Inglenook Studio is owned and managed by Irene McCuaig.

Irene McCuaig

Irene is an artist based in Kenora, Ontario, Canada. She owns and operates Inglenook Art Studio where she offers classes, workshops and creates her own work. She paints predominately in acrylic but also uses notan, a Japanese concept that emphasizes the balance of dark and light, in her watercolours. Irene likes to work in themes, often drawing attention to human interactions with nature. Her Kaleidoscope Summer series consists of twenty-six paintings which represent childhood memories of growing up in Kenora. Her Boreal Rhythms series is seventy paintings about the shapes created by light and shadow in the Boreal forest. Irene’s current goal is to create one hundred dragon-related pieces of art in a variety of media because, as she says, “we all have our dragons to face”.

Irene has been active in the Arts Community in Kenora since moving back to the city in 1978. She is an advocate for community art and has been active in numerous community arts activities, including having served on the Board of the Lake of the Woods Arts Community, being the lead organizer for “Muskies on Main”, and volunteering her talents to set and prop design at Trylight Theatre Co.

Irene is a practicing artist herself but also enjoys sharing her skills through art classes. She holds a Specialist Certificate in Visual Arts Education and has studied art at Cambrian College in Sudbury and Ontario College of Art in Toronto. She frequently participates in art workshops at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and has taken workshops from prominent artists in England (Tony Hogan), France (Ian Roberts), Italy (Robert West), Canada (Mike Svab, Gord Mackenzie, Lisa Kemp) and the United States (Zotan Zsabo, Tony Van Hasselt).