Join us for two fabulous weekends of open studios in the beautiful Town of the Blue Mountains, ON. Located just 2 hours north of Toronto, our studios are within a 20 minute drive of each other and many within walking distance. Our 21st annual studio tours will be held on Victoria Day weekend and Thanksgiving weekend.
Click on the images below to see more work by some of the 2015 participating artists and their guests. These pages will be updated in March 2016.
1. Marshak Tacoma Fine Art Studios
David paints the grandeur of the Canadian landscape in his stunning oil paintings. Sarah explores the etherial qualities of light and land through photography, paint and beeswax. This creative couple work from their backyard studios in the charming Beaver Valley, where they eat from the garden and run after their three children.
I have a foot ﬁrmly planted in both the ﬁne craft and art worlds. Much of my work grows out of my early experiences of growing up on a farm in rural Ontario. As a painter, my subject matter is superficially mundane, often exploring the landscapes around my home.
I continue to return to certain places (houses, barns, ﬁelds) for inspiration. I have, perhaps, many paintings of the same place in different lights, seasons and conﬁgurations. They are places with which I have developed a particular intimacy through passing them time after time, and noting their slight and remarkable variations.
As a glassblower and sculptor I incorporate the wild imaginings of fairy tales and children's stories. By creating mythologies out of my own experiences, familiar ﬁgures stand beside exotic ones and there is a collapsing of the sublime and the mundane.
After 12 years on a farm in the Beaver Valley, I have moved to near-by Clarksburg, where I am busily setting up a gallery and workshop.
4. Loft Gallery
Large original landscape and contemporary paintings by artists from Ontario and Quebec.
Art has been a part of my life since early childhood. My parents recognized my ability and sent me for art instruction at age ten. I know these classes are the base for my thirst to create. It has been fortunate that I have lived in some of the most beautiful and inspirational, places in Canada.
My work is a reflection of my love of nature, animals and colour. The style I like the best is realism, working primarily in acrylic, and some watercolour, also various other media.
7. Cory Stickley
Cory's fine art photographs depict her love of the Bruce Trail, Georgian Bay and her travels within North America and Europe.
She has recently returned to the historic process of platinum palladium printing after many years of creating silver images. This way of working is used by only a few photographers these days and she finds the creative process, from setting up her large cameras to hand coating the special watercolour or Japanese kobo papers, very satisfying. Each image is unique.
During studio tours, her darkroom is open to the public. You can also see a selection of her photographs at the LOFT gallery in Clarksburg and on her website.
Traditional Silver Gelatin print from the darkroom.
The Grove in Platinum/palladium on kozo paper
Platinum prints have a distinct tone, a warmth and depth that is different from silver images. As it dries, the platinum/palladium coating soaks into the paper, as opposed to silver which is a coating on top. This alters the look of the image which many associate with historical photographs. The process is extremely archival and has been in use since about 1835. It is not used often now due to costs of the noble metal salts, scarcity of materials and the time it takes to create an image.
This video shows in detail what I do to make such a print. In the video you will see Japanese photographer Nobuyuki Kobayashi working with his large format camera and then in the darkroom to produce exquisite prints on kozo.
Cory with her 8 x 10" film camera
Standing taller than the photographer, this view camera takes 8 x 10" film 1 sheet at a time. Now an alternative process, the quality and detail of this size of film is worth the extra effort it presents.
Coating with platinum palladium solution
After exposure to the UV light
Pouring on the heated developer
8. Dar West
Dar is a guest at the Corner House Studio for the tour.
The following information is about her own studio at :408145 Grey Rd #4, Maxwell, Ontario
My work continues to change and to develop as I stretch myself to try new approaches to ‘paint’ while staying true to my love of nature. I believe my vision always exceeds my ability and thus keeps pushing me onward to achieve what I see and feel inside.
I enjoy working in both oils, acrylics and mixed media.
I thank everyone who appreciates and supports my journey and other artists as we search for our true expression.
9. FarLane Studio
Louise Macfarlane, potter and Tara Macfarlane, silversmith present their original pottery (both wheel and hand built), unique silver & beaded jewellery with precious stones and colourful paintings set amongst the inspiring perennial gardens at the Georgian Manor B & B. B & B guests often stay here when attending the Blue Mountain School of Landscape Painting courses, using the gardens as their subject. You are welcome to enjoy the gardens during your visit to their studio.
