We proudly show the work of many talented regional artists and artisans.

We proudly show the work of many talented regional artists and artisans.

177 Main St, Port Stanley, Ontario
N5L 1H6, 226-658-1888

Open All Year!

Summer Hours:
June 1st- Labour Day: open 11-5 pm Wednesday, through Monday, closed Tuesdays.
Spring and Fall Hours:
April 1st-May 31st, after Labour Day-Dec 24th: open 11-5 pm Thursday through Monday
Winter Hours:
January -March : Saturday & Sunday 11-4 pm or by appointment

Closed: Thanksgiving Sunday, Easter Sunday and Christmas Eve until after New Years, open other holidays.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Philip Schmidt, Film Photography

In this digital age Philip is a rarity, a devotee of film.
He explains that Film in the hands of a skilled developer is many times more sensitive to colour shifts as the photographer is literally using light to paint the negative and consequently the image.
horse, colt, foal, mare, white horse, photograph, Philip Schmidt
Evening Light, Philip Schmidt, Film Photography, 9x6, $95.00. Contact for info

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Judy Minor, Atmosphere of invitation

Judy is easily one of the best, and best known artists in this area.
Regardless of the subject matter, her paintings are not  about just the light, but the atmosphere that light creates around the focus of her attention.
She strives to tell a story with each work, and like the best story tellers she knows when to quite and let the audience fill the space with their imaginations.
bag pipes, oil painting, pipes, Judy Minor,
Pipes, Drums, and Ghillies, Judy Minor, oil, contact us for info

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Kelly Bennett, Funk From Junk

We've had a few assemblage artists come to the gallery, but assemblage is an art form that is really difficult to do well.
Kelly doesn't do it well, she does it spectacularly!
Her sense of humour and quick wit are evident in every piece she makes. The attention to detail is amazing, every join and fastener is perfect, even her boards are carefully created to give just the right presentation.
assemblage, upcycle, recycled art, art from junk, bird, collage, Kelly Bennett
Red Rosie, Kelly Bennett, Mixed media assemblage, 11x21, $90.00, contact us for info

Christa Oglan, Departing On A Magical Journey

Christa describes her art process as a magical journey, full of meaning and portent. She evokes mystery in her story telling much as an enchantress evokes a spell, to bring the story to fruition.
mixed media, collage, painting, girl, Christa Oglan
Last Look Back, Christa Oglan, Acrylic Mixed Media, 12x12, $165.00, contact us for info

Pat Brown, Serenity

The silken murmur of the river slipping by, gently swaying trees and geese just around the bend. This delicate traditional water colour captures the spirit of the Thames on a lazy summer day.
watercolour, painting, Thames, UWO, University of Western Ontario, Western University, Thames river, London Ontario, Pat Brown
By The Thames, Pat Brown, watercolour, 14x17, $90.00 contact us for info

Tom Scanlan, Owl With Attitude

Nothing could be sweeter than Tom's Pygmy Owl.
As it is with everything Tom creates, the exquisite detail  that this piece has been rendered with is only one part of the equation. The attitude of our small feathered friend has also been lovingly captured and is immediately evident to all who see it, as is evidenced by the OOOOH's we hear as people see it in the feature gallery.  
carving, wood, owl, pygmy, sculpture, Tom Scanlan
Pygmy Owl, Tom Scanlan, Wood, $325.00, 3"x12". contact us for info

Another Awesome Workshop

The Art Emporium hosted a workshop on online selling this weekend. Many thanks to Gina Mason for sharing her knowledge in a well prepared presentation!

how to sell online, Gina Mason
Debra Kubu introduces Gina Mason at the beginning of the online selling workshop

Monday, November 16, 2015

Micheal Yates, Sepia Dreams

All art comes from the heart, and soul of the artist. Micheal's photography is serene and full of a gentle humour, not unlike the man himself.
The choice of sepia for the presentation of this shot, enhances the peace of this tranquil morning, well done Micheal!
Port Stanley Marina, Port Stanley, Boats, Micheal Yates, photograghy
Port Stanley Marina, Micheal Yates, Photography, 21x17, $.300.00, contact us for info

Sandra England, Come Sail Away

Sandra is an avid sailor.
painting, sailboat, sailing, boat, blue, Sandra England, art
It Once Was, Sandra England, 24x24, acrylic, $300.00 Contact for info
Her love of the open water is more than  evident in this marvellous piece. There is a hint of mystery here, subtle textures and half hidden imagery allow the viewer to create their own mental journey into the great blue beyond.    

