It's true! On the first of October, I will be opening the doors of my new gallery/studio /teaching space for the first time. It will be located at 201 Marsh St., right in the heart of Clarksburg, situated on the southern tip of the town of Thornbury, which sits on the southern shore of Georgian Bay between Collingwood and Owen Sound.
Within this charming historic building, will be showcased a large collection of my original paintings and drawings, along with an assortment of limited edition prints. Many of the pieces represented will be recent works, and because I will also be using this space as my studio, there will be the opportunity to see what I am currently working on, as well as have a peak at my new ideas still in the planning stages.
After creating my artwork in a private studio setting for so long, it will be an exciting change for me to get first hand feedback from the public about whatever piece I am working on at the time. Commissioned works are becoming a larger part of my business, and the face to face time with clients this new setting facilitates, should be most helpful in planning this type of work. As well, I continue to do some commercial art projects, and this will be a chance for the public to see how those types of jobs are executed.
Finally, my intention is to continue with my one on one tutoring and small class art instruction, here in this new space. As well as teaching drawing and painting at various levels, I intend to offer an 'open studio' time where artists can bring in and work on their own pieces in a small group setting, with myself offering group and individual assistance and instruction.
Clarksburg, sometimes referred to as 'Artsburg' because of the growing number of art galleries, artisan shops and antique stores, is the ideal spot for me to take this big step. My hope is to add a slightly different flavour to the mix of establishments already here, and contribute to making this charming little village a 'must see' for anyone visiting the Blue Mountain/Georgian Bay region. Much of the beauty of the place comes from the lovely Beaver River, which runs right through the village and the spectacular valley that it is found within.
It was my intention when I moved up this way a couple of years ago, to use the local environment as the primary source for my painting subjects, and a visit to my new gallery will offer many different views of the special setting it is located in.
I invite all to come up for a visit, or drop by, have a look, and say hello!
see ya there!