Artists, Artisans and Art Shows You Won’t Want to Miss this Summer!

Top view of rows of paintbrushes laying on abstract colorful oil paint artwork.

Cottage Country has numerous talented Artists and Artisans, crafting unique one-of-a-kind pieces that speak to the cottage country experience. Here are some of our favourites that you will want to check out this summer.

Featured Artist Paul Chester – Art Gallery of Bancroft
Paul Chester has been painting striking surreal landscapes and capturing natural beauties from memory for 32 years now. Both his oil and acrylic paintings hold you captive with texture and colour, creating a peace; tranquility that you can feel, as if you are standing there in nature within his whimsical creation of the world as he recollects it. Combining painting and sculptural elements

Chester uses glazes to build out layers of paint and sculpting knives to create a texture reminiscent of natural textures found in the rolling hills that surround his local studio.

Paul Chester will be featured at the Art Gallery of Bancroft from August 1st to September 1st, with an opening reception Friday, August 3 at 7:30 pm.

The Buckhorn Fine Art Festival is brought to you by the Buckhorn Community Centre. This weekend long art show and sale is a yearly event, showcasing some of cottage country’s most talented artisans. Held at the Buckhorn Cultural Centre with Opening Night on Friday August 17th from 7-9:30PM; an evening of Fine Art, music, food and refreshments. An elegant evening with time to meet Exhibitors up close and personal. The Fine Art Festival runs through August 18th & 19th from 10AM-5PM. With the family ARTivity zone, musical entertainment, fine food and over 50 exhibiting artists there is a little something for everyone. For more info see

The Kawartha Arts Network is a co-operative of practicing artists with a community vision in the City of Kawartha Lakes. Offering opportunities for members to meet other artists, develop and showcase artistic abilities and to actively promote art in the Kawartha Lakes region. KAN calls the Guild Room at Lindsay’s Academy Theatre home but spend much of their time out in the community of Kawartha Lakes, networking and hosting many workshops and classes throughout the year. The Kawartha Arts Network is always welcoming new members. For shows, events and artist info see

The Kawartha Arts Festival was first held in 1989 and is a not for profit organization run by volunteers. The festival is now one of Southern Ontario’s largest art festivals that attracts thousands of people each year. This year the festival runs September 1st from 10AM to 5PM & September 2nd from 10AM to 4PM at the Fenelon Falls Fair Grounds. Gathering painters, sculptors, jewellery artists, carvers and many more artists creating in mixed media the Kawartha Arts festival is a beautiful showcase of Artisans who live and create right here in cottage country. Check them out at

Princess Sodalite Mines – Bancroft, Ontario
The Princess Sodalite Mine continues to produce an abundance of Sodalite (a rich royal blue tectosilicate mineral often used as a sodalite stonegemstone) in all sizes, from collector’s pieces to large decorative garden pieces. ‘The Princess Collection’ is a unique assortment of sterling silver jewellery created exclusively using sodalite from the local Bancroft mine, now expanded with two new and talented silversmiths. You will also find ornamental pieces like whimsical cast iron items, pieces crafted from both wood and stone; book ends, candle holders, carvings and wind chimes. Visit their Rock Farm, stocked with tailings from the sodalite mine as well as a variety of other mines and quarries, bring your rock picks, crack hammers and chisels and see what treasures you find. Plan to visit this summer – For more info go to

Sustain Furniture
Sustain Furniture makes stunning furniture from reclaimed century old barn wood. Furniture that has fantastic character, celebrating the “impurities” and reclaiming history one barn board at a time. Dubbed Feel Good Furniture; good vibes and positive energy are ingrained in every piece from the locally owned and operated shop, from your conversations with owners Cindy and Gord, to the hands that expertly craft your furniture – you will see that their furniture is truly a work of art. Visit them online at  (You can even shop and order online)

Frameland Frame it For U has been a premier framer in the Downtown Peterborough core for over 23 years now. Frameland ensures that your treasured memories are framed and preserved in style, with many choices of matting and frames available to suit any project. Owner, Bob Zipay has been working hard to continually provide expert service and advice when it comes to framing that favorite painting, creating a shadow box for that celebrated jersey, or having a precious photo printed and framed for your home. Connect with Bob to discuss displaying your treasured art and special memories at (705) 748-2951

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