Application for the 2018 tour

We who organize the Oxford Studio Tour hope you are having a very creative summer!  As a subscriber of our blog you are the first to receive the following news:  The application for our 2018 tour is now available on the site!  Deadline for receipt of your application is October 20, 2017.  Don’t wait too long, as we have a limited number of stops on our tour!

Digital Artists and Photographers on the Oxford Studio Tour

Good morning and welcome to the day before the tour!  It is a rainy Friday, with not much promise of sunshine for the weekend.  Let’s face it, your best option for brightening up your weekend is a fun trip with a few of your favourite people to see all kinds of art!

Our last featured media are probably the least messy and the youngest of the lot.  Photography has been with us for over a century and a half, but digital art is as new as it gets, blossoming with the computer age.  Digital art can be created with software from scratch (much like painting with a brush), it can be mathematically based, or it can be photography based, which is why these media have been put together.  Sometimes people even create digital art and then use that as their reference for painting!

Check these artists out:

Bruce Hartley   Hartley B 1sm

at Location #17

Fine art photography reflecting a passion for travel.  “See the world through my lens”.

519-469-3781

brucehartleyphotography.weebly.com

 

 

Ocean

Edser Thomas

at Location #16

Photographic art with a unique perspective.

519-421-7335

edserthomas.ca

 

 

Butterflire, digital, fractal, Lianne ToddLianne Todd

at Location #3

Vivid watercolours and digital art reflecting nature’s patterns with depth and unique vision.

519-879-9903

liannetodd.wordpress.com & fractaliart.com

 

This concludes our series of guides to studio tour artists according to the media they use.  If this is your first encounter with these guides, be sure to have a look at the others in the blog.  Along with each artist listing, their Location numbers are each linked to an individual map.  A summary of all artists by location is also available.  You may wish to find them on the entire map of the tour, and plan accordingly.  If you are familiar with the tour, maybe try visiting some locations you’ve never been to before.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact us!

See you tomorrow and Sunday, 10 to 5 pm.  Admission is FREE!  Look for the red signs and sometimes red flags.

Ink Artists on the Oxford Studio Tour

We are almost there.  Tomorrow is Friday!

There are some artists on the tour who use ink as one of their primary media or to complement it.  These are their names and locations:

Kristi Osinga  OsingaKristi1sm

at Location #15

A complement of watercolour and natural colours including coffee and walnut ink on canvas and paper.

226-228-2761

kristiosinga.wordpress.com

warner2

Bunny Warner

at Location #11

Realistic and detailed drawings rendered with pen and ink, graphite and watercolour.  Commissions welcome.

519-295-0054

www.artworkbybunnywarner.com

 

vitawilliamson2Vita Williamson

at Location #10

Archival, India and alcohol ink pieces inspired by people and places in Ontario.

519-485-1560

facebook.com/vlworiginalinkart/

 

 

Tabitha Verbuyst  verbuyst3

Mystery, vibrancy, beauty and emotion expressed through ink, watercolour and oil works.

519-859-6765

tabithasmithd.wix.com/tabitha-develter

 

 

 

Be sure to catch tomorrow’s post featuring the digital artists and photographers!

Don’t forget that you can look at or print out an entire Google Map of the tour and figure out your best route between the ones that interest you the most.  If you have a brochure, you could just draw your route right on there!

Oil Painters on the Oxford Studio Tour

Only a few types of media left in our series of guides to help you plan your personal tour.  Good thing, because it starts in two days!

Here are the oil painters featured this year:

groulxCathy Groulx O.S.A.

at Location #17

Realistic oil paintings on canvas. Studio in home open all year, with commissions welcome.

519-539-1182

cathygroulx.com

 

 

Susan Fenlonfenlon-jpeg-02

at Location #15

Vibrant impressionistic paintings inspired by the landscapes and people of here and abroad. Commissions welcome.

519-290-1770

suefenlon10@gmail.com

 

 

Frankie Armitage  frankie armitage

at Location #7

Original paintings in acrylic and oil in a variety of styles and subject matter.

519-475-4004

artbyfrankie.ca

 

Tabitha Verbuyst  verbuyst3

at Location #5

Mystery, vibrancy, beauty and emotion expressed through ink, watercolour and oil works.

