We would like to welcome you to the brand new "Studio 737 Art Gallery" website.   If this is you first time stopping by, we'd like to take this opportunity to talk about their wonderful gallery which is really a fairytale come true.  Located midway between Toronto and Ottawa on Highway #7 just 1km east of the Highway #37 junction, hence the name Studio 737.  No, it's not a plane, but a real art gallery housing what is, one of the largest collections of ORIGINAL Canadian fine are located anywhere in Canada.  It is set in the countryside, which already give you that special feeling of "Canadiana" and what all of the art on display there has to offer.  Its homey countrified atmosphere set you already in the mood to take home one of their wonderful Canadian masterpieces.

As you enter the parking lot from Highway #7, you'll see the entranceway with flags flying above taking you inside a fantastic display of all original art.  You can now take a preview of the art gallery and you'll see many of its 10 different rooms filled with over 1,000 ORIGINAL Canadian pieces of art by over 50 Canadian artists.  Most of these artists are full-time professionals making their living through their art.  Many of them have also taught art in several Universities, and Art Schools.  Two of their artists' works now even hang in the museums here in Canada, and abroad in the United States and in France.  The gallery also has a few younger, talented artists and they are always looking for that youngster with that special gift of creating.

The gallery was founded in 1988 and is now in its 26th year of operation under the ownership of Arja Palonen with the assistance of her husband Joe Kurek, who oversees the daily operation of business aspects of it.  The gallery is totally Canadian owned, even though, Arja was born in Finland, she as a teenager in 1957 immigrated to Toronto with her family, and shortly, thereof, became naturalized citizen of Canada.  She studied commercial and fine art at both the Northern and Central Technical School under fine group of teachers.  Joe, on the other hand, is a landed immigrant since his retirement in 1988 from the United States Navy with his last three year posting at Argentia, Newfoundland.

While living in Newfoundland, Arja began painting full-time.  Soon after that the locals from the surrounding communities, as well as, the school teachers and the Canadian and US military personnel from the nearby Argentia base would come over asking for her work and she was kept busy painting local scenery to keep up with the demand.  Joe, after seeing, how people appreciated her talent as an artist, suggested, that after his retirement they move to Ontario, where they then would look to find a space to open up an art gallery.  After scouting through several locations, they happened, just by chance, onto the current site on Hwy 7.  It was a closed down restaurant, which, when the realtor took them inside, looked like an old Elvis Presley movie set.  There were quaint, red stools around a circled bar counter and wooden handmade tables and chairs and even a piano at the corner of the dining area, just as it had been, when it was one of the largest truck stops between Toronto and Ottawa during the 1950's and 1960's.  As it had a comfortable feeling about it, and being on a major highway, they decided it would make a perfect location for an art gallery.  Even the house to live in came with the property.  After renovations to add more display walls and removing old restaurant items, the gallery started with Arja's and 15 other artists' work and several of them continue to exhibit their work there still.

The gallery just grew and grew, and they added an addition to the entire length of the building adding more rooms to exhibit the artists works.  The gallery became so successful that they even opened a sister gallery in Richmond Hill, Ontario.  Although, they relinquished the Richmond Hill location, after a year due to its high overhead; it did prove successful, in the sense that they acquired a large follower-ship of customers from there, whom continue to shop in their Tweed location.

Arja realized after painting with a number of her artist contemporaries that there were not that many galleries that were exhibiting artists paintings.  Artists and original works were being ignored and replaced by signed and numbered reproductions being flogged off as art.  Unfortunately, so many of the art dealers were giving their customers an impression that these things were actually worth something and Artists original works and abilities were being ignored for these photocopied reproductions.  Artists have a very difficult time making a living as it is, and many people just don't realize the work, time and experience that goes in to each and every piece of art.  However, they, at the Studio 737 gallery do, and therefore, they have never sold a reproduction in the past 26 years, nor do they promote those pieces of paper.  Yes, Studio 737 has also sold some of the historical works by Riopelle, Group of Seven and others, which they purchased at art auctions in Toronto and Ottawa, but it was not what they came there to do, as their main objective was to promote current artists instead.

Artists throughout the ages have produced great paintings, as the collections in the art museums can attest.  Granted in the past centuries, they had a harder time of getting around to the locations to paint, or having the broad base of reference material on had, than the artists of the recent times, who have access through internet.  Not to mention the convenience of having modern transportation on hand to carry volumes of canvases to paint right on location.  They have been afforded the colour photography as well, which helps them recall that particular location when they need to edit the pieces later in their studios.  Detail painters are no different, as those cameras are used for reference to create fantastic paintings.  Artists, prior to the 1950's had sketch books, or black and white photos in addition to their memory, to help produce their works and granted it was rough going for each and every one of them, but just like the current true artists, they didn't need to rely on selling photocopied, signed and numbered reproductions of their work.

Before you press the button below to visit the individual artists, and ordering information, let us help you, as best we can, by sorting out the artists on their individual painting styles.  Over these past 26 years, Studio 737 has always shown prices for all their artworks on their artists pages to make browsing and decision making easier for their clients.  Unlike other businesses, who ask you to "INQUIRE" for pricing, their honest approach of pricing, has made their several thousand worldwide customers happy and they intend to retain their website in the same format forever!  Take a look and get tempted, measure your wall space ahead and usually you must add 5 inches on all four sides to their artworks if framed, to the sizes listed, ie: (16 x 20) is really (26 x 30)

Their roster of Artists is as follows:

Terry Ananny, Don Bruner, Linda Bruner, Don Cavin, Albert Chiarandini, Rob Elphinstone, Don Fraser, Pauline Holancin, Robert Huffman, Tony Johnson, John Lennard, Ron Leonard, Lucy Manley, Martha Markowsky, Kai-Liis McInnes, Jake Mol, Guttorn Otto, Dale Tucker, Arja Palonen, Clive Powsey, Margo Rivar, J. Allison Robichaud, Jill Segal, Bert Small, Bernice Starkman, Poul Thrane, Katya Trischuk, Eric S. Wright, Garry Young, Angela St. Jean, Alan Rintala

Barre Beacock, Rebecca Brooks, Don Connolly (Aviation), Sherrill Girard, Heather Hall, Jordan Hicks, Nori Peter, Douglas Purdon, Bob Thackeray, Jake Vandenbrink, Lloyd Wilson, Ivan Unwin

Beth Hoselton, Ron Plaizier

 Robert Blenderman, Shirley Mancino, Cindy Klotz, Marcio Melo, Elena Hajda

Don Frost, Carl Hoselton, Laszlo Szilvassy

In closing:
Although, art per se, art is not to be discounted, Studio 737 has professed to honour both Canadian and U.S., active and retired military personnel with a 10% discount on all their art purchases, as to thank them for all their services to keep our countries safe and wonderful places to live.

Photography Credited to: Bob Foster
Web Design: Joyce DesRoches