Tour is happening starting tomorrow!

Having just been alerted today about an accidentally pinned post on our blog on the site, which was from last year, we would like to reassure everyone that no cancellation has occurred and we are all set to welcome you tomorrow and Sunday.

These accidents happen! Hopefully no one has been misled. Thank you to Heather, a conscientious site visitor, for letting us know!

This Weekend!

Just a reminder that the Oxford Studio Tour is indeed this weekend: April 30 and May 1, 2022. Whether we should call it the 13th, 14th or 15th annual tour, after all the COVID postponements and virtualizations, is anyone’s guess, but we artists are excited to welcome tourists to our studios and galleries this year.

We encourage you to visit those you haven’t visited in previous years, or revisit to your heart’s content. All of us are just so happy we can finally do this again. Some have been super creative, others have been less so, with all that’s been happening. Regardless, we all have art we want you to see and in the past few years, not so much interaction with collectors. It will be a treat for all of us.

Please, while touring, we ask you to be mindful of others’ comfort and safety, and your own, as we will be. All of us will be doing our best!

If you need a map, click here, or go to the website’s home page or the Studios and Artists by Location page. While driving, look for the red signs. If you haven’t got a brochure, any artist should be able to provide you with one. Happy art touring!


A Glimpse of the Real Thing

Thirty-five participants in 18 locations are thrilled to be physically sharing their artistic vision once again through the 14th Annual Oxford Studio Tour, scheduled for Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“It will be nice to actually see people again,” said Burgessville-area wildlife and nature acrylic artist Rhonda Franks. “It’s nice to get an actual physical response to your work.”

COVID-19’s unwelcome arrival caused a one-year hiatus, then converted the 13th annual tour in 2021 to an online event due to ongoing pandemic challenges and restrictions. That experience underlined how fortunate one of the tour’s founders and ongoing organizers Sue Goossens of Otterville feels, ‘to be doing this again.’

“It’s something as an artist you look forward to.”

Full-colour brochures complete with descriptions of each artist and a tour map identifying individual and shared gallery locations (highlighted by red tour signs) are available at the Woodstock Art Gallery, Ingersoll’s Creative Arts Centre, Tillsonburg’s Station Arts Centre, tour sponsors and participating artists. Additional information including GPS coordinates is also included on the tour website (oxfordstudiotour.ca), available by calling 519-842-6151 or visiting the tour’s dedicated Facebook page. The latter will be hosting gift certificate giveaways courtesy of several participating artists throughout the month of April.

COVID’s dynamic nature has made establishing hard and fast criteria for artists and tour participants alike difficult. If artists have special requests for visitors with regards for example to sanitation or masking, they are to be clearly identified on location.

“The biggest thing is just being respectful,” said Tillsonburg-based oil painter Tabitha Verbuyst.

There is no charge for the tour, which covers both a wide range of Oxford County geographically, and media including oil, acrylic, watercolour painting, mixed media, graphite, pen and ink, pottery, jewellery, photography, weaving, fibre arts, encaustic, collage, digital art and gourds. Those resuming what has become an annual spring tradition celebrating and encouraging connection amongst the county’s artistic community and its supporters will notice a blend of familiar and new faces, offering what Goossens believes is ‘something for everyone’.

“It’s all out there, just waiting to be found.”

Feedback on the studio tour’s return has been ‘highly positive’ says Goossens, who believes it is not only artists looking forward to the weekend event.

“People are anxious to get out and do something as well,” she concluded.

From left, Paulette Robertson (foreground), Lianne Todd (rear), Sue Goossens (rear), Aggie Armstrong (front), Lesley Penwill (front), Tabitha Verbuyst (rear) and Rhonda Franks (rear) are among 35 participating artists in 18 locations featured on the 14th Annual Oxford Studio Tour, scheduled for Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information on the tour can be found in full-colour brochures, the tour website (oxfordstudiotour.ca), by calling 519-842-6151 or visiting the tour’s dedicated Facebook page.

From left, Paulette Robertson (foreground), Lianne Todd (rear), Sue Goossens (rear), Aggie Armstrong (front), Lesley Penwill (front), Tabitha Verbuyst (rear) and Rhonda Franks (rear) are among 35 participating artists in 18 locations featured on the 15th Annual Oxford Studio Tour, scheduled for Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information on the tour can be found in full-colour brochures, the tour website (oxfordstudiotour.ca), by calling 519-842-6151 or visiting the tour’s dedicated Facebook page.

Artists’ Application for 2022 Tour

We are feeling very positive about holding a freshly planned art studio tour in Oxford County, Ontario in 2022!

To be included as an artist on the tour please read the artists’ application carefully, follow ALL directions, download, print, fill, and scan to send by email, or send the filled form and any other required materials by mail to the address listed in the application.

All artists (first time or previously included artists) must submit an appropriately filled application with specified requirements and it must be submitted on time.

Link to Application Form for 2022 Oxford Studio Tour

Deadline is October 18, 2021.

Happy creating!

Virtual Oxford Studio Tour

As you know, our Oxford Studio Tour, which would have been this weekend, has been cancelled once again due to COVID-19.

