Gravenhurst Autumn Arts Tour

Thank-you to all the artists who participated in the inaugural Gravenhurst Autumn Arts Tour which took place September 30th and October 1st, 2023!  It was a huge success and we plan to make this an annual event!

Mark your calendars for the next Gravenhurst Autumn Arts Tour: September 28 & 29, 2024, 10am to 4pm

Gravenhurst has a rich heritage of artisans from the first boat builders to today’s artists that capture the spirit and essence of Muskoka. The Gravenhurst Autumn Arts Tour is a two-day event in Gravenhurst featuring artists from Muskoka and surrounding area.                                                                             

Want to hear more from the inspiration for the Gravenhurst Autumn Arts Tour, who is also a participating artist in the show? Take a listen to a recent 88.7 The Bay Muskoka's Arts R Us interview with Councilor Penny Varney. Click here for the interview.

Featured Artists from 2023

David Borsellino Image
David Borsellino Artisan Woodwork

Fine hand sculpted wooden furniture
Visit in town.
Location # 6:
Rock Paper Scissor Company Studio
381 Bay Street
Contact artist:
david@davidborsellino.com
905 572-3830

Dan Brown Image
Dan Brown Creations

Dan was born and raised in Mississauga & fell in love with the area after moving to Muskoka 5 years ago. He has been wood working for the past 15 years, but after experiencing wood turning, was hooked. Dan primarily makes wood bowls but is always experimenting with new ideas and techniques, including making bowls out of resin with natural items, burls, hardwoods, exotic woods and other various turned items. He is self taught and is always looking to improve his craft.
Visit in town.
Location # 6:
Rock Paper Scissor Company Studio
381 Bay Street
Contact artist:
dannybrowncreations@gmail.com
705 204-4044

james brown teapot
James Brown (Muskoka Bay Gallery & Pottery)

Visit our functional stoneware pottery studio and gallery with a mix of other clay & glass artists, wooden toys, puzzles and bowls, as well as painting by Ontario artists. Too much to take in, on just one visit.
Visit in studio at:
Location # 15
1026 North Muldrew Lake Road 
Contact artist: 
jim@muskokabaypottery.com 
705 687-7890 

johnathan bullock pottery
Johnathan Bullock Pottery

Functional & sculptural stoneware richly glazed in jewel tones with bronze accents & layering of earth tones & waterfall glazes. From whimsical garden sculptures, original art, and handmade vegan soaps with pure essential oils, something for everyone.
Visit in studio at:
Location # 3
210 First St. South
Contact artist:
ynotskelly@sympatico.ca
705 687-3936

larry caroll
Fine Art photography by Larry Carroll

A professional photographer for over 35 years, featured in magazines, websites, gracing corporation walls & homes of sports celebrities. Creating an emotional bond with the viewer is the essence of Larry's art. Creating fine art in Toronto & Muskoka. 
Visit in town.
Location # 4
Gravenhurst Train Station
Contact artist:
thelensman@me.com 
705 241-4200 


John de Lang carved bird
John De Lang (Wood's End Studio)

John's award-winning carvings of songbirds and waterfowl fuse authenticity with innovation. He captures  the soaring spirit of the winged creatures to offer people a lingering look at the subtle details that escape the eye in real life.
Visit in studio at:
Location # 18
1205 Sparrow Lake Route D
Kilworthy
Contact artist: 
info@woodsend.ca
705 238-9176

elena dinissuk painting
Elena Dinissuk (Lenadv_art)

My work is inspired by Canadian landscapes - the open skies, the majestic trees, the blue waters, and the highways you can take to get there.  I enjoy creating landscapes where I can explore the unknown.
Visit in town.
Location # 4.
Gravenhurst Train Station
Contact artist:
lenadv@yahoo.com 
647 409-2178 

wendie donabie
Wendie Donabie (Guest artist at JFeist Fine Art Studio)

The beauty of nature and my deep concern for our planet inspires and informs my paintings. I work mostly in acrylic and oil. My sales support the rehabilitation work at Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary.
Guest artist with Janice Feist.
Visit in studio at:

Location # 16
1843 Muskoka Beach Road
Bracebridge
Contact artist:
wdd550@gmail.com
705 646-3663

frank drinkwater
Frank Drinkwater (Muskoka Wood Bowls)

