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The Uxbridge Studio Tour is now in it’s twenty-sixth year, and going through one of it’s periods of change and renewal. We’ve changed up our brochure; are moving on some new ways and some new technology to promote the tour. You can now buy fabulous new Studio Tour gift certificates from Blue Heron Books and Kensington Silver studios. And the Artists: the artists who make up the tour have changed some too. We’ve said goodbye to some good friends this year in good ways: the painter Doug Boutilier moved to the East coast; and in very sad ways – this year we are without photographer Vanessa Perry who lost her battle with brain cancer and is sadly missed. On the other hand, artists move into the area, and sometimes artists who have been here for a long time decide that they would like to apply to join the tour. The 2011 Tour has three new site artists and even more new guest artists.

Ken Nice, Max Kalinowski and Samantha Turnbull are our new site artists, and we extended our map a little to the north to bring in the hamlet of Wilfrid where you will find Ken Nice. A very accomplished sculptor and painter, he sculpts in metal and stone as well as painting delicious landscapes. Nature is his main theme, and animals a particular passion when it comes to his sculpture. Moving south, you will find Samatha Turnbull just north of Vallentyne. She is officially the youngest site artist on the tour, a recent MFA graduate of CalArts (the school set up by Walt Disney), her paintings are bold and hot portraits of famous and infamous rock stars, check out the video on her page of the Uxbridge Studio Tour website ( to see her at work. Into Sutherland, and the Yerema Weafer clan has added the next generation with multimedia artist Katrina Weafer, her works are mysterious and thought-provoking, combining layers of images and text, tone and texture.

Moving down Durham 23, and taking the turn to Francis Muscat’s site, you will find new guest artist Vanessa Slater, some of you will remember her richly hued and clean lined pottery from previous years at Art in the Park and other places, and it is great to see her back behind the creative wheel again, after a short ‘respite’ wrangling the youth of Uxbridge. Veering to the East but still heading south, there are new guest artists at Saundra Reiner’s site and at Lynne McIlvride Evans. Saundra is featuring Jennifer Ross, a painter who works in dry pastel to create evocative urban images, and Gordon Ross, a photographer who also works with architectural themes. Lynne McIlvride Evan’s guest artist is a good friend of mine, Linda Wiebe, and you would think that would give me a direct line into what she is planning, but she is being very cagey: here is what I have gleaned: it is an installation, a tree or a representation of a tree may or may not be part of it, and poetry – her passion – is involved. Knowing Linda, it will be fascinating and well worth the treck, (which you would make anyway, to see Lynne and Andrews’ new work,) but be gentle – Linda is very shy…

At this point on the new artist review, we head into Uxbridge – or just south along the 7th Concession – to find the last new site artist: Max Kalinowski. Max started his career as a photographer in Poland, but has been painting vibrant abstracts in acrylics, drawing on his wide-ranging travel experiences and creating paintings which reflect changing socio-political circumstances. These paintings are wild! a great new addition to the Tour. Max also has brought in an amazing photographer as a new guest artist: Marni Grossman, who has had an extensive career working in the film industry, but has been turning her lens increasingly onto subjects in Nature, finding the abstract beauty in natural forms, as well as some stunning wildlife photography.

Carol Hendry is a new artist guesting with Hanneke Koonstra, her expertise is oil landscapes which are lush and dare I say- romantic? This is a great pairing of fine landscape artists. Moving to the deep south of the township, stop in at my own site to see the fascinating work of an artist new to the tour and new to Uxbridge: Erica Gajewski. Her work is an extensive study of animals, specifically the native and endangered fauna of North America. Her work is conceptually based, but from my point of view, I have a stunning lifesize drawing of a polar bear presiding over my living room this week – not to be missed.

Those are the new faces on the tour and there are a lot this year, but as always, there are great new works to be seen at each site, from artists who have been on the tour for many a year, and I know many of you check back at your favourite sites year after year to see what we have been up to. Rumour has it that new concrete is curing at the Tinkl’s; fans of Lynn Bishop and Tom Loachs’ work can find them at their new house and location (not far from the old location); Daniel Colby has been living in Montreal for a few months now – that must mean a new direction. My own guest artists have blown me away this year with their new work: Lots of great visual and sensual experiences up and down and around the whole Township and a bit beyond – we all look forward to seeing you this weekend, and feel free to bring some new faces along too.

As appeared in The Cosmos

Wine Tasting & Live Art Auction

The Uxbridge Cottage Hospital Auxiliary is hosting a Wine Tasting & Live Art Auction event on October 19th, 2011 7.00pm, with the art auction starting at 8.30pm at Wyndance Golf Club. During the evening attendee’s will get to taste various wine’s and sample food pairings provided by local restaurants, also a Live Art Auction will take place featuring many artists from within the Uxbridge community. All proceeds will go to the Uxbridge Cottage Hospital.

Wholeness exhibit

Wholeness: An exhibit of tapestries and related fibre work by Line Dufour.

The exhibit takes place in The Gibson Centre Gallery, from September 1st to the 26th, 2011.

Join us for the opening on Sunday, September 11th, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. The opening will also be the official launch of the Community Threads project funded by the Ontario Arts Council.

