www.londonstudiotour.ca Facebook: London Studio Tour
FRIDAY, APRIL 15 7 pm – 9:30 pm
SATURDAY, APRIL 16 10 am – 5 pm
SUNDAY, APRIL 17 12 noon – 5 pm
Bigger and more wide-ranging than ever! This year, the Tour is presenting the largest number of artists and more studios in our 23-year history! A total of 33 studios will be open for this eagerly-anticipated event on London’s cultural calendar. Of the 33 studios:
17 are repeating their involvement from last year with all-new work
11 are veteran artists returning to the Tour from other years
5 are new artists to the Tour
This year, 4 of the studios will feature guest artists, showing a few pieces of their work and exploring the idea of coming on future Tours.
A WIDE VARIETY OF MEDIA AND APPROACHES:
The Studio Tour is a juried show. Each year, the organizing committee invites artists from all over the city to submit a portfolio of work to be considered. From those submissions, the committee creates a Tour which reflects the diversity and energy of London’s art scene.
PAINTING AND DRAWING: PAUL ABELEIRA, KEVIN BICE, ERIC CATOR, BRIAN DIRKS, CAROL FINKBEINER THOMAS, CORINNE GARLICK, SUSAN GARRINGTON, BIJAN GHALEHPARDAZ, JAMIE JARDINE, KIM KAITELL, PETER KARAS, LUNCH THIEF, RYAN MACHAN, JEANETTE MARSHALL, CATHERINE MORRISEY, MARK STANLEY, BETH STEWART, MARIJO SWICK, KIM WILKIE.
Styles range from traditional and representational to highly abstract and contemporary. Sizes of work run from tiny to massive. Images of London, its river and neighbourhoods contrast with graffiti-inspired, edgy urban works.
PHOTOGRAPHY: IAN MACEACHERN
Ian is one of London and Canada’s foremost urban, social realist photographers. He returns to the Tour for the third year.
WOOD, GLASS AND STEEL: DOUG MAGRATH, RICHARD STURGEON, JERRY VRABEC, VIVIAN TSEROTAS, MARIJO SWICK
Works this year are functional and non-functional. Works can be small, made for a table in the home, to huge, fitting more for the garden or a public space. Work can be elegant, humorous or abstract and can combine materials in new, surprising ways. One of these artists is a European-trained goldsmith who has created many sculptures which Londoners see every day. Another is a former accountant converted to the softness and beauty of wood carving.
CLAY: MARLIES GUETH, DAVID MOYNIHAN, JOANNA MOZDZEN, ELLY PAKALNIS, BERNADETTE PRATT, CHRIS SNEDDEN
London is rich in ceramic artists, three of whom are showing this year at the London Clay Art Centre, an important art and craft hub in the city. The other three work out of their home studios, one of which is a converted travel trailer. The work represents a very wide range of styles, colours and functions. Clay is thrown, handbuilt, sculpted and burned in colours ranging from the natural tone of the clay to brilliantly glazed.
JEWELLRY AND CLOTH: SHIRLEY CLEMENT, SUSAN SKAITH, VIVIAN TSEROTAS, KATIE ZINK
These artists revel in colour, pattern and texture. Much of the work is wearable or decorative and is woven, assembled, sewn, embroidered and printed.
ALL ACROSS LONDON, ALL KINDS OF STUDIO SPACES:
One of the things that makes this Tour so fascinating for the thousands who come on it each year is that the studios are located in all corners of the city in all kinds of spaces. If visitors are determined, it is possible to get to all the studios from Hyde Park to Hamilton Road East, from Adelaide and Fanshawe to Lambeth. Studios are found in the converted basements of suburban houses to the attics of old neighbourhood houses, from storefront to townhome, from industrial space to repurposed garage. Come and explore your London as you never have before!
HELP US CELEBRATE LONDON: THE CREATIVE CITY
Over the years, London media have been very generous in their coverage of this event. In a few days, we will be following up this email with a letter and our 2016 Studio Tour brochure. The brochure will feature a map of all studio locations, more detailed information about the artists along with links and contact information for each artist. In a few weeks, we will be sending out a package with suggestions for stories and a list of times when artists can make themselves available for interviews or studio visits.
We hope you can help us let as many people as possible know about this, our twenty-third year of celebrating the work of London artists. The tour has always been a free event open to anyone who wants to learn something about the process of creating art. Some, of course, are looking to purchase works for their homes but many more come because the tour gives them a non-intimidating way to see art, to explore where it is made and to ask questions about the process.
Please have a look at our website: www.londonstudiotour.ca for artist profiles, samples of artwork, a map of the tour and more information.
Also, please check us out on Facebook: London Studio Tour and “like us” to receive updated posts by artists readying studios for the tour, photographs of their art and creative videos from the artists as they prepare their work for the tour.
Kevin Bice – brochure design, promotion, organizing committee
Richard Sturgeon – promotion, organizing committee
Beth Stewart – advertising & brochure distribution, organizing committee
Corinne Garlick – social media coordinator, organizing committee
Peter Karas – website coordinator
Chris Snedden – advertising, organizing committee