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.”

Artists on Oxford Studio Tour who use Acrylics

This post features the artists on the tour who use acrylic paints as either their main medium or as one of their main media, alone.  There will be a separate post for those who often use mixed media.

Starting again from the last number in locations and moving toward the beginning number, we have:

Kate Innes  kate-innes

at Location #18

Contemporary acrylics defined by texture and bold strokes of colour.

519-537-3290

kd.innes@hotmail.com

 

 

Rita Milton  rmilton

at Location #17

Acrylics on canvas featuring a kaleidoscope of colour.

519-290-4744

ritamilton.com

Skipping a Location, we then have

Phil Littlephil-little2-480x640-480x640

at Location #15

Watercolour and acrylic paintings of local, western Canada and Florida landscapes.

519-421-0083

andreaaikenhead@hotmail.com

 

 

along with

Susan Fenlonfenlon-jpeg-02

Vibrant impressionistic paintings inspired by the landscapes and people of here and abroad. Commissions welcome.

519-290-1770

suefenlon10@gmail.com

 

 

And skipping another Location there is

julie-hawkins-10Julie Hawkins

at Location #13

Original art made with passion and paint.

519-539-3796

juliehawkins.ca

 

 

Next, it’s

debelleval1Michael de Belleval

at Location #12

Acrylic abstracts and realistic watercolours of Ontario and beyond.  Studio open with a phone call.

519-462-2902

mdebelleval@hotmail.com 

 

 

It’s a few Locations until the next one, and then we have several in a row:

dgardnertriptychDanielle Gardner

at Location #9

Legacy artist of the Group of Seven, painting the Ontario landscape.  Commissions/lessons available.

519-857-8210

philosopherswalk.ca

 

David Gifforddavegifford2-800x600

at Location #8

Vibrant, vigorous and evocative paintings by an artist using autism as a gift of expression.

226-973-8058

website temporarily unavailable

 

Frankie Armitage  frankie armitage

at Location #7

Original paintings in acrylic and oil in a variety of styles and subject matter.

519-475-4004

artbyfrankie.ca

 

Sue Simpsonsimpson3

at Location #6

Representational and abstract intuitive paintings expressed with colour, texture and mixed media.

519-272-4331

suesimpson999@gmail.com

Valerie Zadowvzadow

at Location #5

Realistic and vivid watercolours and acrylics of flowers and the English countryside.  Commissions welcome.

519-842-9167

vzadow5@gmail.com

 

 

Rhonda Franks the-call-of-spring-rfranks

at Location #4

Realistic wildlife and nature paintings in acrylic and watercolour with beautiful attention to detail.

519-424-2516

rhondafranks.com

And finally, one more at the first Location on the tour,

gpayne-1-copyGary Payne

at Location #1

Playful, colourful, expressive non-objective painting with a sometimes unexpected twist.

519-454-8590

dgamcove2@gmail.com

 

So, if acrylic paintings are your favourite kind of art, you have a wide selection to choose from here – but don’t limit yourself!  Stay tuned for more media featured in this excellent trip around the Oxford County countryside on the weekend of May 6 & 7.  And if you are just noticing us, check out the previous post regarding watercolour artists, as well as the rest of the site which is full of information for you about this event.