I am pleased to let you know we are indeed holding our Oxford Studio Tour this year, after a 2 year hiatus. It will be on April 30 and May 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Information can be found at the tour’s website, oxfordstudiotour.ca, as usual. We all have lots of art to show you, and you can have fun with your family or close friends driving around Oxford County to see it. Maybe you’ll want to have a chat with some of the artists, or even purchase an original piece for that spot in your surroundings you wish had a little something special.
Here I am with a couple of my original pieces:
I look forward to welcoming you at my home studio/gallery location, which is Location #3 on the tour, in Otterville. Red signs will direct you to tour locations. If you need a map, they are available at the website. For a brochure, you may contact me to mail you one, or just pick a location to start at – all artists will have some available.
Dear Readers, it’s been a while, but I am back! This weekend we are having our Welcome Back to Otterville studio tour. More information on that at my other blog site. (Click the link).
In addition to this, I have a few pieces at the Tillsonburg Station Arts Centre as part of the Oxford Studio Preview Exhibit until December 3rd.
Also, I am taking part in the Oxford Creates online show from now until December 31st!
It feels good to be involved in art shows again and I am hopeful the inspiration and the more open doors will continue.
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Today I will be setting up at South Gate Centre in Woodstock in preparation for this weekend’s Oxford Creates Art Expo, organized by Oxford Creative Connections, Inc. I will have several of my newest watercolour paintings available there, as well as a sampling of my fractal pieces. There will be many other artists, as well as authors, exhibiting at this show.
In two weeks, I will be opening my own gallery/studio doors to welcome the public for our 23rd annual studio tour here in Otterville: Welcome Back to Otterville. This will feature a much larger selection of my own work. We have a very good variety of stops this year with several new artisans! I will post again soon with more details about that.
For now, here are the details of both shows:
Oxford Creates: https://oxfordcreativeconnections.com/oxford-creates/
Welcome Back To Otterville: https://www.welcomebacktootterville.ca/
Last week I made the drive to Clinton, Ontario to drop off some of my art, and work a shift at a new store there called ‘Mama & Me, the Canadian Artisan Gift Boutique’. The business owner, Crystal, was the Grand Prize Winner of Central Huron’s Win This Space Contest, and has worked very hard to transform her vision into a reality. As she put it, only 16 gallons of paint and 400+ hours of labour later… her shop was ready to open! It’s full of handmade items displayed in unique ways mostly on re-purposed furniture, which gives it a nice, welcoming, homey feel. The address is 17 Victoria St., Clinton, ON, and it’s not far from Bayfield, Goderich, and Blyth. Open from 11 am-5 pm Tuesday to Friday, 10 am to 5? pm Saturday (not sure) and closed Sundays and Mondays.
I took two fractal watercolour paintings, two fractal metal prints, two watercolour paintings from my ‘Cats of Italy’ series, and another large watercolour painting of lotus blossoms to be hung in the store. I didn’t get to hang them while there, but we decided where they were going and she has promised to send photos when they’re up! Here are most of them, waiting patiently in the area reserved for workshops:
The opening for this show was on Sunday and it continues until August 18.
OCCI stands for Oxford Creative Connections Inc., and it is a not-for-profit Arts and Culture organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Oxford County through the preservation and advancement of arts and culture.
The Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre is located at
125 Centennial Lane (in Victoria Park)
P.O. Box 384, Ontario
Its hours are:
Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 10:30 – 2:00 p.m. & 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.
I have one of my new fractal pieces in the show, Time for Tea. Check it out if you go!
I’ve never been to Utah, unless you count a layover at the airport on the way to California. It was snowing in Salt Lake City at the time.
However, I have seen some photos of the landscape there. Somehow, when I created this image, I was reminded of those beautiful rock formations on a clear hot sunny day. I imagined hiking through this fantasy landscape, and the name for this image came to me and stuck.
‘Utaopiah’ will be available for viewing (along with many other pieces) in person on May 4 & 5, from 10 to 5 p.m. during the Oxford Studio Tour, at my home gallery, which is Location #4 on the tour. It is the only one of my metal prints that actually has a frame (the frame is black) – something new I tried out this time!
Every once in a while I discover and develop an image that is just uncannily familiar. From the similarity of “Pollinator” to an actual pollinator, to the “Ocean Floor” that isn’t actually an ocean floor, we see how nature follows the patterns dictated by the geometry we know as fractals. However, it is not strictly ‘natural’ things which follow fractal patterns. We can see fractal patterns in things like architecture, art, music, and… fancy china dishes!
I absolutely love this image which I’ve entitled ‘Time for Tea”. To me it seems vaguely reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland and the interior of my Mom’s china cabinet. I recently printed it on metal. Here is what the digital image I created looks like. In the metal print, the white parts are silver, so it does change the look of it a little. It would be perfect in a super modern dining room, I think.
To see the 24×32″ metal print, you’ll have to come out to my gallery, as it is just very difficult to photograph the reflective surface. Lucky for you, the perfect opportunity to do that is right around the corner, during the Oxford Studio Tour, May 4 & 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.!
This Saturday I will be one of the artists displaying their work at Art in the Park in Woodstock, Ontario. It is scheduled to start at 2 pm, and goes until 9 pm, at Victoria Park, 413 Buller Street
Woodstock , ON
I participated in this event last year, which took place at the beginning of September, and really enjoyed all the music that played during the afternoon and evening. It was a lovely, relaxing event, great setting, and many talented artists were present with their work. I wish I had taken some photos to share with you!
I will have a selection of fractal pieces and watercolours in my booth.
I know we need rain – the photo below shows what our falls in Otterville look like right now – but I kind of hope it either rains the night before or after we leave the park!