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Our 20th Annual Studio Tour in Otterville

It is that time of year again, time for Welcome Back to Otterville! It’s our 20th year, so we may have some special things to celebrate the event… no firm plans as yet.  Personally, this is my 11th one, since we moved here in 2005.  I feel so lucky to have moved to an area that is so conducive to creating, showing and networking with other artists.

Hopefully you will all mark your calendars right now and plan for a nice day out.  If you’ve been here before, you’ll know we are a very compact tour – it might take you an hour or so to get here from where you are, but once you are here all of ours stops are pretty close to each other, so there will be no worries about covering a lot of territory in a limited time.

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Here is a map of our stops, and we have an extra one too (see our website), added after the map was made:

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Postcards with this information on them are now available at some businesses around our region.  If you would like one mailed to you, please let me know.

I’m happy to say that my gallery is a tiny bit more accessible than it was before:  we have installed new patio doors which are much easier to open, and both doors can open so a wheelchair can fit through.  (The sliding door we had previously had too narrow of an opening).  The deck has a ramp leading to it from the stone garden path.  It isn’t the proper slope for an accessibility ramp, but it is definitely an improvement over stairs, if you don’t mind the trek down the garden path!

 

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Festival of Creativity

Last year was the first year of the Halls Creek Festival of Creativity, and it was a really good experience.  It’s coming up again already this weekend, and I’m looking forward to it very much!

There are a lot of activities for everyone, over 60 artists exhibiting, lots of classes and demos happening, live music playing, delicious food to taste, and even an instrument petting zoo where you can try out all the musical instruments on display.

I will be exhibiting a variety of the art that I have currently available in my home gallery – traditional watercolours, watercolours on alternate surfaces, fractal watercolours, digital fractal original metal prints, even one of the scarves I designed.  I’ll also be painting at my booth – might as well absorb some of that creative energy around me and put it to good use!

Check out the website for details – for some of the workshops you need to sign up ahead of time.  Just a reminder – Ingersoll is only about an hour and a half from downtown Toronto, and only a half hour from London!  Why not make a day of it?

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Tour Story

A friend of ours who happens to be a good writer and photographer put together a story with a picture for us.  Pretty nice, huh?  Looking forward to this weekend!

“Discovering artistic inspiration can be a combination of search and being open to unexpected rescue.
Professional Otterville-area artist Sue Goossens regularly sources its vibrant interpretation through natural scenes from The Muskokas to British Columbia, but has also found it in patterns of light and shadows along the edge of a woods in her own rural backyard.
“We can forget Oxford County is a beautiful place to live and find inspiration.”
It can also strike in the most unlikely of circumstances, tangible and imagined potential represented in an abandoned farmstead igniting a creative spark.
“In a sense, it was kind of finding something in the middle of nowhere,” said Tabitha Verbuyst whose route to an unrelated destination happened to coincide with a derelict house surrounded by a few trees in the middle of a field, stark solitude speaking silently to her through shattered windowpanes.
“I’ve always been drawn to the architecture of broken, abandoned and forgotten things,” she explained of a resultant mixed-media piece in ink and watercolour. “It always intrigues me, you wonder what happened, what stories are there here?”
There is no definitive roadmap to inspiration but the 9th Annual Oxford Studio tour does provide one to a wide-ranging exhibition of the county’s artistic community’s creative minds, spirit and processes Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
Thirty-one artists are sharing their passion and vision in an event which from inception has been a tour of artists, driven by artists who this year are displaying works including oil, watercolour, acrylic, coffee and walnut ink, and mixed-media paintings, sculpted, thrown and decorative ceramic works, unique and functional stoneware, artisanal jewellery in precious metal clay, gold, sterling silver and precious stones, fine-art photography reflecting international travel or exploring Oxford’s own rural scenes, to ‘funky, folky’ creations from a potter with a passion for primitive rug hooking, and woven creations featuring fibre, beads and paint.
“The common denominator is artistic creativity,” says Deb Beard, General Manager for Tillsonburg’s Station Arts Centre, as well as an exhibiting potter. “You will see diversity in the type of media and types of work presented and because of that, people will be able to connect with various artists through work on different levels.”
Tour participants tend to be a mix of newcomers and returnees says Beard, mostly day-trippers who may visit half the tour’s artists one year and half the next. They represent a wide demographic as well as range of ages. Those seeking physical roadmaps can find them via the tour’s website www.oxfordstudiotour.caor on glossy full-colour flyers including brief bios and contact information for each artist.
Flyers have been distributed from Toronto to Windsor and as far north as Owen Sound, and are available at the Station Arts Centre, Tillsonburg’s Annandale National Historic Site, Ingersoll’s Creative Arts Centre, the Woodstock Art Gallery, Woodstock Library and Tourism Oxford at the Woodstock Quality Inn and Suites, Museum London and Panache Gallery, libraries or art centres in London Westmount, Paris, Dundas and Stratford, the Glenhyrst Art Gallery in Brantford, as well as a range of retail outlets in those communities. Interested persons may also call 519-842-6151 for more information.
Geographically, artists are exhibiting from New Dundee in the county’s northeast, Thamesford in the west to Tillsonburg in the south as well as many points in between, which provides mixed challenge and opportunity.
Heather Benton was a newcomer to the county five years ago when she took her first Oxford studio tour.
“I’m a city girl and from a city girl’s perspective, Oxford looked like a lot of flat land – and then you realized there are all sorts of back, country roads. The tour took us into farms, country houses, little hamlets, it wasn’t just discovering art, it was discovering Oxford County.”
Participating artists are very friendly, very welcoming, says Benton, who felt ‘no pressure to buy.
“A nice introduction to the artistic community and certainly a beautiful introduction to springtime in Oxford.””

