Take a peek in­side your neigh­bour­hood art stu­dio

West Hamil­ton Artists Tour this week­end show­cases nearly 40 lo­cal artists

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E - EMMA REILLY ereilly@thes­pec.com 905-526-2452 | @Em­maatTheSpec

Pic­ture any one of Hamil­ton’s di­verse neigh­bour­hoods. Now pic­ture those who may live there. Did an artist come to mind? Gor­don Lev­er­ton bets not — but he hopes the an­nual West Hamil­ton Artists Tour will help change your mind.

The West Hamil­ton Artists Tour (WHAT), which takes place this week­end, gives res­i­dents the op­por­tu­nity to peek into the homes and stu­dios of some of the artists who call Hamil­ton home.

“I think peo­ple like to know that there are artists and cre­ativ­ity in their neigh­bour­hood,” said Lev­er­ton, a WHAT or­ga­nizer and par­tic­i­pat­ing artist. “Just like there are doc­tors or nurses or school­teach­ers who live next door, there are artists. It adds a bit of colour.”

The free event, which takes place on Mother’s Day week­end ev­ery year, show­cases a ju­ried se­lec­tion of 39 artists from Hamil­ton and the sur­round­ing area in 17 dif­fer­ent

lo­ca­tions in the city’s west end.

Par­tic­i­pants will be able to wan­der in and out of homes and stu­dios, most within walk­ing dis­tance of Locke Street, and take in a va­ri­ety of me­dia rang­ing from paint­ing to pho­tog­ra­phy and sculp­ture to 3D-printed jewelry. Each lo­ca­tion of­fers a se­lec­tion of work by sev­eral dif­fer­ent artists, so par­tic­i­pants will be able to see a range styles within one en­vi­ron­ment.

For the first time, this year’s tour — the eighth sea­son — in­cludes sev­eral Strath­cona-area lo­ca­tions — a tes­ta­ment both to Hamil­ton’s artis­tic tal­ent and the suc­cess of the tour.

“It’s some­thing we’ve been plan­ning for a cou­ple of years,” said Lev­er­ton. “This is the year where we had enough artists where we could ex­pand it a lit­tle bit.”

ELIZABETE LUDVIKS

Tri­an­gles bracelet, 3D printed ny­lon with ster­ling clasp, by Elizabete Ludviks, Stu­dio 12.

DANA COWIE

“Dun­durn Stairs,” acrylic on can­vas, by Dana Cowie, Stu­dio 8

HUGH WIDDUP

Ornaments, sea urchin/var­i­ous woods, by Hugh Widdup, Stu­dio 15

KRYS­TAL SPECK

Smoothie cup and state­ment vase, slip­cast porce­lain, by Krys­tal Speck, Stu­dio 6.

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