Gayle Dempsey, Artist

Award-winning artist painting in acrylic, oil and watercolor.

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Artist’s Statement

Gayle Dempsey, a fourth generation Muskokan, is an award-winning artist who feels a deep connection to the spirit of the land, the lakes, the natural beauty and the peace that is Muskoka. Capturing the soul of place in acrylic and oil, Gayle’s work connects with her roots. Loose underpaintings give way to structural details as her passion is revealed.


  • James O’Brien, 61st Annual Chautauqua Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Chautauqua Institution, NY, 2018
  • Award of Excellence in Acrylic Painting, Muskoka Arts and Crafts Spring Show, 2016
  • Recipient of the Muskoka Awards inaugural Arts Award for creativity, personal artistic achievements and support and leadership in Muskoka’s arts community, 2009
  • Award of Excellence in Acrylic Painting, Muskoka Arts and Crafts Spring Show, 2008
  • Township of Muskoka Lakes Award for Dedication and Advancement in Arts and Culture, 2004

Selected Exhibitions

Please see CV above for a full list of exhibitions.

Spring Thaw

Arts & Letters Club Members’ Exhibition
April 2022

Solo Exhibitions:

  • Muskoka Place Gallery, Two Woman Show with Donna McLaren, 2016
  • Muskoka Place Gallery, Fire & Ice, solo exhibition, 2011
  • Muskoka Place Gallery, solo exhibition, 2006
  • Catto Gallery, Muskoka Lakes Museum, Port Carling, 2006

Group Exhibitions:

  • The Gibson Centre, 2019
  • Arts & Letters Club of Toronto, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • Orillia Museum of Art & History, 2017
  • Muskoka Arts & Crafts Spring Show, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021
  • CEI Galleries & Kati Bujna Fine Art Studio, 2013
  • Arts & Letters Club, juried shows, 2012, 2011, 2010



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The Arts in Muskoka Group is located on the traditional territory
of the Ojibwa, Obajewanung, a place that has long served as a
meeting place shared by many nations.