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Area Artists


Hastings Highlands (and area) Artist Listing


Freddie Towe
35 Hobo Rd., Bancroft, ON
Phone: 613 332-6816

Freddie Towe is mixed media artist who has been making work for three decades. She has produced assemblages, oil paintings, sculptures, ceramics, silk screens, collages, films and videos. Until recently Towe has been based in Toronto has shown her work in solo and group shows in Galleries such as Paul Petro Contemporary, Canadian Fine Arts, Engine, Propeller and Gallery 1313. She started working in video and film in the 1980 and later moved on to sculpture and assemblage. She began her studies in painting and sculpture in 2000 at The Art Centre at Central Technical School and continued privately with Michael Gerry for three more years. In 2015, Towe moved to the Bancroft area, has set up her studio and has been showing her work at A Place Fore the Arts and Bridge Street.


Nancy Brookes
Old Peterson Road Gallery
32994 HWY 62 Maynooth, ON, Box 88, K0L 2S0
Phone: 613-338-5431

Nancy Brookes has been passionately drawing and painting for 44 years. A resident of the Bancroft area for over three decades, she enjoys capturing local history, and scenic views of the lovely villages and towns, in her highly realistic style. Hundreds of her commissioned paintings are included in collections all over the world. Nancy paints the beautiful regional lakes and woods in plein air, which can be seen, along with her heart-warming historical works, at her Old Peterson Gallery in Maynooth, which is brimming with her original paintings and prints.


Dye Devereux
Cormorant Lane Art Studio & Gallery
15 Cormorant Lane, Combermere, ON, K0J 1L0 

Dye Devereux is a unique & interesting artist. When asked to define her artistic style she calls it “Quirky Realism” then giggles slightly adding “whatever that is”. Her paintings invite people to move in closer rather than stand back to look at them. Great attention to detail and her use of colour is exceptional. After almost 40 years of successful silk painting Dye has recently changed her focus to acrylic paints. The results are exciting! She opened her own gallery - Cormorant Lane Art Studio & Gallery in Combermere.
Stop in throughout the year (call for availability) or visit during the Madawaska Valley Studio Tours Summer & Fall.


Anita Murphy
New website coming soon.
Bancroft, Ontario

Anita attended the Schneider School of Fine Arts from the early 70s to 1982 -1983 with painting instructors Carl Schaefer, Mary Schneider and numerous others. She also studied at St. Lawrence College in Brockville under Andrew Hamilton and currently at the Toronto School of Art with Tom Campbell and Thomas Hendry. She has painted since she was a child using her own language in art. This freedom to express has influenced the style of her work. Her work can be found in private collections all over the world.

Artist’s Statement
My art is an expression of not just how I see the world but how it feels to me. It is my hope that when you look at my work I stir something in you, not just one emotion but all emotions. It is an essential way of speaking and my wish is for you to experience it with your heart.’ -Anita Murphy

Coming up: Solo Show at Art Gallery of Bancroft, re: Exploring Yellow May 2019


Marc L. Gagnon, BES, B.ARCH, O.A.A., CSPWC
75 Rangers Road, Highland Grove, ON, K0L 2A0
Phone: (613) 334-7559

Marc L. Gagnon is a full time artist, employing both the watercolour and acrylic mediums. He has been painting for over thirty-five years. Marc is an elected member of The Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, and served on the board of directors for ten years. He was President of the CSPWC from 2005 until 2007. Mr. Gagnon’s paintings have been exhibited in over 60 exhibitions including several CSPWC “Open Waters” exhibitions, Visual Art Mississauga Annual Juried Exhibitions and Gallery of Peel Annual Juried Exhibitions. He was selected to exhibit in 2004 at the 6th International Water Colour Biennial in Mexico City.


Laura Culic, O.S.A.

