About Oxtongue Craft Cabin & Gallery
Nestled in the quaint village of Dwight, Lake of Bays, just west of Algonquin Park, Oxtongue Craft Cabin & Gallery represents over 100 Canadian artists and artisans to ensure there’s something for everyone and every occasion at the gallery.
Looking for an original, Muskoka-inspired painting? Our artists work in a wide variety of media to interpret Muskoka and Algonquin Park’s wildlife and rugged landscapes. Looking for a unique souvenir keepsake for yourself or to take home to friends and family? Maybe you need a housewarming present, hostess gift or special wedding present. We have you covered with a fantastic selection of handcrafted items and a wide range of price points.
A Large Selection of Original Art and Fine Craft
Since 1979, Oxtongue Craft Cabin & Gallery has delighted visitors from around the world and around the bend. Our collection reflects the beauty of Muskoka and its relaxed, cottage lifestyle. We invite you to browse our online gallery to see samples of our Canadian-made items, or visit us in person to see the complete selection of: exquisite studio jewellery, original paintings, functional and decorative pottery and wood items, outdoor art, and metal and glass décor.
From the Owner, Karen Piovaty
I fell in love with the Oxtongue Craft Cabin & Gallery the first time I drove in the driveway. I always dreamed of owning a gallery but wasn’t actively looking for one when this irresistible opportunity presented itself on a trip to Lake of Bays in 2012. A native of Paris, Ontario, I had been to cottage country just once as a teenager so this has been quite a change from life in the “deep south!”
My life has been very arts-centric thanks to my Prague-born mother who took me to galleries, ballets and the theatre from a very young age. I hold a BFA from the University of Arizona and majored in graphic design which was my career until purchasing the gallery.
To the contrary, my partner Gary Mitchell spent his childhood fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and camping. Gary’s grandfather worked for Boy Scouts of Canada and his parents met while working summer jobs at the Haliburton Scout Camp – less than an hour from where we live today!
I’m very proud to own this beloved Muskoka tradition and to represent Canadian artists and artisans from across our amazing country.
Our History: A Canadian Original
Oxtongue Craft Cabin & Gallery had a humble start in 1979 when artists Geraldine Slater and John McConnell hung their artwork on the fence of their summer log cabin in Dwight, Lake of Bays. Over the years, the gallery has represented some of Canada’s most gifted craftspeople and artists. I invite you to visit and see for yourself why our neck of the woods is a Muskoka tradition.
The gallery expanded in 2016 to showcase larger, original artworks including oil, watercolour, encaustic, acrylic and mixed media paintings and custom accent furniture. Gary built a beautiful granite staircase with stones sourced from a pit just west of Dwight. It takes customers through the glorious gardens at the edge of our creek and into the new gallery space that showcases both traditional and contemporary Muskoka-inspired artwork.