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Nutcracker Gallery

In German folklore, it's said that nutcrackers bring good luck to your family and protect your home. It represents power and strength, like a watchdog guarding your family against danger. A nutcracker bares its teeth to evil spirits and serves as a messenger of good luck and goodwill. Our three-foot-high wooden nutcrackers were hand-painted and decorated by members of the Kitchener Waterloo Society of Artists. Two styles of wooden bases were lasercut by Walter Marinuzzo of KW Designs. The idea started as a conversation between Lori Gove and Monica Reid on how we could help our talented local artists connect with our visitors. If you like the idea and think this should become an annual tradition, let us know on our Instagram or Facebook pages. 

Click and use your < > buttons to scroll through the gallery below. You're invited to connect with the artists using the links we've provided. Open up the Advent Calendar to reveal a "Nutcracker of the Day."

Take a walking tour and visit the actual Nutcracker Gallery at the corner of Benton Street and Charles Street, Kitchener. Peer through the windows to see them in all their glory!

Artist's Contact Information

  • Nutcracker 1

    Karen Dozois, Kitchener ON
    Instagram Email

  • Nutcracker 2

    Anne Williamson, Waterloo ON
    Email Website

  • Nutcracker 3a & 3b

    Samantha Gullekson, Waterloo ON
    Instagram Email

  • Nutcracker 4

    Jessica McKenzie, Waterloo ON
    Facebook Instagram Email

  • Nutcracker 5

    Patti Borho, Kitchener ON
    Email

  • Nutcracker 6

    Marlene Schilling , The Silver Thistle, Kitchener ON
    Facebook Instagram Email

  • Nutcracker 7

    Cate McGahey, Kitchener, ON
    Facebook Instagram Email Website

  • Nutcracker 8

    Lori Gove, Kitchener ON
    Instagram Email

  • Nutcracker 9 (Anna Maria Louisa)

    Ruthanne Hamilton, Kitchener ON
    Collaborative art project with Marcia Bissada
    Instagram

  • Nutcracker 10 (Johann Wilhelm)

    Marcia Bissada, Waterloo ON, Kitchener ON
    Collaborative art project with Ruthanne Hamilton
    Instagram

  • Nutcracker 11

    Donelda Janzen, Washington ON

  • Nutcracker 12

    Donelda Janzen, Washington ON

  • Nutcracker 13

    Brie McKenzie, Kitchener ON
    Email

  • Nutcracker 14

    Elvan Suzer, Kitchener, ON
    Instagram Website Email

  • Nutcracker 15

    Elvan Suzer, Kitchener, ON  
    Instagram Website Email

  • Nutcracker 16

    Bari Parsche, Kitchener, ON
    Facebook Instagram Email

  • Nutcracker 17

    Arlene McCarthy, Kitchener, ON
    Instagram Email

  • Nutcracker 18

    Arlene McCarthy, Kitchener, ON
    Instagram Email

  • Nutcracker 19

    Arlene McCarthy, Kitchener, ON
    Instagram Email

  • Nutcracker 20 (back)

    Tanja Almazan, Waterloo ON
    Facebook Instagram Email

  • Nutcracker 21 (front)

    Tanja Almazan, Waterloo ON
    Facebook Instagram Email

  • Nutcracker 22

    Greta Palyga, Calgary, AB
    Mother of:
    Instagram Email

  • Nutcracker 23

    Ama Liyanage, Kitchener ON
    Instagram Email

  • Nutcracker 24

    Carol Van Houten, Waterloo ON
    Email Website

  • Nutcracker 25

    Pira Urosevic, Waterloo ON
    Instagram Email Website


These unique hand-painted and decorated Nutcrackers have been photographed by Jens Langen of Langen Studio, Waterloo. All rights reserved. 

 All the 36" Nutcracker bases were lasercut and imprinted by KW Designs and Creations



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