All events are subject to change without notice. 

 
January  |  February  |  March  |  April
May  |  June  |  July  |  August  |  September
October November  |  December


Until January 4

 


The office for Muskoka Arts & Crafts and the Chapel Gallery are closed until January 4, 2017.

 


January 21 - February 11

 

 


Seeing through Tom’s Eyes: A discovery of truth, light and colour by Janine Marson

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of Tom Thomson’s death. Local artist Janine Marson wanted to honour the date so she embarked on an ambitious project to paint 100 sketches of the same places that Thomson painted. This exhibition is her interpretation of Thomson’s work 100 years later. “More than ever I feel compelled to paint and document this beautiful place I call home,” says Janine. “Nowhere else do I know of a place where one could find, 100 years later, the same rugged idyllic landscape as it was in the day that Thomson and The Group of Seven first set out to paint the wilderness.”

 

Seeing through Tom’s Eyes opens with a Public Reception: Saturday, January 21, 1pm-4pm with an artist’s talk at 1:30pm. The Chapel Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm.

Chapel Gallery, 15 King Street in Bracebridge

 


January 7 & Every Thursday

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Portrait Open Studio
An open studio for professional and emerging artists and students. A model is available and class members bring their own drawing materials. No instruction is provided but support and fellowship is available. 
Time: 7pm-9:30pm
Cost: The yearly registration fee is $10 for members of Muskoka Arts & Crafts and $12 for non-members. Each session costs $6. Participants bring their own drawing materials. 

Location: Chapel Gallery, 15 King Street in Bracebridge

 



Until February 11

 

 


Seeing through Tom’s Eyes: A discovery of truth, light and colour by Janine Marson

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of Tom Thomson’s death. Local artist Janine Marson wanted to honour the date so she embarked on an ambitious project to paint 100 sketches of the same places that Thomson painted. This exhibition is her interpretation of Thomson’s work 100 years later. “More than ever I feel compelled to paint and document this beautiful place I call home,” says Janine. “Nowhere else do I know of a place where one could find, 100 years later, the same rugged idyllic landscape as it was in the day that Thomson and The Group of Seven first set out to paint the wilderness.”

 

The Chapel Gallery, is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. It is located at  15 King Street in Bracebridge.

 


Every Thursday

 


Portrait Open Studio
An open studio for professional and emerging artists and students. A model is available and class members bring their own drawing materials. No instruction is provided but support and fellowship is available. 
Time: 7pm-9:30pm
Cost: The yearly registration fee is $10 for members of Muskoka Arts & Crafts and $12 for non-members. Each session costs $6. Participants bring their own drawing materials. 

Location: Chapel Gallery, 15 King Street in Bracebridge

 

 



March 18 - April 8

 


Sparks & Spirit: Watercolour Paintings by Elizabeth Johnson

A year ago, when challenged to play with her art, Elizabeth Johnson could not abandon herself to play. “I decided to go to something of my childhood which was a poetry book to help me recapture that spirit of play in my art,” Elizabeth reveals. This exhibition, Sparks and Spirit, is inspired by 101 Famous Poems, the poetry Bible of her childhood, as the springboard from which she is leaping into a new realm, an experimental freedom with paint that Elizabeth is unaccustomed with. “These paintings are not illustrations of the poems. They are emotional responses to the poetry. While poetry blows new sparks and hope into the soul, 101 Famous Poems is the bellows that blows new spirit into my watercolours. Even I do not know what will emerge,” says Elizabeth. 

The Chapel Gallery, is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. It is located at  15 King Street in Bracebridge

 


March 24 -26

 


40th Annual Spring Members' Show

A gala exhibition of art and craft by the members of Muskoka Arts and Crafts.
Bracebridge Sportsplex
110 Clearbrook Trail 
Friday, Opening Reception and Awards Presentation, 7pm-10pm with musical entertainment by Moonglow.
Saturday & Sunday: Demonstrations by artists & craftspeople
Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 11am-4pm
Admission by donation
Free parking

 

 


Every Thursday

 


Portrait Open Studio
An open studio for professional and emerging artists and students. A model is available and class members bring their own drawing materials. No instruction is provided but support and fellowship is available. 
Time: 7pm-9:30pm
Cost: The yearly registration fee is $10 for members of Muskoka Arts & Crafts and $12 for non-members. Each session costs $6. Participants bring their own drawing materials. 

