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Oxford Studio Tour

May 6 & 7 is only two weeks away!  Some of you may have taken the opportunity to drive around the countryside of Oxford County, Ontario in previous years, so you know what a fantastic selection of original art can be found.  You also know how much fun a daytrip or weekend jaunt like this can be if you pair up with a friend or family member, or gather a carload of them.  We have 18 locations featuring 38 artists, and our brochures are available all over the county in libraries, tourist offices, and businesses, as well as at each studio.  Admission is absolutely free, and all you do is follow the maps and the red signs to get to each studio.  Then you just wander in!  The artists will be there to answer any questions you have (we love when you ask questions), and will leave you alone if all you want to do is enjoy the feast for your eyes.

Below is a small sampling of my own art, in case you are new to it.  I paint traditional subject matter with watercolours and I also do fractal art, all on various surfaces.  Thanks for reading and I hope you’ll stop by my open studio/gallery, at the back of my home which is Location #3.  I’m in Otterville, which is a little off the beaten track for many travelers but it’s worth the drive.  I’m easy to find, on Main Street near the historic mill and waterfall.  And my good friends Sue Goossens and Rhonda Franks, whose work I admire very much, are nearby at Location #4, along with Ashley Beecraft.  I’ve never met her but she makes really cool looking ‘misfit beasts’.

See you soon!

Lianne Todd Art Samples

Oxford Studio Tour basic information

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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.
Commissioned.

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!

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.

2015 oxford studio poster sm

New website for Oxford Studio Tour

One of the volunteer things I do in the art community here, is look after the website for the annual Oxford Studio Tour, which my friend and fellow watercolour artist Sue Goossens is the main organizer for.  In the past, we’ve used a site that was not terribly user friendly, at least, not for me.  So Sue suggested since I am the one doing it, maybe I would like to make a site that was easier for me to manage.  So I said thank you very much, and proceeded to make a WordPress site (of course!).

I have now, after a couple of days of work, completed the site and I am fairly proud of how it turned out.  I would love if you would go visit it (HERE) and tell your friends and family about the tour if you are in this vicinity anytime on May 2 or 3.    We are changing the mapping of our original domain name so that it will lead to the new site, but that’s not done yet.  Share it on whatever networks you have, and wish us luck!

Oxford Studio Tour

This is the 7th year of the Oxford Studio Tour, and I have participated in and helped organize all of them.  It feels like the past year has gone by in a flash!  Well, except for that endless winter we just had.  Spring is here now, though, and on May 3rd and 4th,  you’ll be able to see that as you drive around Oxford County, Ontario with your friends or family, and take in all the art.

This year is proving to be one of my busiest.  One of the many things I’ve done is update the entire studio tour website for this year – I did that last year too, and my son did it the year before.  I learned HTML code!  Sort of.

I have lots of art for you to come and see at my gallery, and I hope you’ll make it to my location (#6) when touring!  I do hope you’ll see all the artists on the tour because there is so much talent and hard work that goes into this every year.  However, it’s a very large county and some of you may decide to just do part of the tour this year, and part another year.  I know this has been the case in past years, and being in one of the more ‘remote’ parts of the county, we sometimes get bypassed.  So please forgive me for boldly directing you this way.  It’s definitely worth it to make Otterville one of your tour destinations.  There are four of us exhibiting in this small area.  Of those four, three of us are actively involved in organizing the tour.  Rhonda Franks is the graphic designer for our brochures, Sue Goossens is the founder and chief organizer of the tour, and I edit the artists’s blurbs and establish the number order, as well as taking care of updating the website.

If you haven’t been to Otterville, we have a lovely waterfall at the Otterville dam, (you might even see a bald eagle!) and a very picturesque historic mill.  There is also a beautiful park which you take a walking bridge across the creek to get to.  It’s great for a picnic lunch, and it has a nice playground if you are touring with children.  If you are looking for a place to eat, there is Brown’s restaurant on the corner of Hwy 59 and Otterville Rd., which serves a nice home-cooked style meal, and there is the restaurant at Otter Creek Golf Club, at the west end of town.

In addition to this, there is a Ribfest going on in Norwich (about 7 min. away by car) on the Saturday.  I’m not sure of the exact time and location, but my glimpse of the sign tells me it’s $25, and a friend tells me it is hosted by the Lions Club.  I don’t know any more than that but if you need more information about it I can probably find it for you, just contact me by email or Facebook.

Welcome tourists!

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