What People are Saying About Heron’s Nest

JL Laura:  The artwork is beautiful, the setting is calming but the best part is Wendie! She makes feel special the moment she says hello and welcomes you into her studio. She offers a tour where she shares her love of art or lets you walk around at your leisure. This is a must do on the Bracebridge list!

David Bruce Patterson: A visit to the Heron’s Nest makes you feel like your soul is resting in a soft bed of silver maple twigs and Muskoka grasses. You take a curious look at winsome art that takes you from the sprawling roots of red pines, the majesty and breaching of the surfacing Cetacean, and the vivid hues and Egyptian blues of the horsefly. This wonderful experience combined with the warm and festive hospitality of Wendie, Hugh and Gustav the Great {the resident groundhog} makes this a must visit for art-lovers and those wanting to spend a few hours in a place a calm and beauty.

Carolyn Freedman: Would recommend a stop at Heron’s Nest Art Gallery in Bracebridge, Ontario. Beautiful nature paintings by Wendie Donabie plus exquisite stain glass art by the talented Maureen Haines, and creative wood crafted tables by Conel O’Regan. The gallery is a lovely, no pressure experience to be enjoyed by all.

Janice Feist: Heron’s Nest Studio Gallery is in a most inviting setting! Love coming in through the glassed-in porch to your intimate gallery. The relaxed atmosphere makes you feel like there is no pressure, just time to absorb the beauty of the artwork, and imagine it in my home. You’re a great host, Wendie!

Muskoka Rondeau: One of the many things I love about Wendie Donabie and her Heron’s Nest Studio is that it’s uniquely intimate in size but not cluttered or distracting. That she includes art and artworks by other artists confirms her collaborative intention instead of being single minded. There are cards and unique pieces to be purchased – don’t miss her wonderful book.

Joe Ingham: You couldn’t get more Muskoka than this! Heron’s Nest studio is a lovely gallery with a down-to-Earth disposition and surprises around every corner

Pam MacKenzie:  If you are looking for a unique gift to give or a gift for yourself, then Heron’s Nest is the place to go. Here you can find lovely paintings, stained glass, woodwork and wonderful cards.  Be sure to stop in and visit with Wendie. You will be happy that you did.

Liz Saunders: Such a lovely gallery with Wendie Donabie’s art and in the spirit of cooperation which is so prevalent in Muskoka, the works of other local artists. Not only is the gallery worth a visit but so are the gardens. I personally own 3 of Wendie’s paintings, 2 of another local artist, Janice Feist and 1 of yet another local artist, Pat Fairhead. Muskoka artists are a must see and so is this gallery.

Cheryl Scott Livie: We have been to The Heron’s Nest in Bracebridge and it’s a lovely place to visit while you are in Bracebridge. The studio is bright, cheery and full of wonderful artistic talent. If it’s a local painting you are in the market for, this is the place to visit. There is a variety of lovely paintings of Canadian scenes and natural nature plus beautiful artistic sculptures. The outside of the studio is very serene and relaxing. The local chipmunks love your visits and the wildlife may very well be there to say hello in person as well. I recommending going for a visit and saying hi to Wendie, the hostess who is also very warm & welcoming. Take your time and look around, you won’t be sorry.

Margo Gracey: We love visiting the Heron’s Nest Studio in Bracebridge. A wonderful eclectic environment to be enjoyed, the lovely setting, the wildlife and of course the amazing artwork of Wendie and all the artists the Gallery represents. Wendie is a welcoming host and makes you feel right at home as you enjoy the artwork and the beautiful surroundings. A must see!

Sue Kelly:  Truly enjoyed this quaint gallery, nestled in a vintage home in Bracebridge. Wendie is so friendly and welcomed me to browse at my leisure – a real sweet spot in town!

 

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3798 – Whispers of Spring

Posted by on Aug 9, 2022 in CURRENT WORK, Limited Edition Giclee Prints, Nature & The Environment, Painting, Realistic | Comments Off on 3798 – Whispers of Spring

3798 – Whispers of Spring

3798 – Whispers of Spring Acrylic on Canvas, 8 x 10 inches Unframed I love the character of barns, how they weather and change as they age. This barn was captured in a photo somewhere near Hastings, Ontario. It still stands with pride, even though its roof has rusted and the winter winds have torn through its greyed and battered boards. I feel the energy of anticipation in the painting, as the barn awaits the coming spring and the return of life to the barnyard. Whispers of Summer reflects the budding spring trees whispering to each...

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3816 – Woodland Blossoms

Posted by on Mar 29, 2024 in CURRENT WORK, Nature & The Environment, Painting, Realistic | Comments Off on 3816 – Woodland Blossoms

3816 – Woodland Blossoms

Woodland Blossoms Acrylic on Canvas 11 x 14 inches, Unframed This is Brown Rot Fungus…not a very pretty name but certainly a lovely image in the forest. Trees and fungi have both captured my imagination.  Without them we would not survive on the earth. While trees provide the  oxygen we need, fungi along with bacteria break down organic matter and  release carbon, oxygen, nitrogen and phosphorus into the soil and the  atmosphere. It’s the importance of fungi and the variety of shapes, colours  and their habitat that attract me to them....

