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:
July 1st- Labour Day: open 11-5 pm every day
Spring and Fall Hours:
April 1st-June 30th, 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 22, 2013

Tracy Higgon: Textile

As hard as it is to see in this photo, Tracy's work is comprised of hundreds of teeny tiny stitches and knots.  Absolutely amazing, I can't even begin to imagine how many hours this confection took to create.

Robert Reid: Winter Sun

Robert, has a long and glorious history as a watercolourist.
So often when an artist makes a medium shift a learning curve follows, not Bob.
His switch to acrylic has been flawless. Can't you just feel the frost nipping at your nose on the sunny winter day pictured here!

Margo Oborne: Waiting for Spring

You can feel this birds disgruntlement, as he waits for spring.
Margo has done some extraordinary watercolours, this one though is just pure fun!

Magical Textile work: Cynthia McNair

Cynthia doesn't 'just' quilt and embroider, (both skills that I greatly admire, lack, and am slightly jealous of) she also dyes her own fabric, and embellishments.
She's a sought after workshop teacher around the globe, and very active in the textile art movement closer to home.
Her truly remarkable art invites touch, and sings softly to your senses.  

Another W.O.W. by Deb Dicker

Wonderful, Otherworldly, Work. W.O.W.
Deb excels at W.O.W.

Feel the Heat of Africa on a winters day-Harold Watling:Photographer

Harold has been to all of the places on my bucket list. I may never get there, but thanks to Harold I get a glimpse of the exotic flora and fauna of ...everywhere.
Well known for his wildlife photographs, which have graced some very notable publications, Harold stalks his prey with sophisticated cameras and devises, but it's not the equipment that makes the photographer, it's his phenomenal patience, and talent for capturing just the right moment.

Jo Wilkinson: Emotion in Watercolour

Jo captures the feeling of  her subject so very well.
In this piece you can feel the fog caressing your face on an early winter day, nicely done Jo!

Philip Schmidt: Photographer, subject-magic light

Talk with Phil for even a few minutes, and you'll discover that as a photographer he is addicted to the glory of 'magic light'.
Like most addicts he goes to extreme lengths, taking insane risks to get his shots.
Each of his photographs has a story, many of them involving broken limbs, and frostbitten extremity's.  Clearly these ain't your Momma's snap shots.
What he won't tell you so readily, is that as a photographer he has some serious cred's, each one well earned.

Melissa Kempf: stone birds

I am constantly amazed by the delicacy of Melissa's soap stone carving.
There is a delicious irony in her choice of medium and subject, she so often chooses to depict feather and flower, natures softest depicted in stone...

Port is ice free, last minute shopping?

For those last minute Christmas shoppers....Port Stanley is ice free, in fact coming to Port the roads were only a little icy north of St Thomas, and once you got to St T there was no ice at all.
I notice some of the restaurants advertising brunch and lunch specials, and of course Port is full of unique shops, like us...the Art Emporium.... your one of a kind gift headquarters!
look Ma....no ice!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Christa Oglan: Collageist Phenomenal

Christa takes collage into another level using fabric, found items, paper, metals and so much more.
Often dimensional, always luscious, they feel rich.
Eye candy, wall jewellery, enormously appealing, they would be at home anywhere a statement of opulence needs to be made.

Sandra England: New Work

Sandra has a brilliant pallet, sizzling oranges, cooled by dynamic turquoise.
Know for her powerful figurative work, her equally powerful horses will gallop away with your heart.

Assemblage in the Christmas Spirit

This is assemblage done right, and believe me when I say that that is not an easy feat.
Sandra Foley's work is new to our gift boutique, and we see great things ahead for her! Welcome Sandra.

Rose Klein:Stitch Wizardry



I'm a huge fan of Rose's textile work. She's gone way beyond embroidery and piece work.
I especially love the work she does on felt and cheesecloth, deliberately distressed,  it has a very ephemeral feel, as if it has just risen from some mysterious dimension, where old becomes new and time has no meaning.


Robin Baratta: another member in the news

Robin's a bit shy about her accomplishments, but we've captured this from her blog:


Everyone knows I love Terraskin.
It turns out Terraskin loves me back!
A couple of years ago I contacted the Terraskin   people and asked for some samples,  for a demo I did. It would seem they've been following me since then.  A couple of weeks ago they contacted me, at first I thought it was either spam or a joke, but it's not.
Here is a link to the amazon shop that is selling the pads with my art on the cover, and here is the Etsy shop.
When the interview we did goes live I'll post a link to that too!
And yes money exchanged hands :)

8pt Multimedia pad stone paper - rock on!

Congratulations Ethel Mitrovic!


Not only did Ethel win a Judges Choice award for her piece, but it was purchased by the Woodstock Gallery for the silent auction they had at their event 'The Song My Paddle Sings'  a CD Launch for the Fanshawe singers with music written in  tribute to Pauline Johnson.
Thank you Philip Schmidt for the montage of the work and award.

Judy Minor Wins Another Top Award

 Judy Minor, has once again walked away with the top award in international competition.
The Miniature Painters, Gravers, and Sculptors Society based in Washington D.C. has awarded her ‘best in show’ for her painting ‘The Creamery’.

The MPGSS is the oldest such society in North America, the second oldest in the world, and one of the most prestigious.
The 80th Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature, runs until January 4th, 2014, at ‘The Mansion at Strathmore’ in Washington D.C.
We are very proud of Judy, her work can be found in Art Emporium, Boathouse Gallery.


