A few weekends ago we ventured out to the Haliburton Studio Tour. I have always loved a good studio tour and try to go to one every few years. For those new to a studio tour, it’s a self-guided tour to the homes of local artists. They can be found in many communities and take place mostly in the fall over one or two weekends. I’ve been to the Haliburton, Muskoka, Coldwater, Stouffville & Orillia (all in Ontario, Canada) studio tours. Not only do you get the chance to see the artist’s work, you can meet the artist and have a chat in the very studio where they create their masterpieces. I always download a map of the tour and choose a spot to start. At that location I pick up a colour brochure that I use to map the rest. There are often dozens of artists to see on a tour so I usually narrow it down to the 7-10 stops I find most intriguing.
I had two favourite stops this year! One was artist Kevin Dunlop, “The Marquetry Man,” who makes wood pictorials. I left there stunned by how he shades his pieces using different wood techniques. He was truly inspiring and opened my eyes to a new, but old art form.
I also thoroughly enjoyed visiting Blackbird Pottery. Here we met April Gates who had the most unique style of pottery I had seen in a long time. I bought a beautiful cup which I will use as a vase. My vision is to incorporate it into a “Canadiana,” tablescape in the future!
The fun of a studio tour involves much more than the tour itself! They usually take place in smaller communities so you can explore local shops, restaurants and attractions along the way. Going to a fall tour out of town is a great way to see the fall leaves and have a fun road trip! The Haliburton Studio tour wouldn’t have been complete without a hike through beautiful Buttermilk Falls or a trip to the Minden Panoramic Park (look-out) to take photos of the gorgeous fall leaves.
We also chose to take a picnic as the tour was meaningful for us, seeing my husband proposed on the tour in 2013! For the proposal he surprised me by popping the question as a stop on the tour and had a picnic for us. It was special as it was the area where my childhood cottage was!
Look up a local studio tour in your area and make it part your plans this year for a little weekend getaway!
Lv, Julie ♥
P.S. Can`t believe I just finished my first post!