Steps from downtown Bracebridge, Heron’s Nest Studio Gallery 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 (Log Cabin Glass Studio), artisan designed furniture by Conel O’Regan (Happenstance Design) and paintings by Micheal Zaworsky (Micheal Zarowsky Fine Art). Wendie, Conel and Maureen are also members of the Arts at the Albion Cooperative Gallery in Gravenhurst.
Wendie’s artistry reflects her love of nature and concern for the environment. The sight of a windblown Jack Pine, the twisted weave of tree roots in the forest, wildlife in their natural habitat, a brilliant sunset or sunrise over a placid lake, a cascade of rushing water over giant boulders; these are some of the emotional triggers that inspire Wendie Donabie’s work. That visceral response, when goose pimples rise on her skin and her breath comes in short gasps are signs of her muse enticing her back to the easel to share the story of her experience with the world. To that end a portion of sales of all paintings goes directly to Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary to support their rehabilitation work in Muskoka.
In 2014 Wendie was honoured to receive the Muskoka YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Arts, Culture and Creative Energy.