This Story is Archived
Please note this page may no longer be up to date. For new stories about Northern Ontario visit us here.

Sylvan Circle Tour

The Sylvan Circle Tour celebrates talented artisans from the area.

Editor's Note: In 2015, The Sylvan Circle Tour celebrated its 15th anniversary. For the most current dates, the route map, locations and sponsors, visit or Follow on Facebook for updates.

Sylvan Circle Tour Takes Place in September

The Sylvan Circle Tour is a 100 km route through the beautiful East Algoma countryside. Artists and artisans will be showcasing their talents at eleven community centres and three studios. Seven locations will have food and beverages available. See the Sylvan Circle Map

All the information you need can be found at The Sylvan Circle Tour would not be possible without the continued support of all of its sponsors.

To celebrate the 15th Anniversary, the organizers have asked artisans to select their own favourite items to display during the day. These "Artist Favourite" items will be available for purchase.

The 61 artists and artisans participating in the Sylvan Circle Tour are categorized within their halls or studios.

*Please note the location of artisans may have changed since the article was first published in 2015. The most current list of artisans will be listed on the Sylvan Circle Tour website.

Bar River Hall

Jack Dunning creates functional and decorative stoneware pottery, playing with many shapes and glazes. His photography also captures nature's natural beauty.
(705) 248-2321

Jayne Cady's handcrafted dolls with embroidered features are made with flesh tone fleece and filled with 100% polyester fiberfill.
(705) 549-7945

Sheila Currie's inspiration for her creations is influenced by life experiences through her travels abroad, teaching and her many charitable projects.
(705) 842-3599

Lawrence Howard's unique woodturning is emphasized by fine finishes. His award-winning functional and decorative pieces are made from local materials.
(705) 253-7983

Carmen Sims creates a wide range of hand-crafted jewellery from classic to elegant designs of sterling silver, copper and semiprecious stones.
(705) 869-5470

(Photo credit: Sheri Minardi Photography)

Bruce Mines Community Hall

Michele Forrester and Hans Wesselius handcraft wood art; wall plaques, sculpture, carved doors and tabletops.
(705) 782-6938

Patricia F. Baker, an award-winning artist, specializes in North American leather textiles with embroidery and beadwork. She will also have her acrylic artwork.
(705) 777-3095

Heather Jordan specializes in woven wire jewellery, meticulously handcrafted with meteorites, fossils and various gemstones with contemporary to steampunk styles. (647) 985-5364

Carson Merriefield, is a fused glass artist whose work includes a wide range of "kiln-formed" glass creations from jewellery to functional items and art.
(705) 971-9389

Marilyn Mill's watercolour and pastel works include local landscapes, floral or the nostalgic life in or around the area including Lake Superior.
(705) 254-7272

Donna Nelson, oil painting has been her life-long passion. She paints on locally sourced rock to enhance their natural beauty.
(705) 785-3853

Lynden Pond features her celadon glazed pottery and leaf printed bowls with designs inspired by nature that are both beautiful and functional.
(705) 949-1057

BruceMinesCommunityHall 2
(Photo credit: Sheri Minardi Photography)

Bruce Station

Janice Miller's hand-stitched English smocked garments, unique fabric snowmen, moose and winter creations are today's gifts and tomorrow's treasures.
(705) 942-8051

Pat & Nancy Caldwell's wood bands are hot water bent around forms and the covers feature fancy woods or watercolour nature art.
(705) 575-2231

Lou Lacroix, is always original and creative; her artwork includes mixed media with colour and movement. Lou's recycled wool hats are practical and awesome.
(705) 843-0884

Jim & Joanie Lindamood, Jim carves lifelike birds in tupelo or basswood then Joanie paints each piece in detail before being mounted on natural driftwood.
(705) 461-1745

Debra Morin's original jewellery designs reflect nature's colour, sparkle and beauty. Quality stones and crystals combine to create classic and modern pieces.
(705) 759-0414

(Photo credit: Sheri Minardi Photography)

Desbarats Arena

Sarah Buckley designs and weaves functional household textiles and personal accessories using natural fibres.
(705) 246-2819

Cathy Barton's magical stained glass is both functional and decorative, ranging from lamps and sun catchers to jewel boxes, ornaments and bowls.
(705) 949-4487

