Artists band to­gether for Ap­ples & Art Tour

Seaway News - - ENTERTAINMENT & RESTAURANTS - Adam Brazeau

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.

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