previous exhibitions: 2006


Pat Fairhead, Audrey Jolly & Gail Read: Group Exhibition
Stan Tait & Beverlie Robertson: An Evening of Guitar and Song
Elizabeth Schamehorn: Black River, White Pine
Judith Crich, Weaving and Linda Wright, Pottery
M.J. Steenberg: The Concept of Land
Gayle Dempsey: Turning East
Larissa Soushko: With the Sail
Rachelle Kearns: Clean & Bubbly
Drawing Exhibition: Nipissing University, Muskoka Campus, Fine Arts
Beverlie Robertson & Roger Schmidt: An Evening of Guitar and Song
Company of Good Cheer: An Evening of Virtuoso Guitar


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Pat Fairhead, Audrey Jolly & Gail Read:
Group Exhibition

Opens October 14, 2006

Opening Reception: October 14, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Artists' talk: 3:00 p.m.


Visit Pat Fairhead's website


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Muskoka Place Gallery and Brandy Creek Music present


Stan Tait & Beverlie Robertson:
An Evening of Guitar and Song

In the tradition of Champlain's "Company of Good Cheer"


Saturday, October 7th
8:00 p.m.
Coffee House cover charge: $5

Artists CDs and books available for signing.



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Elizabeth Schamehorn

Black River White Pine


September 23 - October 9, 2006


October Gold
River 4
March 9
Spring Flood


Artist's Statement:
These paintings, completed over a five-year time span, are studies of the view from my front window on the Black River near Washago, ON. I wanted to capture the scene in all lights, seasons, times of day and weather. The idea was to take the iconic rock-and pine-tree of Canadian art and give it a Monet's haystacks treatment; that is, to se how the same scene can change every time it's painted.

Born and raised in Toronto, Liz Schamehorn has lived in Orillia and Washago since 1969. She graduated with honours from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1999, and studied with OCAD in Florence, Italy for two semesters.

This series of work has been winning awards around the province, including first prize at Praxis Gallery's (Toronto) juried show "Landscape: the Lasting Inspiration" in June, and third prize at Riversong Gallery's (Nuestadt, ON) juried show "Moving Water" in May.


For more info on Elizabeth and her work, click here to visit her website.


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Judith Crich, weaving & Linda Wright, pottery


September 1 - 19, 2006

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 2nd, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.



Muskoka artists Judith Crich and Linda Wright are teaming up for a uniqe show at the Muskoka Place Gallery. Their colourful and functional works of art are sure to please!


judith crich



Judith has been weaving, spinning and dyeing for over 30 years. She received a Crafts and Design Diploma in textiles from Sheridan College and has maintained a weaving studio since 1979. Judith has participated in many craft shows throughout Ontario and the Maritimes, most recently the Muskoka Arts & Crafts Summer Show in Bracebridge.


linda wright



Linda owns and operates Northshore Pottery near Windermere, Ontario where she creates bold, colourful, functional pottery. Her line includes a wide selection of mugs, bowls, tea pots, serving platters, dinnerware and much more, available in five colour combinations to suit city or country décor. Linda has been a member of the Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour for 15 years.


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M.J. Steenberg

The Concept of Land


August 11 - 29, 2006

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 12th, 2:00 - 6:00 pm


Burnt Cove Series No. II, Newfoundland
acrylic & ash on raw canvas

Sentinel Island II,
Lake Panache, Sudbury
acrylic & ash on raw canvas

Burnt Cove Series No. XI, Newfoundland
acrylic & ash on raw canvas


As a painter and photographer I work in downtown Toronto (Artscape studio), Up North (Sudbury) and in Newfoundland. My ongoing series of paintings explores weather, islands and chaos.

My work strives for a rawness, speed, and intensity to speak of the land and my connection to it, but always referring to paint and place and speaking of both. The paintings are begun on site in order to capture an immediate sense of place and to map the actual physical topography of rocks, plywood, earth.

Using a mixture of acrylic and ash over graphite rubbings my elemental and internal connection to place becomes a physical dance as I layer my marks working with the surprise of paint and canvas and seeking through the chaos and underlying grid pattern a sense of landscape, energy and beauty.

My newest works - Burnt Cove Series, Newfoundland – remain connected to my exploration of land, sea and phenomena but they have moved in a new direction. The islands are often present but the work is more abstract, more about space. The manipulation of the canvas on the rocks plus the randomness and control of the running paint begins to drive the composition and narrative of the work.



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Gayle Dempsey

Turning East


July 21 - August 8, 2006

Opening Reception: July 21, 2:00 - 6:00 pm

Big Art Thing Studio Tour: July 22 & 29


"In the Deep," Silkscreen Monoprint
"Bamboo," Ink on Rice Paper
"Origin of Fire," Silkscreen Monoprint


The theme for this exhibition was inspired by a gift from my niece - a candle with the Chinese symbol for “love” and a beautiful box of the Chinese Character rubberstamps with a little booklet, "The Chinese Character" by Barbara Aria from my daughter.

