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July 2007

  Vancouver Island is geared up to welcome established artist Lyndia Terre and her new studio/gallery to the many creative businesses scattered just off the Island Highway.

Nestled along a country road in Nanoose Bay, sits the Lyndia Terre Gallery, central Vancouver Island’s newest studio/art gallery.

The gallery, just 6.4 kilometers from the Petro Canada Gas Station on Northwest Bay Road, is home to Montreal born Lyndia Terre. Lyndia specializes in etchings, drypoints and oils. The subject matters include wetlands, floral, nature, Judaica, nudes and life experiences. Walk in during gallery hours and you may find Lyndia pulling an original print from her etching presses.  Her art can be found in public collections in the United States and in private collections all over the world.

The studio/gallery is the newest one for Lyndia.  Enthusiastic about the high quality of art in the Caledon Hills she opened a gallery in Alton, Ontario.  It became a destination for Toronto tourists and artists.  After spending almost a decade establishing a relationship with the community she found it hard to give up, and headed west to begin a new chapter.

The beauty and tranquility of Vancouver Island has long been a draw for artists and artisans. Travel anywhere along the Island Highway and you will see signs heralding the whereabouts of a vast array of galleries and artist studios.  Lyndia says, “I can’t believe I live where everyone wants to come to vacation.”

It took Lyndia almost a year to find the perfect setting.  Part of her search was in Victoria but found none of the commercial buildings she had viewed had any artistic merit for her.  Defeat seemed imminent until a real estate agent suggested a tiny gallery on Northwest Bay Road that had just come off the market after failing to find the right buyer.  Lyndia was immediately captivated by the intimacy of the old country cottage and the contemporary new addition.

Not only was Lyndia drawn to the magnificence of the Island, but she found herself absorbed by the pace of life.  “I think the difference for me here, what do you call it, when you don’t feel rushed…island living, there is a slowing down, you can work longer and deeper on your ideas.”  Added Lyndia, “my life is now all under one roof, the gallery, the studio and my home.”

Since acquiring the studio/gallery Lyndia has begun transforming the space.  “First of all I added contemporary gallery lighting.  I opened up the deck and enlarged the windows for more light in the building.  I am preserving and increasing the garden space.  I’ve added island Douglas fir flooring from naturally fallen trees.”  Almost all of the living space is double purpose.  Added Lyndia, “I just want everything open and luminous. I want artwork around me.”

While the gallery also showcases Lyndia’s own artwork she is eager to share her space. Lyndia has chosen to represent other artists by hosting rotating exhibitions and workshops.  Says Lyndia, “The kinds of artists I will be working with are those who have found a way of saying something in any medium that can’t be said by any other voice.  Art that will inspire other people as well. The purchase of art has the power to transform your life and to increase your income.”

The first guest artist to be represented in the Lyndia Terre Gallery is Karen Martin-Sampson of Sayward, BC.  Karen and Lyndia have a previous relationship cemented in Ontario.  Ecstatic at the discovery that both Karen and another Alton artist/friend, Marilyn Stubbs Cooney were here on Vancouver Island, Lyndia jumped at the chance to reconnect personally and professionally with both of them.  Marilyn’s work will be featured in the fall.

A first public invitation reception will feature Lyndia Terre, “Illuminations:  Island Landscapes, mixed media, July 12th to August 12th.   Meet the artists on July 22nd between 1pm-3pm.

Vancouver Island has a strong group of artists and artisans living and working in small communities who open their doors to people who are interested in the arts. Lyndia hopes her studio/gallery is a welcome addition and encourages everyone to just come in and just say hi.

Contact:  Lyndia Terre
Lyndia Terre Gallery
1811 Northwest Bay Rd.
Nanoose Bay, BC V9P 9C7
(250) 468-9010
Hours: Sun 1-5pm or by appointment


Barbara Wood

Digital photographs provided courtesy of Lyndia Terre for print publication and not for resale either in part or whole and cannot be reproduced without written consent.

January 22, 2003 Alton, Ontario — The Lyndia Terre Gallery is currently showing "HEART: thinking of heart in the context of fable, myth, shape and stories". HEART features intricate woodblock prints, painted and embroidered silk tapestries and book work by ROCHELLE RUBINSTEIN; and radiant oils on canvas, etchings and drypoints by LYNDIA TERRE. A tremendous diversity of hearts elegantly exhibited. Through February 23. Meet the artists: Sunday February 2, 2-4 p.m. JANUARY AND FEBRUARY HOURS: Saturday and Sunday, 11-5.

