Summer 2017 Dumoine River Art Camp

CPAWS-OV will be hosting our first annual Dumoine River Art Camp from August 2-7, 2017. The Art Camp will bring together artists working in different mediums and from communities across Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec.


CPAWS-OV will be hosting our first annual Dumoine River Art Camp from August 2-7, 2017. The Art Camp will bring together artists working in different mediums and from communities across Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. We will explore the Dumoine River, create works of art, share stories and become inspired by this magnificent landscape.

Join us for our Dumoine River Art Camp Open House on Robinson Lake, Dumoine River on August 6, 2017 from 11-3pm. meet the artists and be inspired by the natural landscape. The artists will be working closer to camp so that the public can come and see what they are working on, we will host a guided hike and other family friendly activities. To learn more continue reading. Please RSVP with Jesse Lever at to attend and for driving directions.

Watch Aleta Karstad, a local artist and naturalist, explain why she is inspired by the Dumoine River. 

We would like to give a special thanks to the MRC Pontiac for their very generous support and sponsorship of our Dumione River Art Camp.

The Pontiac is a large region in southwest Québec consisting of a myriad of rivers, exceptional forests, rich wildlife and pristine wilderness. Vacationers from around the world come to the Pontiac in search of a calm and generous nature where they can practice a variety of outdoor activities. The combination of beautiful landscapes and rich history gives the Pontiac its unique character. We are grateful for the MRC Pontiac's generosity and we look forward to continuing collaborating with them in years to come.

Meet the Artists!

Aleta Karstad

Born in Guelph, Ontario in 1951, Aleta learned her love of nature through helping her wildlife pathologist father, Lars Karstad, with travels and field work. She began work in biological illustration at the National Museum of Canada, and in 1973, married biologist Frederick W. Schueler. Aleta writes, draws, and paints outdoors, as the most direct way of communicating the essence of a time and place. Her mission is to teach people to love and learn about the land and its inhabitants. Aleta Karstad and her husband Fred Schueler are active members of the Ontario Road Ecology Group, South Nation Conservation Fish & Wildlife Committee, the Ontario Rivers Alliance, the Canadian Herpetological Society, and the Ottawa Field-Naturalists Conservation Committee. Fred and Aleta have been residents of Bishops Mills, Ontario since 1978. When they're not keeping track of local natural history, they're on art & science expeditions elsewhere in Ontario, or anywhere from the Maritimes to BC.

Phil Chadwick

I am inspired by nature to see beyond the surface and to share the experience - a vision in pigment and texture. My immediate goal is to extract the maximum amount of inspiration from the moment and to have fun doing it while surrounded by the natural elements. Somehow the inspiration finds its way on to the canvas. My simple desire is to make my next painting my new favorite and improve in capturing the essence of the subject with lots of colour and bold strokes !

Phil the Forecaster is a nuclear physicist turned meteorologist but has always been an artist. Phil Chadwick paints mostly "en plein air" in oils. Paddling and looking after nature rounds out the passion that Phil has for life and the environment.

Website: and, his personal blog and NIUME post.

Becky Mason

Becky Mason has exhibited at galleries, juried exhibitions and art events throughout the Outaouais since 1988. A resident of Chelsea, Quebec Becky paints in her Gatineau Hills studio. She has travelled much of Canada , Northern USA and parts of the UK and Europe, speaking about her canoeing courses, art, writings and film making and where the canoe and creativity can take her. Website:

"As an artist and environmentalist I seek answers underneath the deceptively ordered surface of our natural world. The answers I find are the answers that I see flowing out in various ways some tactile and others as thought processes. Colour, texture, movement, moods and the whys and ways of how the pigments acts and reacts guide me, Becky Mason.

Lynette Chubb

Born in Baie Comeau, Quebec Lynette is an avid paddler and has travelled much of the Canadian Wilderness. Lynette’s art takes huge inspiration from her time on the rivers and in the woods.

"I am continually delighted at the way our ever-changing natural lighting conditions keep revealing new subtleties in my transparent paintings. Each piece looks so different from hour to hour!"

Lynette is both a Professional Artist, a certified Paddle Canada Moving Water Instructor and holds current WFR & WRT qualifications.


Cynthia O'Brien

This camp would be another step in my art practice of participating, learning and creating a body of work that is based on the collection of plants, "from down under", a physical memory of flowers, seed pods and leaves found in the Flecker Botanical Gardens in Cairns, Australia. I spent a month long residency at the Tanks Arts Centre (2012), with the concept of being guided by nature to see a plant from all angles, light and moods. My hands became competent in perfecting the plants, to emphasis both their strength and delicacy.