While I’m not Chinese, I have a great appreciation for the Asian culture and I love the beauty and philosophy of the Chinese Character. I am a fourth generation Muskokan and feel a deep connection to the spirit and the peace that is Muskoka. Both my work and my life are influenced by Muskoka’s lakes and skies, fire circles and community, and the rootedness I feel in its earth.

A quote from "The Chinese Character":

Once, it is said, everything was a whole. There was no beginning or end, on one and other. According to classical Chinese philosophy, this was true both in nature, and human culture, and the two are completely intertwined. Out of oneness were created both the universe and human expression – the multiplicity of forms made by nature and people. The goal of the truth-seeker is to see in nature, and to express in art, the original oneness as well as the beauty of each individual form.

The character I have chosen to represent this body of work is:

Grace/EN – The character for Grace, which joins the image of a heart with a person lying on a mat – once meaning to rest on and now signifying to rely on. You achieve grace by following your heart. EN refers both to the seat of the emotions and to the mind … Grace, then, comes from relying upon a balance of intuitive feelings and rational will.

This body of work was inspired by my work with Audrey Jolly, Jon Oelrichs, Pat Fairhead, Janet Stahle Fraser and Hildegard of Bingen.

My intention is to explore the balance of intuitive/rational – masculine/feminine – abstraction/symbolism within the context of the four elements – earth, water, fire and air - starting with the intuitive and weaving it together with more willfully and rationally constructed characters and symbols.

It seems that if you continue turning east you could end up back where you started!…. yet with a renewed and enlightened perspective.



I wish to express my appreciation to the following for their generous support:

Ontario Arts Council

MacLaren Art Centre

White Water Gallery

Muskoka Lakes Museum Catto Gallery


Click here to read Gayle's bio



Some images from the opening reception:


Pat Fairhead introduces Gayle and her work
Gayle speaks about the show

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Larissa Soushko

With the Sail


July 1 - 19, 2006

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 1



Larissa Soushko is an architect, an artist and a poet. It is fair to put "poet" first, because this is the most important thing in her perception of life. She published five books of poetry in the former Soviet Union, where she lived for most of her life.

Larissa has participated in numerous art exhibitions in the Ukraine, where she grew up, in Russia, where she studied and worked for many years, in the United States, and in Canada, where she lives now. Her works reside in many private collections in Europe and North America.

Her current series presents landscapes with a warm, delicate atmosphere, where human presence is felt, but not seen. Lyricism and emotionality are seen in spontaneity of strokes, fresh compositions and harmoniously matched colors.


see more of Larissa's work at and


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Rachelle Kearns

'clean' and 'bubbly'
two series of paintings about water


June 10 - 27, 2006

Opening Reception: June 10, 4 - 6 p.m.

Muskoka Lakes Spring Art Tour: June 10 & 11, 2006


visit Rachelle's website at


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An Exhibition by the students of
Nipissing University, Muskoka Campus, Fine Arts


April 22 - May 23, 2006

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 22, 2006, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.


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Brandy Creek Music and Publications


An Evening of Guitar and Song


With Beverlie Robertson & Roger Schmidt

Saturday, April 29, 2006
8:00 p.m.



Roger Schmidt grew up in the countryside of the Quebec Laurentians. As far back as he can remember he had a fascination with the guitar. At the age of ten, his first guitar was purchased for him in a junk shop for $1.50. With that, he set out to teach himself to play.  His heroes of the day were the likes of Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed and Roy Rogers. Later on Bruce Cockburn would come to have a great influence on his playing style. Roger likes to compose music with clearly defined melodies, subtle harmonies and tasteful expression.
Beverlie Robertson has been performing professionally for many years, accompanying her songs on 6 and 12-string guitars, dulcimer, autoharp and percussion. As one of the folk trio The Chanteclairs, a group with a Canadian & international repertoire, she traveled extensively in North America, Europe and the UK. Thanks to her studies and travel, she sings in 8 languages. The Chanteclairs were a major influence on Canadian folk music during the ‘sixties. She performs on radio and television networks in North America and the UK, in venues from the CNE Grandstand, Roy Thomson Hall to intimate coffee houses, universities, and at major folk festivals.


"Coffee House" cover charge: $5

Refreshments by Dempsey Fine Foods


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Brandy Creek Music and Publications


Company of Good Cheer

An Evening of Virtuoso Guitar
Saturday, February 25th, 2006
8:00 p.m.





and performances by Beverlie & Charlie Robertson




Artists' CDs available for sale and signing

Coffee House cover charge $5

Refreshments by Dempsey Fine Foods


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