Artists emerge with fine art show

East Sooke women hold a three-day fine arts show in two locations

Angela Menzies wil show her paintings at the East Sooke Fine Arts Show.

East Sooke has long been the haven of artists who draw their inspiration from the tranquil forests, mossy outcroppings, temperamental ocean and sultry skies out their windows. Nature is the backdrop for almost all who live amongst that rural oasis.

They are like sailors who have succumbed to the siren’s call and been lured to the rocks and forests to create and make art.

Frescoes, mosaics, fabrics, paintings, pottery and sculptures are just some of the mediums of artistic expression from a group of creative souls in East Sooke.

Twelve women have joined forces to hold the first East Sooke Fine Art Show the weekend before Mother’s Day, May 4, 5 and 6.

It started with the mother/daughter connection of Bonnie Coulter and Angela Menzies along with Valerie and Leslie Speed and grew to include eight others.

Joining them are Peg Heywood (guest artist), K T Johannesson, Kay Lovett, Alice McLean, Jacquetta Nisbet, Bev Petow, Norene Schmuk and Trinita Waller. Each of these women are accomplished and acclaimed artists with large bodies of work.  From bright acrylic paintings of nudes to raku pottery, kelp baskets to lino cuts, it’s all there for the viewing and purchase. Works range in price from as low as a few dollars for art cards to $2,000 for more complex art pieces.

Most of the artists are involved in the Stinking Fish Studio Tour and many of them have had their work selected for the Sooke Fine Arts Show.

“The best part is the collective intelligence and impact of these 12 artists,” says Coulter.

Of interest may be Coulter’s “Canned Salmon” series. She uses antique boat parts and lids from canning to create the scales of salmon which are then backed by maps. Her studio, outdoor spaces and dining room will be packed with art, hers as well as others.

Guest artist Margaret Heywood (Peg) lives and practices art in North Vancouver. Mediums include oils, acrylics, watercolour, printmaking, and digital photography. Peg derives much of her inspiration from nature using thick layers of paint and vibrant complementary colours to translate her unique view.  Subjects range from landscapes, still-life, flora/fauna and some figurative work.

The show and sale takes place in two locations in East Sooke. The first location is  Wren House at 5701 East Sooke Road and the second is Boar’s Bristle Studio, Bonnie Counter’s studio at 1509 Woodcock Road.

The studios will be open from 12 to 7 p.m. Angela Menzies two sons, Matty and Mason, will be holding a bake sale with half of the proceeds to go to WildArc. Menzies says the boys want to adopt an otter at WildArc. There will be coffee and tea as well. The Boar’s Bristle is handicapped accessible.

For more information and a map, go to: www.eastsookefineart.com.

 

Just Posted

Two to hospital after University of Victoria sailing mishap

Wind gusts capsize boat of recreational club sailors

Victoria’s deaf community advocates for different sign languages to be recognized on federal accessibility act

Advocates also want Indigenous Sign Language to be recognized on the Indigenous Language Act

Transport Canada announces funds for pollutant clean up in Victoria Park, removal of abandoned boats

Contaminants at Laurel Point Park will be removed starting at the end of September

Moon Lantern festival to light up Gordon Head

Saturday night festival celebrates harvest moon, fall season

Volunteers gather in Metchosin for B.C.’s 1st ever search and rescue joint training

Around 200 volunteers came out for the three-day training program

Conservation officer frees B.C. deer from flotation gear mishap

BC Conservation Officer Service is reminding residents to keep backyards clear of entanglements

5 things to do this weekend in and around Greater Victoria

Sooke Apple Fest returns, Saanich lights up with lantern festival and anarchists unite for downtown book fair

Lions earn stunning 35-32 OT win over Ticats

Epic comeback lifts B.C. past Hamilton in CFL thriller

Czarnik nets 3 as Flames dump Canucks 5-2

Calgary picks up exhibition win over Vancouver

Ottawa to name new ambassador for women, peace and security, Freeland says

Chrystia Freeland also confirmed Canada would spend about $25 million to fund number of initiatives

‘A little bright spot:’ Ottawa residents rescue dog trapped beneath rubble

Freelance journalist says rescue of a dog trapped under rubble was happy ending amid chaos in Ottawa

VIDEO: B.C.-born firefighter remembered by MP in emotional speech

Family asks first responders to look after one another in wake of suicide, growing concerns of PTSD

Airline has ‘close call’ with drone while en route to B.C. airport

Jazz Aviation reported the drone sighting near Vancouver to the RCMP and Transport Canada

Most Read