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!

 

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.”

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!

 

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.

Oil Painters on the Oxford Studio Tour

Only a few types of media left in our series of guides to help you plan your personal tour.  Good thing, because it starts in two days!

Here are the oil painters featured this year:

groulxCathy Groulx O.S.A.

at Location #17

Realistic oil paintings on canvas. Studio in home open all year, with commissions welcome.

519-539-1182

cathygroulx.com

 

 

Susan Fenlonfenlon-jpeg-02

at Location #15

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

519-290-1770

suefenlon10@gmail.com

 

 

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

 

Tabitha Verbuyst  verbuyst3

at Location #5

Mystery, vibrancy, beauty and emotion expressed through ink, watercolour and oil works.

519-859-6765

tabithasmithd.wix.com/tabitha-develter

 

 

Again, some of these artists work in other types of media as well, and may be in the company of other artists at their location.  Mapping out your own tour with these posts to help you can be a fun part of the experience, and you can always add stops in between or afterward to complete your day trip.

Two more posts to go!

Jewellery artists on the Oxford Studio Tour

As the week is passing its midpoint and the weekend beckons us, we present our fifth installment of artists featured by the media they work in.

Jewellery can be a lovely way to bring the beauty of art with you wherever you go.  If this is what you are looking for, allow us to guide you:

Beginning at Location #8, we have several!

Janet Whittington whittington3

Timeless artisanal jewellery using precious metal clay, 24 k gold, sterling silver and semi-precious stones.
519-485-4210
www.facebook.com/adornmentsbyj

 

 

Maggie Robinson mrobinson1

Fibres, beads and paint – a day without creating is like a day without sunshine.

519-485-6289

mag.rob@sympatico.ca

 

and

Lesley Penwill lpenwill

Wire jewellery in exciting configurations of semi-precious stones,  hand textured metals and  beautiful beads.

519-423-6500

thegatehouserocks@live.ca

Then, at Location #5,

Judy Feskunjfeskun1

Sterling silver and copper wire jewellery.

519-837-3136

stix-n-stones.ca

 

 

But of course, you won’t want to end your tour there… that’s only two stops!  Stay tuned this week for more guidelines (even better, hit that follow button!) and be sure to have a look at our previous posts this year.

Encaustic, Mixed Media, and Collage work featured on the Oxford Studio Tour

This is our fourth installment of artists grouped according to the media they work in.   While these particular artists don’t all work in the same media, they do all incorporate more than one medium in their work!

At Location #7, we find

Heather MacIntosh, A.O.C.A.  macintosh2-jpg

A painting style that walks the edge between representational and abstract.

519-536-3163

heathermacintosh.com 

 

 

and

Linda Yeoman  yeoman

Unique gourd sculptures retaining organic integrity and mixed media washi & vintage collages.

519-424-3612

facebook.com/LindaYeomanFineArt

 

Heading further south brings us to

Jared Smith  jaredsmith2

at Location #5

Mixed media landscapes and satire on weathered wood and metal.

519-842-9443

applesauceman@rogers.com

And then, with perhaps a few stops in between, back north to

wassink2-copy

Gracia Wassink

at Location #2

Unique mixed media and encaustic art canvases – hidden layers, textures and depth.

519-463-9969

graciawassink.com

 

Remember, no matter how you choose to do the tour, you’ll probably find something that you love.

Three-Dimensional Sculpture and Pottery on the Oxford Studio Tour

With less than a week to go before the tour starts, here is our third installment about media featured on it.  We’ve covered watercolour artists and acrylic artists so far, and now we are going to look at those who create art that is three-dimensional rather than two.  These include ceramic artists, potters, sculptors, and those who find something with a beautiful natural shape and make it into an art piece by painting it or finishing it decoratively in some way.  Jewellery is of course, also three-dimensional, but we will group them together in a different post.

So, especially if you have some space on a shelf or a table that needs to be beautifully filled, check out these artists at their locations:

beecraft1

Ashley Beecraft

at Location #4

Ashley uses the ceramic process to create her menagerie of misfit beasts.

226-228-6111

beecraft.ca

 

 

At Location #5 there is both

Deb Beard dbeard

Sculpted and thrown ceramic works.

519-842-2228

beards4@rogers.com

 

and

Jan Duncanjduncan

An avid creationist who hopes to expose people to the beauty of wood.

519-485-5880

jantheduncan@gmail.com

 

Next we have

romboutsIneke Rombouts

at Location #6

Decorative and functional pottery in vibrant colours – handbuilding and wheel.  Every piece original and unique.

519-425-0206

rombouts.ca

 

Then

Linda Yeoman  yeoman

at Location #7

Unique gourd sculptures retaining organic integrity and mixed media washi & vintage collages.

519-424-3612

facebook.com/LindaYeomanFineArt

and at the next stop

Paulette Robertson  robertson-2-jpg

Location #8

Clay artist and primitive rug hooker.  A love of folk art and whimsy is evident in her work.

519-485-3504

i_robertson9@sympatico.ca

From there, it’s a whole bunch of location numbers but a rather short drive to Woodstock where you’ll find

Ruth Hartley   hartley-r1

at Location #17

Functional stoneware and decorative pieces – uniquely styled mugs, bowls, platters, vases,  ovenware and wearable art.

519-469-3781

ruthhartleypottery@hotmail.com

 

And coming to the end of the stop numbers, there is

Keri Axon  keriaxon

at Location #18

Decorative pottery  –  wheel–thrown or hand built.  “I love the way porcelain responds to glazes.”

519-421-0806

keriaxon@gmail.com

 

Remember, many of our tour locations feature more than one artist, or more than one medium worked in.  So even if you plan your tour based on one of the lists mentioned in these blog posts, you’ll find a number of other kinds of art along your way!  Be sure to have a look at our other posts if this is your first encounter, and stay tuned or subscribe to see more coming up all this week!

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.