Location: Chapel Gallery, 15 King Street in Bracebridge

 



Until April 8

 


Sparks & Spirit: Watercolour Paintings by Elizabeth Johnson

A year ago, when challenged to play with her art, Elizabeth Johnson could not abandon herself to play. “I decided to go to something of my childhood which was a poetry book to help me recapture that spirit of play in my art,” Elizabeth reveals. This exhibition, Sparks and Spirit, is inspired by 101 Famous Poems, the poetry Bible of her childhood, as the springboard from which she is leaping into a new realm, an experimental freedom with paint that Elizabeth is unaccustomed with. “These paintings are not illustrations of the poems. They are emotional responses to the poetry. While poetry blows new sparks and hope into the soul, 101 Famous Poems is the bellows that blows new spirit into my watercolours. Even I do not know what will emerge,” says Elizabeth. 

The Chapel Gallery, is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. It is located at  15 King Street in Bracebridge

 


April 15 - May 6

 


Muskoka in the Style of Vincent Van Gogh: Recent Work by the Brown Baggers

April 16 – May 6

Influenced by Vincent Van Gogh’s techniques, the members of The Brown Baggers Artists of Muskoka have portrayed Muskoka in ways that they feel pay homage to this artist. They believe that Van Gogh would have loved to paint Muskoka.

 

Muskoka in the Style of Vincent Van Gogh opens with a public reception on Saturday, April 22 from 2pm until 4pm. The exhibition continues until May 6. 

 

The Chapel Gallery, is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. It is located at  15 King Street in Bracebridge  

 


Every Thursday

 


Portrait Open Studio
An open studio for professional and emerging artists and students. A model is available and class members bring their own drawing materials. No instruction is provided but support and fellowship is available. 
Time: 7pm-9:30pm
Cost: The yearly registration fee is $10 for members of Muskoka Arts & Crafts and $12 for non-members. Each session costs $6. Participants bring their own drawing materials. 

Location: Chapel Gallery, 15 King Street in Bracebridge

 



Until May 6

 


Muskoka in the Style of Vincent Van Gogh: Recent Work by the Brown Baggers

April 16 – May 6

Influenced by Vincent Van Gogh’s techniques, the members of The Brown Baggers Artists of Muskoka have portrayed Muskoka in ways that they feel pay homage to this artist. They believe that Van Gogh would have loved to paint Muskoka.

 

Muskoka in the Style of Vincent Van Gogh opens with a public reception on Saturday, April 16 from 1pm until 3pm. 

The Chapel Gallery, is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. It is located at  15 King Street in Bracebridge  

 


May 13 - June 3

 


Pat Fairhead at 90
Born in Hull, Yorkshire, England, Pat Fairhead came to Canada at the age of ten and fell in love with the Canadian landscape. On February 23, 2017,
Pat turns 90 and is celebrating this milestone with a one woman retrospective exhibition as told through her art, old photographs as well as newspaper and magazine articles. Pat has been to the high Arctic nine times, paddled the west coast of British Columbia, camped in the Amazon rainforest, hiked the back country of Australia, travelled to Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Egypt, Europe, New Zealand, Scotland, England and on and on. Painting since she was a child, Pat has painted professionally for the past 35 years. Known as an innovator and a colourist who is always pushing the edge to see what she can do. 

Pat Fairhead at 90 opens with a birthday reception on Saturday, May 13 from 1pm until 4pm. 

The Chapel Gallery, is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. It is located at  15 King Street in Bracebridge  

 


Every Thursday until May 28

 


Portrait Open Studio
An open studio for professional and emerging artists and students. A model is available and class members bring their own drawing materials. No instruction is provided but support and fellowship is available. 
Time: 7pm-9:30pm
Cost: The yearly registration fee is $10 for members of Muskoka Arts & Crafts and $12 for non-members. Each session costs $6. Participants bring their own drawing materials. 

Location: Chapel Gallery, 15 King Street in Bracebridge

 



Until June 3

 


Pat Fairhead at 90
Born in Hull, Yorkshire, England, Pat Fairhead came to Canada at the age of ten and fell in love with the Canadian landscape. On February 23, 2017,
Pat turns 90 and is celebrating this milestone with a one woman retrospective exhibition as told through her art, old photographs as well as newspaper and magazine articles. Pat has been to the high Arctic nine times, paddled the west coast of British Columbia, camped in the Amazon rainforest, hiked the back country of Australia, travelled to Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Egypt, Europe, New Zealand, Scotland, England and on and on. Painting since she was a child, Pat has painted professionally for the past 35 years. Known as an innovator and a colourist who is always pushing the edge to see what she can do. 

