Grand Opening of Black Spruce Art Works May 21 – 23

My big exciting news is that I have recently moved my studio three hours north of Toronto to the small town of Maynooth — an intensely creative, lively community near Algonquin Park, just 20 minutes north of Bancroft.

I have a lovely little century home, which serves as my residence, my studio and a small gallery featuring my own work, and select work of some well recognized artists who are also inspired by Algonquin and Northern Ontario.

My new venture is called Black Spruce Art Works. I open for business starting this weekend. It’s easy to find — you can’t miss it, I’m the first house in the south end of Maynooth, right on Highway 62.

The Hastings Highlands area has much to offer in the way of galleries, antique and up-cycling shops, cafes, B & B’s and inns, breathtaking landscape and close proximity to Algonquin Park with loads of camping and hiking opportunities. In time, I will offer painting workshops as well.  I hope that you will consider a road trip or stay-cation to the area, including a visit to Black Spruce Art Works!

I will continue with my GTA galleries and shows, and I’m looking forward to an exciting and busy summer, I hope to see you soon!

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My lovely little studio gallery. Sure it looks like only a model in this pic, but it is really life size, with REALLY amazing artwork inside!

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Lake Ontario Waterkeeper Gala

The Lake Ontario Waterkeeper Gala took place Thursday April 21 at the CBC Building in Toronto. This amazing event involves a live and silent auction of incredible artwork donated by artists to raise funds for this significant and worthy cause. My donation “Our Island” sold for nearly double its listed value!! I had a terrific evening, met lots of incredible people who are striving to protect the Great Lakes, and feel honoured to have contributed to such an important initiative. Please visit the Waterkeeper site to learn more.

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Me and “Our Island” 36″ x 36″ beeswax, oil and dry pigment on panel

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Some small paintings from early April

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November Highlands 1, 12″ x 12″ beeswax, oil and pigment on panel

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Spruce Meadow #10 12″ x 12″ beeswax, oil and pigment on panel

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Spruce Meadow #11 12″ x 12″ beeswax, oil and pigment on panel SOLD

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Spruce Meadow #12 12″ x 12″ beeswax, oil and pigment on panel

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Spruce Meadow #14 12″ x 12″ beeswax, oil and pigment on panel

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November Highlands #2 12″ x 12″ beeswax, oil and pigment on panel

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the trail behind my house #5, 8″ x 8″ beeswax, oil and pigment on panel

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the trail behind my house #6 10″ x 10″ beeswax, oil and pigment on panel SOLD

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Maynooth

In February I moved from my long time home in Toronto, and to a perfect little house in the lovely little town of Maynooth, north of Bancroft, near Algonquin Park. The house was formerly the busy and successful pottery studio and gallery of potter Karen Gray. I will be operating in much the same way as Karen, with the main floor of the house devoted to my new business Black Spruce Art Works.  My work, as well as work by a select few Ontario landscape artists will be on display in the gallery and available for purchase. Visitors are welcome into my studio to view work in progress and to gain a bit of insight into the creative process. Eventually I will offer workshops and classes.

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My new home in Maynooth – still in its guise as a pottery studio: this shot taken in December.

Maynooth is a vibrant and creative community, home to many artists and artisans, and home as well to several galleries, antique, vintage and up-cycling shops. I couldn’t be happier in my new place. I am now living in the environment that so inspires the work that I do. And the town is brimming with many kind, supportive and enormously creative folks. I love it.

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My house is the first one when driving north/east on Hwy 62 from Bancroft – just after Peterson Road.

This is a very exciting and busy phase for me! My studio is arranged nicely –  I’m now in full production mode for upcoming shows – and the gallery is starting to take shape. My sign designs are getting finalized, and I expect to open the gallery within the next month – aiming for a grand opening on the Victoria Day Weekend, May 21 to 23.

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Studio shot with lots of work in progress!!

The address is 32945 Hwy 62 Maynooth K0L 2S0. If you are ever in the area – even if my signs aren’t up yet – please stop in and say hi! I will be keeping regular gallery hours throughout the summer. Maynooth is a terrific destination town, with a great cafe, amazing butter tart shop, cool old-school hotel and B & B in town, and is nearby to Algonquin and Lake St Peter Provincial Parks with spectacular camping.

I’ll be posting regular updates on my progress, and a couple exterior pics once the snow is gone and my signage is installed!

I’m looking forward to a terrific and busy summer in my amazing new space.

 

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New work from Kingsway-Lambton show and sale

I had a great time at the Kingsway-Lambton United Church Art Show & Sale yesterday, Saturday April 9. Turnout was terrific, and all the folks are so kind and supportive. Here are images of some of my larger pieces from the show, smaller ones to follow soon. 

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Owl Call 24″ x 24″ beeswax, oil and pigment on panel SOLD

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Birdsong Wakes Me 20″ x 60″ beeswax, oil and pigment on panel.

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Red Prospector 40″ x 40″ beeswax, oil and pigment on panel.

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Algonquin Drift 24″ x 48″ diptych, beeswax, oil and pigment on panel

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Spruce Meadow 24″ x 24″ beeswax, oil and pigment on panel SOLD

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Across a swamp inlet at the tip of a bay 20″ x 60″ beeswax, oil and pigment on panel

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New work at Paula White Diamond Gallery

I am thrilled to announce that my work is once again available at the lovely Paula White Diamond Gallery in Waterloo. I’ve just delivered several new pieces, and am looking forward to a spring show with Laurie Skantzos! Date TBA. I think our work will complement each others beautifully!

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Carcajou Bay 40″ x 40″ beeswax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel: available at Paula White Diamond Gallery, Waterloo

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Off Peterson Road 30″ x 30″ beeswax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel: available at Paula White Diamond Gallery, Waterloo

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November Bog 12″ x 12″ beeswax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel SOLD

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Late November beeswax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel: available at Paula White Diamond Gallery, Waterloo

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Spruce Bog #3 beeswax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel: available at Paula White Diamond Gallery, Waterloo

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Spruce Bog #2 beeswax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel: available at Paula White Diamond Gallery, Waterloo

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Spruce Bog #1 beeswax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel: available at Paula White Diamond Gallery, Waterloo

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New landscape paintings for January

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Our Island 36″ x 36″ beeswax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel SOLD

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Cedar Creek 8″ x 8″ beeswax, oil and dry pigment on panel

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Kingscote 8″ x 8″ beeswax, oil and dry pigment on panel SOLD

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Paddle On 8″ x 8″ beeswax, oil and dry pigment on panel SOLD

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Solstice Fire 8″ x 8″ beeswax, oil and dry pigment on panel

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Tamarack Lake #5 8″ x 8″ beeswax, oil and dry pigment on panel

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Amable du fond 8″ x 8″ beeswax, oil and dry pigment on panel

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