Friday, June 20, 2014

Canadian Showcase: The Haliburton Highlands Studio Tour

"Landscape" by Annette Blady of Miskwabi Treehouse Studio
The Haliburton Highlands Studio Tour offers a unique chance for locals and visitors to drop in on a number of the artists in the area. This self-guided driving and art tour usually takes place during the first two weekends in October, which means prime-time viewing opportunities of the exquisite fall colours. Heading into their 27th annual tour, the Haliburton Highlands Studio Tour now features 27 artists specialising in a wide variety of mediums.

Haliburton is located in the heart of Cottage Country, approximately 2.5 hours Northeast of Toronto. This rural area is a favourite among city-dwellers looking to find a little weekend rest-and-relaxation. With an abundance of lakes, rivers, trees and rocks, Haliburton truly captures the spirit and splendor of the Canadian Shield. This is also the home of the Haliburton School of the Arts; this school is popular worldwide as a superb destination for art students to visit and take courses in a variety of mediums. Many of the artists featured on the tour are part-time faculty at the school.

We’ve included just a small sampling of the many artists now featured on this tour. The Haliburton Highlands Studio Tour provides a fantastic opportunity to discover where and how the local artists live and work, as well as observe their creative process through demonstrations and conversations. Perhaps best of all, this tour offers a one-of-a-kind shopping experience - from multi-media paintings to fiber-art and metal work - sounds like our sort of tour!
Works by Lisa Barry of Homestead Pottery
Work by Gary Chapman