After taking a break from the Tour in 2016 I'm pleased to be returning to the Perth Autumn Studio Tour once again this year. My studio (#2 on the map) will be open 10am - 5pm over Thanksgiving weekend (October 7-9).
There are 6 studios to visit this year and 21artists participating - including many new guests. People have been enjoying the 'glimpses' into the lives of our artists we've been posting on our Facebook and Instagram channels. Be sure to check them out to get a sense of who we all are and what we make!
This year I am excited to be welcoming a number of guests to the studio.. We are a wonderfully diverse lot!
- Zoë Lianga makes unusual, beautiful felted pieces and wearable art. Check out a fun video of her amazing process here.
- Willa Murray works with leather. She is making imaginative, sensual, and some pretty cool things from brand new mobiles to custom made shoes that I am drooling over.
- For anyone (me for instance) who loves the land around eastern Ontario, Gary Barr's paintings will strike a chord. More about Gary and his work is here
- And Scott Dobson is back with his incredible garden sculptures made from cedar rails. You will also see two examples of his 'sheep fence' - a traditional fencing style from Lanark County - here at my place, and across the road at Fieldwork.
Speaking of Fieldwork....This is a public art project located across the road from my studio, which I have coordinated for the past decade. Autumn is a beautiful time to wander the trails and contemplate the relationship between creativity and the land. Soundwork - this year's exhibition - includes 6 new site-responsive installations that explore the use of sound. More about Fieldwork and Soundwork can be found here . Fieldwork is open to the public year-round, free of charge.
Many of you also attend a wonderful exhibition and sale I usually participate in called 260 Fingers (November). This year, I will be taking a 'sabbatical' from 260, as I have been accepted to do a 2 month ceramics residency at Medalta in Alberta beginning right after the studio tour. I am so grateful for this opportunity to spend some focused time developing my work and doing research that I hope will help my work evolve in meaningful ways. Many thanks to the Ontario Arts Council for supporting this residency through their National and International Residencies Grants Program.
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Hoping you are all in fine form and enjoying this glorious September. I look forward to seeing some of you in a few weeks!