Hello Folk Art Lovers,
When you get to Lunenburg this summer you will find that The Spotted Frog Gallery is no longer in the lower level at 125 Montague Street. After thirteen years of joyful involvement with folk art my energy for retail has diminished.
It was meeting Kevin Creaser and his wonderful work at the 2000 Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival that woke me up to Nova Scotia folk art and motivated me to open a Gallery. My friendship with Kevin continues to this day. With Kevin we designed and he built the fixtures and together we painted the Gallery in the most wonderful subtle yet strong colours recommended by Susan Hudson. Susan also designed the Spotted Frog – this funky creature has become part of my life.
Since opening on May 5, 2001, I have collected and sold many wonderful pieces of art. Met the kindest, most humble, creative people one can imagine. I have so many wonderful memories and stories in my mind, both of artists and of collectors. One of my most precious times was when a customer asked me if I am Maude Lewis – alas no. Also I was asked at least once a season if I created all of the art – I had pieces from about thirty-five artists – I guess to some less discerning eyes folk art is folk art. I also met some wonderful discerning collectors who had collections of the early folk artists that I could only wish for.
In more recent years I together with my folk art collector friend Nancy Wilson interviewed some of our favourite folk artists with the intent of publishing a book about the contemporary folk artists. That is not going to happen but we are looking at publishing the material in a different way.
You are probably wondering what if anything is happening in that lovely space that The Spotted Frog occupied. I am happy to share with you that a wonderful book store has gone into that space. This store is operated by three women who have created an ambience in that space of a large private library – a delight to visit, please check it out when in Lunenburg.
As you have discovered, The Spotted Frog continues to have a life on my website. I will be adding pieces to the online store as they become available, so please continue to check it out intermittently. I will also continue to write a blog a couple of times a year.
I thank you for your patronage, your generous sharing of folk art knowledge and for so enthusiastically embracing folk art. I will miss your frequent or annual visits but perhaps I will run into you this summer on the streets of Lunenburg. Bye for now. Inge