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