The Chapel Gallery, is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. It is located at  15 King Street in Bracebridge  

 


June 10 - July 8

 


Second Wind: Daniel Gallant
Second Wind is about second chances. It’s about the opportunities we all have to transform, to take something that is weathered and worn and work with it to reveal its hidden beauty and potential. Nature is Daniel’s studio. “I am most inspired when paddling Muskoka’s lakes and rivers. Driftwood has always spoken to me with is naturally eroded lines and organic textures that showcase Mother Nature’s work through time,” explains Daniel. “With each discovery, I’m curious to know its story.” Since 2014, Daniel has been transforming the driftwood he has discovered into decorative sailboat sculptures. This exhibition will feature some of Daniel’s more surreal creations. Second Wind is more about sailing through life than sailing through water. As in sailing through life, some vessels have weathered the storms better than others; but no matter how damaged one is, all have the potential to find their second wind.  

Second Wind opens with a public reception on Saturday, June 10 from 1pm until 4pm. 


The Chapel Gallery
, is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. It is located at  15 King Street in Bracebridge  

 



Until July 8

 


Second Wind: Daniel Gallant
Second Wind is about second chances. It’s about the opportunities we all have to transform, to take something that is weathered and worn and work with it to reveal its hidden beauty and potential. Nature is Daniel’s studio. “I am most inspired when paddling Muskoka’s lakes and rivers. Driftwood has always spoken to me with is naturally eroded lines and organic textures that showcase Mother Nature’s work through time,” explains Daniel. “With each discovery, I’m curious to know its story.” Since 2014, Daniel has been transforming the driftwood he has discovered into decorative sailboat sculptures. This exhibition will feature some of Daniel’s more surreal creations. Second Wind is more about sailing through life than sailing through water. As in sailing through life, some vessels have weathered the storms better than others; but no matter how damaged one is, all have the potential to find their second wind.  

The Chapel Gallery, is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. It is located at  15 King Street in Bracebridge  

 


July 14, 15, 16

 


55th Annual Summer Show

Annie Williams Memorial Park in Bracebridge
Two hundred sensational artists and craftspeople from Muskoka and across Canada show and sell their original and handmade work to over 20,000 enthusiastic people. 
Hours: Friday, 10am-6pm, Saturday, 10am-6pm, Sunday, 10am-4pm. 
Admission by Donation
Free Parking. 
The park is located at the corner of Santa's Village Road and Wellington Street.

 


July 15 - August 12

 


Rough Around the Edges: Andrea Ross

Inspiration for Andrea Ross’ paintings is just outside her doorstep. Living in the watershed around Skeleton Lake in Muskoka provides Andrea with an abundance of wetlands, lakes and streams near her home that she paints during all four seasons. Bold colour, expressive brush strokes and powerful depictions of the wild and natural landscape are the hallmarks of Andrea’s paintings.

 

Rough Around the Edges opens with a public reception on Saturday, July 15 from 1pm until 4pm. The exhibition continues until August 12. 

The Chapel Gallery, is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. It is located at  15 King Street in Bracebridge

 



Until August 12

 


Rough Around the Edges: Andrea Ross

Inspiration for Andrea Ross’ paintings is just outside her doorstep. Living in the watershed around Skeleton Lake in Muskoka provides Andrea with an abundance of wetlands, lakes and streams near her home that she paints during all four seasons. Bold colour, expressive brush strokes and powerful depictions of the wild and natural landscape are the hallmarks of Andrea’s paintings.

 


August 19-September 8

 


Wildlife Photography by Colin Erricson

Colin Erricson photographs the life of the animals that call Muskoka home. “I strive to tell visual stories using the colours and textures within the landscape,” says Colin who uses lighting techniques and composition to depict a true representation of the animals as they experience a moment in time. Viewer of Colin’s photographs see the intricate patterns within an ancient granite boulder where a heron lands and ruffles his feathers to dry; to feel the texture of pine needles under the feet of a fox as she strolls back to her den; to hear the crunch of snow as a moose lumbers through an icy forest. “I feel privileged to share their home and a sincere obligation to respect the environment in which they live,” remarks Colin.

 

Wildlife Photograph by Colin Erricson opens with a public reception on Saturday, August 19 from 1pm until 4pm.

The Chapel Gallery, is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. It is located at  15 King Street in Bracebridge  



Until September 8

 


Wildlife Photography by Colin Erricson

August 19 – September 8

Colin Erricson photographs the life of the animals that call Muskoka home. “I strive to tell visual stories using the colours and textures within the landscape,” says Colin who uses lighting techniques and composition to depict a true representation of the animals as they experience a moment in time. Viewer of Colin’s photographs see the intricate patterns within an ancient granite boulder where a heron lands and ruffles his feathers to dry; to feel the texture of pine needles under the feet of a fox as she strolls back to her den; to hear the crunch of snow as a moose lumbers through an icy forest. “I feel privileged to share their home and a sincere obligation to respect the environment in which they live,” remarks Colin.

