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The Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour will take place this Saturday and Sunday in artists’ studios around the region, as well as with a featured exhibit at the Art Gallery of Peterborough. In its 38th year, this free, self-guided tour is a popular event where people visit studios that are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
“This year there are 41 participating artists at 36 studio locations, from Millbrook to the other side of Keene, and as far north from Curve Lake to Crowe’s Landing,” says Andrew Ihamaki, education programming coordinator at the Art Gallery of Peterborough. “The artists are working in a wide array of media, from traditional painting and drawing, to ceramics, glasswork, metal- and woodworking, stone carving, printmakers, illustrators, photographers, textile artists and some more contemporary art practices.”
The exhibit at the Art Gallery of Peterborough, 250 Crescent St., features selections from participating artists, on display during the gallery’s regular open hours.
“Often people visit the gallery to help choose which studios they want to visit, while picking up a brochure or purchasing some work as well,” he continues.
Some of the artists
Darlene Winfield, 2166 Kawartha Heights Blvd., started to paint as a child. While travelling the world, especially while spending time in Mexico and Indonesia, Winfield studied and experienced light, colour, and atmosphere, which she says have given her the ability to see beyond her immediate world. Her painting method is traditional with impressionistic brush strokes enhanced by layering to create texture. She has enjoyed showing at The Artist Project, Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, and many other venues.
Miguel Hernandez Autorino, 280 Perry Street, Unit 10 A, is a Venezuelan artist and designer who has lived in Peterborough since 2016. He creates oil paintings, pencil drawings and murals and has participated in multiple First Friday Art Crawls along with a juried show, “Why the @#&! Do you paint? All those lines,” at The Gladstone Hotel in Toronto. He was part of the Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour in 2021.
Kira Robertson, 620 Romaine St., makes handmade glass beads which are formed in the fire from coloured glass rods. She uses a variety of techniques to create whimsical beads and unique jewelry pieces. She studied glass-blowing at the Haliburton School of Art and Design where she learned the art of lampwork. With her passion for creating, she draws inspiration from everything fun and whimsical.
Lisa Martini-Dunk, 204 Birdsall St., is a fine artist and graphic designer who studied at the University of Guelph and Georgian College. Stories were always a part of her life, including myths told by her grandmother and fairytales told by her father. Working in printmaking, scratch-board and acrylic painting, Martini-Dunk is inspired by vitality, nature and words. She has recently been accepted into the Ontario Society of Artists.
Stan Olthuis, 255 McGill St., is a multi-disciplinary visual artist whose current work is the culmination of an ongoing curiosity with relationships between people and objects. His art is minimalist, engaging, and playful with spatial tension and interaction of abstract shapes and a colour palette that has been influenced by his recent years living in Mexico. His formal art education started in Chicago under Dutch artist Henrik Krijger, a celebrated master printmaker, type designer, painter and sculptor. Olthuis earned his degree, with special mention, in Experimental Arts from the Ontario College of Art and Design University, as it is now known.
The tour is partnering with Toureka!, a locally-owned app developer, so that visitors can download an interactive map along with artist profiles to smartphones or tablets to make it easier to travel around to the studios.
Some artists may require that masks be worn while visiting their studios. For more information, please call 705-743-9179 or visit www.agp.on.ca/kast.
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