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Studio Ciel the latest addition to Creative Simcoe Street

From building walls to filling them with art, interior designer opens gallery

Collingwood welcomed a vibrant new addition to its art scene last month. 

Studio Ciel, a contemporary gallery situated in the heart of Creative Simcoe Street, brings a fresh perspective to the local art community. Owned and operated by Carrie Maclean-Godman, the studio offers a curated selection of contemporary artworks in an intimate, boutique setting.

“What Anke and Rick [Lex] have created here on Creative Simcoe Street is actually amazing, and I’m so excited to be a part of it,” said Maclean-Godman. 

With a background of over three decades in interior design, including owning a home-building company with her husband for 25 years, Maclean-Godman brings a wealth of experience and passion to Studio Ciel. 

"I've always loved art and loved art history,” she said. “When I was designing homes, my hope and intention was always that my clients could incorporate fine art versus reproduction art."

After relocating to Collingwood in 2020, Maclean-Godman felt a desire for a new venture, one that would allow her to share her passion for art directly with the community. She had been renting a small private studio in Clarksburg at the time, so when the location became available on Simcoe Street, she decided to jump on it. 

"I always dreamed of having a gallery someday where I could introduce art to people," she said. “The space and the location really gave me that push.”

And so, Studio Ciel was born.

Located at 77 Simcoe St., Studio Ciel aims to showcase contemporary art not commonly seen in other local galleries. It currently features works from six artists, with plans to expand its roster in the future.

On Jan. 27, Studio Ciel held a soft launch and officially opened its doors. 

“It's art not seen in some of the other galleries, so we really wanted to get our feet wet and see what the response was from people coming in,” she said. “It was the positive sign that I was hoping for.”

Maclean-Godman is joined by Erin Coholan, formerly the creative director for the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts, and local interior designer Richelle MacLeod in managing the gallery. They are working together to create a dynamic and engaging experience for visitors.

For Maclean-Godman, the most rewarding aspect of the journey has been the opportunity to connect with artists directly. 

"I've met so many fabulous people who I don't think I would have crossed paths with in my previous career," she said. "Artists are just fabulous people because everyone is just doing what they love, and that really comes through in their character and in their personalities and passion for what they do."

Looking ahead, the team has exciting plans for the future, including adding more artists and hosting a grand opening event in the spring. Maclean-Godman envisions the gallery not only as a space for showcasing art but also as a hub for fostering connections and creativity within the community.

"It makes me really happy to be here,” said Maclean-Godman. “I hope that everybody feels that way when they come in.”

She also has plans to convert the back area of the gallery into a space for local artists to host their own exhibitions.

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About the Author: Maddie Johnson

Maddie Johnson is an early career journalist working in financial, small business, adventure and lifestyle reporting. She studied Journalism at the University of King's College, and worked in Halifax, Malta and Costa Rica before settling in Collingwood
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