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Edser Thomas

I overheard two patrons in the gallery today debating whether or not photography is art, when they came to Edser Thomas's wall one said you can't tell me this is not art...and the argument was over.
Toronto Subway, mirror, photography, Edser Thomas
Round Trip, Photography, Edser Thomas. 18x18, $225.00

Jim Seaton, World Through a Lens

One hears of photographers who have 'the eye' and sometimes you wonder what exactly does that mean....? Veiwing Jim's work tells you. This is 'the eye'.  

misty morning, mist, trees, photography on canvas, Jim Seaton
Burning Off The Mist, Photo on Canvas, Jim Seaton, $119.00, contact us for info

Debra Kubu Life's a Beach

I've noticed a theme to Debra's pieces that we've featured the last several years.
The Beach.
Having a cottage here on Canada's South Coast, obviously has inspired her. As muses go, nothing could be finer than a long white sand beach to walk upon, dream on, and meditate with paint about.
beach, painting, oil panting, Lake Erie, Canada's South Coast, Debra Kubu
Blade Grass, Debra Kubu, Oil, $250.00, 12x36, contact for info

Annette Martin, Story Teller

Annette is a teacher, and her talent for teaching extends to her art.  Each peice tells a story, it is however up to the viewer to interpert the story for themselves.  For some the apparent whimsy is enough, for others the story is deeper and darker. What do you see?
global warming, submerged cities, subterranean cities, collage, painting, Annette Martin, fish
Across Town 12x12 Acrylic Mixed Media, Annette Martin, $195.00, Contact for info

Judy Ross, Photographer, Collagist, Artist and more

The best word to discribe Judy is Multi Faceted.
Like a brilliant cut diamond whichever facet of Judy's work you look at you'll be dazzeled.
Her featured piece for October is You Are My Sunshine
sunflower, photo on canvas, yellow, Judy Ross
You Are My Sunshine, Photo on Canvas, Judy Ross, 18x24, $350.00, Contact for info

We would also like to congratulate her, Judy's work Frozen Fury was accepted into the St Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre Show, a highly prestigious event indeed!

Lake Erie, frozen, ice, polar vortex, Judy Ross
Frozen Fury, Judy Ross, Photo on canvas, accepted in the STEPAC 2015 show, contact for info

Monday, October 19, 2015

Spirit Of Fire, June-Anne Reid

The playful spirit of the artist show's, her love of colour and the medium leaps across the page. Spirit of Fire, is the Spirit of play!
fire, abstract painting, red, gold, June-Anne Reid
Spirit Of Fire, acrylic, June-Anne Reid, $190.00 contact for info

Fruit Of The Oak by Melissa Kempf

The varying textures of the stone holds both visual and tactile appeal. Paired with the rich colour of the material Melissa's work in soapstone is a feast for the senses.
soapstone, oak, acorn, nut, carving, sculpture, port Stanely, Melissa Kempf
Friut Of The Oak, Soapstone, Melissa Kempf, $225.00 8"x7"x4" contact for info

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Mark Spowart, The Story Is The Medium

Mark uses photographic imagery as an entry point to tell stories. Not content with 'pretty pictures' he's always looking for deeper meaning and an opportunity for the viewer to question what they see, drawing their own conclusions to the story told.
locomotive, trains, wheels, railway, steam, Mark Spowart
Locomotive, Photographic Print, Mark Spowart, 21'x17', $175.00, contact us for info

Anne McLean, Dancing Colours

 For Anne colours dance with the vibrancy of life itself.
The rhythm of this dance is well choreographed on her canvas as surge, flow, pause, repeat, en-trace the viewer.
painting, abstract, landscape, Anne McLean
Mystical Forest, Acrylic, Anne McLean, 24'x24', $300.00 contact us for info

Amanda Caldwell, Making a Good ImpressionAwakening

When most people hear the term print they immediately think of mass production, which is why print artists like Amanda find themselves often having to explain their process.   Amanda works primarily with lino, that tough hard to kill stuff flooring used to be made of. She uses knives and gouges to painstakingly carve her image, which she then prints using specialized inks and press. Each colour layer requires more carving and a separate printing, making the overall process very delicate and time consuming.
The end result is stunning and Amanda has earned several awards for her amazing artistry.
We are very proud to have her work displayed here in the Art Emporium Port Stanley.  
prints, lino cuts, lino print, Amanda Caldwell, landscape, trees
Awakening, Relief Printmaking, 20'x20'  Amanda Caldwell, $300.00 contact for info

