Studio Tour celebrates 35 years in the Highlands


By Jerelyn Craden

The Studio Tour, Haliburton Highlands will be in full swing to celebrate its 35th year over the first two weekends of October with must-see works of art by 44 local artists, including ten guest artists, exhibited and presented in 26 studios across the same number of locations, with a drive down scenic country roads kissed by the beautiful fall colors, it’s an experience not to be missed.

Peter and Joyce Emmink, co-directors of The Studio Tour are fused glass artists whose studio, Ivy Cottage Fusion Arts, is located in the Algonquin Highlands.

“We have 10 wonderful guest artists this year,” said Peter Emmink, “and one whose work is very unique is felt artist, Chris Lizak.”

Joyce added, “And new to our list of full member artists is metal sculptor Scott Childs. His work is very creative and his studio (Z on the list) is definitely worth a visit.

Peter adds: “Tiffany Howe will be back after a short break from touring.”

Howe is a multidisciplinary artist who creates paintings, sculptures, earrings and installations using recycled materials and found objects.

Pure eye-candy welcomes visitors with a wide range of different types of art – wood, textiles, metal, photography, painting, glass, pottery and jewelry.

“Most of us do an educational piece or a demonstration for visitors,” Joyce said. “One of our guest artists, Albert Côté, a fiber artist, often sews while he shows off his work.”

“Sylvia and Wayne Rose often do a raku pottery firing,” Peter said. “Joyce shows visitors the different stages of glassmaking, before the kiln, after the kiln, and what the molds look like.”

The Emminks were not always fused glass artists.

“About 30 years ago, Pete and I were on the Studio Tour doing stained glass as well as sandblasted etchings, and then we kind of morphed into this fused glass,” Joyce said. “The good thing is you can use every little piece of glass, nothing gets lost, nothing ends up in the landfill.”

The couple’s styles couldn’t be more different from each other, Peter said.

“She makes beautiful functional plates and bowls, lovely four-season garden lanterns. I do more framed art pieces, from a head shot of a bobcat to a stream running through the woods in winter,” he said.

For a weekend, between 500 and 600 visitors come to Emmink’s workshop.

“Over a year,” they said, “we get about 1,400 visitors.”

The Emminks are also looking forward to doing a Studio Beer Tour this year, a cross-promotion and limited release with Haliburton Highlands Brewing, located in Abbey Gardens. The Studio Tour Beer will be released in September.

For a fully enjoyable, educational and artistically rewarding experience, the Studio Tour brochure and map are available for viewing and downloading, along with a list of all of this year’s valued Studio Tour Haliburton Highlands sponsors at: www.thestudiotour. that.

Additionally, 20,000 copies of The Studio Tour brochure will be available at various locations throughout the county.

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