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We would like to welcome you to the brand new "Studio 737 Art Gallery" website. If this is you first time stopping by, we'd like
to take this opportunity to talk about their wonderful gallery which is really a fairytale come true. Located midway
between Toronto and Ottawa on Highway #7 just 1km east of the Highway #37 junction, hence the name Studio 737.
No, it's not a plane, but a real art gallery housing what is, one of the largest collections of ORIGINAL Canadian fine art located
anywhere in Canada. It is set in the countryside, which already give you that special feeling of "Canadiana" and what all of the art on
display there has to offer. Its homey countrified atmosphere set you already in the mood to take home one of their
wonderful Canadian masterpieces.
As you enter the
parking lot from Highway #7, you'll see the entranceway with flags flying
above taking you inside a fantastic display
of all original art. You can now take a preview of the art gallery and you'll see many of its 10 different rooms filled with
over 1,000 ORIGINAL Canadian pieces of art by over 50 Canadian artists. Most of these artists are full-time professionals
making their living through their art. Many of them have also taught art in several Universities, and Art Schools. Two of their
artists' works now even hang in the museums here in Canada, and abroad in the United States and in France. The gallery also has
a few younger, talented artists and they are always looking for that youngster with that special gift of creating.
The gallery was
founded in 1988 and is now in its 26th year of operation under the
ownership of Arja Palonen with the assistance
of her husband Joe Kurek, who oversees the daily operation of business aspects of it. The gallery is totally Canadian owned,
even though, Arja was born in Finland, she as a teenager in 1957 immigrated to Toronto with her family, and shortly, thereof,
became naturalized citizen of Canada. She studied commercial and fine art at both the Northern and Central Technical School
under fine group of teachers. Joe, on the other hand, is a landed immigrant since his retirement in 1988 from the United States
Navy with his last three year posting at Argentia, Newfoundland.
living in Newfoundland, Arja began painting full-time. Soon
after that the locals from the surrounding communities,
as well as, the school teachers and the Canadian and US military personnel from the nearby Argentia base would come over
asking for her work and she was kept busy painting local scenery to keep up with the demand. Joe, after seeing, how people
appreciated her talent as an artist, suggested, that after his retirement they move to Ontario, where they then would look
to find a space to open up an art gallery. After scouting through several locations, they happened, just by chance, onto the
current site on Hwy 7. It was a closed down restaurant, which, when the realtor took them inside, looked like an old Elvis Presley
movie set. There were quaint, red stools around a circled bar counter and wooden handmade tables and chairs and even a piano
at the corner of the dining area, just as it had been, when it was one of the largest truck stops between Toronto and Ottawa during
the 1950's and 1960's. As it had a comfortable feeling about it, and being on a major highway, they decided it would make a
perfect location for an art gallery. Even the house to live in came with the property. After renovations to add more display
walls and removing old restaurant items, the gallery started with Arja's and 15 other artists' work and several of them continue
to exhibit their work there still.
just grew and grew, and they added an addition to the entire length
of the building adding more rooms to
exhibit the artists works. The gallery became so successful that they even opened a sister gallery in Richmond Hill, Ontario.
Although, they relinquished the Richmond Hill location, after a year due to its high overhead; it did prove successful, in the sense that
they acquired a large follower-ship of customers from there, whom continue to shop in their Tweed location.
realized after painting with a number of her artist
contemporaries that there were not that many galleries that were
exhibiting artists paintings. Artists and original works were being ignored and replaced by signed and numbered reproductions
being flogged off as art. Unfortunately, so many of the art dealers were giving their customers an impression that these things
were actually worth something and Artists original works and abilities were being ignored for these photocopied reproductions.
Artists have a very difficult time making a living as it is, and many people just don't realize the work, time and experience that goes
in to each and every piece of art. However, they, at the Studio 737 gallery do, and therefore, they have never sold a reproduction
in the past 26 years, nor do they promote those pieces of paper. Yes, Studio 737 has also sold some of the historical works by Riopelle,
Group of Seven and others, which they purchased at art auctions in Toronto and Ottawa, but it was not what they came there to do, as
their main objective was to promote current artists instead.
Artists throughout the ages have produced great paintings,
as the collections in the art museums can attest.
Granted in the past
centuries, they had a harder time of getting around to the locations to paint, or having the broad base of reference material on had,
than the artists of the recent times, who have access through internet. Not to mention the convenience of having modern
transportation on hand to carry volumes of canvases to paint right on location. They have been afforded the colour photography
as well, which helps them recall that particular location when they need to edit the pieces later in their studios. Detail painters
are no different, as those cameras are used for reference to create fantastic paintings. Artists, prior to the 1950's had sketch
books, or black and white photos in addition to their memory, to help produce their works and granted it was rough going for each
and every one of them, but just like the current true artists, they didn't need to rely on selling photocopied, signed and numbered
reproductions of their work.
Before you press the button below to visit the individual
artists, and ordering information, let us help you, as best
by sorting out the artists on their individual painting styles. Over these past 26 years, Studio 737 has always shown prices
for all their artworks on their artists pages to make browsing and decision making easier for their clients. Unlike other businesses,
who ask you to "INQUIRE" for pricing, their honest approach of pricing, has made their several thousand worldwide customers
happy and they intend to retain their website in the same format forever! Take a look and get tempted, measure your wall space
ahead and usually you must add 5 inches on all four sides to their artworks if framed, to the sizes listed, ie: (16 x 20) is really (26 x 30)
Their roster of Artists is as follows:
Terry Ananny, Don Bruner, Linda Bruner, Don Cavin, Albert Chiarandini, Rob Elphinstone, Don Fraser, Pauline Holancin,
Robert Huffman, Tony Johnson, John Lennard, Ron Leonard, Lucy Manley, Martha Markowsky, Kai-Liis McInnes, Jake Mol, Guttorn Otto,
Dale Tucker, Arja Palonen, Clive Powsey, Margo Rivar, J. Allison Robichaud, Jill Segal, Bert Small, Bernice Starkman, Poul Thrane,
Katya Trischuk, Eric S. Wright, Garry Young, Angela St. Jean, Alan Rintala, Terri Horricks
Barre Beacock, Ian Bodnaryk, Rebecca Brooks, Don Connolly (Aviation), Sherrill Girard, Heather Hall, Nori Peter, Douglas Purdon,
Bob Thackeray, Jake Vandenbrink, Lloyd Wilson, Ivan Unwin, Don Wise
Beth Hoselton, Ron Plaizier
Robert Blenderman, Shirley Mancino, Marcio Melo, Elena Hajda
Don Frost, Carl Hoselton, Laszlo Szilvassy
Although, art per se, art is not to be discounted, Studio 737 has professed to honour both Canadian and U.S., active and retired
military personnel with a 10% discount on all their art purchases, as to thank them for all their services to keep our countries
safe and wonderful places to live.
Photography Credited to: Bob Foster
Web Design: Joyce DesRoches