Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Stephan Scrak - Painting

Café Saint James oil on canvas 12x24   .   Harbour Night oil on canvas 16x20                                                                                                                                 

A native of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Stephan Scrak was a frequent visitor to Montreal before moving there in 1986. Drawing inspiration from the vibrant city he rediscovered his love of painting and explored his unusual style. Stephan yearned for a place where he could paint full time, a visit to the Pontiac was all it took. Stephan now lives and paints in a small cottage a stone's throw from the Ottawa River in the historic village of Portage du Fort, gaining new inspiration from its quiet shores and stone buildings. He welcomes visitors to his home which is also his studio, displaying his newer works and his collection of mid-century modern furnishings and accessories. His studio, Harbour Square, is open weekends in the summer, 16 rue Main.

Sher Moscaliuk - Ceramics

'Enigma'   .   'Sage'   .   'Coyote'

Sher Moscaliuk is an experienced ceramicist and high school art teacher. Her mask work is primarily sagger-fired clay. Each firing brings different and sometimes unusual, surprising results. She likes creating masks because of their duality - they can hide and reveal simultaneously. It is this force that interests her.  Sher's home and studio are in Portage du Fort, she is exhibiting at the Stone Sable, 16 rue Nancy, Portage du Fort.

Veronica Classen - Sculpture & Painting

'Anybody' 15"x22"x12" cotton rope & thread   .   'Cave' 14"x9"x6" cotton rope & thread    

Veronica Classen is a visual artist, teacher, and a designer for performance. Her recent project, Carapace is a series of sculptures exploring the themes of protection, shelter and possession. She has an upcoming solo show at the Stone School Gallery - 28 Rue Mill, please join her for the opening on Friday July 31st from 6-8pm. The show will be up for the month of August on weekends from 11-4pm. Her work, including paintings, are also in the Art Barn studio where she does the majority of her work in the summer, 8 Rue Craig (behind the house). She can be contacted at her work can also be seen here.

Geraldine Classen - Painting

Geraldine Classen is a Canadian artist who lives in Portage du Fort in the summer and Chapala, Mexico in the colder months. Wherever she travels, she spends her time drawing, and often develops work in her studio using oil and acrylics. She also works intuitively using found materials and wax to create collages. Geraldine's studio Art Barn is open weekends in the summer and is located behind the house at 8 Rue Craig in Portage du Fort, the barn can also be accessed via Rue Nancy. She can be contacted at

Larry Evans - Painting

'Stone Schoolhouse Front' 24"x28"   .   'Hannah Road' 18"x24"                                                                                                 

Larry Evans paints scenes of the outdoor world, and chooses a range of colours to try and outdo what is visible in nature. He fortifies his acrylic paint with modelling paste to create thick, 3D textures. His inspiration comes from Claude Monet whose techniques he uses as a starting point to develop his own distinct style. Larry is exhibiting his work in Portage du Fort at the Stone Sable, 16 rue Nancy. He can be contacted at

Martina Evans - Mixed Media

Martina Evans is a mixed media artist living in Pontiac Country, on Calumet Island. She works with acrylic paint on wood and incorporates collage and mixed ephemera into her whimsical creations. Martina is exhibiting her work in Portage du Fort at the Stone Stable, 16 Rue Nancy. She can be contacted at

Friday, June 19, 2015

Frances Shea - Glasswork

Frances Shea enjoys creating one-of-a-kind mosaic abstracts, landscapes, and treasured tables. A simple course in Mosaics had her deeply absorbed with the various angular shapes of broken glass; geometry in colour. No two pieces of glass were alike, just like the people in our lives. 

" Time stood still, the mind relaxed and the pieces fit together"

Her Stable Studio is located at 16 Rue Nancy, here in Portage du Fort. Along with the other studios she will be open weekends in the summer. This weekend she is also showing the work of Sher Moscaliuk, Martina Evans, Larry Evans and Kathleen Ranger. She can be contacted at 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Open Studios June 13 & 14 and June 20 & 21

Visit our studios this weekend!

Stephan Scrak will have his studio open and will be painting.

Geraldine & Veronica Classen will have their Art Barn open.

Frances Shea will have her stable studio open and is featuring the work of Sher Moscaliuk, Martina Evans, Larry Evans and Kathleen Ranger.

Visit our studios in Portage Du Fort

Come visit our open studios. We are located within a short walk of one another in the beautiful, historic town of Portage du Fort, Quebec and will be open most weekends throughout the summer. While in town also visit the Stone School Gallery, operated by the Pontiac Artists' Association, 28 Mill St. (open in the summer Saturday & Sunday 11-4pm).

Portage du Fort, Quebec
Open summer weekends

Frances Shea - Glasswork
16 Rue Nancy

Sher Moscaliuk - Ceramics

Stephan Scrak - Paintings
16 Rue Main

Geraldine Classen - Paintings
Veronica Classen - Paintings & sculptures
8 Rue Craig (studio is located in the Art Barn behind the house)