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Preparing for our Studio Tour

Monday, April 16th, 2012

This morning we had an organizational meeting for the Dundas Studio Tour – a yearly event for local artisans. This year our dates are Sept 29-30. My husband and I have been participating for 6 years, since first moving to Dundas. In fact, this Tour was one of the reasons we moved here and chose our property – big enough for a separate studio and gallery.

This is the third meeting this year to date… there is much to do to prepare for a successful tour. I am in charge of intake for new applications. Each one is carefully considered and vetted. This year we have lots of new blood: jewellers, a furniture maker, a photographer, and a couple of potters. There will be 27 artists in all. It takes time to decide where each artist will fit at the 6 studios. Now we need to begin setting up our brochure and website, and organize our promotion. Even though the tour lasts only 2 days, it’s a year-round project for us.

It’s a lot of work!!! But I keep reminding myself that those two days bring in up to 1,000 visitors. Many come to browse, and then they come back, sometimes years later – so it’s always worth the effort and it’s always lots of fun!

Our studio, Dundas Studio Tour 2011

September update

Sunday, September 5th, 2010
 Courage  2010  24×24″

Hello friends!

Summer was wonderful, classically hot, and steamy. My cottonwoods are already turning and dropping their leaves. It’s time to let go of that lazy hazy feeling, and get back in the saddle. Cool mornings, hot porridge! Although I was working steadily through the summer, I was stricken with a terrifying eye infection in August, which took three good weeks out of my life and added a few gray hairs. But all is well at the moment and it’s catch up time.

The Dundas Studio Tour that was held on October 2-3 was huge success. In spite of terrible, and I mean truly dismal, weather, visitors flocked to our location. It was our most successful tour EVER. We’ll have to remember that for next year! 🙂

 A while back, I was approached by a representative for the Long Island Jewish World, Manhattan Jewish Sentinel and Rockland Jewish Tribune, asking to feature my large commission, the Seven Days of Creation, as the cover image during Rosh Hashanah.They were so pleased with the result that they have asked for more images.

  The Seven Days of Creation 2008  69×80″ 
My quilt, Luck and Skill, has been selected to be on exhibit at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX from October 30 to November 7, 2010. It will be part of the Quilters’ SOS – Save our Stories exhibition. This quilt was the subject of an interview with Bernie Herman, the George B. Tindall Professor of American Studies and Folklore at the University of North Carolina in 2008. Here is the link to the interview: Luck and Skill . It is well worth reading. Sometimes I can’t believe I said all that!
 Luck and Skill   2007  30×30″
 I will be teaching a 3-day workshop, Collage with Nets, in London, Ontario, in May 2011. This will be one of the many activities associated with the major Gathering Threads Conference to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Embroiderers’ Guild in London. I owe a great deal to this wonderful organization, and if you are a textile enthusiast, I am positive you will find much to see over those 4 days. Visit this link for more information as it unfolds.
That’s all for now… as always, send a note, give me a call, or come and visit. You are always welcome!
Early Snow #5  2010  24×12″

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