Press Release 2012
Sept 22/23 and 29/30
In a decade defined by catch phrases like “job transitioning”... “re-evaluating oneself” ... “evolving career decisions,” the headline artists of the 22nd annual Caledon Hills Studio Tour represent an inspiring collection of individuals from career backgrounds as uniquely diverse as their art pieces.
From legal clerk to hospitality industry... CEO of a major ad agency to a generation of farmers... landscape foreman to teacher-librarian. All share the courage to “boldly go” where their artistic passion takes them. The exhibition comprises over 200 exclusive art pieces from thirteen mixed media artists in their pastoral rural or village studios ... all within easy distance for an art excursion day during the beautiful fall colour in the Caledon Hills.
With the first twelve years of her adult life spent in a convent, artist Lyn Westfall now makes her studio home in a century old one room schoolhouse where tour visitors can view her latest collection of Florence inspired “iron gall ink” portraits and the early pieces of a new narrative collection of life inspired landscape paintings. Joining Lyn at her studio is guest artist and master knitter Bill Thom, with his witty, one of a kind knitwear.
A law clerk by day, artist Merle Harstone will present a uniquely inspired acrylic assemblage of abstract works of art with voice narratives at her Silvercreek Studio. Joining Merle is guest artist and school librarian Kim McCarthy, whose northern Ontario roots inspired her encaustic, richly colourful mixed media paintings.
Former President/CEO of one of Canada’s largest ad agencies, Marty Rothstein’s keen creative eye is now channeled thru a camera lens with photos captured on canvas lending an impressionist image to the landscape photography collection at his Credit Creek Gallery.
At Stone Ridge Studio, atop the Niagara Escarpment, new and traditional jewelry creations in leather, fibre and locally sourced natural objects will be showcased by artisans Cheryl, Joanne and Joan. From a varied background which includes the hospitality industry and media post production, guest artist Arlene Peters presents a colourful collection of funky, yet functional pottery.
A former music teacher by trade, textile artist Lenny Dykstra perfects her craft using new techniques for truly one of a kind works of art. Guest artisan Pat Burns – Wendland further compliments the textile component of the tour with her beautifully created hand-woven garments.
Farmer by heritage, Randy McLeod’s turned wood vessels reflect proximity to his agricultural roots as he scours the land for that unique piece of raw wood which hides an art treasure. Guest artist and former landscape foreman, Jeremy Guy’s stone sculptures are the epitome of career path meeting artistic passion. Using engineered granite and marble composites, his contemporary abstract indoor and outdoor sculptures are collected around the world.
Considered a Canadian icon by art aficionados, landscape artist Cory Trepanier vaulted to the broader public forefront with his recently produced film series “Into the Arctic” which was aired primetime on TV networks across the country. An artist from inception, outdoor adventurer by desire and filmmaker by decision, Trepanier’s body of work is cherished by collectors and art exhibitions alike. Tour visitors can experience the raw power of his work as he captures the Canadian wilderness on canvas in his weathered barn studio.
The 22nd annual Caledon Hills Studio Tour, open 10am to 5pm each day, commences the weekend of September 22nd and 23rd, continuing the weekend of September 29th and 30th; weekday showings are available September 24th to 28th by appointment only.
For more information, artist background, a tour schedule and map of studio locations visit www.caledonhillsstudiotour.ca