519-859-6765

tabithasmithd.wix.com/tabitha-develter

 

 

Again, some of these artists work in other types of media as well, and may be in the company of other artists at their location.  Mapping out your own tour with these posts to help you can be a fun part of the experience, and you can always add stops in between or afterward to complete your day trip.

Two more posts to go!

Jewellery artists on the Oxford Studio Tour

As the week is passing its midpoint and the weekend beckons us, we present our fifth installment of artists featured by the media they work in.

Jewellery can be a lovely way to bring the beauty of art with you wherever you go.  If this is what you are looking for, allow us to guide you:

Beginning at Location #8, we have several!

Janet Whittington whittington3

Timeless artisanal jewellery using precious metal clay, 24 k gold, sterling silver and semi-precious stones.
519-485-4210
www.facebook.com/adornmentsbyj

 

 

Maggie Robinson mrobinson1

Fibres, beads and paint – a day without creating is like a day without sunshine.

519-485-6289

mag.rob@sympatico.ca

 

and

Lesley Penwill lpenwill

Wire jewellery in exciting configurations of semi-precious stones,  hand textured metals and  beautiful beads.

519-423-6500

thegatehouserocks@live.ca

Then, at Location #5,

Judy Feskunjfeskun1

Sterling silver and copper wire jewellery.

519-837-3136

stix-n-stones.ca

 

 

But of course, you won’t want to end your tour there… that’s only two stops!  Stay tuned this week for more guidelines (even better, hit that follow button!) and be sure to have a look at our previous posts this year.

Encaustic, Mixed Media, and Collage work featured on the Oxford Studio Tour

This is our fourth installment of artists grouped according to the media they work in.   While these particular artists don’t all work in the same media, they do all incorporate more than one medium in their work!

At Location #7, we find

Heather MacIntosh, A.O.C.A.  macintosh2-jpg

A painting style that walks the edge between representational and abstract.

519-536-3163

heathermacintosh.com 

 

 

and

Linda Yeoman  yeoman

Unique gourd sculptures retaining organic integrity and mixed media washi & vintage collages.

519-424-3612

facebook.com/LindaYeomanFineArt

 

Heading further south brings us to

Jared Smith  jaredsmith2

at Location #5

Mixed media landscapes and satire on weathered wood and metal.

519-842-9443

applesauceman@rogers.com

And then, with perhaps a few stops in between, back north to

wassink2-copy

Gracia Wassink

at Location #2

Unique mixed media and encaustic art canvases – hidden layers, textures and depth.

519-463-9969

graciawassink.com

 

Remember, no matter how you choose to do the tour, you’ll probably find something that you love.

Three-Dimensional Sculpture and Pottery on the Oxford Studio Tour

With less than a week to go before the tour starts, here is our third installment about media featured on it.  We’ve covered watercolour artists and acrylic artists so far, and now we are going to look at those who create art that is three-dimensional rather than two.  These include ceramic artists, potters, sculptors, and those who find something with a beautiful natural shape and make it into an art piece by painting it or finishing it decoratively in some way.  Jewellery is of course, also three-dimensional, but we will group them together in a different post.

So, especially if you have some space on a shelf or a table that needs to be beautifully filled, check out these artists at their locations:

beecraft1

Ashley Beecraft

at Location #4

Ashley uses the ceramic process to create her menagerie of misfit beasts.

226-228-6111

beecraft.ca

 

 

At Location #5 there is both

Deb Beard dbeard

Sculpted and thrown ceramic works.

519-842-2228

beards4@rogers.com

 

and

Jan Duncanjduncan

An avid creationist who hopes to expose people to the beauty of wood.

519-485-5880

jantheduncan@gmail.com

 

Next we have

romboutsIneke Rombouts

at Location #6

Decorative and functional pottery in vibrant colours – handbuilding and wheel.  Every piece original and unique.

519-425-0206

rombouts.ca

 

Then

Linda Yeoman  yeoman

at Location #7

Unique gourd sculptures retaining organic integrity and mixed media washi & vintage collages.

