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John Lennard EXHIBIT “Northern Vistas”

The Gallery on the Lake is honored to present works of John Lennard in a new exhibit entitled “Northern Vistas”. The exhibit opens November 4th and continues to December 31st. The opening reception will be held on November 11th 1:00-4:00 PM. “Northern Vistas” is an exhibit that highlights his appreciation for bold, colourful, and powerful canvasses that capture the Canadian landscape in all its stunning beauty.

John Lennard Biography Excerpts:

John Lennard is a contemporary landscape painter who vividly expresses his love of art and nature in his colourful oil canvasses.  His style is reminiscent of some of the Group of Seven with brilliants reds, oranges, and blues used to illustrate the Canadian forests and country sides.  His paintings reflect a direct response to nature and the environment.  They intensify the subject and follow the seasons with a strong rich treatment which evokes the remembered sensations of season, place, and time.  The bold colours and strong design enable the viewers to look into the shadows and see light and colour they never knew existed in nature.

John studied at the Ontario College of Art and the Art Students’ League of New York.  He has shown his work in numerous collections in Canada and abroad as well as participating in many solo and group exhibitions.  He is a member of various art organizations and is listed in “A Dictionary of Canadian Artists” and “Artists in Canada”.

The Gallery on the Lake is proud to feature the works of this very talented artist.

The Gallery on the Lake is located at 65 Gallery on the Lake Rd in Buckhorn, 30 minutes from Peterborough. For more information please call 705-657-1108 or visit our website

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THE GALLERY ON THE LAKE PRESENTS Steve Tracy & Julia Veenstra EXHIBIT “Colours Abound”

The Gallery on the Lake is honored to present works of Steve Tracy & Julia Veenstra in a new exhibit entitled “Colours Abound”. The exhibit opens September 30th and continues to November 3rd. The opening reception and meet the artists will be held on September 30th 1:00-4:00 PM. “Colours Abound” is an exhibit that showcases these two artists and their exceptional ability to use colour. Panoramic light-filled canvasses of islands, waterways, and birches filled with brilliant fall leaves against blue and yellow skies will evoke emotion like never before. Viewers will look into the shadows and see light and colour they never knew existed in nature.

Steve Tracy Biography Excerpt:

Steve Tracy has been painting since he was 10 when he was given his first set of oil paints and quickly discovered that art could free him from the chaos of everyday life.

Inspired by the cultural revolution of the late 60’s and early 70’s Steve relocated to New York City, where he enrolled in the School of Visual Arts in 1972. Steve continued his studies at many respected art schools and is a graduate of the American Art Institute. He perfected his talents through work with various studios and paints a variety of genres, but has become particularly well recognized for his Canadian landscapes. Today, Steve lives in Southwest Ontario where he donates his time to public art endeavors in the area.

Julia Veenstra Biography Excerpt:

Julia Veenstra is a Canadian artist who has lived in four different countries. Her work is found in collections around the world. She is an impressionistic representational, lively artist. Her work reflects her surroundings and translates how she sees the world. Julia’s medium of choice is acrylic as she enjoys the immediacy and the bright colours.

“I work with vibrant colour and expressive strokes, exploring shape and form as well as the constant desire to portray light. The canvases I paint can be quite large and the result is the ability to experiment with a range of tools that create variety of texture and interest in the pieces and can pull from me an energy and joy.  Negative shape plays a role as important as the positive and develops from the layering technique that I employ” says Veenstra.

The Gallery on the Lake is proud to feature the works of these very talented artists.

The Gallery on the Lake is located at 65 Gallery on the Lake Rd in Buckhorn, 30 minutes from Peterborough. For more information please call 705-657-1108 or visit our website We invite you to connect with our social media feeds:

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Morrisseau TV Documentary Coming Soon!

