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!

 

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.

Location #16 on the Oxford Studio Tour

It’s 8 pm the night before…. and it’s been a busy day for all of us artists.  Look how many of them are at location #16!  This place is full of experienced talent.  You should really have a piece of work from each of them at your house.  We would say so much more, except it’s 8 pm the night before and we still need to post one more location!!

 

LOCATION #16

MAP

868 Nellis St., Woodstock

Cathy Groulx O.S.A.  Groulx1

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

519-539-1182

cathygroulx.com

 

 

 

Bruce Hartley   Hartley B 1sm

Fine art photography reflecting a passion for travel.  “See the world through my lens”.

519-469-3781

brucehartleyphotography.weebly.com

 

 

 

Ruth Hartley   Hartley R 2sm

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

519-469-3781

ruthhartleypottery@hotmail.com

 

 

 

Rita Milton  rita milton1sm

Acrylics on canvas featuring a kaleidoscope of colour.

519-290-4744

ritamilton.com

Location #15 on the Oxford Studio Tour

Only a couple of days left!  We are excited to have your eyes on our art this weekend.  We hope you’ve managed to pick up a brochure somewhere so you have a handy reference and map while you are driving around, but if you haven’t, simply start at one of our studio locations, and pick up a brochure there.  For your convenience, each location on our website has a google map associated with it for you, and if you go to the home page, there is also a link to a google map of the whole tour.

You really should take in Kelly’s beautiful watercolours while you are out on the tour.  This artist has some serious skills.

LOCATION #15

MAPkelly bradley1sm

63 Vansittart Ave.  Woodstock

Kelly Bradley

Bright and bold watercolours depicting nature.

519-421-2171

kellybradley-art.com

Location #14 on the Oxford Studio Tour

And now the tour brings you around to Woodstock!  You can, of course, do the tour in any order you like, and visit as many or as few locations as you like.  Who are we to dictate how you enjoy it?

Julie has a very strong and educated sense of design and colour, which shows in her wonderful abstracts.  You won’t be disappointed!

LOCATION #14

MAPJulie Hawkins - Thunder in the Heavens-1sm

1033 Pattullo Ave. Unit 10,   Woodstock

Julie Hawkins

Original art made with passion and paint.

519-539-3796

juliehawkins.ca

Location #13 on the Oxford Studio Tour

You don’t need an appointment this weekend to see Michael’s art, nor anyone else’s on the tour!

Michael is an accomplished watercolour artist who does very nice representational pieces.  A few years back he branched out with his art and began experimenting with these large acrylic abstracts.  It’s up to you to decide which are your favourites!

LOCATION #13

MAP

26 King Crescent, Hicksonmichael de bellevalsm

Michael de Belleval

Large acrylic abstracts, along with realistic watercolours.  Studio open by appointment.

519-462-2902

mdebelleval@hotmail.com 

Location #10 on the Oxford Studio Tour

Yikes.  Has it been two days since we posted?  So it has.  Artists have a warped sense of time, you know.  I’m sure if you personally know any artists, you’ll agree with us.  But then again, we are very busy right now getting ready for this tour!!

This location has some really interesting media – check out all of the descriptions here.  These are some things you are going to want to get a nice personal look at.  And the setting at this location is really pretty – once you cross the train tracks in the driveway, you are approaching the bank of part of a river/pond which the property looks over.

LOCATION #10

MAP Note: Railroad tracks cross the driveway.  You may wish to park in the area to the left of the driveway between the road and the tracks, for safety when leaving so you don’t have to back  your vehicle across the tracks.

584591 Beachville Rd.  Beachville

Lesley Penwill penwill3sm

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

519-423-6500

www.facebook.com/lesleydawndesigns

 

 

Paulette Robertson  robertson3jpgsm

Whimsical clay artist who has recently developed a passion for wool and primitive rug hooking.

519-485-3504

i_robertson9@sympatico.ca

 

 

 

 

Maggie Robinson Robinsongrab

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

519-485-6289

mag.rob@sympatico.ca

 

 

 

 

Janet Whittington whittington6sm

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

Location #9 on the Oxford Studio Tour

Well, WordPress tells us NO ONE saw the last post.  How is this possible?  Aren’t you wonderful people all subscribing and sharing the fantastic talent in Oxford County?  We are surprised at you.  Next time we come back to post something, we are hoping you will have remedied this situation.  Artists need help you know.  Otherwise they STARVE.

Here we are with four artists again, and a great variety, all at one stop.  And you should really go there because we happen to know it is a great place and these are such nice people!  Not to mention the art is fantastic.  You will be glad you went.

LOCATION #9

MAP

404716  Beaconsfield Rd.   Burgessville

Linda Yeoman  yeoman 2

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

519-424-3612

facebook.com/LindaYeomanFineArt

 

 

 

 

Heather MacIntosh, A.O.C.A.  heathermacintosh1sm

Dramatic landscapes in watercolour and innovative mixed media collages.

519-485-0845

heathermacintosh.com 

Frankie Armitage  frankie armitage

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

519-475-4004

artbyfrankie.ca

 

 

Kristi Osinga  OsingaKristi1sm

A complement of watercolour and natural colours including coffee and walnut ink on canvas and paper.

226-228-2761

kristiosinga.wordpress.com