The project is encouraging the public to join the Nottawasaga Handweavers and Spinners in the weaving of twelve tapestries which were created by the guild members in collaboration with Line Dufour depicting the cultural and historical aspects of NTT. For more background information of this exciting project go to and to follow the progress of the project through the blog go to:

Annual Stouffville Studio Tour

The 11th Annual Stouffville Studio Tour is an event that you don’t want to miss, October 15th and 16th, 2011 – 10AM to 5PM both days. The bonus of our studio tour is the drive through the countryside in the full blazing colours of autumn.

A vast selection of painting media is represented on our Tour including acrylic, encaustic, oil, Sumi-e and watercolours. We also have graphite drawings, glass works, jewellery, metal and stone sculptures, pastels, photography, pottery, totems, wood block printing, and wood turning. There is something for everyone!

Our Tour has 36 artists participating in 23 local venues. We are proud to have a growing number of visitors returning year after year and they continue to tell us that we have “one of the best studio tours” they have ever attended. And we’ll even offer you a chance to win a $200.00 voucher to be used towards the purchase of art from any of our members!

This is a self guided tour; there is no pressure to buy, free admission. We welcome browsing.

The Town of Stouffville is north east of Toronto at Highway 48 and the Stouffville Rd.

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Phone: 905 642 1721

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Sunday on the Porch series

PineRidge Arts Council’s Sunday on the Porch series at the SilverStone Gallery in Pickering.

In addition to original artwork on display by over 23 PRAC member artists we have been featuring one on the porch on Sunday afternoons.

Here is our upcoming line-up.

  • August 21 ~ SilverTONES | vocal trio | 2 to 4 p.m.
  • August 28 ~ Inese Poga and Don Smith | visual and performing | 1 to 3 pm
  • September 4 ~ Heather Whaley | musician and storyteller 2 to 4 pm
  • September 11 ~ FUNKY ART SHOW
  • September 18 ~ Max Phillips returns to the delight of their fans 3 to 5 pm
  • September 25 ~ Stuart Blower| Soapstone carving
  • October 2 ~ Culture Days | 1 to 4 pm.
    Showcasing Hardini the Magician to delight the child in all of us and featuring Janet Kershaw, Mary Jo Smith and Angela Wong ~ visual artists, Michael Jack ~ will demo the process of stencil printing, Lis Simpson ~ will demonstrate Art Clay Silver and more to come.
  • December 4 ~ Workshop ~ How to Make a Collage Story Chair with Marcia Masino, watch for details

“A History of Play: An Exhibition of Vintage Toys and Collectables”

An exhibition for young and young-at-heart alike, this display of playthings and pastimes illuminates a history that only toys can tell. This collection of over 100 items such as dolls, games, and cast iron and tin toys offers a new perspective of our community’s heritage. Join us—whatever your age—and discover Uxbridge’s “History of Play” at this unique exhibition. Thank you to the Uxbridge community who generously loaned items from their personal collections for this display.

Regular admission fees apply.
Tours 10am-4pm, Wed-Sun and Holidays
Uxbridge Historical Centre
7239 Concession Road 6, Uxbridge ON
(905) 852-5854

“Public Meeting: Guest Phil Craig”

Join us at the Uxbridge-Scott Historical Society’s monthly public meeting featuring Phil Craig of the Georgina Military Museum.

Wed. Nov., 2 at 7pm.
Uxbridge Historical Centre Schoolhouse
7239 Concession Road 6, Uxbridge ON
(905) 852-5854

“Public Meeting: Archaeologist Dr. Amy Barron”

Join us at the Uxbridge-Scott Historical Society’s monthly public meeting featuring archaeologist Dr. Amy Barron.

Wed. Oct., 5 at 7pm.
Uxbridge Historical Centre Schoolhouse
7239 Concession Road 6, Uxbridge ON
(905) 852-5854

“40th Annual Heritage Days”

Come out and celebrate Uxbridge’s unique heritage and history at the Uxbridge-Scott Historical Society’s 40th Annual Heritage Days! This year, our theme is “Hands-On History,” featuring pioneer games, races, crafts, and fun for the whole family! Each day at 10:30am a 4H Lawn Tractor Pull will be held. Bring a camera and get your photo taken on a carriage from the movie “Road to Avonlea.” Other highlights include: steam threshing, vintage cars and tractors, a miniature railway, model ships, displays and demonstrations, musical entertainment, pies, corn on the cob, and a BBQ!

Adults $10 (children free with adult), free parking.
Aug. 27 and 28 10am-5pm.
Uxbridge Historical Centre
7239 Concession Road 6, Uxbridge ON
(905) 852-5854

“Through the Looking Glass With Alice”

Journey to Wonderland as you step back in time to the year 1865 and celebrate the timeless classic novel by Lewis Carroll. Come and play croquet on the lawn with the Queen of Hearts, Mad Hatter, and Alice. This family event will feature a variety of themed activities, and all ages will love playing in our Queen of Hearts Games area. View a display of rare and collector’s editions of Alice in Wonderland books, memorabilia, and art. This event is the perfect way to spend an autumn day!

Free admission, donations appreciated.
Sun. Oct., 2 from 10am-4pm.
Uxbridge Historical Centre
7239 Concession Road 6, Uxbridge ON
(905) 852-5854