The Artful Escape opened in September 2017


After opening our doors 4 months ago we have been settling into our space.
With two full time residents and 3 local members we have been comfortably growing.

We currently have space for residencies that don’t require lodging
Then in May we will have 2 residencies w/ lodging available.

If you are interested in a residency please contact us if you have any questions.

Early in the new year we will be hosting some Artist talks and planning our first workshops!
Details will be posted soon about these upcoming events.

Please contact us if you would like to be added to our mailing list.

 Glass artist Tanya Lyons and stone mason Mary Crnkovich came together to create the Artful Escape because they both believe passionately in supporting the creative process and those in it by providing a safe haven for creativity.
Tanya Lyons graduated with honours from the Sheridan College glass program. She also studied at the University of Art and Design Helsinki, Finland, The Atlin Art Centre in BC, and the Toyama Institute of Glass Art in Japan. She taught glass at Sheridan College for four years, was a resident at the Harbourfront Centre as well as volunteering on the Board of Directors for the Glass Art Association of Canada.  
After 14 years in Quebec, Tanya has moved back to her hometown community to raise her daughter and continue her sculptural work with glass. Reflecting her passion for helping people find their way, she continues to teach in the glass program at the Haliburton School of Art and Design. She recently became Coordinator of the Madawaska Valley Studio Tour and an artist in residence with the Ottawa Valley-Creative Arts Open Studio. Tanya has always been a gatherer, collecting and taking in, objects, moments and memories.  She uses clear glass in combination with natural and found objects to express and reflect her experiences, thoughts and questions about the world we live in and who we are. Her work has been exhibited throughout North America, Finland and Japan which she has received a number of awards and grants for.

Mary Crnkovich is a stone mason, carver and dry stone waller. This is her passion and profession.  She has had the privilege of designing and creating private and public spaces and pieces throughout Ontario and Nunavut since the year 2000.
Mary began learning her trade through the Heritage and Traditional Masonry program at Algonquin College, Perth Campus. Along with two of her teachers and five other students from the program, Mary started Traditional Trades Workers’ Co-operative in 1998. She left Traditional Trades in 2001 to establish Touch Stone Masonry to pursue her passion with carving and dry stone construction.
She acquired her carving and dry stone walling skills on the job, through self–study and apprenticeship. In 2004, Mary had the good fortune of coming under the wing of Eleanor Milne, former Dominion Sculptor of Canada.  Until her death in 2014, Eleanor continued to mentor Mary not only in design and carving but all aspects of life.
Mary continues to explore and push limits as she persists in her elusive goal to achieve the flawless. In so doing, she savours the moments she gets to experience pure joy when something feels “almost” perfect.


photo by Maureen MacMillan