Monday, September 18, 2006

train station gallery

One of the most interesting businesses in Fenelon Falls, which I've failed to mention until now, is the Train Station Gallery, on Lindsay Street. A cooperative of fifteen artists and artisans has been operating this wonderful gallery now for two years.

A site steeped in history,the building has been freshened up and maintained in keeping with the aesthetic qualities of its period. Over the years, whenever I passed through Fenelon Falls, the building always attracted me. I believe it was occupied by the Chamber of Commerce before the Artists' Co-op moved in.

Sadly, the gallery will not be open after the end of September. This is a great pity, as many reasons for shopping there are coming up, in my life at least: birthdays, Christmas...And there is a lot to choose from at the gallery, at great prices. Imagine picking up an original painting for around $200. There is also a great selection of photographs, pen and ink drawings, watercolours, pottery, stone sculpture, jewelry, quilting and weaving.

The member artist on duty at the gallery, on any particular day, will usually be working in his/her medium. The artist I met on my first visit was quite happy to talk about the problems and the process of his painting-in-progress.

Well worth a visit, the hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m., until the end of September.


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