Gallery on the Lake allows you to experience proudly Canadian art

The gallery exhibits exclusively Canadian art, with an emphasis on iconic Canadian landscapes. The gallery also features artists who specialize in florals, figurative art, and pieces that verge on the abstract.

All of these styles will come together this July in a show marking the 150th Anniversary of Confederation. With an enormous roster of really exceptional Canadian artists the Gallery thought this would be a great opportunity to mark the milestone with this show. The groundbreaking show will feature work from over 50 artists. “It will be quite impressive. It will be stunning. We’ve never done anything quite like this before.”

Notable artists

Gallery on the Lake has featured some exceptional exhibits in the past. “There’s been some moments, I tell you!” Two that the owner remembers fondly were shows featuring the art of Norval Morriseau, held in 2008 and 2014. “At the exhibit in 2008 we found out that Morriseau had lived in Buckhorn, so we planned a future exhibit that would focus on some of the art that he produced while he was in Buckhorn.” Morriseau would stay in Curve Lake with the Williams family, and at one point he rented a farm on the lake from the Whetungs. “What we wanted to do was gather information from all those who knew him when he lived here and some art that he created when he was here.” The exhibit was called “The Homecoming”, and was opened with music from Curve Lake singers and drummers.

Canadian art gone viral

Esther Inglis recalls a Tim Packer exhibit where one of his paintings went so viral on Linkedin in the leadup to the show, that his account was temporarily suspended. Tim was spending four hours a day responding to comments. The high volume of comments coming from his accounts led it to be flagged as a potential bot. The painting sold within minutes of the show’s opening.

Why have art in your home?

Esther says that having art in your home is important. “There are people that come into the gallery and tell me ‘I buy a piece of art because it brings meaning into my life.’ That’s pretty deep, but that’s what it does for some people.” Esther also points out that art can evoke a sense of connection. “Many people will say – I bought a painting and every time I look at it I feel something different, or it stirs up a different emotion in me. It feeds your soul.”

The gallery stands as a tribute to a local artist

The Gallery on the Lake was created by artist Edwin Matthews, who used to host shows from his home. He started to get a lot of people coming to these openings, so he decided to build a gallery.

Esther credits him with the gallery’s continued success. “Without his effort and vision, there would be no Gallery on the Lake. All I did was try to live up a little bit to his legacy.”

Gallery on the Lake is open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can find them online at,  on Facebook, and Twitter.

Celebrating Canadian Artists group show highlights a season of exceptional works in honour of CANADA 150

WhatsOnMay 30, 2017Peterborough This Week

lower foyer of the House of Commons - Tony Batten

The Gallery on the Lake is celebrating its 17th year of operation this year and will be showcasing an incredible line-up of world class art to help Canada celebrate its 150th birthday.

Gallery owner Esther Inglis believes that acquiring exceptional art, only available at the Gallery on the Lake is one of the best ways to mark this significant milestone in Canada’s history.

The Gallery on the Lake, one of Canada’s largest retail galleries, located on the outskirts of Buckhorn village, is noted for its impressive list of changing monthly exhibits and the 2017 season exceeds all expectations. These world class exhibits reinforce the Gallery’s status as a premier destination for Canadian Fine Art collectors.

Voted one of the most beautiful galleries in Ontario by Days Out Ontario, the Gallery on the Lake provides wonderful respite from life’s stresses. The gallery kicked off its 2017 season with an exhibit by renowned landscape painter Lucy Manley, a local artist from Keene. The Manley exhibit opened on April 29 and ran to May 26 .

Manley’s exhibit will be followed by Speaking of Trees, an eclectic collection of  new works by  Wendy Bermingham and Sheila Davis. It is worth noting that Bermingham’s painting “Oh Canada” was chosen for the Ontario Society of Artists exhibition Mosaic in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary.  The artists will be present on June 4 from1 to 4 p.m. for the opening reception to meet the artists.

On July 1 , the Gallery celebrates Canada’s 150th Birthday. The gallery marks the occasion by hosting a group show entitled Celebrating Canadian Artists with artwork including sculpture by our very best artists.

“My project involving Canada’s Houses of Parliament now has two large works on canvas in the collection of the Senate,” says Tony Batten, who was chosen to provide paintings for the Canadian Government in honour of the sesquicentennial.

“In addition to that I have completed two large canvasses of the House of Commons.  So, I have entered two significant national collections as the year gets moving. Needless to say I am delighted. I still have to create two large images of the spectacular Parliamentary Library for its own collection.”

In August, the gallery salutes Canada’s Aboriginal peoples with an exhibit by Christian Morrisseau. New works from Lloyd Wilson, Julia Veenstra, and Steve Tracy take the show into the fall and an exhibit by John Lennard wraps up a year of exceptional Canadian art.

The opening reception and Meet the Artist is held on the Opening (first) day of each exhibit in the gallery rotunda.

The Gallery on the Lake is located on County Road #36, 3 kms east of Buckhorn.  For more information call The Gallery on the Lake at 657-1108, toll-free 1-888-242-7475 or visit the gallery web site at  Admission is free.

Shall We Dance by Tim Packer