Our gallery co-ordinator perfectly places the art throughout the hallways, which is one of the most wonderful aspects when visiting Sooke Harbour House, home to the art of more than 150 local artists and crafts people.
We invite local artists to showcase art. Interested artists you can find more information here:
Our unconventional art gallery encompasses most of the inn- from the art filled garden room, the meandering hallways, to sculptures nestled amongst our edible gardens.
This region has fostered an incredible number of talented artists, and we exhibit exclusively the work of artists from Sooke, Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, Victoria, and the Lower Mainland. We carefully select work that reflects the ocean, surrounding rainforest, gardens and food, and that tie into the Sooke Harbour House philosophy of local, eclectic and sustainable.
A word from a past guest
We traveled to galleries all over British Columbia looking for art for our new home, and yours was the most interesting, with the most diverse selection of art.” – Guest from Calgary, Alberta
Sooke Harbour House
April 2014 Featured Artist
Richard was born in Hong Kong in 1954, spent his early childhood exploring the golden wheat fields of Saskatchewan, and completed his post-secondary education on the West Coast.
After retiring from a successful career with the Provincial Government of British Columbia in 2009, Richard “picked-up” the brush after his wife gave him a watercolor kit for Christmas…presumably to keep him out-of-trouble.
Soon after, Richard found painting relaxing and worries about everyday life would disappear as soon as he takes hold of the brush. From those early beginnings, Richard now draws inspiration for his vibrant, spontaneous watercolors from nature and everyday life.
He is mostly self-taught, but have received invaluable and inspirational guidance from his Chinese Brush and Watercolor instructors. Richard put the eastern and western methods of creating art together to form his own unique way of painting, which he calls “oriental brush and watercolor”.
This combination led Richard to explore painting on masa paper, adding extra texture and interest to his watercolors.
His art is displayed locally in various exhibitions, shows and galleries. He is active in the art’s community as a Board member, Greater Victoria Community Art’s Council.
Richard teaches and demonstrates his masa paper art techniques, and will travel to share his passion for this unique approach to watercolor art.
His paintings have now made their way into homes far and wide from his studio in the beautiful city of Victoria, BC, Canada.
Richard Wong recently entered 3 of his recent Chinese Brush paintings in an international art competition, and two of them received an award. The “Raccoon” took 10th spot and earned an Honourable Mention, and the “Orca Killer Whale” received a Special Recognition award.
Sooke Harbour House Gallery & Gift Shop is open daily from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.
Everyone is welcome to view the art.
Richard Wong’s artwork is available for viewing from April 1 – April 28th, 2014.
Sooke Harbour House is at 1528 Whiffen Spit Road, Sooke, BC,
www.sookeharbourhouse.com 250 642 3421