Starting January

Saturday & Sunday 11 am - 4 pm



After May Long Weekend

Thursday & Friday 11 am - 4 pm

Saturday & Sunday 11 am - 5 pm




Or to make an appointment

at other times:


Paul or Gunilla Matteau  613.269.3437

Linda Hynes  613.283.4204

Paul Laberge  613.269.3463







110 Main Street East, P.O. Box 325

Merrickville, ON


(Beside the Courtyard Patio

of the Baldachin Inn/Restaurant)




Holly Dean

The Studio at Greyweathers



When I tell someone, “I am a contemporary mixed media abstract artist”, a smile twitches at the corners of my mouth. It sounds so grown up. When really, it is my childlike wonder that compels me to create; to attempt shaping that feeling of nostalgic memory.


As a child, I experienced the heart-leaping joy of suddenly

recognizing my beloved house when coming upon it from an unfamiliar angle. This memory awakens me. It reminds

me how full of magic our world is — how nature pulls back her cloak and reveals to us her mysteries.


A sensitivity to my surroundings remains. I feel I am absorbing age old stories through my fascination with the natural world… the beauty and secrets of place, unkempt gardens, late afternoon sun filtering through old window panes; a sense

of being part of the past when I walk among ruins and standing stones.


In my studio I paint organic shapes and lines; layers of paint and texture; scratching through, scraping, seeing through to what came before. My paintings may be subtle, atmospheric, spacious, dreamlike; or maybe it’s a day when they want to be dramatic, full of mystery and tangles, light spearing through the darkness.


They are fantasy landscapes — calling to mind the haunting music of Clannad, the lyrical, delicate prose of Patricia McKillip’s novels, the lovely feeling of being fully alive and creating my own story. They are my inner landscapes — an instinctive reaching out to the serendipity that brings us all together.


I was born into a creative and entrepreneurial family. I grew up in the rolling hills of Uxbridge, Ontario, where my lovely mother fed my imagination and my British father shared his love of England. I now live an artsy life in Merrickville with my talented artist-printer husband, Larry Thompson, two black studio dogs, Rook and Raven, and an aging Norwegian Forest cat, Tennyson.

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