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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3795 – Blue Canoe, Helve Lake (Limberlost Forest Reserve)

Posted by on May 29, 2022 in CURRENT WORK, Nature & The Environment, Painting, Realistic | Comments Off on 3795 – Blue Canoe, Helve Lake (Limberlost Forest Reserve)

3795 – Blue Canoe, Helve Lake (Limberlost Forest Reserve)

a place of quiet reflection where only birdsong, the slap of a beaver tail and the whisper of wind through the trees can be heard.

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3797 – People of the Sunflower

Posted by on Mar 28, 2022 in CURRENT WORK, Nature & The Environment, Painting, Realistic, SOLD | Comments Off on 3797 – People of the Sunflower

3797 – People of the Sunflower

3797 – People of the Sunflower Acrylic on Canvas, 16 x 20 inches, framed SOLD In March 2022, my friend and fellow artist, Janice Feist, created a powerful painting depicting the vicious attack on Ukraine and auctioned it to raise money to support the Ukrainian people. Inspired by her, my painting, People of the Sunflower (acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20 inches, unframed), depicts fields of sunflowers in the Ukraine stretching to a horizon darkened by the invasion of Russian troops. The colours used also represent the national flag, the wide...

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3796 – Raven Lookout

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3796 – Raven Lookout

3796 – Raven Lookout Acrylic on canvas, 5 x 7 inches, framed Arising from my imagination, I painted this small canvas, visualizing a raven approaching a barren tree overlooking a wide expanse of green valley and distant hills. It reminded me of the beautiful vistas I’ve experienced while hiking. Share and Enjoy...

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3794 – Crowning Glory

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3794 – Crowning Glory

3794 – Crowning Glory Acrylic on Canvas, 7 x 5 inches, framed While on a stroll through a park by Hog’s Back Falls in Ottawa, I noticed this beautiful mushroom growing four feet off the ground on a dead tree branch. It’s smooth creamy appearance contrasted so beautifully with the rough texture of the bark, I knew immediately, I must paint it. Hog’s Back Falls is officially known as Prince of Wales Falls Share and Enjoy...

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3793 – Moosekoka

Posted by on Mar 28, 2022 in Commissioned Work, CURRENT WORK, Nature & The Environment, Painting, Realistic, SOLD | Comments Off on 3793 – Moosekoka

3793 – Moosekoka

3793 – Moosekoka Acrylic on Canvas Board, 6 x 8 inches, unframed SOLD The moose is a Canadian symbol that represents the country’s native wildlife. Moose is derived from the Algonquin word mooswa, meaning “twig-eater.” In Ojibwe and Cree traditions, moose are symbols of endurance and survival. In Wabanaki folklore of northern New England and the Maritimes, some legends say that Moose was once a monster who was defeated by the culture hero Glooskap. Moose are also used as clan animals in some Native American...

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3792 -‘Shrooms on the Rocks at Canoe Lake General Store, Algonquin Park

Posted by on Oct 1, 2021 in CURRENT WORK, Nature & The Environment, Painting, Realistic | Comments Off on 3792 -‘Shrooms on the Rocks at Canoe Lake General Store, Algonquin Park

3792 -‘Shrooms on the Rocks at Canoe Lake General Store,                                   Algonquin Park

3792 – ‘Shrooms on the Rocks at Canoe Lake General Store, Algonquin Park Acrylic on Canvas panel 18 x 15 inches Framed While on a day trip to Algonquin Park, we stopped at the Canoe Lake General Store, and I discovered these brilliant yellow mushrooms amongst the rocks outside the store. I took several reference photos to use back in my studio. Both trees and fungi have captured my imagination. Without them we would not survive on the earth. The trees provide the oxygen we need and the fungi along with bacteria break down organic matter...

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3790 – Crocus Surprise

Posted by on Apr 24, 2021 in CURRENT WORK, Nature & The Environment, Painting, Realistic | Comments Off on 3790 – Crocus Surprise

3790 – Crocus Surprise

3790 – Crocus Surprise Acrylic on Canvas panel 16 x 12 inches Framed Every spring we find crocus popping up in unexpected places where they were likely ‘planted’ by squirrels that dig up the bulbs and move them. I’d been going through a creative slump when I came upon this collection in an out of the way spot on our property. Inspired by the flowers and enticed by a warm spring day, I gathered together my supplies and sat outdoors to paint.  I later finished it in my studio. It was good that I acted...

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3789 – Stone Fountain in Fall

Posted by on Feb 25, 2021 in CURRENT WORK, Nature & The Environment, Painting, Realistic | Comments Off on 3789 – Stone Fountain in Fall

3789 – Stone Fountain in Fall

3789 – Stone Fountain in Late Fall Acrylic on Canvas 12 x 12 inches Framed One mid-autumn morning, I joined a small group of fellow painters at the Rotary Gardens Park in Bracebridge. The water feature had been disconnected for the season, however, the stone fountain surrounded by a collection of various sized rocks, devoid of water and covered in pine needles appealed to me as a subject.  My plan was to make a quick sketch in pencil and an equally quick underpainting  that I would finish back in my studio. However, it was so cold I...

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3783 – River Guardian

Posted by on Oct 13, 2020 in CURRENT WORK, Nature & The Environment, Painting, Realistic | Comments Off on 3783 – River Guardian

3783 – River Guardian

3783 – River Guardian Acrylic on Canvas Panel 16 x 12 inches Framed River Guardian was started en plein air in Annie Williams Park, Bracebridge. I was attracted to the stature and unique character of this pine tree alongside the Muskoka River. It looks over the water, watching the comings and goings, of people and wildlife as if guarding everything in its domain. Share and Enjoy...

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