Art at the Mill

Historic Washburn Grist Mill (1865) is located northeast of Kingston at Lower Brewers Lock on the Rideau Canal, Ontario’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has been restored and transformed into a unique artist's studio, mill museum and gallery shop, with beautiful grounds. 

Doner Studio is owned by Darlene and Randal Doner. They make and sell their own art (metal, jewelry, candles) and carry paintings and glass blowing art from local artists. 

Randal has been designing metal art sculptures which enhance both indoor and outdoor living spaces for over 20 years.  His pieces are often whimsical, yet functional. Life-sized figures depict musicians, butlers, athletes and playing children. His stainless steel work also includes garden accents, wall art, and custom pieces.

Darlene creates sterling silver jewellery, incorporating pearls, raw uncut stones, polished gemstones, and silver nuggets. She specializes in accenting her designs with silver wire tangles. Her jewellery collection includes hand-crafted pendants, rings and earrings. Darlene also uses beads and wire to enhance garden items such as fairies, dragonflies and crystal suncatchers.

Historic Lower Brewers Lock, where boaters stay overnight as they travel along the Rideau from Kingston to Ottawa, is just a few steps away.  

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