July 16th-18th & October 1st-3rd
The members of the Madawaska Valley Studio Tour invite you on a journey to visit our creative spaces, explore the region and catch a glimpse into the everyday working life of a variety of artists, craftspeople and makers. From Eganville to Combermere, discover artists’ studios that dot the countryside and explore some of the most scenic rural areas of the upper Ottawa Valley. Come immerse yourself in art!
“It’s a unique experience! Artists open their studios and work spaces and you can learn a lot about their creative process,” says artist and tour co-ordinator Joyce Burkholder.
Many of the artists will be giving demonstrations, answering questions and visitors have the opportunity to glance at the everyday working process of these artists. Guests are also welcome to purchase one-of-a-kind, handcrafted, high-quality pieces of art directly from the creators.
Over two weekends, July 16th-18th and October 1st-3rd, dozens of studios will open their doors as many of these studios are only open to the public during the tour. Delight in the opportunity to watch demonstrations and discover how wood, clay, metal, fabric, glass and canvas transform in the makers’ hands.
“The studio tour has had a long history in the valley and it has grown dramatically in terms of the number of artists on the tour and the visitors coming to the studios,” says Burkholder. “This is our 29th year!”
“There’s something for everyone,” Burkholder explains. “We have painters, potters, jewellers, fibre and glass artists and woodworkers as well as a toy maker, basket maker, blacksmith, knifesmith, candlemaker, a tie dye artist and maker of natural skin care products.”
Many of the artists have also welcomed additional guest artists at their location so visitors have the opportunity to interact with more than one artist at numerous locations.
Studios are open all three days – Friday to Sunday – from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekends of July 16th-18th and October 1st-3rd.
The self-guided drive between studio visits, gives you an opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the region. Take a drive along the historic paths of the Algonquin Nation and early settlers. Meander through the charming nooks and crannies of our highlands and valleys. Visitors are also encouraged to keep exploring and extend your stay by seeking out some of the areas other local shops, unique restaurants and coffee houses. Come discover what we call home!
Read more about each artist at madawaskastudiotour.com where you can also download the map and directions to studio locations. The self-guided tour is free and you can drive to as many locations as you like. Studios use maple leaf signs to mark out their locations.
While the pandemic has created interesting challenges for everyone and in order to keep the studios safe, all visitors are to continue to adhere to Renfrew County District Health Unit Coivid-19 guidelines. After a long year of the pandemic, the Madawaska Valley studio tour artists are excited to share their creativity with others.
Park,S.,MadawaskaValleyStudioTour(2021,July2) Attn: Madawaska Valley Studio Tour Press Release [media release]