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Artists and galleries opened their doors this weekend

The Arts on Main Gallery, downtown Picton, a great place to start your Prince Edward County Studio Tour as it's a co-operative gallery featuring more than 30 County artists work in paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, cut glass constructions, ceramics, folk art, jewellery, wrought iron, turned wood and fibre art on display and available for purchase. Taking a look are Isabel and Dwain Barry and Fay and Bill McKenzie, all visiting from Perth.

Visitors plan their route at the Waring House, the official host of the Studio Tour. An information centre featured artist's works and offered details on each artist and their location.

Remember to fill out a ballot at all locations you visit in hopes of winning the Studio Tour basket of goodies!

Artists and Galleries in the 17th annual Prince Edward County Studio Tour will open their doors to thousands of visitors for three days, over the weekend of Sept. 17 – 19th. More than 100 artists participate in the tour, at 34 locations.
“This is a really exciting way to meet the artists plus explore the County and it attracts visitors from the Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal, as well as Western Canada and even
Europe”, said Co-Chair Joy Williams. “What better souvenir can you go home with than a unique piece of art purchased directly from an artist that you met and chatted with?”
Many artists are returning from previous years, plus several new studios are featured. All of the artists have been selected via a juried process.

Visit 172 Main St., Picton to see artistic landscape photographs taken by award-winning photographer Peggy deWitt. Her new photos have a painterly look, mounted on canvas.

The popular tradition of a gift basket draw of items from many of the participating artists will also take place. Ballots are available during the weekend at all tour locations.

Tess Moffat, of Windswept Studio, relocated her gallery to 346 Main St., Bloomfield. She showcases her work and offers lessons at her new location.

The hours are 10am to 5pm every day and admissions are free of charge.
Free Artist and Gallery guide books are available at the Studio Tour Visitor Centre conveniently located in the Waring House Inn (Hwy 33 and County Road 1), as well as many other locations throughout the area.
(More photographs to come).

Bruce Milan, of Island Forge, demonstrates the art of blacksmithing.

Bruce Milan leans on a piece he created from old wagon wheels, a clever and creative way to store wood.

Mark Armstrong, of Armstrong Glassworks, stands in front of his shop window, which featured many hand-blown glass ornaments, holding one of his decorative bowls to demonstrate how the sun reflects.

Karen Kaiser, guest artist at Armstrong Glassworks, demonstrates the art of rug hooking.

Paulette Greer, of Sidestreet Gallery, chats with visitors upstairs at her gallery in Wellington

Susan Wallis demonstrates encaustic painting at the Mad Dog Gallery on East lake Road. The wax-based medium dates to 5th century BC. Oil pigment and wax are painted, then fused with heat from blow torches, heat guns and irons. Her show "Refuge" opens Sept. 25 from 7-9 p.m. and continues until Oct. 17.

Brian shows how to bung up that barrel at The Cooperage, in Wellington. Theresa Durning photo

Guest at Wellington Pottery, Elaine Wigle with her one-of-a-kind jewelry. Theresa Durning photo

Margaret McFetridge of Bloomin' Barn in Wellington with Linda, visiting from Toronto. Theresa Durning photo

Caroline Shuttle, of Elements Glass Studio, works on a piece of glass art during the Prince Edward County Studio Tour in Bloomfield Sunday, Sept. 19. She creates kiln-formed glass pieces, including jewellery, bowls, and panels among many others. Rachel Psutka photo.

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  1. Marta Smith says:

    Thanks for your incredible coverage of the PEC Studio Tour! I just found out about it today (Nov. 27/10) as one of our executive members is working with CountyLive to advertise our call-for-entry for the 2011 Tour.

    The PEC Studio & Gallery Tour showcases some of the most hard-working, creative and accommodating artists in the County as they welcome the public and customers, new and known, into their studios, galleries and homes the third weekend of September each year.
    Thank you for a beautiful display of some of the priceless moments that occur each Tour between the artists and the public as we endeavour to educate and entertain by demonstrating techniques specific to our arts and crafts.
    Marta Smith, Co-Chair, PEC Studio & Gallery Tour

  2. Joyce Wade says:

    Great photos! Keep up the good coverage!Thanks for your efforts in putting the County’s artists on the world wide web.

    Joyce Wade

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