Art in Action Studio Tour
Art is Thriving in Burlington.
The month of November is being kicked off with the Art in Action Studio Tour an event that showcases area artists and their fabulous works. I am looking forward to a day out with a girlfriend, browsing and perhaps getting an early start on Christmas shopping with some unique one-of-a-kind gifts. A couple of years ago we spent a beautiful fall day visiting 4 or 5 of the studios, meeting the artists, admiring their works and selecting some fabulous gifts. It was a relaxing way to spend the day and really highlighted to me the talented creative community we have here in Burlington.
In its 11th year the studio tour is held on Saturday November 2 and Sunday November 3 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and this volunteer run event features 8 “studios” with 29 artists. With photography, jewellery, fine art oil, resin, mixed media and watercolour painting, hand turned wood, blacksmithing, goldsmithing, bead weaving, quilting, glass, and sculpture it will be hard to pick which studio to visit so it is a good thing we have Sunday too! I am really interested in the art of jewellery making and thinking that I might take a course sometime to make my own creations.
During Doors Open Burlington in September I met a number of the artists participating in the studio tour while I was at the sites in Lowville. Peter Schlotthauer is a blacksmith artist who proudly showed me numerous photos of designs he has done for customers around the world. His work was amazing and it gave me unique ideas for upcoming wedding gifts. Looking at his creative designs for gates and sculpture I would love to incorporate one of his pieces into my garden. Check out his website photo gallery to see furniture, accessories, fireplaces and sculptures – you will truly be inspired. During the studio tour Peter is at studio 2 at 524 Wicklow Rd. with Cheryl Miles Goldring (Fine Artist), Silvana Terry (Jeweller), and Ian Cowling (Photographer). Art in Action also supports budding artists and has awarded a $1500 scholarship to Robert Bateman High School student Michelle Nguyen. Michelle will also be featuring her art in studio 2 during the tour.
During Doors Open I also met sculptor Kristina Kirkwood and painter Tammy Hext who were demonstrating their artistic talents at the Walt Rickli Gallery. Although Kristina was sculpting during her demonstration she also does painting, printmaking, mould making and stained glass.
Tammy works primarily in oil and prefers to not paint the subject exactly and her website shows a variety of her works from landscapes to portraits. During the studio tour, Tammy is at studio 8 at 654 Spring Gardens Rd. with Teresa Seaton (Fine Art Stained Glass Studio & Gallery), Susan Bartolacci (Painter) and Cheryl Laakes (Fibre Artist/Jeweller). Kristina is at studio 5 at 1292 HiddenValley Rd. with Edward Hoyer (Fine Artist), Monica Bell (Quilter) and Tamara Kwapich (Fine Artist).
Of course the day wouldn’t be complete without stopping at one of the local restaurants for a bite and our challenge will be choosing from the many great locations. Tourism Burlington has a detailed list of culinary experiences so I am going to consult this for ideas and we will see what tempts our palate when we are out and about.
I could not mention all of the talented artists participating in this tour so I encourage you to visit the website to learn more about them and decide what studios you want to visit. Watch for my tweets during the tour at @BurlingtonTour
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