It all started after the Ritter's first long Canadian winter in 2001,...
with the restaurant closed for the cold months,
Simone and Markus enjoyed some down time and recharched their batteries...
but then, by mid Febuary Simone started searching for something new to inspire her.
The coming summer 2002 she went to an art exhibit where she purchased her first piece of original art and got introduced to the talented local artists including Barbara Neilson which took her under her wings and helped her get started in watercolour painting.
She learned from Chinkok Tan, Canadian Artist and teacher at the Ontario College of Art and Design and Michael Chesley Johnson (PSA,MPAC) renown US plein air painter, and soon started to spend her spare time with Brush and Palette. The beginning of a love affair...
Soon, her paintings of fresh fruit, vegetables and local land- and seascapes filled the walls of Europa Restaurant and made for a changing decor to compliment the food, ambiance and seasonal decor.
Simone and her artists Friends are organizing an annual art open house beginning of December which has esthablished a loyal following among local art lovers and visitors alike.
Europa Restaurant is featuring local talent,
new-comers and established artists are sharing the walls with a changing display of inspiring original artworks in various mediums. You are welcome to drop in and have a look!
Original artwork is featured throughout the inn and guest rooms.
All artworks are for sale.
Simone Ritter's website: www.SimoneRitterArt.com
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