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
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.
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
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.
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 www.muskokaartsandcrafts.com or call