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Welcome Back to Otterville

It’s November again and the next couple of weeks will be busy with finishing up paintings, framing, cleaning house, and that sort of thing as I prepare for this year’s studio tour in our little town of Otterville.  Where is Otterville you ask?  We are quite close to  Norwich, Delhi, and Tillsonburg, not far (half an hour) from Woodstock, Ingersoll, Simcoe, and Brantford.  And we are easy enough to get to (about an hour drive) from London, St. Thomas, Stratford, Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Cambridge,  and Hamilton.

Otterville has changed a little bit since last year – we have some new landscaping by the falls, generously donated by members of the community.  Our beloved corner store, Otterville Variety, closed at the end of summer.  Now we have a new store there which just opened a few days ago – Market by the Falls.  I haven’t even been in there yet but it looks really nice!

Here is our press release for the tour (composed by Shirley Hokke, Sue Goossens and myself).  If you keep scrolling, you’ll find a condensed version of the information and a map of the tour – all contained on our postcards which you’ll find at kind local businesses, libraries, and tourism offices.

Welcome Back Studio Tour Press Release 

The artists of Otterville invite you to experience a full range of unique artistic visions at the 21st Annual ‘Welcome Back to Otterville’ Studio Tour November 18 & 19.  
This year, the artists highlight traditional paintings, original mixed media pieces, photography, art cards and jewelry that represent an artistic vision for the meandering spirit. Functional bird houses, outdoor furniture, and engraved items all encompass a wonderful lead in to the winter holidays.  You will be pleasantly surprised to find diversity, yet warm hospitality, in the historical village of Otterville.  The warm scent of hot apple cider or cranberry wassail brewing, and home baking at some of the studios, adds that extra welcoming touch.

Trudy Verberne creates one-of-a-kind greeting cards often with matching envelopes. She is exhibiting with artist Linda Hoffman. Located just minutes away is Shawn Pinnoy, owner of Stix and Skids, selling up-cycled décor including wreaths, bird houses, barn-board signs and much more.
Ralph Moore & Sons specialize in birdseed and seed mixtures. They offer a variety of bird-feeders including Droll Yankee, Squirrel Buster, Perky Pet, Pinebush, Going Green, Chapelwood, and some handcrafted by local artists.
Nordale Woodworking specializes in the production of solid wood furniture and outdoor poly lawn furniture. (They are not open on Sunday.)
There is a new studio on the tour this year. Tammy Gould does creative laser engraving. She creates gifts on glass, wood, and metal. Custom designs are available.
Jillian and Kaleb Driedger, owners of In Bloom Designs, create handmade bright and earthy jewelry. Their designs feature beautiful gemstones and mixed metals along with exotic and recycled woods.
Sue Goossens, Shirley Hokke, Mae Leonard, Linda Hoffman and Lianne Todd are professional artists compelled to create with completely different styles – artists who welcome you into their home studios to share their passion.
Sue has a large collection of watercolours both on paper and canvas. Landscape, architecture and a few florals!
Shirley paints from her heart in conceptual oils and watercolours.
Mae puts her whole imaginative spirit into her acrylic paintings.
Linda paints with watercolour and oil on canvas and has a unique creative outlook.
Lianne skillfully explores nature’s patterns with vivid watercolours and digital art, in many different and surprising ways.

All are welcome to visit each studio in Otterville on November 18 & 19 from 10am to 5pm. Watch for yellow flags at each location. Maps are available online at www.WelcomeBackToOtterville.ca, or pick up a postcard at local businesses. A special thank you is extended to the Township of Norwich.

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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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Oxford Studio Tour 2015

It’s April!  Hopefully no one is fooling you today, or if they are, it’s all good fun.

There are still a few days left in A Fractal Universe at the Station Arts Centre in Tillsonburg.  I’m not sure what their hours are on Easter weekend so if you are thinking of going, please check with them.  They are not usually open on Sundays, anyway.  I’ve been very pleased with the turnout for the show and feedback from my peers.  Thank you to all who have taken the time to view it.

Soon, many of them will be home again, though a few have been designated for elsewhere.  Then it’s time to get my studio and gallery ready for the Oxford Studio Tour!  There will be a few new fractal prints ready for the studio tour, as well as some new paintings.  I hope that many of you are making plans to come.

Here is the poster with some information.  For more, please visit our website.

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Pics of the current show

This will take you to today’s post on my other site.  Just a few Pics of the current show.  Hope you can make it out to see the show in person if you are in the area!  Thank you to those who those who did come to the opening on Friday, and to all those who came out to the original show in London last summer!

 

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Show Opens Tonight 7-9 pm

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Happy New Year!

I sincerely thank all who have looked at this site in the past year.  As an artist who has not obtained gallery representation, who lives in a very tiny town, I depend on the views my art gets online, in whatever form it happens.  New eyes on my art are always welcome, and if you are one of the people who has been generous enough to share any of my posts or pages, it is so appreciated!

I am looking back on the past year with a sense of accomplishment since I finally had the fractal show I’ve been working towards for the past three years.  If you somehow missed all that, it is covered in my other blog (new this past year) fractaliart.com.  That was a very satisfying experience.  (I felt like, for once, I had it together.)  So I’ve been focusing on getting the fractal art, and the ideas I have that are associated with it, out to the world this past six months or so.

I ended my presidency of the Artists of Oxford as of the end of December, so I will have a lot more time to paint, and create.  I did take on some other responsibilities (i.e. IWS Canada) but have promised myself they will not interfere with my creative time.  Another goal this year is to actually approach some galleries with my work to see if one of them will allot space to me.  It would free up so much of the time I’m currently spending marketing my art.  Now I’m looking ahead to the new year with many creative thoughts in my head, and anticipating another solo show, this time at the Station Arts centre.  More details on that later!

 

Christmas Emporium Show and Sale at the Station Arts Centre

So, it seems that every time I help hang a show at the Tillsonburg Station Arts Centre, it has to be snowing and blowing.

It doesn’t look too bad in the photos, but the snow really was piling up quickly yesterday.  We were just glad we weren’t in Buffalo!
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Anyway, the five of us who volunteered to hang the show had a good time doing it and I think it turned out pretty well. It opens this Friday.  Here is the info, and a few glimpses of the exhibit.  I’ve got eight pieces in there.

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