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November Studio Tours, Tea Festival, Soup Bowl

by Pam Belgrade

Burlington is a year round hub of art activities but the month of November seems to be a busy one with many creative events to inspire you including Art in Action studio tours, RBG’s Tea Festival and the Art Gallery of Burlington’s Soup Bowl fundraiser.

Art in Action Studio Tour

The month starts off on November 3 & 4 with the 16th annual Art in Action Studio Tour that showcases area artists and their fabulous works.  I am looking forward to a day out with a friend, browsing and getting an early start on Christmas shopping with some unique one-of-a-kind gifts.   For several years now I have spent a beautiful fall day visiting the studios, meeting artists, admiring their works and selecting some amazing pieces.  This volunteer run event features 9 “studios” with 28 artists.   With Photography, Jewellery, Fine Art, Hand Turned Wood, Fibre art, Quilting, Glass art, Metal art, Print making and Sculpture it will be hard to pick which studios to visit so it is a good thing it is held over two days!    I am really interested in the jewellery, stained glass and quilting and would love to take these courses to make my own creations. If you want to see a preview of what to expect at the studio tour the Art Gallery of Burlington has a pre-tour reception and sale on Thursday October 25 and the exhibition continues at the gallery until November 3.  Art iin Action has awarded the 2018 High School Graduate Fine Arts Scholarship to Hannah Doherty from Nelson High School.  This studio tour showcases the very talented creative community we have here in Burlington.

RBG Tea Festival

On the same weekend from November 3-4 the Royal Botanical Gardens is hosting their 3rd annual Tea festival.   Celebrate the classic hot beverage with live performances and experience its cultural origins first-hand with a traditional tea ceremony. Discover some new favourites while sampling teas from around the world, then learn about tea culture, history, and taste with educational presentations from our special guests.  I have attended this event and it is a nice outing with your BFF even if you are not a tea granny! You can get some of your holiday shopping done at both the festival where you can purchase teas, tea sets and other related items plus at the amazing RBG gift shop.

Art Gallery of Burlington Soup Bowl EventSoup Bowl & Fine Art & Craft Sale

Another can’t miss annual event is the Soup Bowl and Fine Art & Craft Sale now in its 19th year and held at the Art Gallery of Burlington (AGB) from November 21-25.  This event is that perfect mix – culinary delights and retail therapy!  Here is how the Soup Bowl works.  You choose a fabulous handcrafted ceramic bowl from the hundreds of choices hand made by potters from across Ontario.  Then you fill it with your choice of gourmet soups made by local restaurants.  Add a crisp, fresh salad, roll and yummy dessert.  The best part is that you keep the bowl you chose, a volunteer wisks it away, and it is returned clean and packed for you to take home. Over the years I have gotten a number of beautiful bowls in many shapes, sizes and colours that I proudly display and use for dips, candies, and soup of course!  The Soup Bowl is a very popular event so reserve your seat early to avoid disappointment.  You can book tickets online or purchase in person at the gallery.  (See last year’s video below for inspiration.)

As an added bonus the Guilds of Arts Burlington are having their annual Christmas Sale from November 22 -25 at the Gallery and it is a great opportunity for you to do some shopping for beautiful hand-made gifts.  With numerous artisans participating, there is a lot to choose from for everyone on your gift list.  I usually pick up some great hostess gifts, stocking stuffers and one-of-a-kind items.  I also have bought some lovely items for myself to spruce up my holiday wardrobe. There is no fee to attend the sale and hours are from Thursday & Friday from 9 am – 9 pm and Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 5 pm.  While at AGB be sure to also drop into the Art Etc. Gift shop one of my favorite haunts, to check out their beautiful holiday display of Canadian arts and crafts.

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