Artists, Galleries & Studios in Gravenhurst, Muskoka

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  • Melissa Ella Pole

    Melissa Ella Pole

    Melissa is a white settler who grew up on unceded Anishinaabe and Algonquin territory along the Muskoka River in Bracebridge, Ontario. Her grandmother moved to Canada from Australia in 1953 after she boarded a cargo ship that travelled across the Atlantic with her papa who was a captain for Canada Steamships. Melissa is impacted by the history of artistic work along her family line that descends from Britain. Her great grandmother was an artist who painted fine china in England. It’s said Melissa gets her creative talent from her great grandmother. At a young age, Melissa noticed that she was given this creative gift and her Mother, who was also a gifted artist, nurtured her creativity over the years. For every family event Melissa created handmade cards for each family member and received so many compliments that she decided to share this talent with the world and impact the people around her. This led up to the creation of her new business. Growing up on the river, Melissa has always been immersed within nature and her artwork is impacted by her childhood. This is why many of her pieces depict animals using colourful and complex pallets to illustrate the magic of each animal spirit. Melissa is constantly in search of new ways to use color, and she expresses this passion through her artwork. In recent years, Melissa has made it her goal to bring her education (Master’s Degree) in Gender Studies into her work. This led to her experimentation with mixed media works that incorporate news articles, poetry, and symbolic metaphors alluding to larger philosophies that help to expand the understanding, knowledge, and passion of the viewer. Melissa has a drive to create more than just art to hang on a wall but to hold deeper meanings to remind the audience of important teachings these paintings represent. Therefore, Melissa takes a different approach to painting, moving from basic visual art to visual teaching. Combined with her use of colourful pallets she was recently dubbed “Mother of colors” for her creative understanding of color composition that captures the eyes of the viewer. Her most recent series focuses on the importance of women’s work, especially when it comes to artwork. “Essence” is a series of paintings that focus specifically on doilies and the beauty, patterns, and patience it has taken the makers to create such works of art. Often seen as labour of love, these delicate creations are incorporated into each oil painting and the patterns are emphasized by the warm colors of the sunset creating shadows on women’s faces. Some think the effect makes the woman depicted look more-than-human creating a mermaid-esque aesthetic that brings the audience back to the water. A larger philosophy exists beyond the surface of the canvas where all of our destinies are interconnected. Each shape and design is intelligently crafted into harmonious circles within the doilies depicted. To the artist these circles represent the interconnectedness of all living things. Interconnectedness is not only a worldview but relates personally to Melissa’s identity. Interconnectedness relates to her childhood, spending most of her time in the forest, her complex family histories and connections across continents (England, Australia and Canada) and the Anishinaabe peoples and their philosophies that have impacted her because of the land on which she grew up. Melissa remembers her Mother always crocheting doilies as a young girl and these paintings are a way to integrate these memories and teachings that the doily symbolizes.

    Melissa Pole

  • Rock Paper Scissors Company

    Rock Paper Scissors Company

    With a passion for coming up with unique and outside-the-box ideas, while also experimenting with new processes and technique, you’re always in great hands with this creative and talented duo. Explore their Carpentry Portfolio to learn more about their skill and style, see some of the projects they’ve done, who they’ve worked with, and what they could do for you. Check out Kelly & Andy's woodworking classes, their selfless community work and their volunteer building projects that take them around the world.

  • Mathew Laverty :: Creative Agency

    Mathew Laverty :: Creative Agency

    I am a Responsive Web Designer & Developer/Graphic Design Professional with strategic SEO knowledge living in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada. I specialize in creating responsive websites that my clients can manage and update on their own without knowledge of HTML. My tools of choice are WordPress, Bootstrap & jQuery. Skill sets include Motion Graphics, User Experience, User Interface, & Digital Marketing.

    Mathew Laverty

  • JDN Photography Canada / Art On Stone

    JDN Photography Canada / Art On Stone

    JDN Photography Canada has received numerous national and international recognitions.  A selection of art work may be found in art galleries as well as private collections and business interiors.  Printing on an assortment of archival textured paper each image is mounted on a durable substrate in a high heat vacuum press.  Subsequently, a UV protective treatment is applied by hand to seal the image creating an art piece requiring no glass.  We offer an extensive range of frames or a frameless image.  Looking for something special?  Let us provide you with a portfolio of our local or around the globe images customized for your interior. In addition, we offer our original photography printed directly on tumbled marble and travertine stone.  Each stone is unique due to the various textures adding depth and character. Our business philosophy is simple: Provide superior quality and a high level of customer satisfaction to ensure your art work selection is a source of conversation and inspiration for many years to come. Visit us at The Shipyards Muskoka Marketplace located at the Muskoka Wharf or contact us for an appointment at our Studio in Horseshoe Valley.

    Jan Novak

  • Arts at the Albion

    Arts at the Albion

    Arts At The Albion is a new artist collective co-op, consisting of twenty Muskoka-based artists from the Gravenhurst area who have come together to form an amazing new creative hive. Located directly in the heart of downtown Gravenhurst, Arts At The Albion offers workshops, artist space, has a classroom space available for rental and hosts events year-round. There promises to be a little bit of something special for everyone at Arts At The Albion, as they specialize in painting, print making, stained glass, wood working, forged iron work, jewellery, bird-carvings, Hinterglass painting, water colour, oil, basket weaving, felting, gouche and more. Arts At The Albion has the plan to revitalize the historic Albion Hotel and are inviting you to experience the energy and passion that they are stirring up.

  • Auburn Gallery of Fine Art

    Auburn Gallery of Fine Art

    Here at Auburn Gallery, we celebrate local artists by showcasing their unique and beautiful pieces in our studio. We have been specializing in eclectic Canadian art work ever since our doors opened for the first time on May 1, 2005. Our collections include fine art paintings, photography, ceramics, sculpture, bronzes, fiber art and hand crafted jewelry. We really excited about our recent outdoor renovations. We have created a backyard oasis just behind our studio to showcase even more artwork while giving people the space to social distance properly! Come by and have a look!

  • Sontag's Pagoda Bird Feeders

  • Muskoka Bay Gallery & Pottery

    Muskoka Bay Gallery & Pottery

    If you’re planning to enjoy Ontario’s Near-North this year, you might find it worthwhile to visit Muskoka Bay Pottery’s Studio & Gallery and meet the Brown brothers as well as their cat Xena and dog Bubba. The Studio offers functional, stoneware pottery. Simplicity of design and maximization of use guide their designs. Clay and high gloss glaze finishes are specifically designed and tested for daily modern use. We make sure the mug handle fits ….. when you don’t notice it in your hand, pick yours up and notice a difference.

    Jim Brown

  • Shelridge Yarns

    Shelridge Yarns

    This business is closed indefinitely due to flooding as of Oct. 10, 2021. Lyn of Shelridge Yarns Dye Studio would be pleased to have you come in to see how yarns are dyed. Shop our extensive inventory of merino based yarns in 72 colours in six bases. We also have the Cabin Fever knitting patterns & books. Check out our classes.