We love en­ter­tain­ing, we love con­nect­ing peo­ple with art and shar­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence – and we love the land­scape.

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– Phil Emond cot­tage, he found that the foun­da­tion was rot­ten and they needed to start build­ing from scratch.

An­other draw­back to build­ing in­stead of ren­o­vat­ing the ex­ist­ing struc­ture was the cost. “Ev­ery­one told us it would cost more than we ex­pected,” says Phil. “It ended up be­ing three times as much as we bud­geted.”

There were many parts of the process they en­joyed, and it’s no sur­prise that two peo­ple so con­nected to art would en­joy cre­at­ing and fid­dling with the de­sign aspects of their project.

“It was won­der­ful to drive up from Ot­tawa and visit the prop­erty ev­ery Sun­day and see our de­sign tak­ing shape,” Gor­don says. The re­sult­ing struc­ture of stone, wood, steel and glass seems to both blend into the sur­round­ing land­scape and set it off.

This open­ness and de­sire to con­nect with art shines through at Pine Point, where guests can not only lux­u­ri­ate in the peace and tran­quil­ity, but take pri­vate paint­ing lessons with Gor­don in his sec­ond-floor stu­dio. The vast win­dows on three of the walls al­low you to feel con­nected to the for­est and lake in a mean­ing­ful way. “It’s like be­ing in a tree house,” Gor­don says.

The beauty of the land­scape is echoed in the cou­ple’s main floor liv­ing space, with abun­dant wood fea­tured in the wide plank maple floor­ing, a spa­cious stone fire­place and soar­ing win­dows that al­low a seam­less tran­si­tion be­tween the in­doors and sur­round­ing na­ture.

You’ll find many im­pres­sions of this con­nec­tion with na­ture at their gallery, where Gor­don’s work hangs along­side art and sculp­ture by other Cana­dian land­scape artists, just steps from the National Gallery of Canada.

“We had a de­sire for vis­i­bil­ity, a per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion with no pres­sure to buy,” Phil says.

Though the staff some­times com­plain about the fre­quent win­dow clean­ings the gallery re­quires, Phil de­lights in tak­ing note of the num­ber of nose-prints on the front win­dow each morn­ing from cu­ri­ous passersby.

“We see our­selves as a Cana­dian land­scape gallery first and fore­most, and a place to buy art se­condly,” he ex­plains. “What we re­ally want out of our lives is to in­flu­ence and in­spire peo­ple through art.”

An art­ful goal, in­deed, and one they’re well on their way to achiev­ing.

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