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When One Door Closes . . .

Open Door - Sunny RoadI’m a firm believer in the saying, “When one door closes, another one opens.”  (Alexander Graham Bell)

Late last week I learned  Art in the Heart would be cancelled for this summer. Apparently, they didn’t receive enough qualified applications for this three-Saturday, outdoor summer show in down-town Bracebridge. There are plans to revamp the show and re-launch it in 2014.

Coincidentally, a few days before receiving this news I had met a well-known local wildfowl carver, John de Lang. His Wood’s End Studio hosts an annual two-day art show with other Muskoka artists so I had asked if they had room for any more participants. John answered that his wife, Marilyn, handled those details and I should email her.

John de Lang, Wildfowl Carver

John de Lang, Wildfowl Carver

Excited about the possibility of a replacement event, I shared the information with my friend and fellow-artist, Janice Feist, who was also looking for other show venues this summer.  She agreed we should enquire. We sent a joint email to John’s wife, Marilyn, and received back the application form on May 11.

We quickly completed and submitted our applications on May 12 and we each received confirmation of acceptance into the Enchanted Forest Art Show yesterday evening. To be part of  such an amazing group of professional artists is thrilling and we both look forward to the weekend event August 10 & 11.  

Here is a short excerpt from the Wood’s End Studio Website to tell you a little about it.

The Enchanted Forest Art Show - August 10 & 11, 2013

The Enchanted Forest Art Show – August 10 & 11, 2013

The Enchanted Forest is a fantastic backdrop for an annual celebration and art show. Like a studio tour, but without the driving, this artistic fair offers its guests a glimpse into the techniques and inspiration that create fine works of art.

Held in the scenic gardens, courtyards, and studios at Wood’s End, this event showcases talented professionals who share their enthusiasm for their medium as they display and demonstrate their craft.

Visitors can chat with award-winning artists, learn how their work takes shape, relax in the spectacular gardens, and explore The Enchanted Forest: a truly unique experience!

This year’s show features over 30 talented artists who make the event a true ‘woodland art experience’ by demonstrating their techniques. The quality and variety of the art make this juried show distinctive.

I admit disappointment over Art in the Heart being cancelled but participating in the Enchanted Forest Art Show more than makes up for it. This is a well-established art event, with great attendance providing an opportunity for a brand new audience to view my art.

Open Door

Imagine the possibilities!

Who knows what possibilities lie beyond this newly opened door!

© Wendie Donabie 2013



  1. Very cool and well deserved!

  2. I agree with your philosophy. Who knows what opportunities will come your way by participating in a new experience. This event may open other doors for you as well. Have a successful show.

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