March 1st brings "PART I NUDES: three printmakers," an exhibition featuring emotional, humourous and casual examinations of the nude form. See exquisite use of linear colour in bold lithographs by CHRISTINE LYNETT; grey used like a full painter's palette--a new lithographic direction for SUSAN POWELL; and the "Grin and Bare It" drypoint series by LYNDIA TERRE. March 1 through 29.

A follow-up solo exhibition "PART II NUDES: A wall of women" runs April 4 through 26 featuring imposing oils by LYNDIA TERRE.


Now through February 23
HEART: thinking of heart in the context of fable, myth, shape and stories
Rochelle Rubinstein, woodblock prints and tapestries ; Lyndia Terre, oils on canvas, etchings and drypoints
Meet the artists: Sunday, February 2, 2-4 p.m.
Gallery Hours January & February: Sat & Sun, 11-5
March 1 to 29 PART 1 NUDES: three printmakers
Christine Lynett, Susan Powell and Lyndia Terre
NEW Gallery Hours starting in March: Fri & Sat, 11-5
April 4 to 29 PART II NUDES: A wall of women
Lyndia Terre, oils
Gallery Hours: Fri & Sat, 11-5
1469 Queen Street
Alton, Ontario L0N 1A0

Call for an appointment on other days.

Teresa Booth
Tel 519.824.1193 or

Artists currently represented:
Barry Metson
, copper and wood, sculptural mirrors
Tom Howlett, table manifestations
Jim Lorriman, sculptural woodturning
Lucy Roussel, cast glass and steel
Carl Borgstrom, elegance in wood
Lyndia Terre, abstraction to intricate:printmaking and oils

Alton, Ontario, September 6, 2002: This fall the Lyndia Terre Gallery in Alton, known for their sensational revolving exhibits, features the work of three notable Canadian artists working in a diverse range of media. Until October 14 the gallery is showing NATURE ENCAPSULATED by glass artist Lucy Roussel and THE BIRCH COLLECTION by watercolour artist Marilyn Stubbs Cooney. Both artists explore the intimate details of nature using varied yet complementary techniques. A solo mixed media exhibition entitled COMPASS follows from October 25-December 1, featuring works by Toronto-based artist Janice Carbert.
NATURE ENCAPSULATED and THE BIRCH COLLECTION transform the gallery space into a forest-like environment with Roussel’s cast glass and steel structures and Cooney’s meticulously explicit series of birch watercolour paintings. “You can almost hear the birch peeling from Marilyn’s paint-ings, and Lucy’s structures stand so tall and rigid yet they’re fluid. Both create a sentinel presence in the gallery and the daylight moving in and around the forms creates changes throughout the day making it quite magical,” describes gallery owner Lyndia Terre.

Marilyn Stubbs Cooney

Lucy Roussel
Roussel gathers her inspiration from natural and constructed worlds and the wealth of forms, textures and images that these provide. Her structures range in size from one to over six feet and feature such plant components as seed pods, leaves and grasses. She is a graduate of the Sheridan School of Craft and Design having specialized in hot glass forming, and currently holds residency at the Mississauga Living Arts Centre, continuing her explorations in hot glass techniques. Cooney is a lifelong resident of Headwaters Country in the Caledon Hills, with experience as an art and music teacher. She describes her fascination with the birch: “This lady of the forest is constantly under attack by the forces of nature and the ever changing environment. These changes produce numerous shapes and textured details that challenge the perception of the viewer.”

The gallery is offering two occasions to meet Roussel and Cooney: Sunday, September 15, 1-4pm and Friday October 4, 4-7pm. NATURE ENCAPSULATED and THE BIRCH COLLECTION run during the Headwaters Arts Festival which takes place September 28-October 13.

October 25 brings COMPASS by artist Janice Carbert –an exploration into the notion of a sense of place and how we negotiate our way through the past, present and future.

Carbert considers the journey, the means of determining the direction we take, and the boundaries that are created in the process. The collision between the possibilities and the limitations is examined through a series of printed images, carved found objects and wooden benches.

