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