Janine Marson celebrates her Oxtongue roots with 50 new paintings



Submitted by the Oxtongue Craft Cabin and Gallery

Early this summer, the Oxtongue Craft Cabin and Gallery will present Rural Roots, a collection of 50 oil paintings by artist Janine Marson.

Marson grew up on her family’s Timber Trail Resort along the banks of the Oxtongue River at the doorstep to Algonquin Park. “My roots are very strong and impact everything I do in both art and life,” says Marson.

As a child Marson listened, observed and allowed all of her senses to absorb the beauty around her. In the 1960s, a chance encounter with Group of Seven artist A.J. Casson inspired Marson to become a painter. She earned a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Guelph and a diploma in Design Art from Georgian College.

Marson teaches art at her Huntsville studio and at the Haliburton School of Art & Design. The effects of colour and light are the driving forces in her artwork.

This collection includes many familiar locations such as Oxtongue River, Algonquin and Arrowhead Provincial Parks, Dwight Beach, Ragged Falls, and the Big East River. “My art is a way of expressing my deep love of the land and all the beauty in it,” Marson says.

She believes the simple things in life help us feel a sense of connection and draw us closer together. Rural Roots is her celebration of those connections.

An opening reception for Rural Roots will be held on Saturday, June 29 from 1-4 p.m. at the Oxtongue Craft Cabin and Gallery at 1073 Fox Point Road in Dwight. The show runs from June 29-July 14, with special thanks to Algonquin Outfitters, North Art Supplies and Oxtongue Lake for Arts and Culture (OLAC).

Oxtongue Craft Cabin and Gallery is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019. For information about special events happening this summer, visit oxtonguecraftcabin.com/events.

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  1. Good luck Janine. I’m still enjoying my Algonquin Park painting I bought from you 2 years ago.
    Reminds me of my time living in Muskoka.

  2. Janine : I love your area. My late wife and I stayed in a cabin there away back in 1962 on the 24th of May weekend. I can still hear the roar of water going down the Oxtongue. I hope to see your studio this summer.

  3. Best of luck, young lady! Your work continues to grow and amaze. What 3 elements come to mind as reflective of Muskoka?: rocks, trees, and water. Your particular skill in rendering these elements is outstanding.

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