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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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New Paintings – Getting It Done


Here’s what I’ve been up to since my post, The Creative Struggle, in which I explained my recent difficulty taking my art and writing ideas from inspiration to application. In writing that post I actually did experience a breakthrough in my art. For a few weeks, several painting ideas for a themed show, Betwixt & Between, competed for …

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ARTS FESTIVAL in Downtown Bracebridge – August 9!

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Saturday, August 9, Manitoba Street (from Taylor Road to Ontario Street) in Bracebridge is closing to traffic for ART IN THE HEART 2014.  Festival Hours are 9 am – 6 pm You’ll find Carolyn Freedman and I at SOULL KREATIONS, Booth #4, by the clock tower building (Taylor Rd and Manitoba Street) as part of the Arts …

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SO WHAT’S NEXT?


Janice Feist, Lynda Lynn, Pat Whittle and I experienced a successful weekend during the Muskoka Lakes Spring Art Tour, June 7 & 8.  Approximately 200 visitors stopped by to see our work at the Bala Bay Inn and picked up information about us. Throughout the Tour, the Inn and staff encouraged guests to attend the show and we …

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MUSKOKA ART TOUR June 7 and 8!


Weather Report for Muskoka, June 7 & 8: Sunny, 26°C Perfect for a drive around Lake Muskoka! The Muskoka Lakes Spring Art Tour, an annual self-guided tour of artist studios across southern Muskoka, takes place Saturday and Sunday, June 7  &  8, 10 am – 5 pm.  This year, 17 artists exhibit their work at seven locations throughout the Township …

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Get Your Art Out There – Marketing Strategies


AFFORDABILITY Do you consider artwork  a luxury item, something purchased for your home, cottage or office after everything else or only if you inherit a fortune or win a lottery? Many people do. Even when a potential buyer admires a painting, sculpture, etc. the price may put them off.  I’ve been thinking about this for some …

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Out of the Woods


Acrylic on Canvas, 40 x 30 inches. Copyright Wendie Donabie 2014 Another scene from the magnificent trails of Algonquin Park. Wouldn’t you like to explore these woods? Part of the FIRMLY ROOTED Art Show May 3-31, 2014 Chapel Gallery 15 King Street, Bracebridge, Ontario http://www.wendiedonabie.com

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Watchman


Chinese Ink on Paper, 11 x 15 ins. Copyright Wendie Donabie 2014 I discovered this tree on a trail in Algonquin Park. It appeared to me like a watchman guarding the forest beyond, ready to descend the hill if danger threatened. Part of the FIRMLY ROOTED Art Show May 3-31, 2014 Chapel Gallery 15 King Street, …

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Enchanted #1


Oil on Canvas, 10 x 8 ins, Copyright Wendie Donabie 2013 Wilson Falls Trail that runs along the Muskoka River in Bracebridge is one of my favourite hikes. Character trees with fascinating root systems absolutely captivate me and I expect elves and fairy creatures to appear at any moment in this mystical, magical wood.   …

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Promote Yourself and Get Out-Of-Town!


PROMOTION In today’s marketplace, artists must self promote. We can no longer rely solely on agents and galleries to sell our work.  Here are what I consider some of the necessities for today’s professional artist: a website, a blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Etsy accounts, writing articles for your local newspaper, applications to juried shows …

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