Monday, September 21, 2015

Randy Bloye Man of Many Talents

Randy is one of our very talented carvers, He helps keep our gallery running in tip top condition, and we've been hearing from our sources that he's a talented watercolourist too.
Randy himself is too modest to let that info out, but we'll be working on him to let us have a peek so stay tuned, we may have a treat for your eyes in the future!
green man, wood spirit, wood carving, Randy Bloye
Wood Spirit, Randy Bloye, 5x17,Cotton Wood Bark, $65.00, contact

Debra Chantler Magical Imagery

Most of Debra's imagery has an element of mystery, a touch of the magical or fantastic.
These little guys may not be the phantasms we generally see from Debra, but they do have their own brand of magic!
raccoon kits, baby raccoons, cute raccoons
Three Amigos, Debra Chantler,17x22, Photography, $70.00, contact

Paul McSherry Art That's a Glass

Paul is one of the best glass artists in our area. His unique artistic vision is showcased this month as one of our featured artists, you'll see he uses agate and other unusual material in his creations and he fuses glass to create his own distinctive materials.

theatrical masks, stained glass, fused glass, Paul McSherry
Masks, Paul McSherry, 18x16, Stained Glass, $250.00, contact
agate, stained glass, fused glass, Paul McShery
Astral Daze,  Paul McSherry, Glass,  contact

Mario Moran, A Passionate Turn

Mario is relatively new to the Art Emporium, and we are delighted to have his amazing turned wood creations here in the gallery.
For Mario each creation is a passion project, he is evangelical in his enthusiasm for wood, and making best possible use of what the tree has given us. That zeal shows in the quality and originality of his work, he has several pieces in the Boathouse Gallery, it was hard to choose one to feature! This vessel contains over 800 individual pieces each lovingly cut by hand, assembled and turned.
wood vessel, wood turning, purple heart, maple, Mario Moran
Vessel  #897, Mario Moran, 12x20, Maple and Purple Heart, $700.00 contact

Sunday, September 13, 2015

September Featured Artists

Meet our featured Artists, Sunday September 13, 2-4 pm 177 Main St Port Stanley. Contact us for info

Randy Bloye
Wood Spirit, Randy Bloye, 5x17,Cotton Wood Bark, $65.00, contact

Debra Chantler
Three Amigos, Debra Chantler,17x22, Photography, $70.00, contact

Paul McSherry
Masks, Paul McSherry, 18x16, Stained Glass, $250.00, contact

Mario Moran
Vessel  #897, Mario Moran, 12x20, Maple and Purple Heart, $700.00 contact

Robin Baratta

Port Stanley Moon, Robin Baratta, acrylic, 8x10, $110.00, contact

Anne McLean
Magical Forest, Anne McLean, Acrylic, 24x24, $300.00, contact

Mark Sopwart
Locomotive, Mark Sopwart, Photography, 21x17, $175.00, contact
Amanda Caldwell
Awakening, Amanda Calwell, Relief Printmaking, 20x20, $200.00, contact


Monday, September 7, 2015

Colours That I Choose Featuring George Conklin and Rita Milton

Woodstock artist Rita Milton, and artist George Conklin of Walsingham, are spreading their wings into new territory and having a joint show titled Colours That I Choose in Port Stanley at The Art Emporium Spt 11-20, opening reception Friday Spt 11, 7-9 pm., 177 Main St Port Stanley.

Refreshments and parking are free
you're invited to The Colours I Choose, a joint show of George Conklin and Rita Milton, contact  info

 Rita Milton was born and raised in Oxford County, Ontario having studied with local and international teachers, she is now an award winning professional artist.

Her abstracted stylized method creates unique works that are sure to make you smile.
You’ve probably seen her work, she has worked on several murals for the Town of Ingersoll and the City of Woodstock.

 Look for her works at the Woodstock Art Gallery, Red Canoe Gallery, Artists of Oxford and the Oxford Creation Connections Incorporation.
Coffee Pot, painting, stylised, Rita Milton
Rita's Coffee Pot, 12x12, contact info

George Conklin paints landscapes in oil. An avid outdoorsman, with a life long interest in colour and design, it is natural for his subjects to come from Nature’s inspiration, his impressionistic landscapes are alive with light and the drama of Ontario’s northern landscape

Though he has studied extensively since, George is faithful to the philosophies and techniques with attention paid to light, air and atmospheric perspective, imparted by his mentor the late George Nelson a retired designer/ painter who had studied at the famed “Arts Students League” in New York City.

