20th Anniversary Video Celebration
Press Release 2010
Published in Caledon Enterprise
The Caledon hills have long attracted visitors who return every year to experience the colour of the changing autumn landscape. For the past 20 years, a small group of artists and artisans from the Caledon Hills Studio Tour (formerly the Caledon East Studio Tour), have been in friendly competition with nature as they open their studios for one weekend in the fall in order to share their newest work with patrons and showgoers. While enjoying art and crafts in the artists’ private homes, galleries and gardens, visitors are able to pass through some of Caledon’s most picturesque areas. Stopping for lunch at one of Caledon’s gourmet eateries or pulling over to the side of the road to admire the seasonal colours. The tour is noted for the high quality of its participating artists’ work and sets the standard that other tours aspire to. To celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary, several retired tour members are returning to share this special year with their friends. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both September 25 and 26, nine studio artists and their guests invite you to share a day with them. Everyone is welcome and it is completely free of charge. Armed with a studio brochure and map, visitors can easily chart their course as all studios are less than 15 minutes from Caledon East. Travelling from southeast to northwest.
Former tour artist, Elizabeth Babyn, returns this year with her Ellwood Drive studio filled with new, spiritual, abstract acrylic paintings. In the few years since she was last in the Caledon Hills Studio Tour, she has participated in several gallery shows in Canada and Europe. Her guest, former tour member Anne Shabason, will exhibit her newest collage work inspired by mystical poetry and personal meditation. Lenny Dykstra’s light-filled studio in her home on Ellwood Drive in Bolton is a riot of colour and texture. Her beautiful garden is always a show attraction. Dykstra will offer a new selection of bright and fanciful wall hangings. Her guest, Montreal designer Marie-Fatima Rudolf, will sell her elegant, inspiring semi-precious jewelry. Cory Trepanier’s studio is located on The Gore Road, but this well-known artist does a great deal of his painting far from his studio. His latest oil paintings capture the rugged beauty of the Arctic landscape that he has spent two summers capturing. Randy McLeod creates his gorgeous wood turned vessels from the fallen trees he scavenges on his 100 acre farm on Airport Road in Caledon East. Each object is uniquely one of a kind. Carolina Remmig, Drenters, McLeod’s guest this year, will be on the tour for the first time, introducing to showgoers her realistic, lyrical paintings. 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. Bridget Wilson shares their gallery space, displaying her hot glass work; multiple layers of glass that are fused and slumped to create artistic, functional glass plates and bowls. The guest is Judy Nice, a reclaimed metal artist whose whimsical sculptures would brighten any garden. Marty Rothstein, on Horseshoe Hill Road is a landscape photographer who is passionate about sharing beautiful images from his many travels. Some of his newest work is printed on canvas, creating a very painterly effect. Respected artist Chris Toogood will be Rothstein’s guest, enhancing the show with his well-regarded abstract metal sculpture. Merle Harstone, at Silvercreek Studios on Kennedy Road, has a passion for abstraction in acrylic mixed media. Her newest work contains multiple elements including water, glass, paper, wood, and paint. This year, Merle will be hosting potter Zsuzsa Monostory whose eye-catching covered jars and pots are often adorned with human and animal forms. In her beautiful converted schoolhouse on Heart Lake Road, Lyn Westfall will feature her rich abstracts and Caledon landscapes. Look for her newest paintings of “The Hawthorn”, a tree on Escarpment Sideroad that is dear to many and has been an inspiration to Westfall. Arlene Peters, a former tour member, will be her guest. For more information visit, caledonhillsstudiotour.ca.