Frank Drinkwater turns one of a kind bowls made from burls, fruit woods and hardwoods. Working from his shop in Bracebridge, Frank creates pieces and offers them for sale at art galleries and markets across Muskoka.
Visit in town (Sunday October 1 only).
Location # 1.
Gravenhurst Opera House
Contact artist:
sip_h2o@hotmail.com 
705 641-9254

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Ed Einboden (Original Artwork by Ed Einboden)

Pen and ink drawing and print making have been Ed’s passion for years. Ed is a member of Muskoka Arts and Crafts and the Jekyll Island Georgia Arts Association where he exhibits in their gallery. He has won many awards in juried art festivals.
Visit in town.
Location # 9.
Lions Pavilion, Muskoka Wharf
Contact artist:
Ed.einboden1@gmail.com
705 645-0832

janice feist painting
Janice Feist (J Feist Fine Art Studio)

My work in acrylic and more, continues to develop as I paint from different points of view, whether it be representational, impressionistic or abstracted. I use a variety of tools to scratch, scrape and smooth paint to create depth and excitement.
Visit in studio at:
Location # 16
1843 Muskoka Beach Road 
Bracebridge
Contact artist:
janicefeist@hotmail.com
705 644-1030


margo gracey painting
Margo Gracey (Bramblewood Studio)

Greatly influenced by her Muskoka environs and love of nature, Margo's watercolour paintings are serene yet radiate vitality both in colour and movement.
Visit in town.
Location # 9.
Lions Pavilion, Muskoka Wharf
Contact artist:
bramblewood@vianet.ca
705 689-0664

kate hillard earrings
Kate Hillard (The Tinker's Table)

I make unique fine jewellery using techniques such as anodizing and etching. There’s always something interesting to find at my table! 
Visit in town.
Location # 6:
Rock Paper Scissor Company Studio
381 Bay Street
Contact artist:
service@thetinkerstable.ca
705 345-3634 

Terry Hrynyk
Terry Hrynyk Photographic Imagery

Terry has been a practicing professional artist for over 25 years in Muskoka and presently an instructor at Georgian College. His fine art displays the elements of the natural world, helping us to return to the state of peace and harmony.
Visit in town.
Location # 1.
Gravenhurst Opera House
Contact artist:
photoimg@bellnet.ca
705 687-4481 

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Kerry Hutchins (KB's Brickabrack)

Unique, handmade glass creations.
Visit in town.
Location # 6: 
Rock Paper Scissor Company Studio
381 Bay Street
Contact artist:
kbsbrickabrack@gmail.com
705 796-4583

danielle loshaw
Dani Loshaw Fine Arts

I'm an urban explorer, photographer and artist using my unique adventures to inspire and drive me to bring something special to the world of art. I have been recognized for my drawing abilities and recently, painterly landscapes. 
Visit in town.
Location # 5.
Arts at the Albion
Contact artist:
Danielleloshaw@outlook.com 
705 770-1241 

Deb Loughead Image
Deb Loughead

Deb Loughead has been writing ever since she learned how to read. She is the author of more than 40 books for young people. She’s conducted workshops and held readings at schools, festivals and conferences across the country. 
Visit in town:
Location # 14
410 Phillip Street East
Contact artist:
deb.loughead@gmail.com
416 574-0236

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Pat Loughead (P. Loughead Productions)

Colour, texture and the wonder of nature's bounty influence Pat's various creations. Unique shawls are rendered from unraveled sweaters, sari silk, ribbons and project leftovers. 'What nots' are fabricated using sticks, rocks, feathers, hemp and discarded treasures to nudge curiosity and wonder.
Visit in studio at:
Location # 14
410 Phillip Street East
Contact artist:
ploughead@gmail.com
705 644-2694 



Lorraine Maher watercolour
Lorraine Maher

Lorraine Maher shares her love for nature and people with her spectacular works in traditional watercolour studies. You'll experience light and shadow that will excite you. Work includes commissions, plein air and studio.
Visit in town.
Location # 8.
185 Sarah St. N
Contact artist:
lorrainemaher97@gmail.com
705 770-1241 

Josianne Masseau Image
Josianne Masseau (The Bohemy Co.)