Some of my artist friends outside the Station Arts Centre.

Some of my artist friends outside the Station Arts Centre.

Oxford Studio Tour next weekend

It is that time of year again and the studio tour begins one week from tomorrow!  I usually blog about it before this, so I apologize if this is the first you are hearing about it.  We do have posters and brochures out all over the place, and banners as well.

This year we have thirty-one artists on the tour at seventeen locations, so it’s a little more manageable than other years.  Spring is finally here to stay and Oxford County’s fields are really greening up.  You are in for a nice drive if you do venture out to see us.  As usual, I’m at my home in the south end of the county.  Here’s a map of the tour – I’m the purple pin near the bottom, Stop #6 on the tour, in Otterville.  It takes about 45 minutes to get here from south London, 40 minutes from Brantford, 30 minutes from Simcoe, Ingersoll, or Woodstock, an hour from Stratford, an hour from Hamilton, an hour from Kitchener/Waterloo.  So, a pretty nice day trip from a lot of locations!

I have new art to show and I’m excited to have the opportunity to meet more new people who have never seen any of my art before.

One piece you won’t see at my gallery is this one, which I’ve finally finished and which is being delivered today to the couple who received a gift certificate for a commissioned piece for their wedding.  They took the reference for it on their honeymoon.  I wish them many happy years enjoying the memories that will reside on their wall!

Venice 2015. Watercolour on Paper. 15x22". Lianne Todd. Commissioned.

Venice 2015. Watercolour on Paper. 15×22″. Lianne Todd.
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Wearable Art!

I am now a designer of wearable art!  Please visit my other blog, fractaliart.com to see the details of this new part of my artistic career, or just click on the image below to start shopping!

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This Weekend!

It’s that time, the third weekend in November.  Welcome Back to Otterville!

I just wanted to remind everyone and give you a preview of a couple of new pieces I’ll be showing.

This one is a scene inspired by one of my many cross country ski outings on the frozen Otter Creek at the end of last winter.  We’ve had a beautiful November so I hope you don’t mind a little snow to look at.

Spring is Coming. Watercolour on Paper. 11x15". Lianne Todd

Spring is Coming. Watercolour on Paper. 11×15″. Lianne Todd

This next one is one that I finished yesterday morning.  I photographed the painting, framed it yesterday afternoon, and posted an image on Facebook last night.  This morning I sold it!  Sorry for the Studio Tourists not having a chance at buying it, but it will be on display for you to look at, at least.

A Pair of Slippers. Watercolour on paper. 15x22". Lianne Todd.

A Pair of Slippers. Watercolour on paper. 15×22″. Lianne Todd.

For details about the tour, please see my previous post or visit our website.  Have a nice weekend no matter what you decide to do!

Welcome Back to Otterville

This won’t really be news to you if you read the last post but it never hurts to put the reminder out again…. it’s less than three weeks until Welcome Back to Otterville!  If you’ve never made it out here maybe this is the year.  We all certainly welcome you, whether you are just touring, a collector, an artist, a gallery owner, a decorator, a homeowner with too much empty wall space, or someone who needs that perfect gift.

We have some new additions to the tour this year which are slightly outside the village but very close by. One is Ralph Moore & Sons, a local business specializing in bird seed and feeders and all things birds.  Another is In Bloom Designs, featuring unique jewellery by Jillian and Kaleb Driedger at the old general store in Hawtrey.

For a preview of the stops on this year’s tour, you can visit our website’s Shops & Studios page, or you can go to our Facebook page.  To find us, there is a convenient map available.  Once you get here, look for the yellow flags to help you find each studio.

I will look forward to seeing many new and many familiar faces the weekend of November 21 & 22.  If I’ve met you before, please remind me, as I have a really hard time with faces and names going together, especially when outside the context of originally meeting someone.

See you here!

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