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Haliburton County Studio Tour article written by Sylvia Rose

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The article below was written by Sylvia Rose for the 2013 HCST Fall supplement in the Haliburton Echo and Minden Times.


Haliburton County Studio Tour - Sylvia Rose

As the fall colours begin the their display in the Highlands, there is a buzz of activity
quietly forming from its rich artist community. This call to action is in preparation for the
annual Haliburton County Studio Tour which will occur this year October 5th , 6th , 12th
and 13th . The Studio Tour allows the artists to show the many visitors, their new and
individual pieces of art and offer it for sale. From year to year it is a requirement that, as
a member of the Tour, each artist produce new work and have present a large body of
work for the Tour. The artists have also show their culinary skills. Each studio boasts
home-made treats for all to enjoy! They are excited to show their art. What a treasure
this is for the visitor to each of the studios.
The Tour began in 1988 with a group of artists who were looking for a venue to sell all
the wonderful things they had created. Together they formed the first tour to an
overwhelming success for the artists and their visitors. During the 26 years of the Tour,
there have been more than 100 artists involved. Now it is common to see licence plates
from all over North America and guest book entries from many places around the world.
It is difficult to decide who has more fun, the visitors or the artists. Artists proudly
demonstrate their talent and the visitors exclaim their appreciation. Both are left with
ideas and inspirations. The drive through the rugged terrain of the Haliburton Highlands,
as nature paints the way with its colour display, helps to refresh the minds of everyone.
The art on the Studio Tour is unprecedented. Artists must pass a jurying process and
promise a large quantity of work to qualify. In the Minden area, you can find exquisite
pottery by Lisa and Matt Mihlik, Earth and Fire Pottery, Rickie Woods, and Studio Rose
with demonstrations of their unique styles at each location. If fabric art is what you seek
then visit the Chapman Studio, The Orange Cat Studio, The Two Sisters Studio or
Seasons in Silk and you won’t be disappointed. Beautiful stone sculptures by
Discoveries in Stone, can be seen as guests with Seasons in Silk. Glass Eagle Studio
boasts wonderful glass pieces and guest painter Tiffany Howe. In the Haliburton area
wonderful pottery comes from the studios of Barbara-Joy Peel, Singing Dog Studio,
Blackbird Pottery and Pottery Lane Studio. For fabric art, visit Hand Felted Designs,
Jane Selbie Studio and Wild Haliburton Elephant Weavers. There is also exquisite
jewelry for everyone at Windy Ridge Studio and Paradigm Designs. Lia’s Glass Dreams
and Artech Studios feature beautiful blown glass pieces. If you are looking for furniture
or wood products, the Marquetry Man or Windy Ridge Studio should be your
destination. Chuck O’Neil, Rose Pearson, Carole Finn, Annette Blady and Al Van Mil
are painters, each with a unique style and appeal. Chuck also creates fabulous wire
sculptures. The artists are influenced by the beauty and uniqueness of the Highlands
and it shows in their work. It is indeed a festive time.
Each year thousands of visitors respond to the colorful brochure with the loon emblem
to celebrate the two weekends. It is well advertised and it has become an annual
destination for many. It is a well respected event. The benefit reaches beyond the
artists’ doors to the bed and breakfast providers, the golf courses, the restaurants, the
grocery stores, the shops and more. The impact is great and the community providers
are appreciative.
The Tour boasts 28 fabuous artists and is an adventure as the they invite you to come
and join in the appreciation of art, the personalities and the friendliness of the studios.
As you seek that special piece or view an interesting process, you will refresh you mind
and become inspired. Brochures are available at many in town locations or on line at Gather your friends and drive the beautiful art of the
countryside. Join in the excitement, the learning and the congeniality as you meet the
artists and new and old friends.