Monday, August 31, 2015

David 'Smoky' Dale, Contemplative Photography and Pottery

David radiates serenity, his Photography and Pottery carry that energy, and amplify it.
A Zenist and contemplative, David David draws strength from the Earth both as a potter, and as an ardent nature photographer. As he says with a smile, you can't beat nature.
Newfoundland, harbour, dock, David Dale
Newfoundland Daydream, Photography, David Smoky Dale, 16x20, $150.00, contact for info

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Tom Scanlan: World Caliber Talent

If you've followed this blog at all you'll know how proud we are of Tom. He's not only a featured artist this month, he's also one of the best carvers in the world, and has the ribbons and press to prove it!
This adorable little chickadee is so incredibly lifelike that you'll want to touch it.  Like a real chickadee, it's full of attitude, and I'm sure it'll soon fly away to a new home.

Chickadee, sculpture, carving, wood, Tom Scanlan
Chicadee, Tom Scanlan, lifesized, wood, $250.00 contact us for info

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Ethel Mitrovic, Creator of Phantasmagoria

Phantasmagoria: a bizarre or fantastic combination, collection or assemblage, perfectly describes Ethel's work.
Ethel is in her 80's and has reached a point in her life where she does exactly what she pleases without worrying if anyone thinks she's odd or unseemly. That attitude extends to her work which is extremely popular with our customers, in fact on more than one occasion we've had incidents where a couple of patrons have gotten into discussions over who saw the object first!
cats, cats in window, cats watching bird
Bird Watching, Clay, Ethel Mitrovic, 12x12, $90.00 contact us for info

George Sapkowski, Explorer of a Traditional Process

A graduate of the Applied Photography Program at Sheridan College, George has been creating Fine Art Photography for over 25 years.
He is acutely aware of the compositional elements of each image he takes and is constantly looking for the presence of great design in the environment. He transitioned to digital a few years ago, but contends that the ability to manipulate images is only one tool and not to be overly relied upon, as no amount of manipulation can make a poor image great.
I think you'll agree, his images are great, although my image of his doesn't do it justice, so you'll have to come to the Art Emporium in Port Stanley and see it in person to experience the full effect of George's art.
Until the end of September George is offering 20% off of the regular price of his work in the gallery, just say you saw it here. 
Port Stanley Harbour, Fishing boats, Lake Erie
Fall's Glory, Photographic Art, George Sapkowski, 16x20, $150.00 contact us for info

Monday, August 24, 2015

Kathy MacKay, capturing moments

Kathy is relatively new to our artist's collective, but not new to art. She says that some of her earliest memories are of painting with her grandmother, who was a talented hobbyist.
Kathy has dedicated herself to continuing to learn and improve her already impressive talent, and is currently leading a plein aire painting group that wanders Southern Ontario, brushes in hand capturing moments of beauty.
Race Rocks, seascape, lighthouse, Kathy MacKay
Race Rocks in  Sunlight, Watercolour and Casein, $125.00, Kathy  MacKay, contact for info

Monday, August 17, 2015

Amanda Caldwell earns a 1ST!

St Thomas elementary school teacher and Art Emporium Member Artist  Amanda Caldwell has recently earned a 1st at the prestigious Button Factory Arts Press Show in Waterloo for her art piece ‘Solitude’.
Working from a single linoleum block she carves away areas in a reductive technique called relief printing.
For each colour a new layer is removed and a trip to the printing press is made where specialized inks are applied and the block is pressed to paper transferring the image. On the whole the process is very complicated, time consuming, challenging and miss-understood with each work of art taking up to four months to create. Amanda usually pulls no more than 6 prints from a block, each different from its sisters making each print an original in it’s own right. 
The print that earned her this award "Solitude" is currently on display at the Art Emporium 177 Main ST Port Stanley, where she will be available to speak about her process and motivation on Aug 19, and Aug 28, 11am-5pm
Free parking and refreshments are available

relief printing, lino print, Amanda Caldwell
Solitude, Amanda Caldwell, Relief Print, 25x22, $330.00 Contact for info

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Candy McManiman, Iconographer For A New Age

