Butterfly Way Studio
*Opening in May by appointment*
Butterfly Way Studio is the place where artist and property owner, Christina MacBean, creates her own work and hosts workshops. (Click HERE for more about Christina's art). Butterfly Way Studio is also an integral part of and support for Butterfly Way Muskoka.
Guests who are staying with us will have exclusive access to the studio space during their stay. Otherwise, the studio is available to rent for the day or as part of an overnight experience (coming soon!)
The studio is a multi-purpose space serving as a creative living room, a place to play a board game on a rainy day, or for artists who need a private, immersive experience to focus on a new body of work. Need a quiet and comfy place to write in your journal or draw in your sketchbook? Read a book or just stare out the window into acres of surrounding bush daydreaming? Butterfly Way Studio is a place for you.
The studio is equipped with a sweet bunkie-sized woodstove to keep you warm and cozy, a table and chairs, an easel, and even a Praga Etching Press**. It is an off-grid cabin that depends on natural light. The outhouse is just a short stroll away - we're told it's the prettiest outhouse in Muskoka! The firepit has a grill if you want to cook your lunch over a fire or simply enjoy the warmth of the flames if you'd rather be outside. Guests are also free to walk the trails and explore the property.
Day Rental is available Monday to Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. Our introductory rate is only $70/day. All fees collected help cover studio-related expenses and expand our ability to support those in need.
Guests need to bring slippers or indoor shoes, and even though there's a wood stove, a comfy sweater, and toque help on those colder days. Bring your own lunch, your journal, a book to read, or a sketchbook. Water and a kettle for tea/coffee are provided.
Artists need to bring their own supplies - canvas, paper, paint, ink, gloves, brushes etc. Limited printing tools available, a few small rollers (largest is 6"), putty knives, wash basin for soaking paper. cleaning rags, vegetable oil, and newspaper for cleaning. We aim to be a solvent-free studio but recognize it can't be avoided with some mediums. If you use solvent for cleaning, please take your tools home to clean.
**In order to use the press guests must be experienced printers. ALL guests must participate in a brief safety refresher prior to entering the studio. Those who are new to printing can sign up for an introductory workshop and printing assistance for an additional fee (see below).
Day use rate: $70
Intro to Printmaking 2hrs: $75 pp max 3 people (supplies included for lino cut, woodblock, or drypoint)
Firewood for inside and out: Included
Use of trails: Included
If you have something unique in mind, let us know how we can help to make your time with us all you need it to be!