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Cloud Gallery is run by Mark and Blake Fletcher. It's a hybrid art gallery that showcases original art inspired by Ontario's natural beauty. The father and son duo started the gallery to combine their love for art with their extensive business experience. Cloud Gallery is located inside a stunning, 10,000-square-foot heritage building in the heart of downtown Orillia. Visitors can browse a constantly rotating display of over 100 paintings, selected from 30 of Ontario’s best landscape artists.
At Cloud Gallery, we focus on supporting artists in growing their art practice by building a relationship that allows for increased creative time and energy. For artists, Cloud is a partner that drives sales, financial and ultimately, artistic success.
Cloud also understands the importance of the creative process and will provide unique opportunities to facilitate and inspire creativity for our represented artists. We promote connection between fellow artists and offer a variety of “creative retreats” at our properties in Cottage Country and Georgian Bay and at other sites provided by our business partners.
Cloud Gallery is founded on these guiding principles:
The Gallery has an impressive online presence and has received extensive media coverage, including being highlighted in the Globe & Mail in October 2022 as one of the 4 “Best art-related day trips outside city limits”. Our mission is to unleash the power of art for our clients to energize and beautify their spaces in a way that adds joy every day.
Mark is a long-time lover and supporter of the arts. He was the Co-Chair of the Orillia Museum of Art and History for 4 years and Chair of the Orillia Heritage Committee for 8 years. At the Museum he led a push for growth and innovation that included a $2m renovation of the Heritage Building and a restructuring of the organization. His business experience includes working for large Canadian corporations (Bell, General Motors, Scotiabank) and innovative marketing agencies (Perennial Inc.). He is now a full-time faculty member at Georgian College in Barrie teaching courses on entrepreneurship and investing. He is married, a father of 4, and lives in Orillia. He has organized artist retreats, bringing together a community of artists at his recreational property in Severn Township, Rancho Relaxo, where he supports artist residencies. More recently he is expanding those programs to Snug Harbour on Georgian Bay and beyond with Cloud Gallery.
Blake is a long-time art lover. Creativity, community and connection have been a consistent thread in his career. His roots are in hip hop, music blogging and artist management. For the last 5 years, he’s been building things on the web and finding ways to connect technology to the things he loves, like music, reading, learning, and investing. He formerly worked as a software engineer for Inkblot, an online video platform for mental health counselling. On the side, he builds websites for small businesses. He lives in Toronto, Ontario and spends lots of time camping and cottaging north of the city.