The Bohemy Co is a line of boho-inspired jewelry that is a perfect addition to any outfit. Behind the Bohemy Co is me, Josianne, a French bohemian creative type.
Visit in town.
Location # 5.
Arts at the Albion
Contact Artist:
thebohemyco@gmail.com
705 646-3361

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Derek Melon (Verno Art Studios)

Derek is a diverse artist who paints both landscape and abtract, oil on canvas paintings. Derek’s paintings are rich in colour and texture and have been inspired by visits to Muskoka.
Visit in town.
Location # 4.
Gravenhurst Train Station
Contact artist:
vernostudios@me.com

 

Wendel Messer Image
Wendel Messer (Breller Books & Belts That Last)

I am the self-published author of 4 very different books. The best known is The Conquest of Canada. Reviews etc. at www.thesink.ca & I make full-grain leather belts from solid, top-of-the-hide, bridle leather.
Visit in town.
Location # 9.
Lions Pavilion, Muskoka Wharf
Contact artist: 
wmesser@thesink.ca 
705 687-8149

donna montgomery art
Donna Montgomery Fine Art

Basically I love to create! Although my paintings come from two worlds I try to express my emotions in both. I paint the beauty of nature and enjoy the freedom of expression in  creating unique, colorful, and thought - provoking abstract artwork.
Visit in town.
Location # 8.
185 Sarah St. N
Contact artist: 
montgomery.dmont@gmail.com
705 255-0744

Jan Mosher Image
Jan Mosher Clay & Creations

Unique fun and functional pottery! Upcycled glass and wood, Mosaics quilting & lots more!
Visit in Town.
Location # 19.
590 Phillip St. E
Contact artist:
ladybugg62@yahoo.com


Blair Mueller Image
Blair MuellerArt

Self-taught, experimental, finger painting artist, currently blending his finger painting techniques with brush work. It's been 10 years since I've painted with a paint brush. My muse and style is always evolving, and I like to go with the flow. 
Visit in town.
Location # 7
Guest artist at Varney Studio
280 Hughson Street
Contact artist:
me@blairmueller.com
647 290-8001

vikki nicholson fibre arts
Vikki Nicholson (The Tattooed Sheep)

Expertly created decorative & functional fibre arts. Luxurious fibres sourced locally  and globally are incorporated into a variety of knit, crocheted, and felted pieces.  Unique and one-of-a-kind treasures for yourself or gifts for a special someone. 
Visit in town.
Location # 9.
Lions Pavilion, Muskoka Wharf
Contact artist:
fibrejunkie@gmail.com
705 801-9665 


Christine Peterkin
Christine Peterkin (Inspirational Arts)

With a love for the north and all elements of nature, Christine Peterkin is truly a classic Canadian artist and a pioneer in the propheti arts. Christine attributes her style of painting to her spiritual interpretation of the seen and unseen.
Visit in town.
Location # 9.
Lions Pavilion, Muskoka Wharf
Contact artist:
email@christinepeterkin.ca
705 645-4490

 

Lisa Lynn Phillips
Lisa Lynn Phillips (Lisa Lynn Art)

Lisa Lynn Phillips creates beautiful paintings in her Muskoka home-studio. Lisa Lynn gives the painting dimension inspired by impasto within impressionism. 'When I'm in the studio painting it's a meditation of love.'  
Visit in town.
Location # 4.
Gravenhurst Train Station
Contact artist: 
Instagram: @lisalynnart 

Colleen Pollock Image
Colleen Pollack Photography

Colleen is a photographer from the Muskoka area whose passion lies in capturing the enchanting moments of nature, wildlife, outdoor adventures, and abstract wonders. She seeks that perfect moment when nature's beauty unveils its true essence.
Visit in town.
430 Bay Street (Not on the map)
Contact artist:
colleenpollack@hotmail.com 
416 275-0272


Stephanie Schofield Image
Stephanie Schofield (Schofield Studio)

I paint colourful, contemporary landscapes inspired by my daily life in Muskoka. Common themes include store parking lots, roadsides and local architecture. I hope my exaggerated colours teleport you to a moment of beauty hidden in plain sight.
Visit in town.
Location # 14
410 Phillip Street East
Contact artist:
stephschofieldart@gmail.com 
705 305-6841

G.C Stiver
G.C. Stiver (Hidden Meadow Farm & Gateway Fibreworks)

Artisanal yarns and fibres for handcrafters & on farm spinning mill and dye studio.
Visit in town.
Location # 9.
Lions Pavilion, Muskoka Wharf
Contact artist: 
gail@gatewayfibreworks.com

