Since 2016, we have been a proud partner of Artisans on Main Artists’ Gallery in Souris, Prince Edward Island with the goal of showcasing the people, culture and land that make our community unique. We hope through this you’ll begin to understand why we love this place so much!
Each of our unique guest rooms feature original artwork(s) created and crafted by Eastern Prince Edward Island artists. If you fall in love with a piece, we can make arrangements for you to take it with you or have it shipped directly to your home. We are also proud to tell you that 100% of the proceeds go back to the artist that created it.
Donna grew up in Souris, and now lives in Stratford, where she has her home studio. Watercolor is her medium of choice for the past 25 years. She has always loved the translucency, as well as the density of working with colour and how the results can invoke reactions and feelings. “I have been fascinated with how colour can transform anything from the mundane to the spectacular. I love the transparent quality of watercolour and the notion that you get one chance to work the colour and then, voila!”
Jared Perry was born and raised on Prince Edward Island. After receiving a BFA from Mount Allison University, he has been active as a multidisciplinary artist in the Island artistic community. Working primarily in acrylic paintings and drawings, Jared depicts the Island perspective in a contemporary and expressive manner. Some of Jared's notable achievements include: Participant in a group expedition at Owen's Art Gallery 2009 (Sackville, NB), Winner of February Art Battle 2015 (Charlottetown, PE) and displaying an instillation at Art in the Open 2015 (Charlottetown, PE). You can currently view his work at Uptown Lounge and The Inn at Bay Fortune. He is very excited to be working on his upcoming solo exhibition that will be displayed at The Gallery @ The Guild in September 2016.
Justin MacKenzie is a second-generation woodworker from Fortune, PEI. He was initiated into the craft of woodworking as a teenager growing up in his father's shop. After completing high school, Justin went on to study Entrepreneurship at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, then returned home to pursue a license in Cabinetmaking from Holland College in Summerside, PEI. While studying for his license, Justin apprenticed under his father, local woodworker Boyd MacKenzie, with over 25 years of experience. After completing his apprenticeship, Justin then went on to learn the art of carving spruce burls from local hobbyist and artisan Jack Jans. Justin carved his first ladle in 2013 and it has been a labour of love ever since. Justin continues to live in Fortune. Webpage: blackspruceladles.com
Born and raised in Bear River, she uses wood & seaglass to make re-purposed art. Karen credits her mother for instilling an appreciation and an eye for the beauty in the world around us, including those 'tossed to the curb' items that, with a little TLC and some creativity, become repurposed and take on a new life. Her mother showed her how to repurpose all types of items and her brother taught her how to safely use wood working tools. Her love of both wood-working and paint has never diminished --- “I feel such a sense of accomplishment and pride turning an old deck board into a flower print or new shelf”. Some of her most treasured and creative pieces are items that were once discarded by their previous owner and now have a new, repurposed life. “Never hold the history of something against its possibilities --- you are denying beauty and growth.”
Paula is an Island born artist, who lives in Fortune. Working in Acrylic and Watercolours, she is particularly drawn to lighthouses because they show the "Way Home". Paula has come full circle back to her Island roots where she works with children and is introducing them into the world of Art. She nurtures her creative side by painting and decorating as she settles back into her beautiful Island home. What better place to create emotional engaging Island Art, than right here on PEI.
Teri Hall, of Fire & Water Creations, is a trained silversmith and creates original jewelry, inspired by the ocean, in a colorful palette of genuine sea glass and sterling silver. Teri is also a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor and teaches this yoga of awareness, with passion for its transformative power. As she walks the endless shorelines of her Island home gathering precious sea gems, she sees gifts from nature created in places of great beauty, peace and timelessness. In turn, she gives this gift to you. If you have your own glass, Teri will also custom design a piece especially for you or a loved one. Teri is also the author of “ A Sea Glass Journey.”