west of Ontario, which celebrated it’s 100th anniversary in 2009. Its story began when a little band of enthusiasts decided to form an arts society. The upshot was the Island Arts Club, comprising 56 Charter Members, including such names as Samuel Maclure and Emily Carr. The Island Arts and Crafts Society, as it became known, dominated the local art scene throughout the inter-War period. By 1935 it was the largest group of its kind in the country. In addition to Emily Carr, its leading artists included Max Maynard, Jack Shadbolt and Ina Uhthoff..."