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!


Oxford Studio Tour 2022!

It is officially less than a month until the Oxford Studio Tour. Yes, no April Fool’s joke, it is a real life event for the first time since 2019, and we are excited!



You can pick up printed brochures as of today at:

Early Bird coffee:  2 locations (these will be open during tour, also):

375 Dundas St N4S 1B6  & 815 Juliana Dr #3 Woodstock Ontario

Schaus Decorating, and

Your Farm Market in Woodstock.

Soon, they will also be available at:

Tourism Oxford,   580 Bruin Blvd,  Woodstock,  ON,   N4V 1E5

Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre,   125 Centennial Ln,  Ingersoll,  ON,   N5C 3V3

Station Arts Centre,   41 Bridge. St. W.,   Tillsonburg,  ON,   N4G 5P2

Or, you can just ask any of the artists on the tour for one. Other options include visiting our website for information on artists, links to Google maps of tour locations, and more. www.oxfordstudiotour.ca

Stay tuned!

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!

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!

 

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.”

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!