We are in the last week before the 12th Annual Oxford Studio Tour. Forty artists all around Oxford County, Ontario, Canada, are busily framing and putting the finishing touches on their carefully created works. Some will be packing them up soon to take to host studios and art centres, others will be madly cleaning their houses and especially their display areas to make sure everything is in shape to host at their own studios and galleries. While many of us show at various exhibits all year long, the tour weekend gives us a real chance to meet the art lovers in our region and hopefully make a few sales.
There are 16 Locations on the tour this year. You get to decide which ones you want to visit, whether it is based on what kind of art you want to see, where you want to go, how long you can sit in the car, or which ones you’ve already been to in previous years. Admission is free, as always, and the website has a complete guide with links to maps. You may have already picked up a brochure at one of the many locations they are available. Many businesses have been very kind to us and we appreciate it so much! They are also available at each studio.
If you can’t do the tour this year, or if you can, but you are not in the market for a piece of art, you may wish to consider other ways you can support your favourite local artists: visit their websites, subscribe to their blogs, ‘like’ their posts, forward their art event emails to your friends, share their posts or their websites on social media or just simply tell your friends and relatives about them. Every little bit you do means new eyes will see the art. We will love you for it!