Birders and other nature lovers should flock to the Arbor Gallery this week to see the amazingly realistic collection of bird portraits by Stephanie Pete. Titled Ontario Birds – A Series of Oil Paintings. The exhibition runs from November 24 to December 18, with the vernissage taking place on Thursday December 1, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“This collection developed out my admiration of nature photography and a desire to create paintings about the realities of wildlife in Ontario,” says Pete. “I have learned not only about the diversity of birds in Ontario, but also about their status in nature, which is often showing them to be species at risk”

Pete worked with photographers around the province to recreate the vignettes they have captured on camera. The series also shows the birds in their natural habitats, ranging from their perches in urban centres to their treetop and meadow locations in the country.

Pete owns an art school in Vankleek Hill at 16 High Street, called the Art and Dream Studio. In addition to teaching art to children, teens and adults, she runs art camps in the summer and throughout the year.

Giving Wednesday

In case you missed Giving Tuesday on November 29, there is still time to donate to the Arbor Gallery and receive a tax receipt which you can use when filing your income tax. As a not-for-profit and registered charity, the gallery relies heavily on donations and is nearly entirely run by volunteers. To continue to expand the gallery’s exciting and affordable programs, it needs your help and donations.

Coming up

The gallery’s Holiday Pop-up Shops continue every weekend until December 18. This weekend (December 3 and 4) will feature Reenie Marx (Fine Arts Photography) and Alison Collard (Pottery).  On Christmas parade evening, December 2, the gallery will be open and both artists will be present from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for coffee and hot chocolate.

Arbor Gallery – Galerie Arbor is located at 36 Home Avenue, in the heart of Vankleek Hill. The gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 4 pm. From November 16 to December 18, Saturday hours are 10am-4pm. More information about programming and events is available on Arbor Gallery’s Facebook page, website or Twitter, by subscribing to the gallery’s newsletter at www.arborgallery.org or by email at [email protected].