Laura Culic is an award-winning painter, originally from Toronto, now living in Maynooth Ontario. She studied fine art and illustration at the Ontario College of Art, completing her studies in 1985. Laura has worked professionally as an artist for over 30 years; as an illustrator, a mural painter and a fine artist. She paints primarily with beeswax; either encaustic (hot wax) or with cold wax mixed with oil paint. Laura sells her work directly from her Maynooth studio Black Spruce Art Works and at various juried shows. She is represented by several galleries throughout Ontario. Laura’s paintings reside internationally, in many corporate, private and government collections, including the Art Collection of the Government of Ontario. She is an elected member of the Ontario Society of Artists, and is a recipient of an Ontario Arts Council grant. Awards include Best in Show at the Ontario Society of Artists 139th Open Juried Exhibition, Best in Painting at the 51st Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and most recently, the David B Milne Best in Show Award at the Art Gallery of Bancroft 2017 Juried Exhibition.


Michelle Bruce
(613) 334-2021
Facebook: wiredgembym

Artist Michelle Bruce can be found creating at her studio hidden in the woods 5 minutes drive from Maynooth. Michelle started her artistic journey working in stained glass.
In 2004 Michelle opened a gallery in Barry’s Bay (Botanical Glassworks) showcasing her work and numerous other artists. A few years later a chance class in jewelry making changed her focus. All energies were then focused on creating beaded and wired jewelry.

In 2017, she closed the store and is now focused full time on exploring metalwork and wirework jewelry. Michelle designs jewelry using copper, silver and semiprecious stones. She also enjoys teaching a range of classes from wirework to metalwork and sells beading supplies out of her studio. Her work can be seen on her website, on the Bancroft & Area Studio Tour, at various craft shows or by appointment at her studio in Maynooth.

My paintings are my response to my deep and abiding love of the natural world. I am motivated to paint images, whether representational or abstract, which reflect my profound sense of connection to the rocky and wild landscape in which I live and which seems to inhabit me. My images are the product of experience; of many meditative hours spent in this harshly beautiful environment; hiking, paddling, observing, absorbing, and just being. My process is an exploration that involves building up multiple layers of wax and pigment using a range of tools and media and mark making techniques, combined with scraping back to underlying layers. By repeatedly adding and subtracting; concealing and revealing, I build an environment rich in colour and natural textures, with a sense of history and place. This process, I feel, is akin to nature’s cycles of erosion and decay, growth and renewal, and also an adventure and a journey; an exciting merging of intuition, analysis and imagination.’ -Laura Culic


Karen Gray
The Potter's Studio &Gallery
16 Brunel Road, Huntsville, On
705-783-0242 on Instagram
ThePottersStudioGallery on FB

A full time potter for 10 years, Karen's uses a unique pottery technique, Sgrafitto, to carve detailed and personal images into clay.  This allows Karen to carve iconic images into functional bowls, platters, mugs and wall hangings; bright and colourful dragonflies, windswept pine trees, loons under a starry sky. 

Karen also specializes in cottage platters, wedding gifts and pet memorial plaques. Karen graduated from Halliburton School of the Arts in 2001 from the Ceramics Certificate Course and furthers her knowledge through various workshops and mentor programs. In 2009 Karen opened The Potter's Studio & Gallery downtown Maynooth.  In 2017 she relocated her studio and gallery to Huntsville. 

As a guest artist, at Michelle Bruce's studio, Karen maintains her relationship with Maynooth and area clientele.  Her pottery is available year round at Laura Culic's studio in Maynooth, Black Spruce Art Gallery or at her studio/gallery in Huntsville.


Ketha Newman
Facebook: Ketha Newman Artist

Ketha Newman lives near Maynooth in an old log cabin overlooking the forested hills. Since graduating with a Fine Art degree from the University of Toronto in 1996, she has been painting with watercolours, mixed media and lino cut printmaking. Living off-the-grid and surrounded by wilderness for many years, it is no surprise that Ketha’s work is informed by this immersion in nature. Patterned and stylized interpretations of scenery, plants, animals and the machinery and activities of the local population both contemporary and historical are themes she often explores. In addition to her painting practice, Ketha enjoys working on community engaged art projects, creating public art, teaching art to all ages and drawing. In 2016 Doubleday published The Canadian Backwoods Colouring Book featuring forty of her pictures of this beautiful area in all seasons.