Carbert is a Fine Arts graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and has been exhibiting her work for 20 years.

COMPASS runs October 25-December 1 with a reception to meet the artist on Sunday, October 27, 1-4pm.

The gallery has built a winning reputation with art collectors and artists since its opening in the summer of 2000. Owner Lyndia Terre wanted to offer a unique alternative to the big city gallery to showcase her own work as well as that of local artists, while featuring special installations. Terre will open her gallery studio to visitors during the Headwaters Arts Festival the weekends of October 5/6 and 12/13, showcasing her exquisite etchings, bold drypoints and oils that have garnered international attention for over 30 years. She will also preview LIVING HISTORY: DRAWING FROM HOME, an exhibition interpreting objects in their place within the home environment, to be featured at the Dufferin County Museum November 3-30, with an opening reception November 3, 2-4pm.

Continuing to October 14
THE BIRCH COLLECTION by Marilyn Stubbs-Cooney.
A microscopic examination in watercolours.

NATURE ENCAPSULATED by Lucy Roussel. Cast glass and steel.
Meet the artists: Sunday, September 15, 1-4pm and Friday, October 4, 4-7 pm.
Lyndia Terre, Lyndia Terre Gallery
October 25 to December 1 COMPASS by Janice Carbert. Mixed Media.
Meet the artist: Sunday, October 27, 1-4pm.
Friday through Monday, 11am to 5pm
1469 Queen Street
Alton, Ontario L0N 1A0

Teresa Booth
Tel 519.824.9646 or

January & February 2003
A curated exhibition of love and caring.
April 25 to May 4 2003
"Onspired by Wood"
March & April 2003

Alton, Ontario, May 15, 2002 – The Lyndia Terre Gallery of Alton features two cutting edge exhibits between now and August to complement the diverse range of artists and media typically featured in this hip gallery in the country. Tom Howlett’s MANIFESTATIONS, a contemporary furniture and sculpture exhibition in May and June will be followed by Rochelle Rubinstein’s GENESIS: WILD & WASTE, an exquisite installation featuring more than 100 silk panels.

MANIFESTATIONS by wood carver and furniture maker Tom Howlett features wood, soapstone and alabaster sculptures showcased within customized modern table encasements. The tables are constructed of tempered glass and multi-layered Baltic birch. What started out as a therapeutic escape from the demands of owning and operating a thriving marketing business has turned into a full time enterprise for Howlett, who has been honing his skill for over 20 years. He typically uses a range of continental American woods for his creations. “The warm simplicity of the Gallery is the perfect backdrop for these contemporary pieces. I like the multiple designs that he has come up with,” says gallery owner Lyndia Terre. MANIFESTATIONS runs until June 24, with a reception to meet the artist on Sunday, June 23, 1-4pm.

June 30 brings GENESIS: WILD & WASTE – a “wall book” installation by Toronto-based printmaker, painter, fabric and book artist Rochelle Rubinstein. Based on the Book of Genesis, it consists of 122 silk organza panels, featuring images such as an old woman throwing a rock, or a man covering a woman’s eye in a garden. The images are printed, painted, draped, photographed, transferred, layered, and pressed against one another, decontextualized. The imagery becomes a modern commentary on ancient text, which is represented by hand-written hebrew calligraphic symbols. At the same time, the Gallery will feature WILD & WASTE – an exhibition curated by Rubinstein, to accompany and enhance the GENESIS exhibit. WILD & WASTE will showcase mixed media art by Michael Amar, Lanny Shereck, Lyndia Terre, and Susan Wosik. Rubinstein’s work is exhibited internationally and can be found in collections such as The Museum
of Modern Art and Irish Museum of Modern Art, among others. GENESIS: WILD & WASTE and WILD & WASTE will run until August 25. Meet the artists of both exhibitions on Sunday, August 25, 1-4pm.

Gallery owner and artist Lyndia Terre has broken ground in this thriving artistic community by offering a unique alternative to the big city gallery. Built in 1857 and renovated to historic-contemporary style, the space maintains its original maple flooring and tin ceiling. At any given time you can see the work of a diverse range of artists based in the Caledon Hills, plus special installations by guest artists. Terre specializes in hand-painted etchings, drypoints and oils which can also be found in public collections in the U.S. and in private collections all over the world.