519-424-3612

facebook.com/LindaYeomanFineArt

and at the next stop

Paulette Robertson  robertson-2-jpg

Location #8

Clay artist and primitive rug hooker.  A love of folk art and whimsy is evident in her work.

519-485-3504

i_robertson9@sympatico.ca

From there, it’s a whole bunch of location numbers but a rather short drive to Woodstock where you’ll find

Ruth Hartley   hartley-r1

at Location #17

Functional stoneware and decorative pieces – uniquely styled mugs, bowls, platters, vases,  ovenware and wearable art.

519-469-3781

ruthhartleypottery@hotmail.com

 

And coming to the end of the stop numbers, there is

Keri Axon  keriaxon

at Location #18

Decorative pottery  –  wheel–thrown or hand built.  “I love the way porcelain responds to glazes.”

519-421-0806

keriaxon@gmail.com

 

Remember, many of our tour locations feature more than one artist, or more than one medium worked in.  So even if you plan your tour based on one of the lists mentioned in these blog posts, you’ll find a number of other kinds of art along your way!  Be sure to have a look at our other posts if this is your first encounter, and stay tuned or subscribe to see more coming up all this week!

Artists on Oxford Studio Tour who use Acrylics

This post features the artists on the tour who use acrylic paints as either their main medium or as one of their main media, alone.  There will be a separate post for those who often use mixed media.

Starting again from the last number in locations and moving toward the beginning number, we have:

Kate Innes  kate-innes

at Location #18

Contemporary acrylics defined by texture and bold strokes of colour.

519-537-3290

kd.innes@hotmail.com

 

 

Rita Milton  rmilton

at Location #17

Acrylics on canvas featuring a kaleidoscope of colour.

519-290-4744

ritamilton.com

Skipping a Location, we then have

Phil Littlephil-little2-480x640-480x640

at Location #15

Watercolour and acrylic paintings of local, western Canada and Florida landscapes.

519-421-0083

andreaaikenhead@hotmail.com

 

 

along with

Susan Fenlonfenlon-jpeg-02

Vibrant impressionistic paintings inspired by the landscapes and people of here and abroad. Commissions welcome.

519-290-1770

suefenlon10@gmail.com

 

 

And skipping another Location there is

julie-hawkins-10Julie Hawkins

at Location #13

Original art made with passion and paint.

519-539-3796

juliehawkins.ca

 

 

Next, it’s

debelleval1Michael de Belleval

at Location #12

Acrylic abstracts and realistic watercolours of Ontario and beyond.  Studio open with a phone call.

519-462-2902

mdebelleval@hotmail.com 

 

 

It’s a few Locations until the next one, and then we have several in a row:

dgardnertriptychDanielle Gardner

at Location #9

Legacy artist of the Group of Seven, painting the Ontario landscape.  Commissions/lessons available.

519-857-8210

philosopherswalk.ca

 

David Gifforddavegifford2-800x600

at Location #8

Vibrant, vigorous and evocative paintings by an artist using autism as a gift of expression.

226-973-8058

website temporarily unavailable

 

Frankie Armitage  frankie armitage

at Location #7

Original paintings in acrylic and oil in a variety of styles and subject matter.

519-475-4004

artbyfrankie.ca

 

Sue Simpsonsimpson3

at Location #6

Representational and abstract intuitive paintings expressed with colour, texture and mixed media.

519-272-4331

suesimpson999@gmail.com

Valerie Zadowvzadow

at Location #5

Realistic and vivid watercolours and acrylics of flowers and the English countryside.  Commissions welcome.

519-842-9167

vzadow5@gmail.com

 

 

Rhonda Franks the-call-of-spring-rfranks

at Location #4

Realistic wildlife and nature paintings in acrylic and watercolour with beautiful attention to detail.

519-424-2516

rhondafranks.com

And finally, one more at the first Location on the tour,

gpayne-1-copyGary Payne

at Location #1

Playful, colourful, expressive non-objective painting with a sometimes unexpected twist.

519-454-8590

dgamcove2@gmail.com

 

So, if acrylic paintings are your favourite kind of art, you have a wide selection to choose from here – but don’t limit yourself!  Stay tuned for more media featured in this excellent trip around the Oxford County countryside on the weekend of May 6 & 7.  And if you are just noticing us, check out the previous post regarding watercolour artists, as well as the rest of the site which is full of information for you about this event.