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Steve Tracy

Steve is a well known artist that was recently commissioned by The Toronto Blue Jays for Jose Bautista Celebration of Excellence Aug 12, 2023. His art appeared at the Empire State Building for several years, and the Metropolitan Museum of Natural History in New York. Steve’s art is worldwide and can be found in France, Colorado, Whistler, Banff, Jasper, Quebec City, Toronto and now at the Muskoka Discovery Centre. 
Visit in town.
Location # 12
Muskoka Discovery Centre
Contact artist: 
www.stevetracyart.com

Penny Varney pendant
Penny Varney Jewellery

With twenty five years experience as a goldsmith, Penny channels her love of color and design into custom pieces in gold, silver, and platinum. She is known for her use of iconic stones alongside more traditional gemstones to create one of kind pieces inspired by contemporary designs as well as period specific work such as art deco and art nouveau.
Visit in studio at:
Location # 7
280 Hughson Street 

Contact artist:
varney@muskoka.com

tony varney
Tony Varney

Tony’s photography began as a means to document his annual climbing trips to Scotland where he would often travel as a  young man from his home in Derby England. It was during an extensive period of traveling during the 1970’s and 1980’s through Europe, the Middle East and Asia with Penny that he developed a broad image database and an eye for capturing light and color while documenting the people and landscapes of these much loved regions.
Visit in studio at:
Location # 7
280 Hughson Street

Contact artist:
varney@muskoka.com

Susan Ware Image
Susan Ware (Damselfly Studio)

Using watercolour, acrylic or oils, Susan's work is primarily nature based. Mostly realistic with some abstract pieces.
Visit in studio at: 
Location # 17
1916 Muskoka Rd. 169
Contact artist:
susanvirginiaware@gmail.com 
705 684-9632

Any Warne Image
Andy Warne - Rock Paper Scissors Company

Local artist and craftsman Andy Warne welcomes you to his wood shop to see first hand how he turns 200+ year old Muskoka barn wood and beams into stunning home furnishings. Learn about his process and view many different finishes.
Visit in studio at:
Location # 6
Rock Paper Scissor Company Studio
381 Bay Street
Contact artist:
admin@rpscomuskoka.com
905 334-4043

Thank you to the below sponsoring businesses from the 2023 event!

Arts at the Albion - Arts at the Albion is a co-operative gallery in the heart of Gravenhurst, Muskoka, showcasing the work of 20 diverse and unique local artists and crafts people n a heritage building.
100 Muskoka Road North

Barkway Farms Town Shop - Welcome to the Barkway Farms Town Shop! Featuring upcycled furniture, seasonal and tropical plants, as well, a fabulous collection of local Artisans displaying their talents in the shop. Please join us on the tour...see you soon!
365-A Bethune Drive North

Muskoka Discovery Centre - Feed Your Imagination! Explore our one-of-a-kind museum that inspires curiosity and feeds the imagination for persons aged 1 to 101. When you explore our exhibits and galleries you will get to know Muskoka. Be sure to check out new programming and their newest exhibit: The Muskoka Story: A Microcosm of Canada featuring Misko-Aki/Confluence of Cultures.
275 Steamship Bay Rd

Relish Kitchen & Market - Healthy living made easy. Relish is all about real food. Mother and daughter team (Emily + Jess) make food with care and love. Relish is located in the heart of historic downtown Gravenhurst Muskoka, in a renovated 1900’s salvation army church. The building is airy, bright and comfortable. You will feel at home in no time. 
240 Muskoka Road North

The Shipyards Muskoka Marketplace - Steps from the iconic Lake Muskoka, The Shipyards Muskoka Marketplace offers over 4000 square feet of shops and products geared to Muskoka life & style.  The Shipyards is anchored by six signature main floor merchants offering a selection of Jewelry, Apparel, Home Décor and Gifts. Affectionately known as The Upper Deck, the 2nd-floor features over 30 pop-up marketplace vendors offering a selection of original art, handcrafted gifts and cottage must-haves.  While the vendors and merchants change and evolve, we pride ourselves on offering an unparalleled retail experience.To complete the experience, The Wheelhouse Café, Lounge & Winebar proudly serves premium coffee, specialty beverages and café snack selections.  Complete with a lounge, guests can choose to enjoy their cafe selections lakeside in the cozy lounge with a stunning view of the Muskoka Steamships.
908 Bay Street 

The Shops on the Boardwalk - The Shops on the Boardwalk feature a variety of vendors with everything from unique wearables and giftware, boating and ‘at the lake’ accessories, handmade jewelry, and carefully curated antiques. There is even an e-bike vendor offering test drives and unique everyday goods.
1140 Bay Street at the Muskoka Wharf

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