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An Original Gift with Original Art (Posted On: Wednesday, November 22, 2006)

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This holiday season, why not give a unique gift.... a one of a kind original? The Georgian Triangle area is full of artists and artisans that fit any budget and taste. And while you’re at it, have a unique tour of the area.

With four original art galleries in Collingwood on Hurontario Street, it’s a great place to start. The Level Gallery and the Fishbowl Gallery are both well worth the walk up the flight of stairs to the second floor space. Both of these working galleries offer the general public an opportunity to see how artists creates their work of art from conception to finished product. Original art is for sale in both cases.

The Skelton Gallery on the second floor above the Crows Nest Book store is one of the longest running galleries north of Toronto. With originals by notable Ontario artists, this space offers a traditional approach to buying art.

The Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts’ Art’s Center offers a unique space with an area for a featured show every month as well as retail gallery space featuring the work of local artists and artisans.

To the south of Collingwood, the Mad and Noisy Gallery in Creemore also offers a large array of artwork from traditional to contemporary. This gallery space offers a unique opportunity to see some of the many varied art styles produced in the purple hills area.

To the West of Collingwood, the Town of The Blue Mountains is also home to many artists. The newly opened Loft Gallery in Clarksburg is already becoming a favorite spot of many of the area’s art collectors, featuring original and contemporary paintings, many with a local theme.

Both the Collingwood and Thornbury Libraries have gallery space which changes on a monthly basis. If you still can’t find what you are looking for, take note of the art on the walls of many local restaurants. Usually, it’s for sale.

So as the festive season approaches, and you are stuck on a special gift for someone, take a tour of the area’s galleries. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by what you find. It might even result in a special thank you on Christmas morning.

Submitted by Margot Nicolson-Trott
Owner: Georgian Frame Gallery


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