Watercolour Artists on the Tour

Our 10th Annual tour is only a couple of weekends away, May 6 & 7, and for the next couple of weeks we’ll be featuring the different media represented in our selection of artists.  Today, we are featuring the watercolour artists on the tour.

Some of these artists use watercolour as their primary medium, while others do watercolours as a complement to their primary medium, so the art featured in this post may or may not be painted in watercolour.  In either case, all have their own unique ways of expressing themselves through this very challenging medium which has a rich and varied history.

Starting with Location #15, we have

Kristi Osinga  OsingaKristi1sm

A complement of watercolour and natural colours including coffee and walnut ink on canvas and paper.

226-228-2761

kristiosinga.wordpress.com

Phil Littlephil-little2-480x640-480x640

Watercolour and acrylic paintings of local, western Canada and Florida landscapes.

519-421-0083

andreaaikenhead@hotmail.com

 

 

 

At Location #14,

kellybradley2-jpgKelly Bradley

Bright and bold watercolours depicting nature.

519-421-2171

kellybradley-art.com

 

 

 

Skipping to Location #12, we find

debelleval1Michael de Belleval

Acrylic abstracts and realistic watercolours of Ontario and beyond.  Studio open with a phone call.

519-462-2902

mdebelleval@hotmail.com 

 

 

 

Then, at Location #11, warner2

Bunny Warner

Realistic and detailed drawings rendered with pen and ink, graphite and watercolour.  Commissions welcome.

519-295-0054

www.artworkbybunnywarner.com

 

 

Several stops later, at Location #7, we find

Heather MacIntosh, A.O.C.A.  macintosh2-jpg

A painting style that walks the edge between representational and abstract.

519-536-3163

heathermacintosh.com 

 

 

 

then at Location #6, we have

Valerie Zadowvzadow

Realistic and vivid watercolours and acrylics of flowers and the English countryside.  Commissions welcome.

519-842-9167

vzadow5@gmail.com

 

 

and

Tabitha Verbuyst  verbuyst3

Mystery, vibrancy, beauty and emotion expressed through ink, watercolour and oil works.

519-859-6765

tabithasmithd.wix.com/tabitha-develter

 

 

 

Skipping to Location #4, we have

Rhonda Franks the-call-of-spring-rfranks

Realistic wildlife and nature paintings in acrylic and watercolour with beautiful attention to detail.

519-424-2516

rhondafranks.com

(Rhonda is also the designer of our tour brochures, available in many places around the area or from any of our artists.)

and

suegoossensSue Goossens

A distinct watercolour style….. Gallery in her home is open all year by appointment.

519-879-6352

suegoossens.ca

 

(Sue organizes and carries out most of the tasks involved in making the Oxford Studio Tour a success – just about everything except the brochures and the website, though she also gathers the information necessary for them.  A large round of applause for her comes from all of the artists! )

and finally at Location #3, it is

Lianne Todd

 

 

Vivid watercolours and digital art reflecting nature’s patterns with depth and unique vision.

519-879-9903

liannetodd.wordpress.com & fractaliart.com

 

(Lianne has been responsible for updating the website for several years now, and is the writer of this blog.  She also happens to be one of the Co-Representatives for the Canadian Branch of the International Watercolor Society (IWS).)( IWSCanada)

Insights on what inspires some Oxford Studio Tour artists

Every year we have a little help from a good friend to the tour in promoting it.  The article that follows is his writing, and the photo credit goes to him as well.

The balletic beauty of dance captured in crystalline pendant.

Contrasting dark and light windows into the yin and yang of an artist’s soul.

Creativity fired by imagination and a 1,650-degree oven.

And playful technique generating abstract vision from a natural scene.

The 10th Annual Oxford Studio Tour Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. features 38 individual artists, including nine new exhibitors at 18 locations throughout the county. Glossy brochures available at art galleries and tourist sites both in the country and beyond, and the website http://www.oxfordstudiotour.ca contain a complete listing of artists, descriptions of their work, locations and detailed maps. Those seeking further information may call 519-842-6151.

