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North Seas Gallery
237 Bridge Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720
Phone (231) 547-0422

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About Us

This is what one of our customers wrote about us:

Looking for artwork is one thing, but experiencing art while looking, is quite another. North Seas Gallery in Charlevoix, owned and operated by Rex, Ineke and Tim McCarthy, is an example of the latter. They provide their prospective customers with three things that are rare in gallery shopping: an authentic passion for the work, a genuine interest in sharing knowledge with the client and a charming setting. Living in Europe for over twenty years gave Rex and Ineke an opportunity to see and experience much of their gallery's artwork in its own cultural background. When they talk about their specialty, 19th and early 20th century Dutch paintings, they bring to the discussion not only knowledge about Holland, but also the museums many of these artists are represented in. This same exuberance emerges when they discuss their European antique fumiture,sculpture, art glass and art pottery. An example of this is the gallery's presentation of its large selection of Russian art. The vivid, deeply resonant colors used by these artists created a stir when they were first viewed at North Seas Gallery. Part of the excitement however, was generated by the individual stories of the painters - biographical material provided by the gallery that brought to life the winter snows, the birch trees, the vast rivers and the love of Mother Russia. A final element that makes the gallery a standout is their emphasis on display. By remodeling the old Charlevoix County Bank building, they have managed to keep the charm of the past, and yet create wonderful wall space and excellent lighting. Each work has room to breathe, to reflect its own personal attraction. Most importantly, the visitor has space to move about and find that one special nook where the magic moment of discovery can happen. For an exciting and totally different approach to the world of art and antiques, come to North Seas Gallery in downtown Charlevoix. Here one can experience art as a living, breathing event, something magical yet accessible to the most casual visitor. 

Written by Terry Caszatt

Frequently Asked Questions

In case you were wondering

Where are the prices? We don't list prices because all of the prices, and more importantly the availability of our pieces are subject to change. Additionally, some of our pieces require transportation or shipping which may incure additional cost. This additional cost is something we are aware of and try to offset in our pricing if possible. And as a small business keeping a website updated with this information can be time consuming. If you are interested in knowing the price and availability of an item simply call us or send us an email

But I've got the exact same painting, how am I supposed to know how much it's worth? Contact us! We will gladly tell you anything we can about the piece you have. We do this free of charge, within reason. In most cases we would like to see the piece in person. And in some situations we may have to direct you to find a certified appraiser in your area.

Is that an old bank vault I see in one of the pictures? Yes, it is. Our gallery is located in a former bank building in downtown Charlevoix.

What's with all the Scottish Terriers? For more than three decades we've almost always had a Scottie in the store. We are currently on number four, their names in order: Corky (Jocko Hazeldean), Dusty (Silas Dustin), Soot, and Duncan. Duncan is the current store watch dog, and can been found at the store most days. 

Where did a paintings title come from? Some of the pieces we carry are titled by the artist, but most are not. Imagine painting the same landscape over and over, eventually you're going to run out of names. When possible we use the title the artist gave the piece, but since we carry numerous pieces by the same artists we give them titles to prevent confusion. 

Why isn't this painting, sculpture, etc., dated or numbered? Dating works is historically not a common occurrence. There are many reasons why; maybe an artist will work on a piece, put it away for a year or two only to come back to it later. Numbering a piece (in the case of bronzes and sculptures) is also not very common on antique pieces. Before mass production became the norm artist were limited in the amount examples of the same piece they could recreate. Since this was such a small amount numbering was considered unnecessary.