A regular exhibitor at the Sooke Fine Arts Show also finds the time to handle the heavy lifting that takes place behind the scenes.

Artist Dallas Duobaitis brings impressive experience to the job he does as a technician, leading a team that transforms the SEAPARC Leisure Complex arena into an art gallery for the annual event that draws people from across the region and elsewhere.

Duobaitis, who submitted a thesis for her Masters in Visual Arts from Emily Carr based on her work with the Sooke Fine Arts Show, said her involvement as an artist and as a volunteer is something that stop reminding him for 10 years.

“I’m showing oil paintings this year but I’m doing a bit of everything,” he noted, adding that past submissions have also included acrylics and sculpture.

Duobaitis holds the position of stage manager this year, which suits him perfectly given his experience as a preparator at the Open Space Gallery in Victoria.

“Time constraints are always a challenge because we have to build everything every year and then tear everything down,” he said. “Finding enough people can also be a challenge, as many of our volunteers are getting older.”

Despite this, Duobaitis, a longtime Sooke resident and instructor at Starlight Sailing, is only too happy to help.

“Meeting so many people in my community is so rewarding,” he explained. “That’s a big part of what keeps me coming back. We all come from different backgrounds but we all share a love for performing. We have it on our calendars and look forward to next year’s show and working with the other volunteers because we are having so much fun. Being on the show and volunteering here makes me feel the most connected to Sooke.

The Sooke Fine Arts Show runs from July 22 through August 1 at the SEAPARC Leisure Complex at 2168 Phillips Rd. For admission prices, tickets, and more information, visit sookefinearts.com.

The Buyer Preview Night on July 21 is an exclusive ticketed event that offers seasoned and new art collectors and buyers first access to their favorite works. The event costs $45 and includes live entertainment, drinks, and appetizers.


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In addition to exhibiting his work, Sooke resident Duobaitis has volunteered to set up the Sooke Fine Arts Show. (Rick Stiebel-Sooke News Mirror)