Spec­tac­u­lar fall stu­dio tour

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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!

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Oil Painter Kathy M. Hay­cock part of the Madawaska Stu­dio Tour.

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Dan Hill of Dan Hill Pot­tery part of the Madawaska Stu­dio Tour.

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