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News from Heron’s Nest


Dealing with COVID-19 as an artist has been challenging. On a personal level, I wondered if people would feel comfortable visiting the gallery and questioned how I could share my work to the public with shows cancelled and many galleries closed. I had the additional concern about the work of the other artists represented in …

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News from the Nest! – first edition


News from Heron’s Nest Studio Gallery Hello from Heron’s Nest Studio Gallery! Last June we opened the Gallery, located steps from downtown Bracebridge. Working in a variety of mediums, my paintings reflect my love of nature and my concern for the environment. The intimate studio gallery also features work by other Muskoka artists who draw their inspiration from the natural …

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Creating a Gallery Space


Last summer my husband and I purchased an old home in our neighbourhood. Built in the early 1920s, it had the traditional set up of a rectangular living room and dining room running along one side of the main floor with the kitchen and staircase to upstairs on the opposite side. Upstairs there we have …

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How are You Marketing Your Artwork?


One of the hardest parts of any business is defining and reaching the market for your product. It’s the same for your art. People don’t buy artwork every day; the majority consider art a luxury item or at least something purchased only after taking care of the necessities of life. So, how do you find those buyers? Today, a …

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Rock, Paper, Scissors?


For the February Members art show at Chapel Gallery in Bracebridge, Muskoka Arts and Crafts challenged artists with the theme, Rock, Paper, Scissors. Do you believe, I’ve never played the game? Once I learned the concept, lots of ideas popped into my head but one kept returning. Somehow I wanted to incorporate real objects in my …

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How Long Did It Take to Paint That?

The Red Canoe, Acrylic on Canvas, 8 x 24 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie

How long did it take you to paint that?

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Inspiration from the Forest

Forest in Transition, Acrylic on Canvas, 20 x 30 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie

The Muskoka Arts & Crafts 38th Annual Spring Members’ Show takes place March 27-29. 2015 at the Bracebridge Sportsplex. Each member can enter 3 pieces of art.  I’ve chosen, Puppy Love – The Only Love That Come Between Us and The Red Canoe as two of them. My third is a creation painted for the Muskoka …

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Seen Between the Stacks


Huntsville Public Library – My First Solo Exhibition! A selection of  8 paintings are hanging between the stacks  at Huntsville Library, 7 Minerva Street East, Huntsville, Ontario. Phone: 705-789-5232 Here is a list of the work in the show: 2014-15 Firmly Rooted – Stream of Consciousness 2014-11 Firmly Rooted – Gathering of Elders 2014-10 Watchman 2014-9 Firmly Rooted …

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One Month to Art Show Opening


One month tomorrow, on Saturday, May 3, Janice Feist and I open our 2-woman art show at Chapel Gallery in Bracebridge. Firmly Rooted examines where we’ve come from and where we are now in our lives and creative journeys as artists. Our shared love of trees and nature, passion for painting and desire to connect with …

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Defy Winter – Welcome Spring with Original Artwork


At 12:57 pm local time, spring arrived in Muskoka with a blizzard! The local news suggested Mother Nature didn’t get the memo but I think she simply had a mind of her own. In spite of the weather and perhaps to spite it, the art show set-up crew showed up at the Bracebridge Sportsplex and …

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