Helene works in oil, acrylic, and pastel. Although
she has painted a variety of subjects she most enjoys painting portraits and
Judy works in installation, mixed media, sculpture with found objects, and oil
her current body of work, Judy is creating from an inner tension and necessity
that resides in all of us. The paradox of the human condition is that what
exists in the unconscious and conscious can be at odds with each other.
Chip carved clocks, anniversary plates, jewellery boxes and more.
I enjoy working with reclaimed materials and surfaces. I consider everyday
objects that surround us in nature and the discarded to be an integral part of
my work and mix many different materials together to capture my vision.
Dayna works mainly in oils, charcoal, and ink. Commissions for portraits of
people, pets, or buildings are welcome.
love of the outdoors and genuine concern for the environment provide her with
unlimited motivation and subject matter to photograph and create her vibrant
With her paintings, Connie conveys her feelings about the beauty and tranquility
found in nature.
Bonnie works in Hinterglas; a traditional form of glass painting. Inspiration
comes from the natural environment that, when combined with Bonnie's
imagination, shows us the expected world of fairies, frogs and dragonflies.
Linda is an award-winning printmaker. Her artist created,
hand-carved, large format, black and white relief prints are printed by hand
on Japanese paper. This dramatic art-making process perfectly translates the
intense, muscular and richly textured landscape of our northern landforms.
Laura - The Cement Factory
specialize in making unique homemade planters, stepping stones, Paverpol
sculptures, glass totems and garden accessories.
Using a variety of hand fabrication techniques, Miranda manipulates
silver, gold, copper and brass into pieces of jewellery that integrate
found objects and semi-precious stones to create small scale pieces of
art for the body using clean, simple shapes and lines that accentuate
the human form.
As I paint, I hope to simplify the immediate moment as it occurs on the
landscape. I use colour and light to melt impressionism with realism so that the
viewers may draw their personal experiences with nature to complete the
Stoneware pottery meticulously hand carved and richly glazed with jewel tones
and bronze accents.
A multi-media artist who expresses her ideas and life experiences
through wood carving, textiles and photography.
Jim pounds out hundreds of useful and decorative black-metal items. Jim's work
bears the mark of skillful attention and craftsmanship.
As a sculptor in welded steel
and bronze, I have found that my
best work emerges when I set out to do something that I suspect may not be
possible in my medium. My work can range in size and subject
matter from a tiny sculpture of a flower to a life-size
figure such as Silhouette with chunks of weathered steel speaking of power and wild nature.
found and fabricated objects, Andrew creates kinetic sculptures that are
directly influenced by nature. Recycling metal and jars, Andrew also creates
upcycled lights with an urban and industrial flair.
I make nautical home décor, table settings, wedding decorations and lots more
self-taught, Joanne paints mostly local landscapes and still life in oil and is
experimenting with abstracts in acrylic paints. She
sees beauty in everyday objects and in nature and aspires to reflect this
quality in her paintings.
My paintings deal with northern and
cottage country themes, and explore the interplay of light and shadow throughout
the seasons. They’re generally loosely
rendered with brushwork and colour emphasized over detail.
paintings have evolved out of a
recreated landscape in order to construct a loose, impressionistic close-up view
of what she sees. What appeals to Martha in watercolour is its delicacy and huge
element of surprise; whereas with acrylic and oil, the palette knife sculpts the
canvas in exciting waves of juicy combinations.
David uses the land for
inspiration to express light, form and colour. Subconsciously, his experience
with architectural renderings also plays a part in his quest and exploration as
he approaches each canvas.
Authentic wood carvings of songbirds and other wildfowl reflect John's keen love
of nature. The intricate feathering, subtle shading, and artistic mounts have
captured top awards for his art at national and international competitions.
John's work is displayed at Wood's End Studio in southern Muskoka.
inspiration is derived from Muskoka's four seasons; intense colourful sunsets,
the vibrant splashes of the autumn colours; a
crystalline prismatic winter; an iridescent green spring and the subdued
brilliance of summer. These attributes are reflected in her diverse array of
artworks comprised of: oil, acrylic, watercolour, canvas, paper, wood and stone.