The collective works in double digits worth of distinct media ranging through various painting styles and photography to pottery, jewellery and fibre arts, journeying disparate artistic routes along a linked quest for creative expression.

“She looks like she’s on point,” explained Judy Feskun of a rose quartz heart crystal pendant combination topped by a tourmaline (“flower in her hair”) she refers to as ‘The Ballerina.’

“I see something (in her mind) and I make it,” continued Feskun, who began creating sterling silver and copper wire and semi-precious stone jewellery 15 years ago after reading an article on wire wrapping. “All I was thinking was ballerina, because she dances on point.”

Each component is meticulously selected to fit her original vision and composed using pliers and wire-cutters, a simple, elemental process bringing Feskun close enough to her work to personify each piece, be it the ballerina, or a related compilation using doubled, darker hearts.

“I call her the belly dancer.”

‘Darker’ vision may not have been Tabitha Verbuyst’s goal. But exploration of broken, abandoned and forgotten things took her down that road in an oil painting of a derelict white house surrounded by starkly dead trees and foreboding storm clouds, ‘yin’ to a contrasting ‘yang’ featuring a bright, yellow residence set off by a field of sunflowers.

“My daughter thinks the one has ghosts in it,” Verbuyst laughed, admitting the paintings illustrate elements of her own psyche.

“I’m drawn into that,” she admitted of an approach, both subject and colour, contrasting light and dark to create dramatically-emotional work intended to help the viewer bring a restored narrative to abandoned shells.

“You kind of draw your own conclusions to them.”

Janet Whittington’s process concludes with two hours at 1,650 F. It begins with precious metal particles, a binding agent and water formed into artisanal jewellery using hand-built pottery techniques.

“I liken it to pottery in miniature,” said Whittington.

The firing process leaves hollow pure silver or other precious metal forms with individually-patterned exteriors.

“I love all the textures I can create,” said Whittington, whose recent work is informed by a South-East Asian journey. This summer, Africa is on the horizon, physical experience she anticipates will translate into tangible results.

“It will be interesting to see what comes of that.”

It is interesting to see what has come of Gary Payne’s 30-year exploration of thinking and creating outside of the artistic box. A 1982 painting of a windmill reproduced in detail from a postcard contrasts sharply with a more recent ‘playful, colourful, non-objective’ view of the same. Placed side by side, the inspirational elements are clearly visible in an interpretation accomplished through contemporary techniques including a paintbrush with the bristles removed and stub honed via a pencil sharpener, knife blade, sponge, or a random piece of paper retrieved from the floor.

“This is the same thing,” smiled Payne, indicating the distantly-related pieces. “I love to play, I love to play.”

Those are but four of the creative visions on display throughout the two-day tour. Participants range from enthusiastic amateurs to seasoned 30-year professionals like Ontario Society of Artists member Cathy Groulx, whose work is featured in Ontario government collections. Regardless of experience level, or whether artists approach their work as livelihood or part-time outlet, there is a shared passion for the creative process.

“It’s a part of me that I can’t turn off,” said Groulx. “Every painting is a new challenge I look forward to.”

Every tour is a challenge looked forward to by organizers including Sue Goossens, a distinctive and well-known Otterville-area watercolour artist. The tour truly does offer something for everyone, says Goossens, a cliché, but accurate nonetheless.

The collected works represent a broad body of work both creatively and geographically that Goossens says is beyond the scope of two days. Rather than making the tour a race, she suggests previewing the brochure or website, narrowing down some preferences, including a new medium or two for variety, and spending some time to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the art.

“Talk to the artists,” she concluded. “Spend some time.”

 

The 10th Annual Oxford Studio Tour Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. features 38 individual artists, including nine new exhibitors at 18 locations throughout the county. Pictured here, are: (front row, left to right) Janet Whittington, Cathy Groulx and Judy Feskun. In the back, are: Tabitha Verbuyst, Gary Payne and Sue Goossens. Glossy brochures available at art galleries and tourist sites both in the country and beyond, and the website http://www.oxfordstudiotour.ca contain a complete listing of artists, descriptions of their work, locations and detailed maps. Those seeking further information may call 519-842-6151.