Here Comes Summer! Vacation Plans?

Posted by on May 25, 2018

Is this your idea of the perfect summer vacation?

Are you planning a vacation this summer? Going hiking somewhere on the Bruce Trail? Maybe spending time at a cottage in Muskoka? Or if those don’t appeal to you, how about taking in a play or two at the Stratford Festival?

If any of those holiday ideas seem tempting, you won’t be far away from one of my “seasonal” galleries that will have a good selection of my jewellery, in case you’re in the mood for a little holiday treat for yourself!

What is a “seasonal” gallery you ask? Well, it means the gallery carries my work starting in May for the summer. In the Fall, whatever hasn’t sold is returned to me, usually in October or November. That’s just in time to add to my Christmas One of a Kind Show inventory. And believe me, I am happy to get anything back at that time, as one can NEVER have too much stock for the Christmas show!  

Here are a few of the seasonal galleries you might just come across on your summer holidays.

Circle Arts Gallery, 14 Bay Street, Tobermory, Ontario.

Circle Arts Gallery is located in Tobermory on Georgian Bay, and has carried my jewellery pretty much every summer since about 1996. They have a fabulous, what I would call “rambling” gallery, that houses many of Canada’s best artists working in metal, clay, fibre, wood and a whole host of painters who work in various mediums. I say “rambling” because there seems to be room after room of art and, just when you think you’ve come to the end, there is another room just around the corner or up a few stairs. It’s a testament to how long the building has been there, and how many “add-ons” there have been over that time.

My jewellery display case at Circle Arts Gallery.

When you come into the gallery, you’ll find my jewellery on the main floor. The owners tell me “my spot” is always the display case area that doubles as the cash desk. So if you buy something and have missed my work, you’ll catch up with it as you pay for your purchases.

If swimming in water a bit warmer than Georgian Bay is more your style, and you are vacationing anywhere near either Lake Muskoka, Lake Joseph or Lake Rosseau, you’ll find my jewellery in Port Carling at the Red Canoe Gallery.

Red Canoe Gallery, 111 Medora Street (Hwy # 118W), Port Carling, Ontario.

Red Canoe is a beautiful gallery located right in the heart of town, easily accessible by either car on the 118 highway, or by boat from Lake Muskoka. They have carried my work since 2015, after the sad closing of Silverbridge Gallery in Bracebridge, who had previously carried my jewellery.

Red Canoe Gallery has a completely different assortment of my pieces than Circle Arts Gallery. That’s because I try to spread all my designs around, so if you run across my work in more than one of my seasonal locations, it’s a different combination each time.

My work is artfully displayed on painted driftwood at The Red Canoe Gallery in Port Carling.

If cottage country is not your destination this year, but you are planning on catching a play or two, or perhaps shopping and dining in one of the fabulous restaurants that Stratford has to offer, you will find my jewellery there as well.

Gallery Indigena has carried my work since 2010 and is located right in the heart of Stratford, at the corner of Ontario and Downie Streets. You can’t miss it!

My beautiful display at Gallery Indigena, 69 Ontario Street, Stratford, Ontario.

They have probably the best selection of Cape Dorset Prints and Inuit carved stone sculptures. The gallery also has an exquisite collection of West Coast carved wooden masks, totem poles and paddles. Erla Boyer, the owner, knows more about Inuit and West Coast art than anybody else I have ever met. She has run Gallery Indigena for over 40 years and is an absolute wealth of information on not only the history of the art itself, but also the families of the carvers and who descends who in the family.

She has been visiting the Arctic on a regular basis over her art career and recently returned from a trip she took with her grown children to give them a better understanding of the art she has loved, and promoted, for the better part of her life. It’s definitely worth popping into her gallery to check it out!

And for me? What is my preferred summer vacation? Well, I do love to hike the Bruce Trail. I do find the waters of Georgian Bay a little chilly for my taste. I love cottaging in Muskoka and swimming in the warmer lake water, but the mosquitoes and black flies find me a bit too delicious. Theatre in Stratford is just NOT my thing at all, but I do love to go for a long walk along the Avon River to catch a glimpse of the Black Swans, along with the other majestic white ones. It always helps me digest a great meal I’ve enjoyed from one of the many fabulous restaurants there are to choose from.

But for now, this is where you’ll find me. Keeping all my seasonal galleries stocked up for summer!