On a visit to Niagara Falls, we stopped in Niagara-On-The-Lake where the Doug Forsythe Gallery sits along the main street. It’s a great space – bright, light and white showing artworks by well-known Canadian artist and printmaker Doug Forsythe as well as etchings by his wife Marsha Forsythe. Doug’s work covers a broad range of media from intaglio printmaking, monotype, serigraphy, mixed media, watercolour, oil and acrylics. Marsha’s delicate etchings of nature inspired by her surroundings are extremely detailed, perfectly formed and a real treat to see up close (you’ll have to visit to experience them for yourself). The presentation of the artworks in the gallery is perfect in every way, a neutral platform for the variety of work it holds, there’s plenty to browse.
As I was admiring the gallery and everything in it Marsha pointed out her clever display and presentation pieces. They are designed and manufactured by a Canadian company called Molo, co founded by Doug and Marsha’s daughter Stephanie Forsythe. Made out of special kraft paper and a super-strong honeycomb structure, Molo furniture provides a multi-functional, innovative and abstract design. In the gallery, Marsha uses a softseating natural kraft paper fanning stool as a small display table with cards on, and the white textile softwall as a screen in the window to create a neutral backdrop for her window display. The softwall would also work very well for dividing up a room or concealing mess – I was thinking of all those people turning empty shops into pop-up art spaces. Something stylish like this would be the perfect solution for hiding multiple sins in an empty shop space as well as having the flexibility to serve several purposes. I want one!
Visit the Doug Forsythe Gallery at 92 Picton Street, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada. Check opening times and further info on the gallery website.