Press Release 2013
How much of our lives do we wish away?
In the dead of winter we dream of long summer days idling on a beach dipping our toes into a lapping ocean … similarly as summer rolls around we often find ourselves romanticising the cool frosty air of winter envisioning cosy cabins and log fires… bridging the gap between the two we find autumn, natures petulant teenager, temperamental, changeable, determined not to succumb to winters monochromatic months without a fight.
Autumn is a time of contradiction, the promise of new beginnings as semesters start afresh battling with the temptations of our more traditional sides that picture the holidays, so what role does autumn play in the seasonal calendar … it is a time for both reflection and forward thinking but ultimately it is the season where we can allow ourselves to be still and become mindful of the world around us.
The Caledon Hills Studio Tour has become synonymous with Fall, as summer goes out in a blaze of glory a handful of hugely talented artists come together and open their home studios to the leafers, the art lovers, friends, neighbours and the curious minded to showcase their works and discuss their inspirations and influences. From wearable art to woodcraft, from wall art to stonework, the art is as vibrant and varied as the display put on by nature itself.
Even though the artists would welcome an appointment to view their work at any time of year and gladly go out of their way to accommodate a visitor, the Studio Tour provides an opportunity not to be missed. So this autumn take the time to treat yourself. Visit the studios, view the art and experience the sights and sounds of the Caledon Hills with local artists whose works complement and enhance nature’s own landscape.
The artists and artisans who will come together for the two weekends of Sept 28-29 & Oct 5-6 2013 (10am-5pm) are;
Cory Trepanier: Who creates breathtaking landscapes in oil. This summer Cory launches TrueWild, a new project that is taking him on a month-long painting/filming expedition to the majestic wilderness of Kluane National Park in the Yukon. There he will encounter Mount Logan, Canada's highest peak, and become quite possibly the first artist in Canada to set up an easel in its shadow. Cory will be hosting Richard Sturgeon at his studio this year. A newcomer to the Caledon Hills Studio Tour Richard creates intricate twisted metal sculptures designed to capture the structural contrast between the urban and natural worlds in which we live. (16662 The Gore Rd)
Marty Rothstein: A landscape photographer who has a passion for sharing his unique view through the lens. This year he will be exhibiting a new collection of work captured during a summer cruise through Eastern Europe. Adding to the diversity of artists showcasing their work this year, Marty’s in-studio guest will be Dan Sinclair who combines his experiences as an arborist and bonsai artist to create unique, contorted and often fantastical wrought iron sculptures. (16770 Horseshoe Hill)
Merle Harstone: Creates striking abstract paintings in acrylic mixed media that have sculptural qualities. She describes her current work as a ‘contemplation of healing moments’. Her work has both a philosophical and literal depth created through layers of paint, collage and the juxtaposition of light and darkness. Complementing her work will be the table-top mosaics and grapevine baskets of her guest Paulette Murphy. (Silvercreek Studios, 16797 Kennedy Rd, Caledon)
Lyn Westfall: Inspired by a lifetime of diverse passions Lyn captures both her spiritual and playful sides in her eclectic mix of paintings that range from floral work to stained glass representations to the beloved characters of children’s books. She will be joined by Shelia Thompson whose delicate feltings encapsulate reimagined landscapes through the layering of wools, silks and organic materials. (18388 Heart Lake Rd)
Jeremy Guy: Forged in the complexity of opposing qualities (such is life) his engineered stone sculptural work finds a balance, ideal for those of us with a contemplative nature. His appreciation of complexity, and search for simplicity provide new interpretive experiences. (14799 Airport road)
Stone Ridge Studio: Use leather, dyes and acrylic paints to design and create 3D jewellery and sculpture that takes its inspiration from the beautiful, natural wooded landscapes of its location. The studio will be hosting two guests this year. Arlene Peters will be displaying her warm and inviting, practical and beautiful Mediterranean influenced pottery, and David Trotter will be showing his textural and sculptural leather wall art. (17812 St Andrews Rd)
It is inherently difficult to capture the essence of a tactile and visual experience in words alone, hopefully this brief introduction to Caledon’s artists will inspire your own journey to explore the sights the Caledon Hills Studio Tour has to offer in 2013!
For more information about the artists, the tour and a helpful map to plan your route, visit; www.CaledonHillsStudioTour.ca
Press Information Release 2013
Caledon Hills Studio Tour - 2013 – 23rd Year
Weekends September 28-29 and October 5-6, 2013, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Weekdays September 30 – October 4, by appointment only
Caledon Hills Studio Tour has become synonymous with Fall. As summer goes out in a blaze of glory, a handful of hugely talented artists come together and open their home studios to the leafers, the art lovers, friends, neighbours and the curious minded, showcasing their works, discussing their inspirations and influences, and sharing their processes.
Brochure including a detailed map of studio locations available at our website.
Studios – Principal Artists
Cory Trepanier; landscapes in oil; 16662 The Gore
Jeremy Guy; indoor and outdoor stone sculpture; 14799 Airport Rd
Lyn Westfall; landscape paintings; 18388 Heart Lake
Marty Rothstein; photography; 16770 Horseshoe Hill
Merle Harstone; abstract assemblage; 16797 Kennedy
Stone Ridge Studio; leather jewellery; 17812 St Andrews
Arlene Peters; modern, brightly coloured pottery; at the studio of Stone Ridge Studio
Dan Sinclair; wrought iron sculpture from past and current materials; at the studio of Marty Rothstein
David Trotter; vegetable tanned and natural cowhide leather sculpture; at the studio of Stone Ridge Studio
Jeremy Browne; rural landscape paintings; at the studio of Jeremy Guy
Paulette Murphy; tabletop mosaics and grapevine baskets; at the studio of Merle Harstone
Richard Sturgeon; metal sculpture; at the studio of Cory Trepanier
Sheila Thompson; fibre artist-handmade felt art, printed pillows, felted table runners; at the studio of Lyn Westfall
Cory Trepanier: (T) 905 880 2029 Merle Harstone: (T) 416 668 4390