Oxford Studio Tour – Thank you and more!

All of our artist participants would like to thank those who took their precious weekend time this past spring to travel the roads of Oxford County, follow our provided maps or their own GPS devices looking for red studio tour signs, step hesitantly inside the studios (sometimes living spaces turned into studios or galleries) of perfect strangers, (or perhaps old friends?) and learn about the art they are driven to create.  And a triple thank you to those who decided they couldn’t walk away from the art without having some of it to take home!

We who organize the tour would like to thank all artist participants for contributing to this past spring’s tour – with their wonderful artwork and their savvy advertising skills and their efforts to make the tour worthwhile, well-known, and welcoming.

Now, we are busy creating!  As all artists know, preparation for any show begins long before the show – so the application for next year’s tour has been updated and is now available.  Whether you are a regular feature of the tour, or a new applicant, you must have your application in by October 19, 2018.  Apply now, or at least mark your calendar for a month or so ahead of the deadline so you don’t forget it!!

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Enjoy your art – on your walls OR in your studio!

 

 

 

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Creative visions – Oxford Studio Tour 2018

Lesley Penwill can be relentless in bending a subject’s will to her vision.
“I have a variety of hammers and a torch and a kiln,” smiled the Beachville-based artist, who forms, shapes and etches silver, copper, brass and stone into one-of-a-kind jewellery. “It happens, I just keep at it until it happens.”
“The piece makes promises to you and you have to hold it to them,” interjected Otterville painter Lianne Todd.
The transformative process is one Penwill’s husband Mike is familiar with, if not subject to.
“It doesn’t work that well with people,” Lesley laughed. “Fortunately, I think – I really like individuality.”

Original art resulting from unique creative vision through diverse media lies at the heart of the 11th Annual Oxford Studio Tour, Saturday May 5 and Sunday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., both days. Supported by event sponsor Bossy Nagy Group and a list of featured advertisers, a total of 37 artists in 19 locations are participating, showcasing unique oil, acrylic, watercolour and encaustic paintings, pen and ink and graphite drawings, mixed, digital media and photography, jewellery, weaving and fibre arts, gourds and pottery.

A full list of artists and studios by location, detailed tour Google maps and related information down to parking tips may be found at oxfordstudiotour.ca. Glossy full-colour brochures also featuring maps are available from the Station Arts Centre, Tourism Oxford, Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre, libraries throughout Oxford County and at southwestern Ontario tourism offices. During the two-day tour, each of 19 sites will feature distinctive red signs.

Those seeking more information are invited to call the Station Arts Centre at 519-842-6151, email office@stationarts.ca or access the ‘contact us’ option on the tour webpage.

“The quality of the art is amazing,” said Deb Beard, General Manager of Tillsonburg’s Station Arts Centre which acts as umbrella coordinating organization and host for several exhibitors. “It’s a perfect tour to begin or expand your collection.”
Oxford’s geographical diversity and the unique nature of its communities are definitely part of the experience says Beard, but due to its size, some tour participants may choose to focus on different areas of the county in alternate years. She also suggests advance research, allowing concentration on specific areas of interest.
“Having said that, don’t be afraid to try new things,” Beard encouraged. “And you will learn Oxford’s artistic community is vibrant.”

One does not have to be an artist to appreciate the latter, but it certainly has been the experience of painter Paul Walker, who has been working with acrylics for 15 years. A two-year resident of Tillsonburg via Restoule (exhibiting on the Country Roads studio tour) and a working career as an engineer in Hamilton, he is one of four new exhibitors to embrace ‘an exciting opportunity’ within a community of Oxford artists whose number and diversity surprised and impressed him.
“The quality of the work is excellent and the variety is amazing too,” says Walker, who as a painter, has particular interest in that form of expression. “But it’s nice to see the others as well.”

Otterville’s Todd both ‘bends’ and is bent by artistic inspiration, creating fractal art, capturing and printing snapshots on brushed aluminum of a striking moment during her exploration of the geometrical patterns in nature within a digitally-generated realm; and conversely, more traditional watercolour interpretations, not so much a precise rendering, but conveyance of their artistic essence.
“I try and remember what it was about the scene which originally inspired me.”

Paulette Robertson exhibits her own version of artistic diversity, a whimsical combination of primitive rug hooking reflecting her Maritime background, and hand-built pottery evolving from years of teaching children’s pottery.
“I like folky, funky things,” she smiled. “And the pieces I do are very folksy and funky.”

Like Robertson, Woodstock’s Keri Axon has experienced a journey, hers from sewing and weaving to decorative functional and non-functional wheel and hand-built pottery as retirement allows her to more fully explore her creative side.
“You do grow, you change as you work through the artistic process.”

Otterville-area artist Sue Goossens’s traditional, yet innovative watercolour style will also be on display, including a series on Scotland and an exploration of Vancouver Island.
“And playing around a bit with new colours,” said Goossens, who as one of the tour’s founders, remains pleased not only with its longevity, but continued evolution and growth while remaining true to its core principles.
“It’s original art for everyone,” she concluded.

~by Jeff Tribe

The 11th Annual Oxford Studio Tour is scheduled for Saturday May 5 and Sunday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, featuring 37 artists at 19 locations throughout the country, including (left to right) Sue Goossens, Paulette Robertson, Lianne Todd, Paul Walker, Lesley Penwill and Keri Axon. A full list of artists and studios by location, detailed tour Google maps and related information down to parking tips may be found at oxfordstudiotour.ca. Those seeking more information are invited to call the Station Arts Centre at 519-842-6151, email office@stationarts.ca or access the ‘contact us’ option on the tour webpage.

Photo credit: Jeff Tribe

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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”.

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

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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

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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.