Brian Fulin began taking pictures in his 20's and focuses on scenic and nature photography then turns them into works of art.
(705) 942-1833

Hugh Morrow favours 'rustic' subject matter using watercolour to best express the results desired in his painting of landscapes, marine art and portraits.
(705) 946-2386

Gil Sachro unites function and design to create a diverse range of tableware and one-of-a-kind pottery. Pieces are uniquely carved, textured and glazed.
(705) 759-8496

Nancy Sachro creates functional and decorative fabric art using a wide variety of techniques, fabrics, fibres and found objects.
(705) 759-8496

(Photo credit: Sheri Minardi Photography)

Echo Bay Hall

Suzan Love's art is inspired by her writing/poetry, created by her imagination and influenced by life and her love of fairytales.
(705) 943-7855 or (416) 318-6904

Susan Coventry is a nature and wildlife photographer who finds beauty and inspiration in the scenery and life all around her.
(705) 785-3274

Gwendlyn Goulet uses wire and metal to create jewellery using wire wrapping, fold form, chain maille and wire work techniques.
(705) 849-8170


Lidia Silvestrova's hand-painted wooden eggs and Matryoshka dolls are traditional Eastern European styles, with nature, Christmas and Easter themes.
(705) 946-3676

Karen Singleton is a true Canadian artist whose attention to detail is amazing no matter the subject or choice of canvas.
(705) 882-1250

John Robert Speer's hand-carved and painted carvings accurately portray an animal's true appearance. They are mounted on natural settings or free standing.
(705) 254-7649

Kelly Boyer is inspired by imagination and created with love. Kelly specializes in both fresh and artificial flower arrangements for all occasions.
(705) 542-8005

(Photo credit: Sheri Minardi Photography)

Elks Hall

Russ Mason has been a functional weaver for over 35 years; Russ continues to explore colour, texture and design in his works.
(705) 759-2086

Bev Hamel's high-fired stoneware merges design with craft and skill. She aspires to create pottery that is pleasurable both to the eye and to the hand.
(705) 248-2176

Graham Shell is a builder of authentic-looking replica model trucks and heavy equipment. Graham also makes useful wooden household items.
(705) 246-2222

Maria Parrella-ilaria creates one-of-a-kind pieces of jewellery combining semi-precious metals and stones with hand-knit and crocheted linen and silk fibres.
(705) 256-9368

Warren Peterson is a professional artist that enjoys painting the beauty of natural spaces and wild places bringing them to life.
(705) 949-9972

Cathy Redmond "Anyone can do calendar art", so for the past 40 years, Cathy has been trying to perfect it through watercolour.
(705) 945-7032 or (705) 246-2016

Andrew Tiltins is a Cabinet Maker and fine rustic furnishings designer. His creations incorporate unique locally found materials.
(705) 246-2209

(Photo credit: Sheri Minardi Photography)

Laird Hall

David Solomon is an award winning woodworker creating decorative boxes and serving boards from exotic woods and burls with complimentary colours and patterns.
(705) 759-8790

Cindy Coccimiglio is also known as ChinzPots. Cindy creates both functional and decorative pottery made with hand building and wheel throwing techniques.
(705) 971-9055

Jeanne Dumas's style is influenced by Superior's dramatic coastal highlands. She captures the spirit in organics of stone, wood and colourful acrylics.
(866) 887-8862 or (705) 882-2231

Eileen Halfpenny is a watercolour artist with a great love for art and nature that is undeniable in her colourful, breathtaking pieces.
(705) 942-4464

Steffon McGregor's digital photography of his wildlife images emphasizes making the connection of an animal's personality when taken in its natural environment.
(705) 949-2080

(Photo credit: Sheri Minardi Photography)

Leeburn Hall

Errol Caldwell creates unique and functional woodturnings and wood products from native and exotic woods. His work is sold in several Ontario galleries.
(705) 248-1545

Doug Hook has been a professional watercolour painter for 45 years. His work is in hundreds of collections around the world.
(705) 246-2457

Kim McHale utilizes cheerful colour combinations when creating fused glass items that are nature-inspired, yet whimsical.
(705) 782-0164

(Photo credit: Sheri Minardi Photography)

