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Fall studio tours in Ontario’s cottage country are an opportunity to see artists in action – and to marvel at how great works come to life.
Ever wonder how a woodcarver turns a gnarled burl into a beautiful bowl? How lengths of silk become beautiful tapestries in the hands of a weaver? Or how a potter throws a cup or vase without flinging clay everywhere? This season, take a fall drive to the wilderness just north of Toronto, meet some incredible artists up close and personal in their studio lairs, and learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about life as an artist.
In existence for over 30 years (and Canada’s oldest studio tour), the Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour takes place over two weekends, September 26-27 and October 3-4, 2015. Meet a jeweller and photographer in a renovated horse barn, a farm-to-frame fibre artist who turns wool from resident sheep into “watercolours”, a painter whose paint incorporates egg yolks, and many more unique and talented artists.
The artists of the Almaguin Highlands Arts Council present their annual Artscape Studio & Gallery Tour on September 25-27. Meet sound artists who compose using soundscapes, an encaustic artist who paints with beeswax, an eclectic group of painters inspired by their surroundings, a potter truly off the grid in the woods of Almaguin, and many more in the beautiful region north of Muskoka.
The artists you’ll meet were preceded by (and in some instances influenced by) Tom Thomson and Canada’s Group of Seven painters, who frequented Algonquin Park, the Oxtongue River on its western boundary, and Georgian Bay as well. As you make your way along the Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour through Huntsville and Lake of Bays, look for replicas of the group’s work on the Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery stops (using the gallery’s handy self-guided mobile tour on your phone or tablet), and stop to enjoy a break at one of many dining establishments along the way.
Head to Ontario’s cottage country this fall and take a tour of some of the most fascinating studios and galleries you’ll find in the province.
For information on additional arts organizations in the region, click here. For a list of additional galleries and studios to visit in the region, click here. To plan your fall getaway, click here.
Guest Blogger: Dawn Huddlestone
Dawn Huddlestone is a freelance writer, as-yet-unpublished novelist, and wannabe photographer. She’s living the dream in Muskoka with her family and a growing zoo of pets.