Bonnie Coulter is a guest artist on the annual Stinking Fish Studio Tour which begins July 23 and runs to Ausust 1.

New artist on Stinking Fish Tour

Bonnie Coulter joins studio tour

East Sooke artist Bonnie Coulter may be a newcomer to the Stinking Fish Studio Tour, but she is no stranger to art.

Recently retired, Coulter is focusing full time on painting, and will be displaying her work during the tour.

“My background is actually in architecture — I started out as an architectural draftsman.”

It was sketching out illustrations of buildings that first drew Coulter to art  about three decades ago. She sold her first painting in 1986, but her infatuation started long before that.

Her home workshop is nestled in the heart of East Sooke, and the first noticeable thing besides the nature-themed creations hanging everywhere is how immaculate the space is.

“Can you tell I’m a bit of a neat freak?” asked Coulter who said she does her best work when things are organized.

Paintings and mixed-media artwork adorn the walls — a colourful starfish stretched out in a frame; a landscape of a vast empty field in front of the House of Blues in South Carolina; a three-dimensional plaster mold cast of Coulter’s face.

Coulter, who is also an avid gardening enthusiast and writer, said she can feel creative by just going for a walk among the shrubbery that surrounds her house.

“I start thinking about my favorite plants, and they all have a character,” she said.

Certain plants behave in different ways in the garden and some of them are really stiff characters, other ones are just flouncy little floozies.

“That’s what I love, the personality.”

Besides vegetation, Coulter said her daughter Angela Menzies, who just happens to be an artist and is one of the tour’s founding members, also provides much of her inspiration.

Almost everything displayed is for sale during the tour and is the result of about six months of work. She joins eight other guest artists in this year’s tour, who have to complete two stints before being considered a permanent member.

Stinking Fish — which is the First Nation’s word for Metchosin, is a self-guided rural tour taking visitors to Sooke, East Sooke and Metchosin.  Artists open up their studios to display and sell their work. Besides painting, artists also create pottery, woodwork and even instruments.

The event is in its 11th year and runs from July 23 to Aug. 1.  For detailed information go to www.stinkingfishstudiotour.com.

Just Posted

Colwood discusses parcel tax to help pay for sewer repair and replacement

Report submitted to committee recommends parcel tax for all residents

Number of SD62 kindergarten registrations about same as last year

Approximately 850 kindergarten registrations for 2019/2020 school year

UPDATE: Missing 12-year-old girl found

Victora police say missing youth has been found and is safe

VicPD faces ‘significant pressure’ following Victoria’s 2019 budget decision

Chief Const. Del Manak says council continues to micromanage his department

Work set to begin on removing Sooke’s derelict boats from waterways

Seven boats earmarked to be removed this spring

Stolen Bentley spotted going wrong way down highway found in Summerland

The car has been recorded going the wrong way on the Coquihalla, found two days later

B.C. university to offer first graduate program on mindfulness in Canada

University of the Fraser Valley says the mostly-online program focuses on self-care and well being

Province announces $18.6 million for B.C. Search and Rescue

The funding, spread over three years, to pay for operations, equipment, and training

Late-season wave of the flu makes its round in B.C.

BC Centre for Disease Control reported 50 per cent jump in flu cases in first weeks of March

Tofino’s housing crisis causing some to seek shelter at the local hospital

Tofino’s housing crisis is pushing the town’s ‘hidden homeless’ population into the forefront.

Sentencing judge in Broncos crash calls for carnage on highways to end

Judge Inez Cardinal sentenced Jaskirat Singh Sidhu to eight years

Wildlife activists slam B.C. business, clubs for ‘wolf-whacking’ contests

Chilcotin Guns, Creston Valley Rod and Gun Club and West Kootenay Outdoorsmen Club under fire

‘Families torn apart:’ Truck driver in fatal Broncos crash gets 8-year sentence

Judge Inez Cardinal told court in Melfort, Sask., that Sidhu’s remorse and guilty plea were mitigating factors

Vancouver Island motorists attempted CPR on victim in fatal Highway 4 crash

Collision took place west of Whiskey Creek; man in his 70s died

Most Read