Dempsey's love of Muskoka and her love of learning are reflected in her life and
her painting. She is owner and artist-in-residence of the Muskoka Place Gallery
where she paints, mostly in watercolour and acrylic, and offers a variety of
classes with renowned artists.
Discover a unique studio tucked behind the Severn Bridge rock cut on
Highway 11 that creates rustic yet refined, Muskoka inspired carved pottery to suit a wide range of taste.
inspiration comes mostly from the natural world around me. A painting subject
must stir my emotions or the resulting art will be lifeless. My style ranges
from realistic and impressionistic to symbolic and whimsical.
Roxanne is a self taught artist who is passionate about landscape painting and
Images of antique wooden boats, Georgian Bay, Lake Superior and Muskoka. Tim’s
imagery speaks with a clarity and has been created with caring
Dale's whimsical, sentimental style
lends itself to memory portraits of life and times both old and new.
Row boats and electric boats built with lapstrake construction technique.
of the ideas for my drawings come from nature but also from manmade objects. I
find the challenge of reproducing these textures using pen and ink
inspirational. I still use watercolour, generally as an accent for the pen and
believe that art emanates from a mythological and magical wellspring. These
themes are apparent in most of my work. Even my landscapes are linked to a
spiritual connection to the environment and the human experience.
Pat has painted full time since 1979 and is considered to be one of the top
woman painters in Canada. Her sweeping expressive landscapes and gardens exhibit
the fresh luminous colours and highly controlled brush techniques that are the
traits of a Master Watercolourist.
I find every chair a challenge and a
learning experience that requires full concentration and attention to detail.
Each chair is unique in appearance and is enhanced by the characteristics of the
wood that it is made from, making it a one of a kind piece that will endure for
generations to come.
Jen Manuell and
Sandra Stetler create home décor items, pillows, blankets and
one-of-a-kind wearables from as-is and hand-dyed wool fabric.
Daniel - Studio Sail la Vie
Daniel creates decorative driftwood sailboats. Each vessel is unique,
handcrafted using driftwood and sticks cut by beavers that he collects along
the shores of Muskoka's beautiful lakes and rivers.
Iris paints, in oils, the craggy shores, windswept pines and weather barns of
Visual artist Susan Gosevitz is a painter of nature inspired by the
natural beauty and peacefulness of Muskoka. Working in oils and acrylics,
Susan’s paintings capture natural moments in images that are serene and
Maureen's work in stained glass covers
the spectrum of leaded glass pieces, contemporary foiled pieces and
antique glass that is
incorporated into some of her pieces. Her inspirational ideas
come from the antique glass and from the surrounding Muskoka scenery.
Cirvan designs and makes
award-winning fine furniture in a variety of woods.
paints primarily in acrylics and oils, in her home studio in Bracebridge, or at
her cottage on Slipper Lake. If the outdoor weather permits, she likes to paint en
plein air. She also enjoys doing water colours.
Linda - Windflowers Art Studio
I love both nature and human elements, and my colourful abstract paintings
reveal hidden images of both. Many years ago I moved away from painting with
brushes and am now very comfortable using my credit card to push and pull paint
across different surfaces. Layering and underpainting reveal powerful
impressions. I love to discover new ways to express my creativity.
I am a wooden boat builder living in Port Sydney, Muskoka. I build boats that
are strong, but light and pleasing to the eye. They are built of high quality
marine plywood, fastened with epoxy & stainless steel screws.
R.W. (Bobbi) Haviland is a professional visual artist living and working
in Ontario's Near North.
creates custom window panels, as well as glass bowls and
platters using a technique known as glass fusing. Her
colourful, spirited designs express a celebratory
approach to life and a love of nature.
