South Ni­a­gara artists put out wel­come mat

Stu­dio tours tak­ing place this week­end

The Niagara Falls Review - - Local - STEVE HENSCHEL Metroland

From sun­bathed stu­dio rooms over­look­ing Lake Erie to work­shops lit by over­head lights, the pri­vate spa­ces of artists will be flung into the pub­lic eye.

Up­wards of a dozen such spa­ces be­tween Wain­fleet and Fort Erie will be open to the pub­lic as South Ni­a­gara Artists hosts its an­nual fall stu­dio tour this week­end. Group mem­bers will open their spa­ces of creativ­ity for a glimpse not only into their work but also the process that moves such work from imag­i­na­tion to re­al­ity.

“It’s my happy place, you are sur­rounded by the cre­ative en­ergy that you your­self give,” says Cathy Peters, whose lake­front stu­dio gives way to a scenic vista of Ni­a­gara’s south shore.

The base­ment space, the first stop on the tour, is just as much an es­cape as an in­spi­ra­tion, said the acrylic and wa­ter­colour artist break­ing out into mixed me­dia.

Art books line the walls. Paint­ings, rang­ing in their com­ple­tion from a blank can­vas to fin­ished works, sit propped up among paints and brushes. The stu­dio, Peters says, pro­vides a unique glimpse for the pub­lic into the artists process, phys­i­cally and psy­cho­log­i­cally, and their unique per­son­al­i­ties.

“It’s where we live, where we work, where we share, we play,” says Peters, adding artists open­ing their stu­dios should be viewed as a bit of a treat given their of­ten-pri­vate na­ture.

“Even my fam­ily knocks be­fore they come in.”

Be­yond an­other chance to show­case their work, ev­ery pur­chase this week­end comes with a lit­tle more mean­ing, she says, when the buyer has a greater con­nec­tion to the space in which it was pro­duced.

“It’s this two-way con­ver­sa­tion … there’s an­other level of con­nec­tion with the art,” says Peters.

Tour stops in­clude paint­ing spa­ces, wood shops and pot­tery stu­dios. All medi­ums and styles will be on dis­play for the sev­enth an­nual run of the tour.

“We’ve got it all,” says Peters, ex­plain­ing the par­tic­i­pat­ing artists are world class in their tal­ents, be it shap­ing stone with a chisel or spread­ing paint with a brush.

The tour runs Satur­day and Sun­day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing a com­plete list of stops, visit www.south­ni­a­garaartists.ca.

STEVE HENSCHEL METROLAND

Cathy Peters’ stu­dio is as much an in­spi­ra­tion as it is a prac­ti­cal space to create.

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