2019 Special Guest Artists

This year the Gallery continues its Guest Artist program with 1/2 season Guest Artists. All guests are members of the BPSA. This is our 2019 lineup!

First half season (May-July)

Laura Banks

Laura lives on the beautiful Bruce Peninsula with her husband and two schnauzers. Her studio faces the lake and is a wonderful place to be creative using watercolour, acrylic and oils to paint Fine Art, Chef Aprons and Rustic Cottage art pieces on cedar shingles. Nature, birds and animals is her main focus as evidenced in her work. In addition to painting in her studio,  she is held several adult Paint Parties for groups in their own homes, and volunteers at the Meeting Place in Tobermory introducing youth to the joy of painting!  Laura loves to paint and hopes to keep the flame of creativity alive for a long time.

You can see more of Laura’s work and information at  ghostlakestudio.ca

You can reach Laura at: laurawb13@gmail.com



Sandi Holst

I was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario.  Along with Herb, my husband of 35 years, and our 5 cats, we left the big city in 2017 and now reside in Tobermory year round.  We have enjoyed all the beauty that it has to offer since the early 1980’s.

I have been in the accounting industry for almost 40 years.  Since living in Tobermory for the last two years, I have found time to focus on what I am passionate about.  I am now theauthor of my own book: “Breathe! You Got This – Fortunes Favor the Inspired”.  I have found the courage to go public with my photography and I took up abstract painting in the spring of 2018.  It seems living in Tobermory has brought out my creative side.

I am inspired by all genre of photography and it is my intention to find and capture the beauty of our planet and all living things.

sandi@holstcontinuum.com ​​​​905-730-1217


Amelia Kraemer

My work celebrates surviving a horrible car accident. It is a reflection of my anxious and depressive thoughts coming together to create a thing that is beautiful. I take collage items that I find inspiring or pretty, or even funny. This reminds me that: my thoughts aren’t all sad and all encompassing. I can focus on the delights in life.

While painting I come in and out of focus on the music I’m listening to, then the physical act of painting itself, then the music, then the painting and this back-and-forth dance continues. Music is Integral to my process. My paintings become soulless if there is no music.

Amelia Kraemer
Facebook: Amelia Kraemer Art
Instagram: @ameliakraemer



Kim McKellar

I’ve been a painter for over 30 years but fell in love with kiln-fired glass ten years ago. It is a medium that fills me with joy and wonder.  Its interplay with light, texture; its transparent and opaque qualities inspire me.  I am fascinated with layering colours and seeing the unexpected. Recently I have been working deeper, creating more depth and colour through multiple layers and multiple firings and more cold work. I am always looking to understand glass more; to try new techniques; find new teachers and share my vision through glass and painting. I’m inspired by the land that I live on, the people that I love and the hope I find in the persistence of spirit.

To see more of my work please visit www.kimmckellar.ca

Email:  rootsandwings@amtelecom.net


Second half season (Aug -Oct)

Mary Ambrose

Mary is a visual artist who is inspired by both the urban environment and the natural beauty of the Northern Bruce Peninsula. When she is not out kayaking or hiking, Mary paints in oil, acrylic and encaustic at her studio near Tobermory. In addition, Mary does sculpture with found objects and fibre arts using hand dyed fabrics.


More of Mary’s art can be seen at www.facebook.com/Mary.ambrose.104

Mary can be reached at:



Carol Cloet

Carol’s Studio is located in rural Lions Head on 5 acres of serene evergreen land. Her passion to create includes acrylic on canvas, textiles and photography. Inspired by nursing the soul through painting, Carol relocated her studio to the Bruce Peninsula in the summer of 2017. Her goal is providing art workshops in a nature inspired setting. Artworks vary from nature, still life to whimsical. Popular commission work has been pet portraits.

Web: art-fromtheheart.ca
Email: carolsartfromtheheart@gmail.com

Studio: 647-961-4444 or 519-793-3280


Mark Nowicki

Photography is a counterpoint to my working life with computers and electronics.

It will take me out of the house, in almost any weather, to see how a place looks at different times of the day or year. I will visit a particular spot when an imagined picture of it might match the moment’s reality. Sometimes it works that way, at other times it’s all right in front of me and there’s nothing to do but release the shutter. Post-processing is minimal, similar to what photographers have always done in their darkrooms, just enough to bring out the picture that was imagined before the shutter button was pushed. Most photographs are of the Bruce Peninsula, of scenes we all drive by or walk past often, but captured when weather, lighting and being there come together in a good way.  

My wife Louise and I moved to Tobermory in 1998 where we worked together in our IT business. 

Email: mark@littletubharbour.com

Sheila Loewen 

Raised in the then-still-rural community of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, I developed an excitement for nature and art very young. I’ve focused this passion for the natural world largely toward the science route, earning an HBSc in Health Science while taking all the zoology, botany, and environmental science courses I could fit in. I’ve drawn on influences from some of my favourite naturalist authors (Beatrix Potter, Ernest T. Seton) in developing my artistic style. In recent years, I’ve grown to love the mediums of watercolour and wood fibres, and my work is focused heavily on the intricate details of animals and plants. All of my paintings are based on my own encounters and photography, while my jewelry line is largely centred around the incredible variety of colours, textures and patterns in birch bark.

I moved up to Lion’s Head with my husband in 2018, and have delighted in the lovely community and opportunity for inspiration that the Bruce Peninsula provides.

phone or text: 289-228-4589