November 23-December 13
Artists' Reception: Saturday, November 23, 1pm-3pm
Mary-Ruth Newell and Dave Mackenzie are partners in life
but their work also shares a common thread.
For over thirty years, Dave has been working with wood.
It was an interest that he pursued after leaving a job as a manager for
a tennis club at Mohawk College. Wishing a simpler life, Dave moved to
Muskoka where he built his own house. Although log and timber frame
homes are his bread and butter, he also creates furniture, cabinets and
tables as well as creating sculptures by chisels and chainsaws. The
white pine for Dave’s furniture is harvested from the land surrounding
the couple’s Utterson home. After milling and dressing the wood, Dave
uses a range of power and hand tools along with chisels and planes to
craft his furniture. Dave’s extensive knowledge gained from building
log and timber frame homes is applied to his furniture making.
The scraps left over from Dave’s furniture are put to
good use. Rather than leaving the wood to rot in the bush, Mary-Ruth
uses the wood as the fuel for her pottery kiln. From her log studio,
Mary-Ruth creates an extensive line of functional pots and dinnerware
that are inspired from organic forms found in gourds, roots, mountains
and moving water. “When I am in the pottery studio, I create work
solely for me – my designs, my thought process, my desires,”
explains Mary-Ruth who trained at the Haliburton School of Fine Arts and
Canadore College. “When the work is shown to others, it is rewarding
that they can feel as passionately as I do about the designs.” For
this show, Mary-Ruth has created a new line of dinnerware that has been
carved and boldly reflects the effects of the wood-firing process.
Entre Nous is the first time that Mary-Ruth and Dave
have shown their work together. “We hope that the viewer will gain an
appreciation of the culmination of teamwork,” remarks Mary-Ruth.
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Located at 15 King Street in Bracebridge, the gallery is open year-round, Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm. It is closed during the last week of September and the second week of October as well as between Christmas and New Year’s Days.
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The Chapel Gallery was opened in September, 1989. Housed in a reconstruction of the first Presbyterian Church in Bracebridge, the Chapel Gallery hosts exhibitions of art and craft by our members and other local and provincial artists. Exhibitions are selected by the Gallery Committee and change every three to four weeks.
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