Caledon Hills Studio Adventure 2008
Media Release 2008
Located just 40 minutes north of Toronto, the Caledon hills have long attracted visitors who return every year to experience the colour of the changing Autumn landscape. The Caledon Hills East Studio Tour, a small group of exceptionally fine artists and artisans, have been in friendly competition with nature for almost twenty years when they open their studios for one week-end in the Fall to share their newest work with loyal patrons and curious newcomers alike. This intimate tour consists of 9 studio artists and their guests and can be completed in a day. While enjoying the fabulous art and craft at the artists’ private homes, galleries and gardens, visitors drive through some of Caledon’s most picturesque areas, and, perhaps, a stop for lunch at one of Caledon’s gourmet eateries. All studios are within a 15 minute drive of Caledon East so, armed with the studio map and brochure, newcomers to the area will not have difficulty finding their destinations.
This jewel of a tour is noted for the highest quality of its participating artists’ work and sets the standard that other tours aspire to. To ensure a fresh and exciting show, studio members invite new guests every year who offer an interesting variety of media and artistic expression. This year, the Caledon East Studio Tour takes place on the week-end of September 15th and 16th and runs from 10- 5 both days. Admission is free. All studios and their locations are represented on the tour brochure/map, which can be picked up ahead of the week-end date or at the first studio on the day of the show.
This year’s artists and their guests are:
Anne Shabason has taken a new direction in her painting this year. She starts with a word or phrase that is meaningful to her and then illustrates it in luminous acrylics on wood. Both words and images are incorporated into the final piece. “ As time passes, the process of painting has become as valuable to me as the finished piece,” she explains, “so the painting of each new work serves as an opportunity for meditation. I choose ideas that are inspirational to me and enjoy the time I spend thinking about them as I work. I hope that others will be similarly inspired”.
Cory Trepanier’s studio is located on The Gore Road but this well-known artist does a great deal of his painting far from the warmth of his studio. His 2004 Coast to Canvas project explored Canada’s Great Lakes Heritage Coast in each of the four seasons. This summer, Cory and his family set out to explore the mystery of the Arctic landscape and his new paintings capture the richness of Canada’s north and its varying faces. Cory’s oil paintings blend experience and passion into compelling images that draw the viewer closer to our natural heritage. “We hope that our explorations will serve to create a human bridge for others to experience the Canadian Arctic in ways that educate and inspire.”
Randy McLeod creates his stunning wood turned vessels from the fallen trees he scavenges on his 100 acre farm on Airport Road in Caledon East. While favouring cherry, maple and pine for solid bowls and vases, he insists that “nothing rivals the look, texture or grain of a burl”. “Like people,” McLeod says, “each piece of wood has its own unique character.”
Marty Rothstein is a landscape photographer who, inspired by the Impressionist painters on visits to France, is passionate about reflecting “ fantastic light on a remarkable scene.” From his showroom on Horseshoe Hill Road, he will be displaying rich variety of landscapes including Caledon, Muskoka, the American southwest, Australia, Prague and Italy. New for this fall are photographs of St. Petersburg and the Baltic Coast.
Stone Ridge: The artisans at Stone Ridge Studio on St. Andrew’s Road - Cheryl, Joan and JoAnne - are gardeners and birders whose work in vegetable tanned cowhide is inspired by the beauty of our natural surroundings in all seasons. Their long-time artistic association fosters collaborative floral, abstract and insect designs in jewelry, sculpture and wall pieces - all unique to Stone Ridge Studio. Their guest this year is a permanent tour member, Bridget Wilson, whose impeccably executed stained glass and mosaics have been a tour favourite for years. This year, Bridget expresses her more whimsical side with “Hot Glass” work, multiple layers of glass that are fused and slumped to create artistic, functional glass plates and bowls. Bridget asserts that “there is art in the science and science in the art!”
Merle Harstone, our guest studio on Kennedy Road, has a “passion for abstraction”. In acrylic and collage, Merle’s current work is spontaneous, adventurous and whimsical. “My painting is line, rhythm, movement, colour and texture.” The many layers of her work suggest “moments in time.” Merle’s guests will be potter, Carol-Ann Michaelson, a studio potter for over 25 years. Her functional pottery is “lovely to look at, to hold and to use.” “I hope to add that much needed pause in people’s lives,” says Michaelson, “when they stop for a moment and enjoy the beauty of a hand made object.” and sculptor, Jeremy Guy, working with composite stone to create abstract and metaphorical formations.
To receive a tour brochure and map, or to see the participating artists’ work, please go to their website at www.caledonhillsstudioadventure.com or call (905) 880-2029 or 519) 938-5501. Plan to grab a friend and enjoy a day in the country that is guaranteed to be a feast for your eyes and food for your soul.
Press Information Release 2008
Caledon Hills Studio Adventure (formerly Caledon East Studio Tour)
Saturday & Sunday, September 27 and 28, 2008
10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days
We the artisans, take pleasure in welcoming you to our personal studio settings. Come and experience the magnificent autumn landscape and the creative artscapes in the Caledon Hills, a short drive from Toronto.
Please visit our website at www.caledonhillsstudiotour.ca. You may request a brochure by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning us at 905 880 2029 or by picking one up at your first studio visit.
Studios and Guests
Lenny Dykstra: textile wall hangings
Merle Harstone: acrylic mixed media with Guests,
CarolAnn Michaelson: pottery and
Jeremy Guy: sculpture
Randy McLeod: turned wood vessels
Marty Rothstein: photography
Stone Ridge Studio and Bridget Wilson: leather jewellery and glass
Cory Trepanier: landscapes in oil
Bridget Wilson, (519) 938-5501, email@example.com
Cory Trepanier, (905) 880-2029, firstname.lastname@example.org