Shadow Play by Bonnie Coulter

Coulter’s art of fishing

East Sooke artist show at Sooke Harbour House has fishing as a theme

Hula Popper and Jitterbug… West Coast elements.

Bonnie Coulter talks about her show which opened at the Sooke Habrour House on April 30 and runs to May 27.

“The subjects of this collection of oil and acrylic paintings were conceived over many contented hours spent out on the Strait of Juan de Fuca fishing, observing and learning the art of lure presentation as that is what wins the day.

“I came upon the charming little black ‘Hula Popper’ and its companion ‘Jitterbug’ in an antique shop in Chemainus. I already had a ‘thing’ for fishing lures and this pair stuck a curious cord. I knew, as I drove home with them tucked into my shopping bag, I would never risk losing them to the ocean. Instead they hang around the studio as constant companions now the focus of the painting Waiting Their Turn. As an avid fisherman I have gained an appreciation for the craftsmanship and artistic values of practical inventions that serve the coastal fishing industry.

“Who’s next? features three recommended teaser heads for Sooke waters. On our youngest grandson’s first trip out fishing he was fascinated when we stuck a teaser head on an anchovy and sent it down to depths unknown. When the next line was being set up Mason looked in the tackle box and declared he wanted to pick the next ‘hero mask’ then turned to the bait tray and asked,”who’s next?”

“My connection with water has always been close. Barking Dogs and stray Cats,  remembers those happy summer days at our cabin at Hatzic Lake, hanging out on the wharf. We would hold our little feet very still in the murky water and wait for the cat fish to explore our toes. The sensation was unforgettable and thrilling. On occasion dad would join us declaring that he needed to soak his barking dogs in the cool water.

“Shadow Play is all about missing the days when mom would change all the sheets and hang them out to line dry. My little sister’s handprints would often be found on those sheets and when scolded she would invariably shift the blame to her shadow.

“Living in East Sooke is a delight to the senses and ideas for paintings pop up everywhere.  This collection of paintings explores the West Coast theme.

“In short order I have gained a healthy respect for the collective power of the water, wind and tides. You are so aware of their ability to quickly stack up and inflict their wrath on unsuspecting souls on or near the water.”

Just Posted

New Coast Guard radar boosts marine traffic monitoring off B.C. coast

Six radar installations set up for Georgia Strait to Queen Charlotte Strait to Prince Rupert

Police still investigating possible child abduction in Langford

Suspect was a stranger and not a family member

UPDATED: Malahat reopened in both directions following car fire

Drive BC says the road will be closed until approximately 3pm

VIDEO: New UVic buildings expand student housing by 25 per cent

Over 600 new beds mean off-campus housing freed up for affordable housing for Victoria residents

First ticket sold for Victoria’s second comic con

Guest list is top-secret for the March 22-24 Capital City Comic Con coming 2019

Vancouver Island remembers

Important stories shared as Islanders salute those who made the greatest sacrifice

ZYTARUK: You don’t have to wear the ribbon – but look out if you don’t

Demonize and dog-pile. If you disagree with me, you are not only wrong, you are evil. The enemy…

B.C. Realtor suspended after helping intern forge note about sick grandma

Vancouver real estate agent Jaideep Singh Puri has to pay fine, take ethics course

Offensive Facebook post by Okanagan Conservative riding sparks outrage

Post taken down after Conservative MP in neighbouring riding condemns it and demands removal

Judge rules against ALC on rural B.C. subdivision

The ALC can’t change the definition of an acre, the judge ruled.

John Horgan shrugs off low turnout, change to referendum option

‘No’ proportional representation group says voting should be extended

Two more government pot shops to open in Kamloops

Two private applications are also in the queue to come before city council by the end of the year

2 B.C. men charged after allegedly stealing $1,400 worth of butter

The two men, ages 23 and 25, are facing charges of theft under $5,000, Coquitlam police said

Most Read