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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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

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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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3766 – Learning to Climb

Posted by on Aug 10, 2018 in CURRENT WORK, Nature & The Environment, Painting, Realistic | Comments Off on 3766 – Learning to Climb

3766 – Learning to Climb

3766 – Learning to Climb Acrylic on Canvas 16 x 12 inches, Unframed   One of the first skills a bear cub needs to learn is how to climb a tree. His or her survival could be dependent on getting up a tree in order to escape a predator. It’s also useful to know how to climb onto a nice high branch or into the crook of a tree for a snooze. Share and Enjoy...

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3765 – Meal Time

Posted by on Jun 21, 2018 in CURRENT WORK, Nature & The Environment, Painting, Realistic | Comments Off on 3765 – Meal Time

3765 – Meal Time

3765 – Meal Time Acrylic on Canvas 10 x 8 inches, Unframed     A Robin family set up residence in our neighbour’s entry way which provided a great opportunity for photo taking. As I finished this painting of their first nestlings of the season, the busy parents were awaiting their second brood of chicks. Share and Enjoy...

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3764 – Imagine

Posted by on Jun 6, 2018 in CURRENT WORK, Impressionistic & Whimsical, Painting, Realistic, SOLD | Comments Off on 3764 – Imagine

3764 – Imagine

3764 – Imagine Acrylic on Canvas 20 x 16 inches, Unframed SOLD     This painting was inspired by the poem The Season of Phantasmal Peace by Derek Walcott. I imagined the birds of the earth desperately trying to save the world from extinction. I simplified the concept with one bird and the focus of world peace and cooperation in protecting our resources. The title came to me one day when listening to John Lennon’s, Imagine.   Share and Enjoy...

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3761- Soaring

Posted by on Jun 6, 2018 in CURRENT WORK, Nature & The Environment, Painting, Realistic | Comments Off on 3761- Soaring

3761- Soaring

3761 – Soaring Oil on Canvas 20 x 16 inches, Unframed     A couple of years ago during the heat of summer, we set out on a Georgian Bay cruise. On board the Island Queen, the intense turquoise colour of the water mesmerized me. It was so reminiscent of the Caribbean. And then along the shoreline of the islands, it looked like gold lying beneath the crystal, clear water. Share and Enjoy...

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3760 – Life in the Balance

Posted by on May 7, 2018 in CURRENT WORK, Painting, SOLD | Comments Off on 3760 – Life in the Balance

3760 – Life in the Balance

3760 – Life in the Balance Oil on Canvas 7 x 5 inches, Unframed SOLD   The Polar Bear symbolizes and represents the problem of global warming. The melting of the arctic ice cap has resulted in loss of habitat and lack of access to food sources for arctic wildlife. Share and Enjoy...

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3759 – Earth’s Breath

Posted by on May 7, 2018 in CURRENT WORK, Nature & The Environment, Painting, SOLD | Comments Off on 3759 – Earth’s Breath

3759 – Earth’s Breath

3759 – Earth’s Breath Acrylic on Canvas 10 x 8 inches, Unframed SOLD A small painting commissioned by a client who fell in love with, Breath of Life, when she it in my book, This Little Rock We Call Earth. Share and Enjoy...

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3763 – Genesis

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in CURRENT WORK, Nature & The Environment, Painting, Realistic | Comments Off on 3763 – Genesis

3763 – Genesis

3763 – Genesis Acrylic on Canvas 24 x 30 inches, Unframed To name this painting, I posted on social media and asked for suggestions. The one that touched me and rang true was Genesis. Why Genesis? The word itself comes from the Greek, “gignesthai” meaning “to be born”. The idea of birth or rebirth for this painting fits as it reflects the return to healthy populations of a once endangered species (Humpback Whales) and further my optimistic hope for the restoration of our oceans. In a more practical way, Genesis,...

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