The Morrisseau “ Father and Son” Exhibit here at the Gallery on the Lake is the only Morrisseau exhibit currently featured in a retail  art gallery in Canada which is one reason why it was recently filmed by a TV crew for an upcoming documentary marking the 10th anniversary of Norval Morrisseau’s death.

Two additional works, “Legend of the Sleeping Giant” – 84”x 144” and “Shaman with Headdress” – 65”x 112” are not displayed in the main exhibit area. They are however displayed in other parts of the gallery, notably the foyer and will continue to be available after the current exhibit ends.


If you are unable to make it to the gallery, please feel free to watch a video of the exhibit. 

Remember you can also shop online 24/7 at our website.



Make the Gallery on the Lake a part of your Fall Colour Tour.

Hello September …. crisp mornings, sunny days, and the start of many Fall Colour Tours through our area.

The Gallery on the Lake would like to welcome those visiting our area to take a moment and see the vibrant colours we have inside the Gallery are just as stunning as those outside. The added bonus is that you can take these pieces with you. A pieces that stirs your soul, warms your heart, or captures a memory. When Autumn has long faded, the vibrancy  of an original piece of fine art will shine forever.

The Gallery on the Lake is open 7 days a week 10:00 am to 5:00 pm through to the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend.

Remember you can always shop online 24/7 at our website



The Gallery on the Lake is honored to present works of Lloyd Wilson in a new exhibit entitled “Canadian Shield”. The exhibit opens September 2nd and continues to September 29th. The opening reception will be held on September 2nd 1:00-4:00 PM. “Canadian Shield” is an exhibit that highlights his appreciation for nature which has a strong influence on his subject matter influenced by growing up in rural Ontario. This new exhibit features classic Wilson pieces that showcase his attention to fine detail.

Lloyd Wilson Biography Excerpts:

Lloyd Wilson has been a full time Canadian painter for more than 20 years, using oil on canvas or linen to produce paintings that include rural landscapes, lake scenes, and still life images. “I absolutely love to paint. Inspiration is everywhere. How fortunate we are. I paint daily. Many of my smaller images are done en plein air” Says Wilson. Lloyd Wilson participates in several juried art shows annually.

His work depicts many Canadian landscapes including peaceful lake scenes with canoes and camping or North American birds and animals in their natural settings. Wilson’s paintings give you warm, energy and happiness, colour and light, depth and gradation. See it, feel it.

The Gallery on the Lake is proud to feature the works of this very talented artist.

The Gallery on the Lake is located at 65 Gallery on the Lake Rd in Buckhorn, 30 minutes from Peterborough. For more information please call 705-657-1108 or visit our website


The Kawarthas offers the best in art, wine, and real estate

This month, we look at three Kawartha Chamber of Commerce members who offer the best in art, wine, and real estate. Celebrate Confederation’s 150th with an epic show of Canadian art at Gallery on the Lake in Buckhorn, read about a local woman who quit her job to buy a winery in the countryside to open Jewel Just Fine Wines in Warsaw, and learn the best tips for buying and selling shoreline property from Lynn Woodcroft of Royal LePage Frank Realty in Buckhorn.

Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism

All three of the businesses profiled below — Gallery on the Lake, Jewel Just Fine Wines, and Lynn Woodcroft of Royal LePage Frank Realty — are proud members of the Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism. The chamber represents members in Curve Lake First Nation and the municipalities of Douro-Dummer, North Kawartha, Selwyn, and Trent Lakes. Visit for more information.

Esther Inglis, owner of Gallery on the Lake (65 Fire Route 21, Buckhorn, 705-657-1108) is an avid fan of 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 have come together this July in a show marking the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

“We have an enormous roster of really exceptional Canadian artists,” Esther notes. “We thought this would be a great opportunity to mark the milestone with this show.”

Esther says that the groundbreaking show features work from over 50 artists.

“It’s quite impressive. It’s 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 Esther 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 also recalls a Tim Packer exhibit where one of his paintings went so viral on Linkedin in the lead up 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, called “Shall We Dance”, 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.