There was a time in my life when I dreamed of becoming a curator of an art gallery. I studied art history in my Liberal Arts program in c.e.g.e.p. and took more courses in university as part of my electives for my B.A. program. It was just a dream, as I knew I wanted to teach English. Who would have thought that decades down the road, I would be working in social media?
As an art appreciator, Perivale Gallery is a place I recommend to visitors of Manitoulin Island and local residents alike.
Located in a picturesque setting, nestled among the trees and flowers, is Perivale Gallery. It’s off the beaten path and a treasure to behold. Upon entering the gallery, you can immediately see the high quality works of art from remarkably talented artists. Among those artists are some of my favourites: Ivan Wheale, Judy Martin, Laurie Near, Linda Williamson, and several others.
Just the other week, I took some Japanese friends to Perivale Gallery. One of my friends is an artist in Toronto and wanted to visit the gallery. I can easily get lost in the works displayed in the gallery. My friend, Chiharu was instantly drawn to one particular painting by Laurie Near and ended up leaving Perivale Gallery with a piece to remember her visit by.
Laurie Near’s paintings really speak to me and draw me in. When Shannon (of Perivale Gallery) showed me the Laurie Near paintings she had, it was like discovering precious gems! Like Chiharu, I also ended up purchasing a piece of art.
I’m excited to add that Laurie Near has a sixteen page spread in Arabella Canadian Art, Architecture & Design magazine. She’s been named Artist to Collect! A well-deserved accolade for a very inspiring artist.
If you are on Manitoulin Island or plan to visit, make sure to add Perivale Gallery on your “must-visit” list!