Singing and Painting Lake Superior
Follow the path of the mystical Red Canoe as it travels the Canadian coastline of Lake Superior. It starts it’s journey in Sault Ste. Marie and follows the shoreline of Gitche Gumee all the way to the Sleeping giant in Thunder Bay.
Wawa artist Don Charbonneau is working on a series of paintings that attempts to capture the essence or rather the very soul of Superior.
With a palate of bold bright colours and using strong dark lines he defines the Superior coastline as the “Shoreline of The Soul.”
He says…”this is a journey that started over forty years ago when I made my first trip to Guargantua Harbour…”

Later, he was on a number of voyages to Michipicoten Island and Otter Head fishing in remote wilderness areas like Pukaskwa River and Oiseau Bay.
 He fondly remembers arriving in Michipicoten Island in the middle of the night and entering the channel at Otter Cove under a lightning storm and spending nine days in the lee of Richardson Island in late October seeking safe harbour from high winds and big rolling waves. Many of these places found their way into his songs and stories and now find themselves on canvas as he paints these scenes from cherished memories.
Charbonneau uses a Red Canoe to carry us from painting to painting. He uses this primitive and fragile craft as a symbol defining the human spirit on its journey through life.The beauty of nature is a reflection of the human soul he explains as he describes a personal voyage filled with wonder and magic. 

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These paintings can be shipped anywhere in the world...please ask for shipping charges. It cost very little to ship in Canada or the US.

Anywhere these paintings are placed in your home, workplace or cottage they will add a sense of warmth and beauty and bring forth a memory of the rugged shoreline of the biggest fresh water lake in the world! July 2018 update: I just wanted to thank everyone who have purchased these paintings and are still adding to their collection. The "Shoreline of The Soul" series is an ongoing project that I will be painting for a number of years to come. I'm painting more of these and will add them to this page soon...thanks again for your support.

Traveling in North Ontario this summer June to mid-October 2018...Don's original paintings, prints, art cards and music cds are available in these locations: Lake Superior Park  Store at Agawa Bay highway 17, The Red Canoe Gallery on Broadway Avenue in Wawa (Don hangs out at the Red Canoe when he's not fishing) and at the Wawa Information Centre highway 101E coming into Wawa...where the staff are friendly and the information endless.

Art Classes this summer (2018) at Lake Superior Provincial Park/Agawa Bay. 

Don will be teaching his amazing techniques for all to see.

  1. All tuesdays in July and August 7,14th,21 and 28th.... cost $15.00 per person...register at the Lake Effect Gift shop at the Visitor Centre in Agawa Bay or contact Don by