Candy is extremely well travelled, articulate, knowledgeable, and passionate.
When you engage Candy in conversation for the first time, the depth and breadth of her experience will take your breath away.
She is a teacher and eternal student, a seeker and scientist, a theologian and satirist, all combined into an artist with a unique storytelling ability.

icon, bird paintings, environmentalist, Candy McManiman
Icons for an environmentally aware age, Candy McManiman, 9x12, $140-$225, Mixed Media contact for info

She also has work in a more traditional painting style which has garnered her international attention, and acceptance into the prestigious group Artists for Conservancy

wood duck, duck painting, Candy McManiman
Coming Right at You, Acrylic, Candy McManiman, 12x12, $495.00 contact for info

We are very pleased that Candy has been a member of the Art Emporium from our inception.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Wilf Chappell, Dreaming in Mixed Media

Wilf started out in photography using a Kodak Brownie, that was a few years ago.
As cameras developed and became more sophisticated so did Wilf's skill, then came the leap to digital, which changed everything.
Manipulation and layering opened up a whole new world for Wilf, one where his imagination and creative abilities have no boundaries.
As his innovativeness increases, so do his explorations into other media. Now as well as digital images his work contains paint and mediums adding to the layers that he loves so well.
Mixed Media, collage, digital art, Wilf Chappell
Behind the Yashmak, Mixed Media, Wilf Chappell, 12x15, $195.00 contact for info

Shirley Mihlik Thompson, An Uncommon Realist

 Shirley has the uncommon ability to conjure images from the ether where as most of us lesser mortals require something to spark our creativity.
When questioned her explanation is "I've been painting since I was a child, it's all I ever wanted to do, eventually you develop powers of observation, and the visual memory to go with it."
I'd add incredible skill to that too Shirley!
willow, Scotland Drive Elgin County, Shirley Mihlik Thompson
Swamp Willows On Scotland Line, Acrylic, Shirley Mihlik Thompson, 24x14, $325.00 contact for info

Shirley teaches step by step painting classes which are very popular at Guthrie's in London  
4093 Meadowbrook Dr. #103/105
London,  Ontario
N6L 1G1

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Meet The Featured Artists Sunday

Our Featured artists will be meeting and greeting fans and well wishers this Sunday here at the Gallery.
Featured Artists for August:  Shirley Mihlik Thompson, Kathy Mackay, Tom Scanlan, Wilf Chappell, Candy McManiman, George Sapkowski, Ethel Mitrovic, and David Dale  

Reception is August 9th, 2-4.
Meet The Art Emporium Artists. Enjoy the company of our featured artists and the opportunity to learn about their art, techniques, motivations and stories. Refreshments and parking are free. Art Emporium, nestled at the South end of Main St in Port Stanley, near Little Beach, is one of the regions largest and most dynamic galleries, carrying work by regional artists and artisans working in many mediums and disciplines.

And if that isn't enough, it's Harbourfest this weekend.

Tall ships, entertainment, and art, what could be better!
Welcome to the Art Emporium~

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Serenity For Sale

The serenity of our 'green corner' beckons. The Heron fishes, while seagulls contemplate and flowers nod. Tea cups and vases await filling, as your soul feels the calm. 

We Sell Sea Shells, By The 'Sea' Shore

Lake Erie may not be a 'sea' but we have one of the best 'shores' around here in Port Stanley. Blue Flag Beaches, amazing restaurants, excellent theatre, and of course.....ART!
These unique items are displayed in our Gift Boutique, the artist Mario Moran is using sea urchin shells as the body of the pieces.
sea Urchin, painted gifts, Annette Martin, Mario Moran, Canadian Art

Our Gift Boutique Has The Blues

Everyone loves the blues in our Gift Boutique. For the best selection of hand crafted locally made gifts, come the The Art Emporium in Port Stanley.
Hand made, Gifts, Art,  Port Stanley Ontario
Hand crafted giftware by our Art Emporium Artisans. Contact us for details

Micheal Yates, Heart and Soul

Micheal was bitten by the photographic bug early and studied at Fanshaw Collage when darkroom proficiency was part of the equation.
He made the switch to digital  in 2004, and has worked the learning curve hard. The effort shows in his work which has an almost magical quality.
Port Stanley, harbour, fishing boat, Micheal Yates
Port Stanley, Photography, Micheal Yates, 16x12 Framed, $120.00, contact us for info