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3813 – Poppies for Alicia

Posted by on Oct 25, 2023 in CURRENT WORK, Nature & The Environment, Not For Sale, Painting, Realistic | Comments Off on 3813 – Poppies for Alicia

3813 – Poppies for Alicia

Poppies for Alicia Acrylic on Canvas 10 x 8 inches, framed NOT FOR SALES Painted for my stepdaughter, on the occasion of her 60th birthday. The family arranged an early surprise party in August, while Alicia’s actual birthdate is in November. That is a busy harvesting time on the farm so the earlier date meant for a perfect surprise. Share and Enjoy...

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#3812 – Autumn Blaze

Posted by on Oct 25, 2023 in CURRENT WORK, Nature & The Environment, Painting, Realistic | Comments Off on #3812 – Autumn Blaze

#3812 – Autumn Blaze

Autumn Blaze Acrylic on Canvas Diptych,12 x 24 inches, Framed. My first diptych of maple leaves in autumn. My hope was to capture the brilliance of those ruby and salmon reds that are so striking every fall standing out against the greying skies of autumn and defoliating trees. Share and Enjoy...

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3814 & 3815 Autumn Splendour #1 & #2

Posted by on Oct 25, 2023 in CURRENT WORK, Impressionistic & Whimsical, Nature & The Environment, Painting, Realistic, SOLD | Comments Off on 3814 & 3815 Autumn Splendour #1 & #2

3814 & 3815    Autumn Splendour #1 & #2

Autumn Splendour #1 & #2 Each painting is acrylic on canvas Each painting – 8 x 10 inches, framed SOLD I aimed to capture the dramatic colours of autumn in these two smaller paintings. Share and Enjoy...

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3809 – Seaside Reverie

Posted by on May 17, 2023 in CURRENT WORK, Nature & The Environment, Painting, Realistic | Comments Off on 3809 – Seaside Reverie

3809 – Seaside Reverie

Seaside Reverie Acrylic on Gallery wrapped canvas 10 x 8 inches, unframed A quiet place on a deserted beach with waves gently kissing the shore, and seabirds calling overhead, is my perfect spot to ruminate or meditate, allowing thoughts to come and go; a time to simply breath and be in the moment. Share and Enjoy...

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3808 – Three Toxic Redheads – Amanita muscaria

Posted by on May 15, 2023 in CURRENT WORK, Nature & The Environment, Painting, Realistic, SOLD | Comments Off on 3808 – Three Toxic Redheads – Amanita muscaria

3808 – Three Toxic Redheads – Amanita muscaria

3808 – Three Toxic Redheads – Amanita muscaria Soft pastel on pastel paper 8.5 x 11 inches, framed SOLD One of the most colourful of the fungi family, these mushrooms are beautiful but can be deadly bearing a powerful toxin. It grows in woodland and heathland on light soils among birch, pine, or spruce. It is a fungus that often forms mycorrhizal associations with birch, but also other trees. Fly Agaric mushrooms, also known as Amanita muscaria are the classic red toadstool with white warts seen in cartoons. The species grows...

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3807 – MUSKOKA SUNSET on Canoe Paddle

Posted by on Mar 21, 2023 in CURRENT WORK, Nature & The Environment, Painting, Realistic | Comments Off on 3807 – MUSKOKA SUNSET on Canoe Paddle

3807 – MUSKOKA SUNSET on Canoe Paddle

Muskoka Sunset painted in acrylic on full size wood canoe paddle, 6 x 52 inches An iconic Muskoka Sunset reflected in a regional lake.  Replicating Mother Nature’s artwork is impossible, however, as an artist I can attempt to paint the feeling and majesty she creates. Share and Enjoy...

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3806 – There’s Life in the Old Girl Yet

Posted by on Mar 4, 2023 in CURRENT WORK, Nature & The Environment, Painting, Realistic | Comments Off on 3806 – There’s Life in the Old Girl Yet

3806 – There’s Life in the Old Girl Yet

What Once Was Home Acrylic on Canvas 16 x 20 inches, Framed I’m attracted to old, weathered, and deserted buildings. There’s something mysterious about their empty shells and I speculate about the life that once filled them. The subject for this painting came from a trip to the east coast where I discovered this house falling apart but still exuding life with nature taking up occupancy. If you look carefully you’ll see the ghostly images of specters who may have stayed on in a home they loved. One single rose on a dying vine...

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3804 – Snickers

Posted by on Feb 19, 2023 in Commissioned Work, CURRENT WORK, Nature & The Environment, Painting, Realistic, SOLD | Comments Off on 3804 – Snickers

3804 – Snickers

3804 – Snickers Acrylic on Canvas 10 x 8 inches Unframed – SOLD Commissioned as a birthday gift for her partner. Snickers is the well loved family pet. Share and Enjoy...

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3805 – The Sap is Running

Posted by on Feb 19, 2023 in CURRENT WORK, Nature & The Environment, Painting, Realistic, SOLD | Comments Off on 3805 – The Sap is Running

3805 – The Sap is Running

3805 – The Sap is Running Acrylic on Canvas 12 x 12 inches, Framed SOLD Each spring I see containers hung on mature maple trees here in town and I’m reminded of my childhood in rural Ontario. There maple trees lined the country roads, each adorned with a metal bucket to collect sap.  After hours of boiling, sap thickens to a sweet golden syrup, with a flavour unlike any other; it’s Mother Nature’s ambrosia. Share and Enjoy...

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