Painter Louise Coulthard makes the scene with Crofton Art Group
Landscape artist Louise Coulthard found a whole new vista when she joined the Crofton Art Group 11 years ago.
"I like to do local scenes, but I have done others as well," she said of her pieces occasionally wetted by a lake or river.
"At 70, I was looking for things to do and connected with the group.
"From there I started joining in and learned how to paint with help from the group," said the watercolour and acrylic painter.
"I also went to the library and bought books. We have workshops too."
Results of her self-taught work — and 150-some pieces from Cowichan's oldest 40-member art group — surface at Saturday's Unframed Art & Handcrafted Jewelry Sale in the seaside Crofton Seniors Centre (near the ferry terminal).
"This show's a matted show," said former nurse, Coulthard, 82. "They're ready to frame so we get quite a few pieces.
"It's just one day, but the big thing is the cost is much lower when you don't have to have them framed — it's a great way to get original art at a very reasonable price."
"Jewelry at our show is very popular," Duncan-based Coulthard said of work by silversmith Michelle Heath, and bead artist Doris Myers.
Meanwhile, great-grandmother Coulthard enjoys the group's half-dozen annual pro workshops encouraging members to paint daily.
"It's good training, and I don't have to go and pay privately.
"Painting is absolutely wonderful."
What: Crofton Art Group's Unframed Art & Handcrafted Jewelry Show and Sale
When: Nov. 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where; Crofton Seniors Centre, 1507 Joan Ave., Crofton