Established by Connie Wills and Clifford Golas over a quarter of a century ago in 1985, Art Glass Studio & Antiques has become synonymous with excellence in the field of fine art and antiques in the southern Georgian Bay region of Ontario.
Our pleasant setting offers a variety of distinctive 20th century oil paintings, watercolours, etchings, woodcuts and other hand-pulled prints by established and well listed Canadian artists such as . . . Illingworth Kerr RCA, William John Wood CPE, Adrian Dingle RCA, William Arthur Winter RCA, Gordon Eastcott Payne OSA and many others . . . together with an authentic collection of objet d'art and decorative accessories. We also feature a fabulous collection of fine vintage hooked rugs from the Maritimes, Quebec and Ontario.
Our collection of 20th century fine art is considered eclectic, offering you a diverse range from which to choose. For many years we have had a special interest in Canadian fine art and we prefer to offer paintings of merit executed by leading well-listed artists between 1920 and 1980, but there are no rigid guidelines that define our selection process.
For some time now the consensus of opinion has been that, the acquisition of fine art is often relegated only to the affluent. But, in reality, a very large number of fine Canadian paintings change hands annually for under the one thousand dollar price level. There exists in the $500. to $5,000. range a broad array of quality 20th century paintings, watercolours, drawings and hand-pulled prints which can provide you with enormous pleasure, while also appreciating in value each year. An original painting or other authentic work of art can add an air of elegance to a room as well as enhance your personal mood . . . and what else could add more character, interest and pleasure - often at a cost far below other decorative room elements.
Whether you're searching for just the right painting for a setting, or an objet d'art that will be the focal point of a room, we can be of assistance to you. We always look forward to meeting with our regular clients as well as new collectors and now the virtual realm of the internet provides another dimension to our gallery by offering for sale on-line the works of noted 20th century Canadian artists to collectors everywhere.
Be sure to drop by for a visit . . . we guarantee that you won't be disappointed!
We were honoured to be featured with photos and an article in US News and World Report's travel magazine "Best Drives" as one of the best shops to visit for Canadian fine art and antiques when visiting Ontario, Canada.
Also . . . We are featured in Kathy McLeary's book entitled "the Antiques Mystique Guide" as one of the fifty best antique shops in Southern Ontario.
In April 2005, we were very pleased to receive a Special Merit Award from the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce, along with a certificate of recognition from the Town of the Blue Mountains, for Tourism Initiative for the creation and ongoing 23 year success of the Thornbury Winter and Summer Antiques Shows.
In the September 2009 issue of Fifty-Five Plus, we were featured in an article titled "Shining Stars of Georgian Bay". The article reads as follows: Thornbury blooms year-round with plenty of dining and shopping. Begin your tour in the heart of Thornbury Village at Art Glass Studio & Antiques where Connie and Cliff have been featuring 20th century artists since 1985.