Stone Keeper by Kim Yuhasz

The wall sculptures of Kim Yuhasz, are an intriguing blend of materials, colour and texture.  Often reminiscent of water, they have a sensuous aspect that is both calming and uplifting.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Richard Cochrill: Rich and Dynamic New Work


Bold, linear, dynamic, all good words for Richards work, warm, entrancing, and energized also good. What ever words you use, his work is very distinct, and beautiful. We're delighted to show you his newest pieces, here in the Art Emporium-Boathouse Gallery.

Last Men's Night at the Art Emporium

Guys, Art Emporium's last December Men's night for this year is just around the corner...
 you know that we have exquisite one of a kind  gifts that will make your sweeties heart go pittypat, did you also know we'll wrap it for you!?!
Last chance, Dec 20th

Elizabeth Kusinski: New Work-Presentation of the Virgin

Elizabeth just keeps going from strength to strength.
Not content with creating absolutely luscious, glowing oils of larger than life blossoms, she likes to challenge herself.
The latest test she's given her self is to interpret a detail of Ghirlandaio's 'Presentation of the Virgin'
A test she has not just passed, but I'm sure the old master himself would have said - aced.

Randy Bloye: New Work


Wood artist Randy Bloye, has moved to a bigger space in the gallery which better showcases his wildly popular carvings.
As a consequence, we have more!
Randy works almost exclusively in Cottonwood bark, bringing to life the magical world he sees buried  in each craggy piece, to the delight of the viewer.
 The  forestry industry industry may consider this material a 'waste product', but in Randy's talented hands it most decidedly is treasure, not trash.

Vanessa Garcia: New Work

We have LOTS of new work in the gallery, Vanessa brought in more of her wonderfully quirky cats. Originally from Columbia, the vibrant colours and very stylized subject matter speak of her culture and bubbling personality.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Pat Brown: Delicate watercolour

Pat's work epitomizes the delicacy of watercolour. Softly done, nuanced work, that touches your soul.

Judy Ross: Mixed Media and Photography

Judy is one busy lady, constantly coming up with something new,
Whether it's cityscape collage,  fields of metallic wheat or photography, you can count on her work to delight your eye .


New work: Heather Kohl


 If you're familiar with Heathers work, then you'll know that this photo doesn't begin to do it justice. Heather has a unique mixed media process that results in almost sculptural work, that begs to be touched.


This piece is called  'Canyon Walls', at 48"x72"  it has presence. Beautiful.


Monday, November 25, 2013

We're here, and ready for company!

The coolest thing happened today. On my way to the Art Emporium, a really large bird flew alongside me for several minutes, then it dipped and came in close, close enough that I could look the bald eagle in the eye, WHAT  an amazing experience.
The roads aren't too bad, as long as you avoid St Thomas, which got really dumped on. Here on Canada's south coast (Port Stanley) there's hardly any snow.
 If you're looking for some coaching on what to get that hard to shop for person, it's a perfect day for some individual attention, and this is the place with the most unique gifts!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Debra Chantler Photographing Romance

Debra has an eye for romance. Ghostly images, moments of yesteryear, or sweet memory. Her images evoke mystery and wistfulness and have proven very popular with both history buffs, and collectors alike.

New Work by Annette Martin

Annette's mixed media collage is both in your face, and full of subtleties. On the surface the bold colour, and stark design would make this seem like simple work, dig a little deeper though, you'll see the telling of stories.

Judy Minor, a major talent

If you yearn for soft focus realism, with an emphasis on the way light plays with the subject matter, you'll love Judys astonishing works in oil, a perennial favorite in our gallery.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Artist and Conservationist Candy McManaman

 An accomplished artist technically, Candy also has a tremendous gift for storytelling.
 She is a signature member of Artists for Conservation, her work has been published, featured in many prestigious galleries, and in the permanent collection of several. When you view her work, you immediately know why.
We are honoured to show her work here in the Boathouse Gallery of the Art Emporium.

Paul McSherry: Guru of Glass

Paul has stepped away from the stained glass realm, and found his genius in fused glass.
 His work is becoming ever more intracat including agates and other semi precious stone, a feast for the senses that begs you to touch.

Digital Artist: George Sapkowski


When is a photograph not a photograph?
When George works his digital magic on photo's, they become mysterious, and otherworldly, showing us  the what if...of the everyday world.
See them now in the Boathouse Gallery at the Art Emporium.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Ethel Mitrovic, Populating the World With Funky Critters


 Quirky, thy name is Ethel!
Ethel has many fans, the reason - you have to smile, and perhaps giggle when you see her work.


And we all need a smile :)


Multi Talented David Dale


The multi talented  David Dale's CV reads like a listing of  ways to make art. Name it,  and he's done it.  Of the work he has here at the Art Emporium my personal favorites are his wonderful pottery bowls, but that's a hard choice, because everything he turns his hand to...is marvellous!

Tom Scanlan: Carver Extraordinaire

There is a reason Tom wins so many awards...
He's really, really, really good.

October Featured Artists, Reception Today


June-Anne Reid:2D, 3D and Everything Between

One of our founders, June-Anne is a talented and versatile creator in multiple mediums.
She can paint anything, collage with the best, and sculpt teeny tiny creatures that will steal your heart.
See them now at the Art Emporium in Port Stanley, yes, we are open all year!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Annette Martin, Colour, Line, Design and Texture




Annette, like so many of us, started her career doing almost photographic realism, but like so many of us, she became dissatisfied with 'making copies'. Some take up the challenge to do more painterly, looser work, some go all the way to non representational work. Annette has created an abstraction of a world all her own.
Annette's world is populated by fish, living in drowned cities, floating through leafless trees. Though this all sounds post apocalyptic, some how Annette's use of colour, line, design and texture makes  the lesson easier to digest.  Masterful teaching indeed.