Artists' Biographies



Krysia Bower

Krysia Bower is a multi-faceted artist who creates large woodblock prints and transforms antique Muskoka Cottage windows into works of art. The property on which Krysia and her husband live in Muskoka inspires her paintings and multi-media installations and go on to form part of the landscape in the gardens and woodland trails.


Her methods are unusual and the results are striking.  She uses a router to carve out designs on large sheets of plywood, applies inks and acrylics to the surface, and pulls off prints in brilliant colours.  Her technique of applying all of the colours at once, before printing, results in vibrant, one-of-a-kind works or art.


Cut mirrors and coloured glass beads on panes of glass in the form of stylized flowers play with reflected light on windows and French doors.  These confections, suitable for both indoor and outdoor areas, delight the eyes as you pass them by.  So many of the old cottages are disappearing because of renovations.  Krysia has been salvaging what is left of these old, old windows and doors and giving them new life for people to enjoy for many more years to come.

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Anne Clement

Born and raised in Toronto, Anne Clement moved to Muskoka, Ontario in 2005, where she soon began to fulfill a life-long desire to learn to paint.  Since then, Anne has studied Fine Art at Nipissing University and at the Haliburton School of the Arts and has attended other courses and workshops offered by several outstanding artists.  Her work has been shown in galleries in Muskoka and Kitchener, Ontario. 


Drawn to the many colours, shapes and moods in the natural environment, Anne is primarily a landscape painter and enjoys painting either en plein air or in her home studio.  She works in a variety of media including oils, acrylics and watercolour.

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Betty (Eliz) Dawson

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Gayle Dempsey

Gayle Dempsey is a fourth generation Muskokan and feels a deep connection to the spirit of the land, the lakes, the naturally beauty and the peace that is Muskoka.  She enjoys a wide variety of artistic endeavours, from water colour and acrylic painting to poetry and writing.


Gayle is a member of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, Muskoka Arts and Crafts,– associate member, CARFAC and an associate member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour  and the Society of Canadian Artists and was the recipient of the Muskoka Awards – Arts Award, 2009 and Award of Excellence in Acrylic Painting, Muskoka Arts and Crafts Spring Show, 2008.


Several of her published works include “My Story Listens to Your Story: An Anthology of Women’s Leadership Images and Stories” published through the Centre for Emerging Leadership in Minnesota.  


She strongly believes in “life-long learning” and along with her partner Gary Froude for the past two decades has been working to resurrect the Muskoka Chautauqua, a learning community on Lake Rosseau, Muskoka.


Gayle’s passion for arts, culture and community development is reflected in her work.  In June of 2004 she opened the Muskoka Place Gallery.  The Gallery hosts local and international artists and a variety of workshops.

Donna McLaren

Donna is a life time resident of Muskoka, Ontario.   Her  love of the Canadian North, inspired by a deep connection to her surroundings, is reflected in her landscape paintings. Her tendency toward realism is enhanced by gentle abstraction, giving a spiritual expression to her work.

Donna McLaren Fine Art Paintings include the use of soft pastels, acrylics, oils and mixed media.



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