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Explore the Shore celebrates 10th anniversary

Explore the Shore participant, Ann Ducharme of The Garden Gallery, poses before some of her many art pieces on display.

by Sylene Argent

Over the weekend, thousands of area residents and out-of-town visitors had an opportunity to discover all of the unique businesses, wineries, public areas, and farms located along County Road 50, from Malden Centre to Kingsville, during the 10th annual Explore the Shore event.

  The popularity of the event was noticeable as thousands of attendees drove, or cycled, along Lake Erie’s shoreline to visit many of the area’s retail enterprises, and connect with the businesses that partnered to make this event possible for the last decade.

  Those attending the event were able to get a participant’s passport stamped at each of the 32 location they visited for a chance to win prizes.   

Kingsville artist Ed Roach, of Sissy & Roché Fine Arts, paints at the Garden Gallery during Explore the Shore.

  Stop number 18 in the Explore the Shore itinerary was The Garden Gallery. Here, event attendees had the chance to peruse artist booths in the garden area that included a waterfall within a Carolinian forest.

  Ann Ducharme is the artist in residence at the Garden Gallery. She was pleased to open up her studio, filled with the fine art and dot art creations, to the Explore the Shore participants.

  Ducharme noted she and her husband built the house onsite the property 40-years ago. Over the years, the couple has work on its outdoor garden, within a Carolinian forest, to preserve and protect the land from erosion.

  Ducharme is a member of the Art Society of Kingsville and Windsor & Essex County Plain Air Artists. She invited members of these art clubs to host booths in her garden over the Explore the Shore weekend, so they could connect with the community, sell some of their pieces, and use the ideal scenery as inspiration in creating new masterpieces.

  For more information about Explore the Shore, or its November 23 and 24 Christmas Market, log onto


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