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Experience the luminous watercolours, great Canadian landscapes, and find expert art instruction from a leading watercolour painter. You are invited to hear her stories and come behind the scenes into an artist’s studio!

As a visual artist, Marlene Madole is all about colour and light. It is the light, and her treatment of it, that draws you in. Whether it is a subject that you pass by everyday or a place that you have never been – see with the artist’s eyes. Take home a memory!

I am arrested by the play of light falling on the most seemingly ordinary landscape. I love saturated colour, contrast, glancing sidelight with cast shadows curving over land, reflected light, blue sky days and translucent water. I am always curious to see what is down a new road and I return to places special to me.

You will be surrounded by her interpretation of the Canadian landscape: big September skies, shorelines of Georgian Bay, backwaters of the French River or Killarney Park, iconic larger-than-life fruit in her family’s British Columbia orchard – all inspired by her travels across Canada, including local scenes of the Credit River and Caledon.

Studio Location in the Hamlet of Glen Williams

Visit Marlene at her Courtyard Studio / Gallery 7 at the Williams Mill in the historic hamlet of Glen Williams, between the Credit River and the Bruce Trail’s Credit Valley Footpath. The Williams Mill is in the heart of the community, surrounded by places to linger over a lunch, a coffee, glass of wine or dinner.

Enter the courtyard at the Main Street level, look for the sidewalk leading to the yellow building, turn right and so that the yellow building will be at your back – straight ahead is the entrance to the courtyard. Follow the sidewalk around the corner, and you will see Studio / Gallery 7 tucked away on the left. Her cottage-like studio is annexed to the original hydro plant – a multi-level stone building within a mill complex repurposed for cultural uses.

Available Artworks & Media

Original art works: unframed printmaking, matted drawings, custom-framed watercolours (with archival matting) in a range of sizes, and acrylic paintings on panel or canvas. Gift Certificates are available for purchase.

Marlene Madole’s Background

An elected member and a Past President (2007-2009) of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (CSPWC). In 1995 Marlene established her Studio & Gallery at the Williams Mill in Glen Williams (a founding artist).

She is the recipient of Ontario Arts Council Grants and was awarded the City of Brampton Arts Acclaim Award.

A graduate of Sheridan College’s School of Visual Arts, with further studies at the Ontario College of Art, Marlene is an experienced arts juror, with a growing curatorial practice.

Selected Exhibition History

An award-winning artist, Marlene has exhibited her work over 35 years in numerous group and solo exhibits, including five years in a row in the prestigious CSPWC’s Annual International Juried Exhibition ‘Open Water’.

Marlene has exhibited with the CSPWC members including in:

  •  Avignon, France: Au-delà des Mers: Between Friends Across the Seas – Entre Amis: Canada (CSPWC) and France Watercolor Society (SFA): Exchange Juried Exhibit.
  • Mexico City: International Watercolor Biennial, Museo Nacional de la Acuarela.
  • Art Gallery of Burlington: Presidents’ Exhibition.
  • PAMA: Peel Art Gallery, Museum + Archives: CSPWC Diploma Collection.
  • Art Gallery of Mississauga: CSPWC 75th Anniversary – Brush with History.
  • Toronto: John B. Aird Gallery.

Marlene has also exhibited in:

  • Vancouver: Federation Galleries – AIM For Arts International Juried Exhibition.
  • Arts & Letters Club of Toronto’s 90th Anniversary Juried Art Exhibition.
  • Retrospective for the Image Matrix: Edition 15, Art Gallery of Mississauga.

As well as work on display in her own Studio / Gallery 7, she exhibits in regional shows including the Headwaters Arts Gallery in Alton, and the Helson Gallery in Halton Hills. Marlene’s paintings of the French River and Georgian Bay are featured at The Lodge at Pine Cove on the French River.

Watercolour Painting and Drawing Instruction for all Levels with Marlene Madole

Since 1980, Marlene has also developed her career and reputation as a transforming and innovative arts educator, offering workshops for individuals, groups, and leading arts and cultural institutions, including:

  • McMichael Canadian Art Collection
  • Royal Ontario Museum
  • Ontario Science Centre
  • Leighton Art Centre (Alberta).

Marlene has instructed watercolour painting from beginner to master classes, as well as drawing and printmaking. Painting demonstrations can be booked for your art group.

Private or Semi-Private Lessons are arranged to suit your schedule, including length, frequency, location, and pace customized for either an individual or small groups.

Choose from subjects such as: Watercolour Painting Techniques, Watercolour Rescue, Colour Mixing & Theory, Drawing, Plein Air Painting or Drawing, Still Life, Landscape, or Architectural Perspective.

Contact Marlene for information on scheduled 1-day workshops or series, or to inquire about individualized one-on-one lessons.


Glen Williams is north-west of Toronto (North of Hwy 401 and West of Hwy 410, approximately equal distance). Glen Williams is just west of Terra Cotta on the Credit River, 3.5 km west from the intersection of Old School Rd & Winston Churchill Blvd. Note the road name changes as you travel west: from Old School Rd to 22nd Side Road to Main Street (in Glen Williams).

From Toronto: Use Hwy 410 North, then it becomes Hwy 10: then follow the route below.

From Caledon or Brampton: From Hwy 10: Drive West for 11.5 km on Old School Rd (the first light after Hwy 410 becomes Hwy 10). A rural route for a nice day trip – note, some stop signs are only two-way, while others are all-way.

From Mississauga or Oakville: From Hwy 401: Exit 333 to Winston Churchill Blvd, Drive North for 15 km (15 minutes). Turn Left on 22 Side Rd (Old School Rd) for 3.5 km into the heart of Glen Williams.

From Guelph: From Hwy 7: Drive into Georgetown, Turn Left on Maple Ave, Turn Left on Mountainview Rd, Drive North into Glen Williams, Turn Right on Main St, Drive over the Credit River bridge.


Most Fridays & Saturdays 12 noon to 5 pm and by Appointment Call to Confirm Seasonal Hours

Please call ahead to avoid disappointment: Marlene can be on site painting, sourcing images for future work, or on location giving a workshop or demo! When she is away, her studio may have reduced hours or be closed.


Courtyard Studio / Gallery 7, Williams Mill Visual Arts Centre, 515 Main Street,

Glen Williams L7G 3S9


Marlene Madole