If you enjoy art, fine craftsmanship, unique workmanship of fine jewelry and the peace and quite provided by a farm in the country, there is now such a place waiting for your visit.
The new Chickadee Cottage Studio & Gallery can be found on Barriere Lakes Road. This unique and interesting studio and gallery opened on the July 1st weekend, bringing with it’s opening a new outlet for quality art and crafts to the area.
Owners, Bev and Barry Henry say the cottage is actually the old farmhouse on their property which they reconstructed, and in doing so salvaged much of the original lumber to create Chickadee Cottage.
“It started out as being a private little corner where I could paint to my heart’s content,” said Bev, who is currently working on a watercolor series of B.C. wildflowers and birds, with plans to branch out into acrylics next.
She notes that the gallery has a wide selection of lovely items available for sale.
“We now have a good selection of beautiful heirloom-quality quilts, also some lovely one-of-a-kind furniture pieces from local woods. One is a jointly made king/queen-sized polished cedar headboard with upholstered panels – a very striking piece, made by Butch Falk and Susan Bondar,” says Bev, “I have a few ‘kitchen sets’ – spoon and spatula, also made from local woods, one being the hawthorn from our pasture!”
The gallery also has a great selection of Strathmore blank greeting cards, with Bev’s photos of local scenes, birds and wildflowers on front.
Funky birch birdhouses, triangle ranch dinner gongs, the ones that you run an iron bar around the inside to call in the hay crew, are also available thanks to the talents of Rod Draper and Gordon Fuller.
Cheryl McCreight has a wide color selection of her lovely paper bead bracelets, all made from high quality varnished, re-cycled paper, together with silver and Swarovski crystal beads, which Bev says “Must be seen, and are very affordable!”
She notes that as this is a small enterprise they are not set up to take credit cards, but adds that they will hold any piece for a small deposit.
Asked what the response has been since the gallery opened for business, Bev says, “Wonderful, and the neighbours had no idea how many talented neighbours we have!”
The Chickadee Cottage Studio & Gallery is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
You can find them on Barriere Lakes Road, about 1/2 km past the North Lake turnoff, towards East Lake. A truly great place to stop in on your way out to the lakes.