We know visiting our art onscreen is not the same as the fun of touring around Oxford County and seeing each artist in person, along with all of their fabulous art, but what to do? We decided to make the best of it and hold a virtual tour in the form of a Facebook Event. Consider yourself invited! Join in by clicking “Going”, then check out the “Discussions” button to see all of the artwork being showcased. Artist contact info should be available at each post. We’d all be thrilled if you decided to purchase a piece, but we are happy if you just want to look, like, share, etc. It is open to the public and it is free. It’s on right now, and it will be open until 9 a.m. May 7.

After that, just follow the directions for non-Facebook users:

For those not on Facebook, it might be fun to visit our Studios and Artists by Location Page here on our website, and just visit each artist’s website.

2021 Tour Cancelled

Once again, we find ourselves in the position where we have to cancel the Oxford Studio Tour. We had thought we would be able to hold it this May 1&2, with COVID-19 safety protocols in place. However, with the recent province-wide restrictions being put in place, we have to cancel.

So, we will start fresh this fall with a new application for artists, a new plan for the tour, and new brochures for next year. Please stay informed by subscribing to this blog, if you haven’t already. We will also make announcements on our Facebook Page, and as individual artists.

As you can imagine, it’s been a difficult year to show our art or to make art sales happen. If you would like to support your local artists, it always helps when you ‘like’ and ‘share’ their art on social media, and when you ‘follow’ their blogs or their pages. Visiting their websites helps too. These are small actions with huge consequences. All of these things can exponentially increase an artists’ internet exposure, so that more eyes will fall upon their art. This, in turn, can increase sales for the artists.

Of course, we’d also love it if you yourself chose to purchase a piece. This is usually possible even if we cannot open our doors to tourists or have live gallery shows. Just contact us and we will find a way.

We hope to see you in 2022! Thank you for your interest.

Oxford Studio Tour 2021 – updates!

We have decided to go ahead with our Oxford Studio Tour this year, given the hopeful outlook of having vaccines, the ability and knowledge of everyone to more easily comply with COVID-19 prevention strategies, and the desire to do something fun that isn’t online!

It will occur on May 1 & 2, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.   All precautions will be taken to ensure a safe tour for everyone, given the current pandemic.  Please follow all guidelines and instructions at each location.  Masks will be required at all times.  We thank you for your cooperation and patience in this!

We will be using the brochures that we had printed for the 2020 tour, however they may not be available in some of the places you are accustomed to seeing them.  We have not distributed them yet, and that won’t be happening for a little while.  A notice will go out from here when we do, so you will know where to find them.  You could also ask one of the artists for one – you can use the contact information for an artist here on the site, or you can use our contact us page.

There will be several changes from the original tour plan, so these will be reflected on the website, and on the Google map of the tour.  People move, venues become unavailable, etc. etc.  None of the artists are required to participate, so some are opting out for this year.  We will attempt to modify the brochures with the new information, but it would still be best for you to consult the website before embarking on the tour!

These are the changes we know of so far (for details see Studios and Artists by Location):

For Location #1:  only 2 of the original 3 artists will be participating.

For Location #3:  the location will be different, and only 3 or the original 4 artists will be participating.

For Location #13:  the location will be different.

For Location #14:  this location is completely cancelled

For Location #16:  the location will be different.

Please subscribe to this blog to stay up to date.   Thank you for supporting your local artists by spreading the news about the tour in any way you can.  Stay tuned!

 

Oxford Studio Detour Invitation

Oxford Studio DETOUR

Fall is just around the corner and we have now decided that with the current pandemic situation it is too risky to plan on holding the Oxford Studio Tour on our previously mentioned alternate date in November.

Instead, we are postponing this year’s tour to its normal time slot in May of next year.

In the meantime, we are having an art show and sale during the month of October at the Station Arts Centre in Tillsonburg, Ontario.  It is called, appropriately, the Oxford Studio Detour.

Please consider yourself invited!  See the invitation below for details.  There will be one or two pieces of art from each of the 28 participating artists, so you will get a real taste of the tour.  Visitors are welcome to stop in anytime Monday to Saturday 9-4 pm from Oct 2-30 to view the exhibit without an appointment. COVID-19 safety measures will be in place.

There won’t be a formal opening, because of the pandemic, however appointment arrangements can be made with any particular artist if you wish to have them present.  The Station will need to know a day ahead of time, with the number of people and contacts.  Otherwise, no appointment is necessary!

Oxford Studio Detour Invitation

Oxford Studio Tour 2020 – mark your calendars!

The website is now completely updated with all the information you need for the 2020 Oxford Studio tour.  This will be our 13th annual event and takes place May 2 & 3 (always the weekend before Mother’s Day weekend).  Participating studios and galleries will be open 10 am to 5 pm on both days.

The Home page contains links to all of the other pages either on the menu or within the text, pertinent information about the tour, as well as a direct link to a Google Map of the whole tour, and a slideshow of the kinds of art you will see as you travel around.  It also gives you a visual idea of what to look for when searching out our brochures.

Check out who is on the tour this year on the Studios and Artists by Location page.  At the top of that page, there is a link again to a Google Map of the whole tour.  Each Location entry shows who is there, provides a blurb about each artist’s work, a sample image provided by each artist, links to the artists’ websites and/or contact information, and a link to a Google Map of that specific Location.

The Brochure Maps page provides digital versions of the maps found on this year’s  brochure.  It also contains links to the aforementioned Google Map.

Thank you for spreading the word about us any way you can!

 

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!