We have a guest book in our gallery and we invite our visitors to sign it and leave a comment if they wish.Â Here is a selection of some of the comments gleaned from the book since we opened our doors in 2009.
Ohhh . . . my soul loves it! Thank you for this beauty.
~ Anne, Lower Montague PE
Why I like riding my bike! You can easily stop to see such treasures.
~ Karen, Penticton, BC
Iâ€™m such a fan of this place and all your work.
~ Daphne Irving Butler, York Point PE
Love coming back here!
~ Beverley, Kentville, NS
Beautiful hooked rugs
~ Barbara, Halifax, NS and Keppoch, PE
Very nice to see so much womenâ€™s art.
~ Shari, Mississauga, ON
Great show! Danced in this hall (late 50s)
~ Jim and Beverley, Asheville, NC
~ Maria, New Zealand
Love coming to this gallery, Always inspiring! Great to hear youâ€™re doing so well. The gallery looks great. Itâ€™s very appealing from the outside â€“ well-tended flower beds, clear signage and easy parking.
~ Joan, Cornwall
Beautiful local talent.
~ Joan, Revelstoke, BC
Thanks for bringing the Doris Eaton show â€“ terrific.
Fabulous gallery, wonderful work.
~ Sue Fredericton, NB
I came for a breath of fresh air and I got it â€“ thank you.
Saw the article in the Buzz â€“ great show.
~ Lynda and Gary
Wonderful company, beautiful art work, thank you.
~ Bev, Williamsburg, VA
Marvellous work in a marvellous facility.
~ Margo and Bill, Brockville, ON
Very much enjoyed the reincarnation as a gallery and the hanging discussion.
~ Kate, Milwaukee WI and Stanhope PE
The gallery looks much better this year! More light. Paintings are beautiful.
A joyful, colourful experience! Thanks!
~ Sherry, NS
I finally made it here. Beautiful space and work!
Wonderful to be back and see new work.
~ Anne and Ed, N. Rustico and VA,
Second time this year, always a delight.
~ Penny, Ottawa and North Rustico
Beautiful mix of styles, subjects.
~ Erin, North Bay, ON
We loved everything â€“ inspirational.
~ Bill and Sandra, Whitley, ON
Returned home and glad to see that Howes Hall is up and running with a beautiful purpose.
~ Alison, Edmonton Alberta
Beautiful work â€“ I used to dance at this hall years ago in 1948.
Beautiful art and very peaceful setting.
~ Susanne, Edinburgh Scotland
Youâ€™ve done a great job with this place. Good luck, Bonne chance.
~ Peter Quebec City PQ
Being a hooker myself, I enjoy and understand all the hours â€“ wonderful art.
~ Cheryl Hudson FL
Like the combination of art forms.
~ Ron and Sue, Tennessee
Some of the best weâ€™ve seen so far!
~ Cameron and Megan
Feast for the soul and gorgeous energy.
~ Carol, Hartsville and Saskatoon
Beautiful and inspiring.
My husband and cousin remember this place when it was not so lovely. Good work girls â€“ another lovely year. I remember coming to Pancake Breakfasts when we camped with our kids at Vacationland.
~ Alice â€“ WestCovehead and Massachusetts
This is a beautiful gallery I love everything white, shows so well.
~ PT McK Calgary AB
I remember coming to the Howes Hall where my husband and I were feted on the occasion of our wedding on October 9, 1954. It was a welcoming gesture to a girl from the States whose father and family were Islanders, Great memory.
~ Jane Ellen
Wonderful gallery Weâ€™ll be back.
~ M.B Fall River NS
Came to many an old time dance here â€“ lots of memories.
Congratulations on the opening of Howes Hall Gallery. This is a fine achievement for the Brackley Bay Group, and an excellent addition to the local and PEI arts community.
A great regional gallery offers a place for the community to see itself. In this, Howes Hall and your collected works set a new standard. Your art builds on a strong sense of place. And the community is enthusiastically supportive, as demonstrated by the hundreds in attendance on Opening Night.
On top of all this, Howes Hall Gallery is a true collaborative venture, based on strong friendships and diversity of artistic endeavour. Not least, it is based on a collaborative approach to the business side of sharing your artistic talent. I trust the PEI community and visitors will become supporters and owners of the fine art of the Brackley Bay Group.
Best wishes to all of you, and congratulations.
~ H. Wade MacLauchlan,
President and Vice-Chancellor, UPEI
What a dream come true for you! It is a wonderful show. So many paintings and rugs that I really, really loved.
Très bel accueil de Marie et Patricia. On se sent bien dans votre galerie. Les pièces de bronze sont une reproduction parfaite de la réalité â€“ Merci d'avoir partagé votre passion avec nous.
~ A.F., Québec
In this Hall, my grandparents met for the first time. They married and moved to Massachusetts. Here we are about 90 years later. Beautiful artwork!
In 1970 my husband and I got married. We came to PEI for our honeymoon and had a wonderful lobster supper [ in this hall] complete with strawberry shortcake, homemade, served by the local ladies.
~ B. and S.K., Ottawa, On.
I recall the year must have been 1951. I was in grade one and had a recitation. Wearing a nightie and carrying a doll and candle. I can still remember the smell of my singed hair after the big scurry from behind the curtains to blow out the candle.
Looking for my tracks on the floor. 1950- so many good times.
Wonderful to see 'the Hall' brought back to life. Many memories of having our Christmas concerts here, and the practices getting ready for the big night. Later years I worked at the lobster suppers here. THANK YOU for all the work in restoring a part of our history.