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!”
Eric R. Brydges was born in southern Ontario into a family of artists. He studied at the University of Toronto and teaching art was his profession in both Canada and Singapore for thirty-three years. His life has been filled with art and music and when he is not pursuing artistic projects he is playing bass or travelling the world. He started painting at a very young age and later developed a passion for rock sculpture using soapstone, alabaster and aerated concrete. Recently, he has renewed his love of painting inspired by the East Coast lifestyle in both his residence in Bedford and summer home in Savage Harbour, PEI. He uses a mixed media technique combining watercolours and acrylic paints. He has always been intrigued by colour, form and repetition in subject matter. Eric has always seen the beauty in the weathered and aged elements in the natural and man-made world. “It is not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” (H. D. Thoreau)
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.”
With over thirty successful years in the interior decorating and design industry in Ontario Lisa and her husband Lee packed up and headed east to Souris PEI the summer of 2016. They have spent many summers in the Maritimes and both fell in love with the beaches and community of Souris. Decorating, design and the arts go hand in hand. She custom painted murals for children’s rooms, several years designing jewellery working with vintage jewellery components and most recently working with sea glass that is combed from Maritime beaches. Lisa values that each piece created is one of a kind. Working with wool allows her love for colour and texture to run amuck. The wool is all from PEI the technique is needle felting. Her current work features land and seascapes inspired by the beautiful island. One advantage of working with wool is the painterly beauty to it, wool allows her to custom blend the colours, the wool pulls up easily which provides limitless creative freedom.
Mary L. MacLean retired in 2015 from a 32 year career as a pharmacist/business person and now devotes her time to painting, her family and animals. She has studied under talented artists such as Henry Purdy, Sandi Komst, Brian Atyeo, Mike Svob, Linda Kemp, and Diana Shyne. Mary's art often depicts P.E.I. landscapes, animals and florals. Through her paintings, Mary hopes to create a vehicle for others to visualize the natural beauty of Prince Edward Island as she sees it. Inspirations include the original impressionist painters and the Canadian Group of Seven. Mary enjoys the versatility and variety of effects which can be achieved with the acrylic medium utilizing brushes and palette knives. Her work is available at Artisans on Main in Montague and Souris, the Inn at Bay Fortune and Avonlea Gallery in Cavendish. Facebook page @marylmacleanart
Paula is an Island born artist, who lives in Fortune. Paula moved back to the Island 6 years ago, after living in Ontario for many years. She visited her Island back in 2008 and fell in love with it all over again. Her personal vow was that one day she would once again live on Prince Edward Island and be the person she was born to be...An Island Artist. This rekindled love inspired her to pick up her paintbrush again. Back in Ontario, she began painting what was near and dear to her heart...scenes of Prince Edward Island 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 works in Watercolour, Acrylics, Photography and has just discovered the JOY of FINGERPAINTING!! Why should the kids have all the fun? 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? paulash60@hotmail,com (902)208-0038 or (902) 687-3137
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.”