Another fine new shop has recently graced Marsh Street in Clarksburg. Curio is the latest establishment to open its doors with a focus on Art combined with a bit of whimsy. Recently coined Artsburg, Clarksburg has now become the art destination hotspot of the Georgian Triangle.
Curio sells whimsical art, collectables, antiques and furniture and a trip to Clarksburg is well worth it, especially when you have four great destination shops in a row. On what was recently a barren strip of main street, you will now find the beautiful Loft Gallery, BeMused, Fine Art Supplies, Bayswater Market and Curio…all within steps of each other. A hop skip and a jump away, you will find Code Red, a high end salon and The Honey House where you can get an education on the production of honey and purchase many fine gifts and honey products.
Curio, our focus for this article, is brought to us by artist Sue Tupy and her niece Sarah. Curio is about reclaimed and found materials and as soon as you step into the charming space you feel whimsy and enchantment.
The space is both a shop and a gallery. Sue Tupy’s art is paired with antiques with hands-on effects, leather furniture and whimsical accessories to accompany the art. Art is the primary focus, rustic, naïve, and a shabby chic flavour boasting lots of colour.
Sue Tupy has always been an artist. Born in Collingwood, Ontario in 1961, her innate desire to create beautiful things has sought, and found many outlets.
Her education includes business, fashion, and design arts from nearby Georgian College in Barrie. At an early age, her profound romance with textiles through the art of sewing, were revealed. But, possibly one of her most significant talents was forged as she worked alongside her artist father, the creator of Blue Mountain Pottery.
Circumstances led Sue to express yet another area of her creativity—cooking. At age 24, she began a culinary career, while continuing to pursue an art business degree. Her experience as a cook/chef included stints at local restaurants like Christopher’s in Collingwood, Carriages in Thornbury, and eventually her own establishment, Hluboka in Clarksburg, Ontario.
During her 20 year career in the food industry, Sue’s talent caught the eye (and taste buds) of culinary author/teacher Bonnie Stern, earning a favourable mention in her Toronto, newspaper column. But eventually her attention would turn back to the life of an artist, requiring her to make the difficult decision to leave culinary pursuits behind.
Happily seeking her passion, and a desire to lead an authentic life, Sue continues to experiment in the medium of clay, textiles, wood, metal and paint. She incorporates these into manifested expressions of her unique style, realizing form and/or function in things like landscapes, and the whimsical wall hangings she creates from recycled oars and paddles—some of the very things that reflect the water, and wintry lifestyle of her native Collingwood.
The apt description of “Faux Naïve” was once penned about Sue’s works.
Sue Tupy resides in an 1800’s renovated (“magazine worthy”) home in Clarksburg, Ontario, that she and her husband creatively renovated together. Also, enjoying their inspired lifestyle are her son, daughter, and niece. We won’t mention the two, crazy resident cats….
Sue Tupy’s work is available at local and Toronto galleries, as well as several retail “life-style” stores. As of April 1st 2007, Sue is now the proud owner of her own store, Curio, located on the main street in Clarksburg.
Curio is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11am – 5pm, and on Monday and Tuesday by chance.
The official Grand Opening is May 24th so please join Sue and Sarah and help them celebrate this grand affair.
Curio is located at 185 Marsh Street, Clarksburg, Ontario, 519.599.7902. You can also contact Sue and Sarah at email@example.com.