The 6th Annual Oxford Studio Tour Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. is featuring a broad concentration of artistic talent.
There are 10 new artists in this year’s lineup, bringing the total to 45, in 21 different locations. Last year, says coordinator Sue Goossens, there were 40 artists.
“But we had more locations.”
The fact participating artists are banding together means tour participants can maximize exposure per stop. The Tillsonburg Station Arts Centre, for example, will be home for Valerie Zadow, Deb Beard, Earle Barr, Fran Barr, Shirley Hokke and Pat Ellerton; Jason Puhr and Jared Smith will be at the Annandale National Historic Site; Goossens and Rhonda Franks will be exhibiting out of Goossens’ rural Otterville (New Road) home; just down the road from Lianne Todd in the community’s metropolitan centre. Further afield, for example, Heather MacIntosh, Suzanne Burns, Linda Yeoman, Cathy Bingham and Irma Makariunaite will be showing together in Ingersoll’s Creative Arts Centre; Woodstock and environs has six locations; two artists are welcoming guests out of a Gunn’s Hill location (south of Woodstock, near Oriel); and another trio are banding together in Bright. The 45-artist tour hosts run an equally-wide gamut of artistic medium, including water colours, pottery, stained glass, jewellery, photography, sculpture, and weaving. All will have items for sale (many offer an ‘on approval’ option, and most do commissions) and a number will be demonstrating technique.
Despite the clustering effect, Oxford’s broad artistic and geographical expanse means significant opportunity exists across the entire weekend.
“If you want to see everything, you definitely have to take two days to do it,” said Goossens.
The process of diving in, or sampling selected sections is facilitated by the presence of glossy full-colour Oxford Studio Tour pamphlets (available at The Station Arts Centre in Tillsonburg and complete with map, artist descriptions and sponsor accreditation); a website (www.oxfordstudiotour.ca) and red signs at the locations of participating artists or groups thereof during the two tour days.
Goossens finds participants tour with differing approaches. Some simply enjoy experiencing and appreciating a variety of art created by evolving artists, while some are looking for a specific piece to fill a niche in the home.
“Others have a definite goal in mind.”
And yet others simply enjoy getting a carload of like-minded individuals together for what essentially is a productive road trip around Oxford, intersected by things artistic and a quality meal or two. In any event, all are welcome, Goossens concluded, for what has become a seasonal tradition.
“It’s a nice way to kick off the spring.”