With my return to Canada I have been able to recreate these flowers based on my physical (touch) memory. It has been this practise that lead to my interest in the physical and chemical connections of memories contained within the body and brain. I am searching for a way to bring these bodies together to witness, create and remember beauty in as many ways as possible.


Angela St. Jean

I'm a plein air landscape painter born and raised in the Ottawa Valley. I live and work in this beautiful area and feel nothing but gratitude for our natural spaces. I feel like my purpose as an artist is to share that on canvas and somehow influence how you the viewer might see and experience nature as a result. My summers spent in the Pontiac growing up, my deep rooted French ancestry, my love of this place I call home and my long time dream of experiencing more of our area with other artists are but a few reasons why I would be so blessed to participate in this opportunity. I have travelled to BC several times for artistic workshops, painting by ship, on mountain tops, by canoe, and have found that the artist communities are key in protecting and promoting the natural spaces there. I feel I have a deep calling to be part of something like this in my own community.


Bruce Winterbon

Bruce Winterbon is an artist and artisan.  When Bruce is not in his workshop turning wood, he spends time in his own woodlot recreating, taking photos, and collecting wood for making art. He hopes to share ideas and gain inspiration from the Dumoine River and the other artists participating in the camp.




Tina Michaud

Tina Michaud owns the gallery Gallerie Gallera in Swisha Quebec. Tina teaches art and has her own gallery and studio on the Ottawa River which provides a space for artists to pursue their art while developing their skills. Tina has drawn for most of her life and has taken innumerable art courses. While in Montreal, she studied mixed media and studio art as well as drawing at Concordia University.
Surrounded by water and wilderness, her locale gives artists the peace of mind to explore, paint, and create in this lush, clean, natural environment. It is the ideal place for individuals and groups to get lost in their creativity. This unspoiled region clears the mind and frees your imagination to soar!


Eva Gallagher

This year will be 50 years since I first went "up" the Dumoine, driving up the rough logging roads and at one point ending up at a bridge crossing the Dumoine River. It was always an adventure to go there - travelling along the back roads or the river, back into history and the unknown. I am a potter and in the last few years through various artistic projects I have ended up researching the history of the Upper Ottawa River region - from the 2500 year old Indian Point Pot, excavated in the early 1950's at Indian Point across from Deep River and now on display in the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa, to the fur trade and the logging camps and the lumber industry. The last time I was back in the Dumoine was over 4 decades ago. Now that I have experienced life more fully it will be interesting how I express my feelings about this wilderness area through my creative work.


Mary Gourlay

Scottish born, educated in Sweden and the UK.  Travelled and worked as freelance private secretary for extensive periods in Europe and South Africa before settling in Canada in 1992.
I’m attracted to the rugged landscape of the Canadian Shield, particularly its rivers. I enjoy the challenge of painting the awesome tumult around bedrock and boulders. The Art Camp offers me a great opportunity to paint further into the wilderness of the Shield. I am very keen to have the opportunity to participate; to support a cause that I truly believe in through my art would be most rewarding. I look forward to all the social interaction with other creative people who also have conservation on their minds.

Cassandra Robillard

I am a scientist and nature lover with a particular fondness for underappreciated organisms like mosses and lichens. In my career at the National Herbarium, I have had the great fortune to mix science and art by creating line drawings of these tiny creatures for scientific publications.
I will be creating line drawings of notably charismatic moss and lichen species observed at the Dumoine watershed. Mosses and lichens are often found growing together, often in beautiful patterns that I hope to replicate. Reference photos and sketches will be done in the wild, while much of the drawing and inking will be done after the art camp event at the National Herbarium, using a microscope and camera lucida.
I think this event, which links the science of natural history with the creation of nature-inspired art, would be a fantastic opportunity for me to contribute in a unique way: to create art that draws people into a botanical world they may not know existed.

Vic Dohar

As a Scouter with the 27th Nepean Troop, I have a strong connection with the outdoors, and with extensive camping experience I would feel very comfortable in that remote wilderness environment.  Additionally, as a watercolour artist, my themes are closely related to river and canoeing landscapes, and various flora and fauna. I have acquired my Fellowship with the Ottawa Watercolour Society and I would look forward to the opportunity of applying my skills in exploring the beauty and uniqueness of the Dumoine River area in my watercolours. “Inspiration from the outdoors can be found all around me, whether it be forests and rivers, fields and barns, or flora and fauna, I try and capture these moments in my watercolours.”