MacLennan Hall

Sheri Minardi captures wildlife, landscape and still life in Algoma through her lens. Her photography will complement any décor.
(705) 971-5616

Steve Dyni applies his vision for decorative and functional forms of local and
exotic woods to create hollow vessels, vases and bowls.
(705) 254-6021

Phil Jones is an Ojibway from Garden River, Ontario. He uses Woodlands Art for his muse to create soapstone sculptures.
(705) 943-0558

Karen Nisbet is a freelance artist and craftsperson. She uses hand-building and a wheel to produce functional dinnerware and sculpture.
(705) 943-6348

(Photo credit: Sheri Minardi Photography)

Rydal Bank Hall

Skip Bailey uses the wheel, hand-building techniques and a variety of clay and glazes combinations to create functional, decorative and whimsical pottery.
(705) 946-3774

Danilynn Redgrift loves doing macros, landscapes, reflections and still life. She enjoys bringing them to life while capturing them from a different perspective.
(705) 521-3382

Gerry Richard creates fine home décor using domestic, exotic and reclaimed wood with unique characteristics to enhance the visual appeal.
(705) 946-4811

Zoey Wood-Salomon paints in traditional Woodland style reflecting her Odawa heritage. Zoey has one book published called "Healing Through Art".
(705) 759-4897

(Photo credit: Sheri Minardi Photography)

Sylvan Valley Hall

Lucy Boston is an award winning fabric artist using 100% cotton/batik for her wildlife/country quilt collections and Raggedy Ann/Andy dolls.
705 945-9294

Mike Nebesniuk is a landscape photographer who enjoys the surrealistic look of HDR photography finding beauty where others would not.
705 257-1198

Ulrike Schneider creates unique handcrafted pieces in whimsical, organic and elegant forms that are inspired by the natural beauty surrounding Batchawana Bay.
705 882-2154

Tiana Pollari loves to design and make unique jewellery using different colours, crystals, textures and mediums to create fun and beautiful pieces.
(705) 942-2807

Melanie Springbett works in oils and pastels with occasional acrylics. She specializes in pet portraits and does commissions.
(705) 943-2592

(Photo credit: Sheri Minardi Photography)


Brander Studio – Hilkka Brander and Lena Skyum, artfully upcycle used clothing and materials into durable hand-loomed Finnish rugs, placemats and runners.
(705) 785-3453

Three Oak Resort – Dieter Heller's handcrafted fretsaw woodwork designs of his own and German patterns are combined with wood burning techniques to produce one-of-a-kind pieces.
(705) 785-3875

S & S Creations – Stephanie Mitchell and Steve Haaksman combine stained glass, local stone and metal to truly create one-of-a kind and unique pieces.
(705) 785-2466

(Photo credit: Sheri Minardi Photography)

Members of this year's Sylvan Circle Tour Committee (Jack Dunning, Lucy Boston, Errol and Helene Caldwell, Russ Mason, Skip Bailey, Sheri Minardi, Janice Miller, Suzan Love, Michele Forrester, David Solomon, Stephanie Mitchell and Sarah Buckley)are looking forward to celebrating the 15th Anniversary this year and bringing you a wonderful day of art and travel. Brochures can be picked up at various locations in Algoma. The locations are on the website at The photography for the brochures and website are the work of Tim Harris and Sheri Minardi.

For further information about the Sylvan Circle Tour, refer to the tour website at or contact (705) 248-1545. Follow Sylvan Circle Tour on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. See you soon!

About Sheri Minardi

Born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Sheri Minardi is a retired teacher from the Algoma District School Board. Along with a love of teaching, Sheri has a passion for photography. Sheri Minardi Photography captures the magnificent Algoma region through her lens. She loves to set out on adventures to capture wildlife, landscape and still life images. She also does commercial and lifestyle photography. She is a member of the Arts Council of Sault Ste. Marie, the Art Gallery of Algoma, a committee member of the Sylvan Circle Tour, and the admin of Photographers of Northern Ontario and Trading Post for Photographers on Facebook. Sheri is a freelance photographer and writer. To see more of her work, visit Sheri is also on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, 500px, ViewBug, Flickr, Google+, and Wordpress.

Search Algoma Country