THE ART ROOM
A Gallery for all
The love of art is universal. The Sheila Boyd Gallery provides local artists to showcase their breathtaking pieces of art forever capturing a moment in history.
The Art Room holds approximately 40 people
Call 705-738-9482 for inquiries & bookings
The Art Room can be accessed through the Bobcaygeon Library for hours click here
If you would like to display your Art Work in The Gallery, we are now booking please reach out to us
Ruth Belbeck generously donated a painting she completed to the A. Sheila Boyd Museum.
A story of the Sheila Boyd Estate, as seen through the eyes of Artist Ruth Belbeck
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August 2022 Featured Artist
I have to say that my Grandpa Robertson, was the most influential person in my life as an artist. He had a gallery in Toronto and sold a lot of his paintings. Some to Casaloma and other commissions that he did along the way. He signed his work H.LEROY
I remember as a very young child running home from kindergarten excited about climbing the stairs to my grandpa's studio and being able to paint with him for hours at a time. He provided me with my own little easel and masonite board and all my paint on a wooden pallet. The joy of mixing colours was addicting. The first thing I remember learning to paint was a landscape. Clouds, skies, grass, and trees. On some weekends we would pack up a picnic lunch and go to Kleinberg on the street car. We would then set up our easel and primed board and art supplies to get ready to paint our little hearts out.
At that time being so young I didn’t realize that there was anything special about those days. Sitting with other artists on the grass all of us painting, and sharing our thoughts I was in heaven. Later around the table, Grandpa would talk to our family about A.J . Known to me as Mr. Cason, and other friends in this gathering. Now known as the GROUP OF SEVEN.
My grandpa wasn’t a member of the group, but anyone that wanted to paint was always welcome and we thought that it was just an exciting outing. When I look back on it today I see what a privilege it truly was. I still have one very special painting that my grandpa did on Masonite board of the Toronto Harbour and I can see a resemblance in my art today and how I was so influenced by the excitement of painting through his eyes.
In 1970 after my formal education, I moved back to Bobcaygeon and started teaching from my kitchen table. Since that time I’ve owned two galleries and now teach and paint from my studio in my home.
RUTH ROBERTSON BELBECK 2022
July 2022 Featured Artist
Open House Sunday July 24th 11am-2pm
I have been a photographer since before I was 10 years old. Through my whole life making images has been a great love of mine. When I retired, we decided to travel and enjoy the places we stopped at.
With buying my first digital camera a new freedom was created. No longer did I have to carry refrigerated film. The freedom has allowed me to capture the world in a new way. Now I have three cameras and the lenses that help reach out to the things I want to make images of.
In more recent times I have found a love for making images of birds and wildlife of all kinds. With each
new capture comes the want to learn how these creatures live and reproduce.
I have traveled to some very wonderful places and seen the geology of our earth's history along with
nature’s great surprises as well.
I hope you enjoy my images I have made.
Gallery of Dennis's work coming soon!
or better yet, stop in to view Dennis's work
June 2022 Featured Artist
A lifelong interest in art eventually led Len Harfield to watercolour painting in 1993. Since then he has embraced this medium with enthusiastic vigour. In due course, Len developed an interest in oils and acrylics and now expresses his artistic talent in all three media with emphasis on watercolour.
Len makes his home in the beautiful Kawartha Lakes area near Bobcaygeon, Ontario where he is inspired by the nature around him. Many of his paintings reflect this interest. He also owns property on scenic Manitoulin Island and produces some of his finest works while vacationing there. Ragged rail fences, old farm buildings and northern waterscapes are some of his favourite topics. Len is equally comfortable painting delicate florals and magical street scenes, all with an abundance of light, colour, and strong values.
Len’s paintings hang in private collections in Canada and around the world.
May 2022 Featured Artist
Junior Art Show - Bobcaygeon Public School
April 2022 Featured Artist
As a young child, Kelly Whyte grew up surrounded by artistic influences in a rural community near Belleville, Ontario. Her father was a photographer and her mother a culinary master. Kelly experimented in art and engaged in painting as a young adult. She used her father’s photographs as inspiration and the lush countryside as her muse.
A recently retired educator of 30 years, Kelly’s vision is to pursue her passion for painting local landscapes from the Kawartha Lakes and surrounding area. Her recently built studio, Rapley Fields Art Studio, is where Whyte creates bold, rich colourful oil paintings that invite the viewer into her story. Walk down a path, follow a creek or gaze at a sunset, the subject matter is familiar and comfortable.
Kelly’s painting style leans towards realism but she also enjoys painting colourful, impressionist paintings, with oils being her main medium. She continues to experiment with a variety of mediums and learn from other local artists. Her main joy is walking, skiing and hiking, while taking copious photos for her landscape inspirations. You will find Kelly in her studio most days, painting and listening to jazz music. She lovingly refers to her studio as Shangri-la.
Kelly can be reached at
Instagram @originalsbykellywhyte or email email@example.com
Original oil paintings by Kelly Whyte
A. Sheila Boyd
The youngest child of lumber baron Mossom Martin Boyd and Ida Lillian de Grassi Boyd, ‘Miss Sheila’ - as she was known by many - spent her early years in Bobcaygeon, receiving her education firstly in the Boyd children’s school room - now the front room of the library - then Bishop Strachan in Toronto before heading overseas to Wycliffe College for Young Women in England. Excelling in mathematics, Miss Sheila preferred gardening and art; undoubtedly inherited from her mother.