Wayne Hill is a lifelong woodcarver who has carved over 300 totem poles and
masks in the West Coast style. The recipient of many awards, Wayne is the author
of Carve Your Own Totem Pole.
Kelly has a special interest in
infrared films. The strange and unpredictable results
offer her viewers an original perspective and extra-ordinary interpretation of
seemingly ordinary subjects.
Nancy is influenced by an artistic community, creative friends and family.
She concentrates her energies on learning and teaching, art and design.
Jamieson, Margaret, McGinn
Margaret feels that a painting is like looking out a
window at a scene you love to see when you can’t actually
"My desire is to share with others an appreciation for each day of our
lives. I use a combination of acrylic, watercolour, and ink to share the joy of
our common everyday experiences."
Peter & Mi-Shell
Most of the Jessen's designs celebrate the grace and beauty of wild animals.
Others attempt to capture the spiritual essence of what it is to be human. And
then there are those, that show the process of transformation from animal to
Spirit to human.
Rosemary Lapenskie, a life-time member of Muskoka Arts & Crafts, is now
living in Victoria, BC creating mandalas for healing, happiness and meditation.
Dedicated to the handcrafted movement and a return to quality artisan
crafted goods, Laurie provides a creatively styled, affordable jewellery
that appeals to the senses, heart and mind.
Lynda captures the elusive qualities of light and colour in paintings
employing a variety of media. Her subject matter range from the raw essence of
the Canadian landscape to abstractions.
is a self taught artist who began painting and sketching in 2005. She has
exhibited her work in galleries and shows in Florida, Waterloo, Toronto and
Inspired by the beauty of the forest, Brian
Markham finds the work of art within the wood. As burls, local and exotic woods
are turned on his lathe, the natural colour and grain are revealed for each
unique creation. He designs handcrafted bowls, platters and hollow vessels to
grace your table or add to your collection of natural art.
Drawing upon ancient traditions of weaving, Marni Martin creates hand woven
tapestries and one-of-a-kind scarves and wraps.
Mendelson Joe is the quintessential Canadian outsider artist. Landscapes,
social commentary, nudes, and portraits are all impassioned themes that he
translates in his own unique and vivid style onto canvas. His paintings are
internationally recognized as outstanding, unique examples of contemporary
Tiffany has turned her painting skills to fabric art including beaded paintings,
quilts and carpets. Colour and pattern are her motivating factors which she uses
to create images not seen in the natural world.
Inspired by flowers and nature scenes, Wendy's watercolour, acrylic and oil
paintings shy away from realism into
Elise has been sculpting stone since 2001. Her
work is usually stylized
figures in a variety of stone such as alabaster,
limestone and marble.
Muskoka Place Gallery showcases fine art by established and emerging
artists, and plays host to classes, workshops, lectures, retreats and events
throughout the year.
Mary Ruth Newell creates a complete line of functional stoneware. Each pot is
made by hand and fired in a wood-fuelled kiln. The atmosphere within the kiln
creates an effect on the pots called flashing or toasting which in appearance
resembles sprinkled cinnamon.
North Art Supplies is a full line outlet for art supplies as well as a framing
centre. The store has a great assortment of ready-made frames and is fully
stocked with paper, canvas, brushes, easels and paint, including a wide range of
oils, acrylics, watercolours and gouache.
lines do not exist in the forest. Walk in a straight-line in the forest and you
will walk straight into a tree says Conel who makes rustic furniture for its
sturdy simplicity and in celebration of leaving the wood in its more natural
Lisa developed her line of functional ceramics and continues to bring beautiful
objects to the table.
One-of-a-kind sculptural vessels, decorative stoneware tableware,
fountains and clay paintings made entirely by hand.
A multi-media artist specializing in sculptures for garden and home as well as
After discovering a 100 year old gourd woven with pine needles exhibited in a
museum, Irene became entranced with this art form and has developed her own
style and technique.
Carol Pollock is a Muskoka painter whose interest lies in the figure and is
currently working in acrylic on canvas or linen.