Open: Fri & Sat 11-5, Sun 12-4 or by chance or appointment
11. Anna Green
In the last decade, Anna has been fortunate to have the time to delve more deeply into her art career. She believes that her diverse life experiences (relationships, travel, career changes and personal interests) have significantly impacted her paintings. Anna's style is considered "whimsical" ....a reflection of her favorite pastimes, thoughts and dreams. While she still loves the challenge of portrait work and the serenity of landscapes and still life.....the female image has become her trademark. Anna's "feminine spirits" have evolved from fairies, yogis and mermaids to women with attitude (the girlfriend's series)..all symbolizing the inner strength and grace of the female. Her paintings often evoke a smile, as viewers can often see elements of themselves in each.
Anna Green at The Beachouse
A beachfront studio filled with the whimsical art of Anna Green...inspired by Georgian Bay and the Blue Mountains.
It was not surprising when Naomi learnt that both of her great grandparents were jewelers more than two generations ago. Inspired through the subconscious, Naomi has embarked on a personal and spiritual journey, exploring her relationship with the earth and the stone world, connecting the past to the present.
Handcrafted with rare precious and semi-precious gemstones, crystals and fossils, many would agree that Naomi’s creations are designed to speak to the heart, adorn the body and nourish the soul. Wearable and whimsical, each handmade creation symbolizes and honors the untouched, organic beauty within the natural materials she uses. Standing the test of time, no two pieces are alike. Each piece culminates the age-old tradition of hand-forging metal jewelry, with a modern touch, and a holistic appeal that radiates the wisdom of the gemstones and their natural healing abilities.
With over 35 years’ professional experience, Robert McAffee has earned a reputation as a leading landscape artist. Among his proudest achievements: being chosen to be the exclusive artist for the CN Tower’s revolving restaurant, 360, where his landscapes have been featured since 2010.
“This land of ours, Canada, is so rich with wonderful geography just waiting to be captured and appreciated,” says Mr. McAffee. “Every day, I can’t wait to get out into nature to discover new landscapes. I want my paintings to be ambassadors for the stillness and beauty of nature – and for the message that it needs to be protected,” says Mr. McAffee.
Alexandra Glueckler is an emerging artist in the field of pyrography (wood burning). Born and raised near Collingwood and the Blue Mountains, she has been inspired by the wild beauty of the North American landscape her entire life. Alexandra’s strong attention to detail allows her to capture the living textures and character of the animal or landscape she illustrates. Depending on the species of wood being used, the depth and tone of the burning changes, making every piece truly original. The result is quite like a sepia photograph mounted on a unique wooden medium, that adds a rustic appeal to any environment.
Eleanor Kee Wellman
Eleanor has been photographing wildlife for 15 years photographing all the flora and fauna living around her as well as all North American species.
The basis of her photography has become a combination of the defining moment and the illustration of the essence of an animal, as well as the light on the subject and design of the image. Her goal is to allow others to see the magic and grasp the importance and value of keeping these animals in our world.
As one of the feature artists of Equine Art Guild, Tina has been referred to as a Canadian realism painter, which her background in technical illustration and design has enhanced. Although Tina is trained in many mediums, she prefers acrylic on canvas, due to the vibrancy of colour and flexibility of the medium.
She is best known for realistic portrait work with horses, where the background is almost a solid colour forcing the viewer to solely focus on the image being presented.
Well known in this area, the Leishmans work from their schoolhouse, just south of Stayner. In 1990, Mike and Connie decided to establish a new product line, pottery that felt and looked Canadian. All of their past experiences, from Art College, to Dramatic Arts, to living in the near north came into play to create this new pottery design. What resulted was a natural clay hand stamped with a loon motif on pottery that would be used daily; a kind of rustic and refined stoneware.
13. Doug Butler
Doug Butler Studio
Abstract expressionism and representational sculpture for the home and garden.
I have been carving stone since 1998 and I have worked with marble, limestone, alabaster, opalstone, cobalt, serpentine, butter jade, granite, limestone, wonderstone, leopard stone and sandstone. Having always been an art collector, I have a special interest in sculpture; however, I do not carve in the ‘traditional’ native style. In fact, I was not aware of my connection to Mi’kmaq First Nations until I was in my fifties… Time and work constraints limited my ability to pursue an interest in sculpture until relatively late in my life. During this time I read books and did online research on the technical aspects of working in stone. This trial and error method of learning allowed me to develop a style of my own.
My abstract works often evolve during the carving of a stone and I prefer that people viewing them naturally form their own opinions as to what I am trying to accomplish with each piece. Many people tell me they see different things in my works and this is exactly what I want to occur. I am particularly interested in the interactions of positive and negative space.