Artists band together for Apples & Art Tour
CORNWALL, Ontario – A collection of artists have pulled together to keep a popular fall studio tour from falling by the wayside.
The Apples & Art Tour planning committee has decided to register as a notfor- profit organization in anticipation of their 23rd annual anniversary.
A secure move to ensure their longevity since the art world can be a little finicky. Due to a lack of funding and resources The Art Gallery ( TAG) Cornwall is unable to organize the tour this year. But the artists say they’re committed to both strategic planning and execution to promote the September 27 and 28 event. Sylvie Lizotte, TAG executive director, said it will still be a group site during the two- day tour.
Apples and Art gives a rare glimpse behind studio doors as artists welcome the public in and celebrate art by exploring the works of over 20 artists in 12 venues.
“It’s a big change for the artists. Many of us have never even met each other before,” said Rose Desnoyer, committee member and artist in a statement. “But after two meetings to analyze the situation, define what we have to do, and come up with a plan, we’re confident we can make it happen.”
Artist Virginia Lake is spearheading the registration of the not- for- profit status. One of the biggest challenges is implementing the action plan. The goal is to have all artists registered by Valentine’s Day in order to plan a budget to pay for the studio tour.
The Apples & Art budget has always come straight from the artists’ registration fees. Fees allow for printing of brochures, signage, advertising and other promotional efforts.
“We’ve never had a corporate sponsor but hope one or two might step forward to help us,” said Lake.