Cirvan Hamilton

Elizabeth Johnson

Elise Muller

June 22 - July 20
Public Reception: Saturday, June 22, 1pm-3pm

Dorset, on Lake of Bay, is a beautiful, quaint village with an arched iron bridge, giant white pines and friendly residents whose family roots run deep. Once a booming logging town, its main industry today is tourism. The quiet wilderness, the stunning lakes, granite rocks and soaring forest attract hearty souls, misfits and adventure seekers.  

Among those souls are the village artists and craftsmen. You can see them, setting up shop downtown, in a rustic barn, or boathouse, or even in the local pizzeria. Nothing can stop them from interpreting daily life in a small village of 300 residents on the Great Canadian Shield. These artists are showing their work at the Chapel Gallery in Bracebridge from June 22 until July 20.  

In this small hamlet, visitors find their way to Tara Love’s studio to see her whimsical pottery or the working studio for Elise Muller where she carves stone sculptures. Wind machines by Peter Kourtz mimic the patterns the wind creates on the lakes and forests. Thick swaths of textured colour fix the dramatic hues of the Dorset lakes in Elizabeth Johnson’s oil paintings. The spiritual quality of nature finds expression in the filigree of winter branches in Brenda Turnour’s watercolours and drawings. Reality mingles with fantasy in Chris Keene’s acrylic paintings. Old-world craftsmanship marries modern design in Cirvan Hamilton’s wood furniture.    

If you are lucky, you can watch an artist painting in the village. You can canoe past a gallery of colourful sculptures on the lakeshore or in a garden. You can follow a pottery class in a yoga pavilion. The Dorset artists are a resourceful and innovative bunch. You can see that in their artsy sandwich boards clustered together outside the post-office.  

Hang together they do, this summer at Muskoka Arts & Crafts’ Chapel Gallery from June 22 to July 20, in an exhibition called  It Takes a Village. Meet all the artists on Saturday, June 22 from 1pm to 3pm. Discover the artistic energy that one small village in Muskoka has raised.  

The Chapel Gallery is located at 15 King Street in Bracebridge. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from 10am to 1pm and from 2pm until 5pm with admission by donation. For more information, please visit or call (705) 645-5501.

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