Hand carved and sculpted Emu egg shells with a variety of Muskoka images such as
loons, herons, flowers and trees.
Peter works in transparent watercolour
and enjoys working wet in wet. He also paints in acrylic and pen and ink.
Landscapes of the Muskoka area are what inspire Peter and spends most of his
time painting in his studio located in Foots Bay Ontario.
Fascinated with pen and ink drawings, the subject matter of her work
includes everything from buildings, construction vehicles, electrical
transformer stations to more traditional Muskoka scenes.
both palette knife and brush technique, Richard creates vibrant oil paintings
which capture the beauty and majesty of Muskoka on canvas.
"Through the arts we clearly access our true potential and connect with our
from highly detailed pieces which accurately portray songbirds, birds of
prey and waterfowl, to more whimsical, stylized works which suggest rather
than capture an exact likeness.
Colour is the essence of my work - it is uppermost
in my mind when I choose a subject and is what
challenges and interests me most. Colour can change a
viewer's mood, it can stimulate a feeling of
peacefulness and well-being and it can awaken a soul.
Leslie makes traditional baskets but adds her own flare to them.
Fine furniture and architectural detailing featuring carefully selected native
hardwoods and traditional joinery techniques.
Stahle is a
painter/printmaker with a M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Guelph.
Her art work explores a wide range of materials and techniques. Presently
she is creating “tradigital” work that combines digital techniques with
traditional methods of image making to produce both 2D and 3D artwork.
Stan has been creating and designing classic,
contemporary, sterling silver jewellery since 1974. Completely self-taught, Stan has stayed committed to honoring the timeless tradition
of individual craftsmanship by making each piece by hand.
Painting on furniture and wooden gift items, decorative murals, watercolour,
pastel and acrylic paintings.
paints with acrylic on hand-crafted wood items such as paddles, trays and boxes
as well as on canvas. She has also painted murals for children's bedrooms. Her
style of painting is part impressionistic with a little added realism.
celebrates the advancement of native craft by transforming burls to useful
vessels, from pioneer homesteads to the modern studio. The shape of the burl
demands attention to the smallest detail of graining, the wood dictating to a
large degree what the artisan can manipulate and what must be left to its own
David’s original paintings
represent a variety of subjects including landscapes, florals and
contemporary works. He paints using
palette knives and intense, deep, rich and vibrant colours that come alive
and evoke deep emotional responses.
for the past inspires Andrea to carve birds, animals
and objects. Inspiration is drawn from many sources such as nature or 18th and
19th century folk art. Often her carvings incorporate antique or found
items. Mixing the old with new ideas is an interesting challenge and
allows Andrea to use her imagination and sense of humour.
Working with acrylics and all the various mediums
available, my painting process is a step by step discovery. I enjoy playing with
colour and texture and allow myself to let the painting take its own shape.
Therein lies the freedom of expressing myself in that moment.
Housed in a renovated barn, Two Horse Gallery features artists working in
watercolour pottery, jewellery and photography. The back half of the barn is a
working photography studio and classroom facility .
Penny creates custom jewellery in sterling silver, gold, and other metals. She
enjoys creating one-of-a-kind pieces rather than reproducing the same designs.
Michelle’s love for
colour and texture is evident in her compositions, and her variety of education
and life experience shows in the diversity of subject matter and influential
styles incorporated into her work.
Lloyd journeys from Cape Spear, Newfoundland to Albert Bay, British Columbia
directing the viewer to vestiges of the past, both abandoned and honoured, in
intense, vivid colour. Drawing from his experience as a film maker, Lloyd gently
guides the eye across, around and into the image eliciting its narrative.
"Patterns, textures, and smoky images in art and literature have always
fascinated me. Experimentation has led me to explore printmaking,
encaustic, acrylic, oil and watercolour mediums."
Andy spends a lot of time outdoors which gives him many
opportunities to observe the world
around him and continually inspires him to search for new ways to transform the beauty of
his environment into
people can enjoy.