 

Wildlife Photograph by Colin Erricson opens with a public reception on Saturday, August 19 from 1pm until 4pm.

The Chapel Gallery, is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. It is located at  15 King Street in Bracebridge  


September 10 - October 11

 

 


The Chapel Gallery and the office for Muskoka Arts and Crafts are closed.

 



October 14 - November 11

 


4 Skins: Recent Work by Wendie Donabie, Janice Feist, Lynda Lynn & Pat Whittle

These four artists explore vulnerability and resilience as they share their artistic interpretation of skins and the personal impact on each of them through the use of acrylic paints and mediums to create thin pieces of dried paint called skins. For Pat Whittle, the terms thick-skinned and thin-skinned resonate deeply for her. Janice Feist feels that skins represent personal vulnerability and that of the animals living on this planet. Wendie Donabie has a vision of the earth’s fragile ecosystem that’s tormented by over use and neglet. Lynda Lynn has great concern for the constant impact of outside influences on both people and the world we inhabit by constantly depleting our natural resources.

 

4 Skins opens with a public reception on Saturday, October 14 from 1pm until 4pm. The exhibition continues until November 11.

The Chapel Gallery, is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. It is located at  15 King Street in Bracebridge  


October 17

 


Muskoka Arts & Crafts' Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting for Muskoka Arts & Crafts is scheduled for Tuesday, October 18 at 7pm at the Chapel Gallery. The Annual General Meeting is held to receive the reports of the President and Treasurer, election of four Directors for the Board and general business.

Chapel Gallery, 15 King Street in Bracebridge  

 



Until November 11

 


4 Skins: Recent Work by Wendie Donabie, Janice Feist, Lynda Lynn & Pat Whittle

These four artists explore vulnerability and resilience as they share their artistic interpretation of skins and the personal impact on each of them through the use of acrylic paints and mediums to create thin pieces of dried paint called skins. For Pat Whittle, the terms thick-skinned and thin-skinned resonate deeply for her. Janice Feist feels that skins represent personal vulnerability and that of the animals living on this planet. Wendie Donabie has a vision of the earth’s fragile ecosystem that’s tormented by over use and neglet. Lynda Lynn has great concern for the constant impact of outside influences on both people and the world we inhabit by constantly depleting our natural resources.

The Chapel Gallery, is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. It is located at  15 King Street in Bracebridge  


November 17-19

 


37th Annual Christmas Show & Sale

Ho, ho, ho! 
This is where Santa would shop if he didn't have the elves. This merry show features twenty-five festive exhibitors selling a variety of hand made work that's perfect for gift giving. 
Friday, 5pm-8pm, Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 11am-4pm 
Bracebridge Sportsplex, 110 Clearbrook Trail, off Douglas Drive
Admission by donation
Free parking

November 18 - December 15

 


Steel Wool: Pam Carnochan & Deb Harkness
Felter Pam Carnochan and metalworker Deb Harkness are inspired by the landscape of Muskoka. Working together, Pam and Deb are combining their respective medias to create work that celebrates fibre and steel.

The Chapel Gallery, is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. It is located at  15 King Street in Bracebridge

 


November - Every Thursday

 


Portrait Open Studio
An open studio for professional and emerging artists and students. A model is available and class members bring their own drawing materials. No instruction is provided but support and fellowship is available. 
Time: 7pm-9:30pm
Cost: The yearly registration fee is $10 for members of Muskoka Arts & Crafts and $12 for non-members. Each session costs $6. Participants bring their own drawing materials. 

Location: Chapel Gallery, 15 King Street in Bracebridge

 



Until December 15

 


Steel Wool: Pam Carnochan & Deb Harkness
Felter Pam Carnochan and metalworker Deb Harkness are inspired by the landscape of Muskoka. Working together, Pam and Deb are combining their respective medias to create work that celebrates fibre and steel.

The Chapel Gallery, is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. It is located at  15 King Street in Bracebridge

 


Until December 10

 


Portrait Open Studio
An open studio for professional and emerging artists and students. A model is available and class members bring their own drawing materials. No instruction is provided but support and fellowship is available. 
Time: 7pm-9:30pm
Cost: The yearly registration fee is $10 for members of Muskoka Arts & Crafts and $12 for non-members. Each session costs $6. Participants bring their own drawing materials. 

Location: Chapel Gallery, 15 King Street in Bracebridge

 


December 17- January 3

 


The office and the Chapel Gallery are closed for the Christmas Holidays.

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please send an e-mail with your request including your full name and e-mail address.

The Calendar of Events was updated on February 10, 2017.

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