The 2018 Oxford Studio Tour

Spring is on its way, and with it, anticipation of this year’s studio tour!  Our dates this year are May 5 & 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., so be sure to mark your calendars now as you don’t want to forget and plan something else by mistake.

The website is now completely up to date with all of this year’s artists, their locations including Google Maps, and samples of their work.  We also have the maps that are printed on the backs of the brochures on this site.  Our printed brochures will not be ready for another couple of weeks but feel free to request that one be sent to you by contacting us through the site, or by contacting any individual artist.  We will be happy to mail one to you.  Otherwise, they will be available in the usual locations around the county (libraries, kind and helpful businesses, tourism offices, etc.).  Speaking of kind and helpful businesses, be sure to check out our sponsors and their websites.  A huge thank you to all of them!

Unlike other years, we will not be posting about the artists or locations on this blog on a regular basis leading up to the tour dates.  Instead, we will be relying on each artist to promote the tour (and of course their stop on it) themselves, using the Facebook page, and their own email mailing lists or their own blogs or other social media accounts.  This spreads out the work and probably also reaches a wider audience.  Anything you readers can do to help us is much appreciated.  As artists, our advertising budgets are limited and sometimes our knowledge of where to advertise or simply broadcast the news is also limited.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and we hope to see you in our studios this May!



Oxford Studio Tour Application Deadline is Approaching

To all of our subscribers who are artists interested in being on the Oxford Studio Tour next year, this is just a friendly reminder that the application deadline is October 20.  That’s only two days away!  Applications will not be accepted later than that date.

Don’t forget, you could experience the fun of  studio touring in November by visiting Otterville on the weekend of November 18 & 19.  Welcome Back to Otterville is coming up!

Best wishes for a beautiful fall and winter.


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”.





Edser Thomas

at Location #16

Photographic art with a unique perspective.




Butterflire, digital, fractal, Lianne ToddLianne Todd

at Location #3

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

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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.



Bunny Warner

at Location #11

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



vitawilliamson2Vita Williamson

at Location #10

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




Tabitha Verbuyst  verbuyst3

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





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.




Susan Fenlonfenlon-jpeg-02

at Location #15

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




Frankie Armitage  frankie armitage

at Location #7

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



Tabitha Verbuyst  verbuyst3

at Location #5

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




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.



Maggie Robinson mrobinson1

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




Lesley Penwill lpenwill

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


Then, at Location #5,

Judy Feskunjfeskun1

Sterling silver and copper wire jewellery.




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.





Linda Yeoman  yeoman

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



Heading further south brings us to

Jared Smith  jaredsmith2

at Location #5

Mixed media landscapes and satire on weathered wood and metal.


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


Gracia Wassink

at Location #2

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



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:


Ashley Beecraft

at Location #4

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




At Location #5 there is both

Deb Beard dbeard

Sculpted and thrown ceramic works.




Jan Duncanjduncan

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



Next we have

romboutsIneke Rombouts

at Location #6

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




Linda Yeoman  yeoman

at Location #7

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


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.


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.



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.”



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.




Rita Milton  rmilton

at Location #17

Acrylics on canvas featuring a kaleidoscope of colour.


Skipping a Location, we then have

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at Location #15

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




along with

Susan Fenlonfenlon-jpeg-02

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




And skipping another Location there is

julie-hawkins-10Julie Hawkins

at Location #13

Original art made with passion and paint.




Next, it’s

debelleval1Michael de Belleval

at Location #12

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




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.



David Gifforddavegifford2-800x600

at Location #8

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


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Frankie Armitage  frankie armitage

at Location #7

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



Sue Simpsonsimpson3

at Location #6

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


Valerie Zadowvzadow

at Location #5

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




Rhonda Franks the-call-of-spring-rfranks

at Location #4

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


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.



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.