Lynne BedBrook

All the power that ever was or will be is here now.
“My work celebrates the Sacred Laws:
Everywhere is sacred ground.
Let nothing be done to harm the children.
My intention is to convey the sacredness of every child of the universe: the stone people, the plant people and the animal children.
There is a dynamic interplay of thoughts and feelings that shape and organize those patterns I find reflected into my personal view of the world. I intend that my art reflects honour, respect and gratitude for the incredible richness of the Canadian landscape and her inhabitants.”
Lynne Bedbrook is a painter who lives among the animals and the wild landscapes she represents. She inhabits the country and the wildlife inhabits her. All of this awakens a fierce connection to the earth, the wind, the water and the elements that align with the spirit of the places she paints.


Scott Haig

Scott has had a lifelong passion for wilderness canoeing and landscape photography, as well as a strong commitment to conservation and environmental stewardship.  As a long-time CPAWS member, Scott looks forward to helping document the first annual artists’ camp on the Dumoine, and to discovering that perfect scene on the river that will capture its essence in a single frame.

While ordinarily using Photoshop only to adjust colour, crop and lighting, Scott occasionally ventures off into more adventurous applications.  Here, a photo of dawn at Silvester Lake on Temagami’s Chiniguchi River was reworked to resemble an acrylic or watercolour painting, with greatly reduced detail, amorphous transitions, and splotches of vibrant colour - evoking the feeling (if not the factual detail) of the bright new day unfolding that morning.

Clare Brebner

Clare Brebner is an Ottawa-based visual artist who works primarily in illustration, photography, and printmaking. She received her BFA from the University of Ottawa with a focus in photography and video, and has shown work in Canada and the United States. Clare is also an art instructor, providing both classes and individual tutoring. 





Sunday August 6, 2017, Dumoine River Open House on Robinson Lake, Dumoine River. CPAWS-OV would like to invite everyone to come to our Dumoine River Art Camp to experience the Dumoine River, meet the artists and be inspired by the natural landscape. We will provide a free BBQ lunch and refreshments to everyone who attends. The artists will be working closer to camp so they will be available to chat and tell you about their art, their experiences at the camp and their enthusiasm for practicing their art in nature. We are also plannign a guided hike and other family friendly activities. This is a great opportunity to see the Dumoine River again, or for the first time! 

Please RSVP with Jesse Lever at to obtain driving directions and more information. Please note that roads are rough and we recommend those attending the Dumoine River Art Camp to use a reliable vehicle with high clearance. 

October 7-21, 2017 Art Brulant and Impressions Gallery in Shawville, Quebec will be displaying the art donated by our artists and inspired by the Dumoine River to highlight the beauty of the Pontiac and the wilderness they enjoy. 

The Dumoine River Art Camp

The Dumoine River Art Camp will take place on Robinson Lake on the Dumoine River. Artists will have the opportunity to draw, paint, sketch and take pictures at Robinson Lake, the Grandes Chutes and we will take day trips to other magnificient landscapes along the Dumoine River to inspire the artists. Robinson Lake is a beautiful location enjoyed by many canoeists that travel the length of the Dumoine River every summer. 

CPAWS-OV will provide all accomodation, equipment and meals for the artists. In order to create the least amount of disturbance to the land and to experience nature to the fullest, the artists will be tent camping at Robinson Lake. We will also have a cooking area and fire pit to cook and prepare the artist's meals. Bug tents will provide respite from the insects. Some of the chosen artists have extenisve camping experience while other artists have never even slept in a tent. The various experience and skill levels will provide an opportunity for growth, experience and new friendships. 

In the morning artists will meet at the fire to eat breakfast and grab their lunch before heading out to work. The artists will have the opportunity to stay near camp or come on planned excursions to iconic landscapes such as the Grande Chutes. In the evening the artists will reconvene around the camp fire to share experience, techniques, inspiration, music and enjoy a delicious meal. We will create a sense of community amongst the artists, staff, volunteers and visitors who participate in this art camp. 

The Dumoine River Art Camp is free for all participating artists, in exchange, all artists will donate one completed piece to CPAWS-OV to help support the campaigns that protect the Dumoine River and wilderness across Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec.

Check out Aleta Karstad's video of painting en plein-air and be inspired to apply today! 

In hosting the Dumoine River Art Camp, we hope to introduce local artists to this beautiful piece of Canadian wilderness. The Dumoine River is the last un-dammed Quebec tributary of the Ottawa River and one of only a few rivers in central Canada free of dams. Moreover, its watershed, covering some 4400km2 contains some of the last remaining stands of old-growth forest in eastern North America. As a result of the work of CPAWS –OV, in 2008 the Government of Quebec granted interim protection to a portion of the Dumoine River watershed. We continue to work to ensure the area receives full protection, recognized boundaries and a level of protection that are strong enough to maintain the area’s ecological integrity. Through the art camp and subsequent gallery events, we hope to inspire to support the ongoing CPAWS-OV campaign to protect the Dumoine River watershed for future generations.

For more information please e-mail Jesse at