Yesterday I and three other mosaic artists from the Toronto area took a trip to the small Ontario town of Creemore, population 1300, home to the only (as far as anyone knows) art gallery in Canada dedicated exclusively to mosaic art.
Creemore is also home to Creemore Springs microbrewery, which adds to its tourist appeal. Well, it did for me.
Through the large picture windows of the Maplestone Gallery, large snowflakes that were slowly falling onto the main street of this tiny town yesterday looked particularly picturesque.
The gallery’s two rooms are filled with mosaic artworks by contemporary local and international artists in a range of styles and materials. From rustic to glitzy, in layered glass or wood and stone, from fine art to functional objects, from the nature-inspired abstracts of Terry Nicholls to the precisely crafted compositions by Lin Schorr, to Heather Vollans‘ work with upcycled and reclaimed materials, Maplestone gallery has an inspiring variety of contemporary mosaic art on display.
We ogled it for a good long while before going across the street to the Old Mill House pub for lunch and a pint of Creemore (both very good), then we returned and ogled it some more.
Though we didn’t visit other galleries on the street, we did have the chance to see the work of one other artist, who works not in mosaics but in pencil crayon and ink – Ruth Ann of Coloveration, who helps the owner of Maplestone run the gallery in the winter months showed us her photorealistic drawings of birds, which are stunning.
With big thanks to Cheryl and Heather for getting me there, and to Ruth Ann for the warm welcome.