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Established Glass Artist Opening New Studio in Clearview (Posted On: Monday, March 19, 2007)

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Pleased with the reception she has had at galleries and studio tours in the Collingwood and Creemore areas, fusion glass artist Eleanor Brownridge has relocated from Mississauga to the Nottawa area.

The opening for her new studio, located in the midst of the Pretty River Valley at 8106 30/31 Nottawasaga Sideroad, will take be the weekend of March 23rd to 25th with the official glass breaking ceremony at 5:30 pm on March 23rd.

“Over a year ago it became obvious that I had outgrown the small studio attached to my garage in Mississauga,” says Brownridge. “But moving to an off-site studio wasn’t appealing because I run my kilns 24/7 and often get up in the middle of the night to monitor the progress of a slump.”

Therefore, after much consideration, she and her husband decided to move their home to a location where they could build a suitable studio. “Over the past couple of years, using my Collingwood ski chalet as a base, I’ve participated in the Collingwood and Purple Hills Art Tours, the Blue Mountain Artist Walk Series, and the Mad & Noisy Gallery in Creemore,” continues Brownridge. “The reception to my art at these shows has been fantastic, so moving to this area was appealing.”

She has already created a number of custom windows for people in the Collingwood area and her unique fusion-glass sculptures, bowls and masks are attracting a lot of attention for locals and tourists. As well, Torontonians vacationing in the area have discovered her work and commissioned pieces for their homes.

Built by local builder, Barry Braehall of Braehall Developers Ltd., the new 1000 sq.ft. studio features clerestory and sidelight windows throughout. “I wanted potential customers to see how my custom stained glass designs could be incorporated into various shapes and sizes, and at the same time I can enjoy the sunlight and views while working. To the north I can see to Collingwood harbour and the south looks out on an old apple and plum orchard,” explains Brownridge.

With extra space, Brownridge has added another large kiln to her workshop and hopes to begin offering fusion glass classes in the near future. Adjacent to new studio is a 150-year-old farmhouse, one of the orginal Jarden homes on the 30/31st Sideroad. We’ll be fixing that up for guest artists to use during the Blue Mountain and Purple Hills Studio Tours.

TurtleCreek Art Glass Studio, at 8106 30/31 Nottawasaga Sideroad (just east of the 10th line), will be open to the public March 23rd from 4 to 7 pm, and March 24th and 25th from 10 am to 5 pm. A map is available at www.turtlecreekglass.ca. Visitors are welcome to drop by to see stained and fusion glass being made other times by chance or by appointment. Contact Eleanor Brownridge at 705-445-8191 or Eleanor@brownridge.ca.

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