It is time again for those of us who are artists, artisans and specialty shopkeepers in the little town of Otterville, to open our doors and welcome visitors from all over Southwestern Ontario. This is our 20th year holding Welcome Back to Otterville, a studio tour that was founded by my good friend Sue Goossens years before I moved here, and continues to change and evolve as do the participants.
A press release for our tour follows – please feel free to publish the release as we are on a limited advertising budget! We are very grateful to Ashlyn Kernaghan for writing this up for us.
Welcome Back to Otterville Studio Tour Celebrates 20 Years
By Ashlyn Kernaghan
On the weekend of November 19th and 20th, the artists and crafters who call the historic village of Otterville home will be opening up their doors for the 20th annual studio tour. Visit Otterville and browse through unique shops and studios. Meet the artists and experience a world of creativity. Studios and shops are open from 10am – 5pm and each day and the event is absolutely free to attend.
This year the studio tour includes 6 local artists – watercolours, oils, acrylics and mixed media – who will showcase the best of their best throughout the weekend in their homes or studios. The participating artists include Mae Leonard, Lianne Todd, Linda Hoffman, Trudy Verberne, Shirley Hokke, and Sue Goossens. In Bloom Designs featuring the jewellery of Jillian Driedger will be in the old general store in Hawtrey. Ralph Moore & Sons has a large selection of bird seed and feeders and all things bird! Shawn Pinnoy, owner of Styx and Skids, and Nordale Woodworking are new to the tour this year. Shawn Pinnoy creates up-cycled decor including wreaths, bird houses, barn board signs and much more. Nordale Woodworking, owned by Bryan Mertens, specializes in the production and sales of solid wood furniture and outdoor poly lawn furniture. Nordale Woodworking is open all year.
All participants on the tour live in Otterville and area and create their own unique products or own a shop in town. The event has evolved throughout the past 20 years with three of the original participants still on the tour – Sue Goossens, Linda Hoffman and Shirley Hokke.
“Artists truly enjoy meeting new visitors, old friends and sharing their passion for the arts.”
“Each year the tour attracts visitors from all over Southwestern Ontario from Windsor to Toronto,” said tour organizer Goossens. “People are always impressed with the quality of the artwork that is available. We have the reputation of having many accomplished artists in Otterville.”
This self-directed tour provides the opportunity to personally explore the creative approach of various artists, along with the chance to wrap up some Christmas shopping. Tour participants can visit as few or as many of the artists as they wish, over one or both days. The Otter Creek Golf Course club house will be open for lunch Saturday and Sunday.
Welcome Back to Otterville brochures and maps can be found at participating sites, the Station Arts Centre in Tillsonburg, and online at http://www.welcomebacktootterville.ca. Look for yellow flags that mark the studios.
Styx and Skids is not on the map, but can be found just around the corner from Linda Hoffman’s studio, on Grove St.
For more information call 519-879-6352 or visit www.welcomebacktootterville.ca
Here is the map of the tour. Hope you can make it out!