The vernissage of Stephanie Pete’s exhibition Ontario Birds – A Series of Oil Paintings, took place Thursday, December 1, at the Arbor Gallery, with a steady stream of visitors and the sale of many of the exquisitely-executed bird portraits.

“It was great to see friends and meet new people,” Pete said of the audience, many of whom were past or present students at her art school Art and Dream Studio on High Street in Vankleek Hill.

The exhibition continues at the gallery until December 18.

A Warm Welcome after a Fabulous Parade

More than 65 people, most of them families with young children, dropped in to the Arbor Gallery before, during and after Vankleek Hill’s Friday night Santa Claus Parade, to warm up and enjoy free hot chocolate or coffee.

” Everyone was in a festive mood, because the parade was the best the village had ever seen,” said gallery Board President Sylvie Bouchard. “Even Mayor Riopel and his wife dropped by.”

Holiday Shopping

Those who came after the parade had a chance to view Pete’s exhibition and shop at the gallery’s pop-up shops of Allison Collard’s pottery and Reenie Marx’s fine art photography.

The pop-up shops for the weekend of December 10 and 11 will be Manon Sauvé who creates fused glass art and Marie-Eve Bergevin-Thompson, whose decorated wood pieces, Christmas decorations, cards and wreaths were very popular at her fist pop-up shop on  November 19.

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 4pm. 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 or by email at [email protected].