Artists’ Application for 2020 Oxford Studio Tour is now available!

This post is for the artists!

We have just put the application for next year’s tour on the website.  It is also available directly at this link:  Artists’ Application 2020 OST

The deadline for application, including payment, is October 18, 2019.  Please read the application carefully, and apply as early as you can.

If you are a subscriber to this blog, please forward this to other artists you think might wish to be on the tour, and encourage them to subscribe as well.

Thank you!

Next Weekend!

We are in the last week before the 12th Annual Oxford Studio TourForty 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!

12th Annual Oxford Studio Tour May 4&5, 2019

The 12th Annual Oxford Studio Tour will feature 40 artists including seven newcomers in 16 locations Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Representing the group, are: (Ieft to right) Sue Goossens, Vonnie Snyder, Alex Smith, Lesley Penwill (front), Tabitha Verbuyst (rear) and Kate Innes. Information on the tour is available in glossy full-colour brochures available in area artistic and tourist sites, via the website oxfordstudiotour.ca, or by calling 519-842-6151.

A taste of the tour:

Artistically, Kate Innes is ‘bi-painter.’

She thoroughly enjoys structured floral brushwork, but also finds meaningful excitement in the passionate disorder of contemporary landscape.

“I call it commando painting,” the Woodstock-based artist and 2019 Oxford Studio Tour participant explained. “I mix up all my colours and apply them in a very distinctive way.

“Spontaneous is probably the best way of describing it, it’s a very spontaneous process and not so much painting, it’s more different applications of paint, experiencing or playing with paint.”

Innes is one of 40 Oxford-based artists sharing their passionate vision at 16 locations through the 12th annual tour Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oil, acrylic, graphite, watercolour, mixed media, photographic, digital and encaustic images will be on display along with pottery, artisanal jewelry, weaving and fibre arts, woodworking, garden metal work and gourd sculptures.

“Everything but the kitchen sink,” smiled Tillsonburg Stations Arts General Manager Deb Beard. “We have a great mix this year.”

Oxford’s ‘group of 40’ features seven newcomers says founding member Sue Goossens, an Otterville-area based watercolour professional displaying a series inspired during a recent Italian journey. From comparatively humble beginnings, the tour has become a spring fixture for the county’s artistic community, dynamically mirroring individual progression.

“It’s been an awesome growing experience.”

Oxford is geographically as well as artistically diverse, and Goossens encourages potential patrons to help plan their day or weekend by reviewing a map and descriptive list of individual artists and their locations in glossy full-colour brochures available in area galleries and tourist sites or the tour website oxfordstudiotour.ca). Interested persons can call 519-842-6151 for more information, and may also wish to consider lunch at sponsor JP’s Barbecue at Otterville’s Otter Creek Golf Club, an award-winning Gunn’s Hill Cheese selection or dining experience at Woodstock’s Six Thirty Nine or Ingersoll’s Elm Hurst Inn.

Those with time may choose to ‘do it all’ Goossens continued, encouraging others to research both route and personal preferences – still leaving time and space to explore outside their artistic comfort zone.

“Be prepared for some great discoveries.”

Innes’s own epiphany came during a course in New York with artist Robert Burridge, and has led to canvas reproductions of her work on offer with retailers in the U.S., Great Britain and Europe.

“It just exposed a whole new way of working with paint,” said Innes, who employs pallet knives, credit cards and blue shop towels as application implements. “It’s not literal, it’s more interpretive.

“For me, it’s light on the landscape.”

Although too young to recognize Eddie Rabbit’s musical musings, Tabitha Verbuyst does love investigating the darkness of rainy nights through oil, ink and water colour.

“I’m drawn to dancing of light across rainy surfaces,” said Verbuyst, whose work embraces motion, life and architecture, new looks at locations familiar to Tillsonburg and area residents. “It’s a pretty fun series.”

Beyond fun, art has been restorative for Vonnie Snyder, who will be showcasing acrylic florals and landscapes at a location shared with Linda Yeoman, Sue Simpson and Heather McIntosh. Snyder’s return to art three-and-a-half years ago has proven therapeutic response to personal loss and physical challenge, her 2018 tour debut the direct result of encouragement resulting in enjoyment and expanded learning.

“Friends kind of provided the push I needed to get things moving in my life, creatively.” A fan of nature and playing with colour, Snyder hides a heart in all of her paintings, representing emotional commitment to each piece.

Alex Smith is a newcomer to the tour, but certainly not to woodworking. A childhood affinity for working with wood and building things was sustained through a career as a professional engineer and accredited photographer. Beyond doing his own home renovations and building furniture, Smith has close to 40 years of experience on a lathe.

“Real wood has a feel and look that makes you want to touch it, rub it and hold it in your hands.”

His creations in spalted (discolouration caused by fungi) and exotic woods range from bowls and cutting boards to beer can holders and drink coasters.

“These things are just fun to make.”

Exposing tour participants to a wide variety of items in equally-diverse price ranges is certainly part of the exercise. But echoing Smith’s words, artisanal jewelry creator Lesley Penwill says it’s also about fun, for all involved.

“It really is still an exciting experience,” she said, looking forward to reconnecting with familiar faces in her sixth year. “And we get so many new people too.”

Penwill’s jewelry has evolved over those years, and she finds welcome reaffirmation of her own creative journey through personal feedback tour participants provide, illustrating artistic interpretation is not limited to artists.

“Good or bad,” Penwill smiled in conclusion. “People’s ideas are wonderful – I love their thoughts and opinions.”

OST 2019 Deadline Approaching

Hello to all the artists out there in Oxford County… hope you’ve been creating happily.

In case it has slipped your mind, the deadline for next spring’s Oxford Studio Tour is fast approaching – only one week away!  To all those who have already applied, thank you.  To the rest of you, time to download the application from the Artists’ Application page and get some good photos together of your beautiful work.  We look forward to working with you!

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.

And of course, we can never thank our sponsors enough!

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!!

If you haven’t yet subscribed to (followed) this blog, please do so now, so you won’t miss any news.

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

 

 

 

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.