Steps from downtown Bracebridge, Heron’s Nest Studio Gallery (https://www.facebook.com/heronsneststudiogallery/) is home to visual artist, Wendie Donabie. Working with a variety of mediums – acrylic, oil, watercolour, Chinese and acrylic inks as well as mixed media, her style tends towards realism. The intimate, 2-room gallery also features stained glass by Maureen Haines, (https://www.facebook.com/logcabinglassstudio/), artisan designed furniture by Conel O’Regan (http://happenstancedesign.com/), paintings by Pat Whittle (http://www.patjwhittle.com/) and work by other Muskoka Artists. The work shown at Heron’s Nest always draws its inspiration from the natural world around us. And because of Wendie’s deep concern for wildlife, she donates a portion of her sales to Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary to support their rehabilitation work in Muskoka.
Wendie’s own artistry reflects her love of nature and concern for the environment. The twisted weave of tree roots along a forest trail, a white-tailed deer peering in a patio window, a rainbow-coloured sunset, water cascading over giant boulders or simply a sudden flash of inspiration; these are some of the triggers that stir and awaken her creative spirit. When her muse entices her to the easel to share this experience with the world, she will experience a pleasant fluttering in her gut, light headedness, sometimes goose pimples rising on her skin.
In 2014 Wendie was honoured to receive the Muskoka YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Arts, Culture and Creative Energy.
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