Spectacular fall studio tour
Come join the celebrations for the award-winning Madawaska Valley Studio Tour on September 30th and October 1. Autumn is the perfect time to take a drive through the colourful Upper Ottawa Valley from Eganville to the west of Combermere.
Witness the spectacular scenery of the season. Rich reds, oranges and golds of autumn foliage will delight you at every turn as you follow the Madawaska Valley Studio Tour route along backroads and through small towns between the studios.
This year nineteen studios with 26 artists and artisans will be open to the public. New artists and artisans and their invited guests, as well as familiar returning artists, have continued to draw visitors back to the valley year after year with their latest advances and creations. All artists and artisans have been selected through a jury process that ensures quality and variety for the visitor.
The Studio Tour is unique because you can meet professional artists and artisans in their studos and take the time to learn more about the creation of their personal and handmade products. You will be able to go behind the scenes and watch demonstrations and discover new treasures ranging from ceramics and porcelain to painting in oil, acrylic, encaustic, and watercolour; weaving and fabric art, glass art, sculpture, jewellery, forged metal and handmade knives, hooked rugs, skin care lotions, mixed media, dolls, photography, and woodturning.
This season heralds cooler weather ahead and Christmas gifting is on the mind. Now is a good opportunity to find something unique and precious for someone special. There will be a found art treasure hunt and a draw for a $50.00 gift certificate with an entry ticket at each studio. The more studios you visit the greater your chance to win.
The Madawaska Valley Studio Tour is a free, self-directed tour. Its brochure is available at Tourist Information Centres and many business locations throughout the Ottawa Valley.
For additional information, biographies of artists and artisans and pictures of their work, please visit our website at www.madawaskastudiotour.com. There you will also find helpful information about where to stay and dine, local services, recreational opportunities, our nearby communities, plus a downloadable map.
Get your brochure early and plan your route. Each Studio is numbered, with a corresponding number on the map to make it very easy to find your favourite artists and artisans. Start anywhere, follow the map and watch for our red maple leaf signs along the road, which will be your guide to the Studios.
Mark your calendars for Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Join in the fun and bring a friend!
Oil Painter Kathy M. Haycock part of the Madawaska Studio Tour.
Dan Hill of Dan Hill Pottery part of the Madawaska Studio Tour.