May & June 2002
Sculpture and furniture designs.

July & August 2002

GENESIS by Rochelle Rubinstein
A printmakers "wall book": commentary on ancient texts.

August 30 to October 14
BIRCHES by Marilyn Stubbs-Cooney.
A microscopic examination in watercolours.

NATURE ENCAPSULATED by Lucy Roussel – cast glass and steel.
Meet the artists: Sunday, September 15, 1-4pm.

October 25 to December 1

COMPASS by Janice Carbert – carved wood panels and mixed media.
Meet the artist: Sunday, October 27, 1-4pm.

December 6 to 23

Physical and psychological observations of objects in use.
Meet the artist: Sunday, December 8, 1-4pm.

GIFTING III – For the internal spirit.
Showcasing the work of selected Caledon-area artists.
Karen Martin | figurative work in oils

Hugh Russel | bronze sculpture
Lucy Roussel | cast glass and steel
Anne Shabason | papier maché wall fragments
Carrole Wilde | pit-fired clay
Jim Lorriman | wood turner
Jim Stewart | oils
Diogenes Baena | black and white photography
Cory Trepanier | landscape in oils
Karen Martin | figurative work in oils
Marilyn Stubbs Cooney | watercolours
Janice Carbert | landscape panels – ink on carved pine
Lyndia Terre | etchings, drypoints, oils

Friday through Monday, 11am to 5pm
1469 Queen Street, Alton, Ontario L0N 1A0

Teresa Booth
Tel 519.824.9646 or


Alton, Ontario, September 5, 2001 - The Lyndia Terre Gallery of Alton is proud to showcase the work of six notable local artists during the Headwaters Arts Festival in the Hills (September 28-October 14) and Headwaters Studio Tour (October 12-14). Built in 1857 and renovated to historic-contemporary style, this beautiful Gallery has fast become a favourite stop of daytrippers and art collectors, showcasing owner Lyndia Terre's work as well as that of local artists. The Festival and Studio Tour coincide with the Gallery's first anniversary which will be marked with artist appearances and a special wood engraving demonstration.

Artist Daphne Lingwood will premiere a collection and make a rare public appearance at the Gallery during the Festival/Studio Tour. This prominent octogenarian presents "Faces/Masks/Sculpture", a series featuring compact pieces made from found objects, natural and machine-made. Daphne Lingwood will be at the Gallery on Friday October12, 4-7 pm.

The powerful work of Caledon-based photographer Diogenes Baena will also be profiled at the Gallery. With focus on environmental and architectural photography, his use of the full range of greys available in black and white photography
creates haunting painterly images. This art photography is radically different from his work as a medical photographer at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children. He will be at the Gallery on Friday October 12, 4-7 pm; Saturday, October 13 and Sunday October 14, 10 am-5 pm.

Detail form "Ascocenda Udomchai" by
G. Brender à Brandis
Sunday, October 14 marks a day of visiting artists. Learn about the fine art of wood engraving as two of Canada's expert engravers Gerard Brender à Brandis and George Walker demonstrate this intricate craft between 1-3 pm. A display of their engravings and that of fellow engraver Wesley Bates will be mounted in the Gallery, as well their exquisite books published by The Porcupine's Quill. These skilled engravers have garnered international reputations for their superb workmanship.

A special reception is being held for sculptor Hugh Russel, internationally known for his larger than life bronze portraits, powerful cast "dancer" series and detailed bronze portrayals of real and fantasy animals. His collectors include the Vatican, the Templeton Library and the World Wildlife Fund. Hugh Russel will premiere his "New Small Bronzes" - a collection featuring intimate and fanciful portraits of animals and people. He will appear at the Gallery on Sunday October 14, 2-5 pm.

Montreal-born gallery owner Lyndia Terre specializes in hand-painted etchings, drypoints and oils. Her art can be found in public collections in the United States and in private collections all over the world. She has lived and worked in the Caledon area for six years after having spent 28 years in the U.S. Enthusiastic about the high quality of art "in the hills" and noting the absence of a professional gallery to represent the artists, Lyndia opened this space to fill the gap. After just one year, many local and international visitors have stopped in and praised the high calibre of fine art.