What People are Saying About Heron’s Nest

JL Laura:  The art work 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, creative wood crafted tables by Conel O’Regan while artist Michael Zarowsky displays several watercolour and acrylic paintings showing the tranquil aspects of our landscapes. 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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3776 – Kenyan Sunrise

Posted by on Mar 18, 2020 in CURRENT WORK, Kenya Painting, Nature & The Environment, Not For Sale, Painting, Realistic | Comments Off on 3776 – Kenyan Sunrise

3776 – Kenyan Sunrise

3776 –  Kenyan Sunrise Acrylic on Canvas 16 x 20 inches Not for Sale When my granddaughter, Morgan, was in Kenya for a teaching experience, she took a photo a beautfiul sunrise. As her grandutaion gift, I created this painting for her, inspried by her photo and memorable time in Africa. Share and Enjoy...

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3775 – Winter Solstice

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3775 – Winter Solstice

3775 –  Winter Solstice Acrylic on Canvas 10 x 8 inches Unframed The word solstice is derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still) because at the solstices the Sun’s declination appears to ‘stand still’. According to Forever Conscious, “The winter solstice celebrates the longest hours of darkness or the rebirth of the sun and is believed to hold a powerful energy for regeneration, renewal and self-reflection. In Pagan times the winter solstice was referred to as Yule and was a celebration of the...

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3774 – Facing Extinction

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3774 – Facing Extinction

3774 –  Facing Extinction Acrylic on Canvas 24 x 30 inches My concern for the ever increasing decline in the world’s wildlife species inspired this first painting of what I anticipate to be a series. I chose 5 animals who are at risk of extinction or endangered: The Atlanic Right Whale, the Cheetah, the Asian Elephant, the Grey Crean and the Loggerhead Sea Turtle. All of these animals can be found on the Atlantic Ocean side of Africa. Share and Enjoy...

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3773 – Meditation – Waterlilies on Cache Lake, Algonquin Park

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3773 – Meditation – Waterlilies on Cache Lake, Algonquin Park

3773 –  Meditation – Waterliles on Cache Lake, Algonquin Park Acrylic on Canvas 24 x 24 inches Unframed Meditation was inspired by the abundance of waterlilies along the shoreline of Cache Lake in Algonquin Park. Waterlilies are like Lotus Flowers that are associated with meditation and thus the title. Frogs love to laze on waterlily pads so it just seemed right to include one in the painting. Share and Enjoy...

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3772 – Truly Algonquin

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3772 – Truly Algonquin

3772 –  Truly Algonquin Acrylic on Canvas 16 x 16 inches SOLD   Rushing waters crashing over pink granite, surrounded by verdant forests are some of the iconic images of Algonquin Park. Truly Algonquin was inspired by the many beautiful white water locations in the Park.     Share and Enjoy...

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3771 – Magical Meeting

Posted by on Feb 26, 2019 in CURRENT WORK, Nature & The Environment, Painting, Realistic | Comments Off on 3771 – Magical Meeting

3771 – Magical Meeting

3771 –  Magical Meeting Acrylic on Canvas 20 x 16 inches Unframed My heart fluttered; I spoke softly to her, telling her she was safe. The resulting photo had a magical quality that I wanted to transfer to the painting. I thanked the doe and her shy fawns for posing, pausing in their trek from the ravine behind our home to their next destination. Share and Enjoy...

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LIMITED EDITION PRINTS

Posted by on Nov 27, 2018 in Limited Edition Giclee Prints, Painting | Comments Off on LIMITED EDITION PRINTS

LIMITED EDITION PRINTS

The following painting images are available as Limited Edition Giclee prints on Fine Watercolour paper. Prints of other paintings may be available by special order.             Undercover, Giclee print on Velvet fine art water colour paper, 10 x 8 inches, Unframed. Limited edition of 50. Copyright Wendie Donabie                   Gathering of Elders, Giclee print on Velvet fine art water colour paper,  9.s x 9.s inches OR 11 x 11 inches , Unframed. Limited edition of...

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3767 – Spotted Turtle on Paddle

Posted by on Oct 12, 2018 in CURRENT WORK, Donated Paintings, Nature & The Environment, Painting, Realistic | Comments Off on 3767 – Spotted Turtle on Paddle

3767 – Spotted Turtle on Paddle

3767 –  Spotted Turtle on Paddle Acrylic on Wood Paddle 6 x 25 inches DONATED   Each year Muskoka Conservancy holds an annual fundraising event. This is the second time I’ve painted a paddle to be offered in their silent auction. I chose a Spotted Turtle for the 2018 event due to it’s endangered status. This turtle is native to Muskoka. Share and Enjoy...

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3769 – Hardwood Outlook Trail, Algonquin Park

Posted by on Oct 12, 2018 in CURRENT WORK, Nature & The Environment, Painting, Realistic, SOLD | Comments Off on 3769 – Hardwood Outlook Trail, Algonquin Park

3769 – Hardwood Outlook Trail, Algonquin Park

3769 –  Hardwood Outlook Trail, Algonquin Park Acrylic on Canvas 24 x 24 inches, Unframed SOLD We hiked the one kilometre loop of Hardwood Outlook Trail in Algonquin Park on a beautiful, warm autumn day. The Trail introduces you to the ecology of a typical Algonquin hardwood forest and ends in a spectacular view of Smoke Lake and the surrounding hills. My love of trees drew me to this curved one shaped by its environment. To make it more dramatic, I moulded tissue paper and acrylic soft gel to create  3-D sculpture on the canvas. Share...

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3768 – Smoke Lake from Hardwood Outlook Trail, Algonquin Park

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3768 – Smoke Lake from Hardwood Outlook Trail, Algonquin Park

3768 – Smoke Lake from Hardwood Outlook Trail, Algonquin Park Acrylic on Canvas 24 x 24 inches, Unframed SOLD   Algonquin Park offers unlimited views to capture in photos and then translate into paintings. I loved this view from Hardwood Outlook Trail with the dramatic cloud-filled sky and with the lake below still a brilliant blue. We hiked the trail on a beautiful warm late September day with the trees full of autumn’s rich jewel-toned colours. Share and Enjoy...

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