The Elora-Fergus Studio Tour is one of the events that I look forward to each year. Artists open their studios to the public for two weekends in late September. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see the artists where they work, and watch a few in action. You get a peek at their studios and at work that may not be regularly displayed.

This year’s tour falls on the last two weekends of September. Mark Saturday September 22, Sunday September 23, Saturday September 29 and Sunday September 30 on your calendar. The kickoff date is Thursday September 13 at 7:30. A group showing and reception will be held in the Minarovich Gallery at the Elora Centre for the Arts .

This free tour includes artists from Elora-Salem, Fergus and the surrounding area.  Organizers suggest that you begin at the Elora Centre for the Arts. There you can view displays of each participants work, before you plan your route. Artist categories are clay, fibre, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, and photography. Brochures with maps are available, as well as public washrooms and free parking. Allow a bit of extra time at this stop to enjoy a tour of the building and it’s galleries. Be sure to pick up a ballot for the draw prize. Mark off the studios that you visit, then leave the ballot at the last studio of your tour, or return it to Elora Centre for the Arts. One lucky person will win a $250 gift certificate good at one or several galleries.

Each location is marked on the map. Many are centrally located in Elora and you will be able to park and walk. You may want to leave your car at The Elora Centre for the Arts for this portion of the tour. You’ll need a vehicle for the Fergus and out of town studios. All are worth the drive. Watch for the red and steel Studio Tour signs placed at tour locations.

Here is a listing of this year’s participants. The links take you to the Studio Tour website where you will find more detailed information about the artists.

Patrice Baker • jewellery
Vicky Beverstein • glass
Blown Away Glass – Tim & Katherine McManus • glass
Gabriele Brossard • painting
Laurie Stevenson Bullock • jewellery
Kreso Calovic • painting
F.Graeme Chalmers • painting
Dorothy Collin • clay
Linda Copp • batik
Millie Cummings • fibre
Jerre Davidson • glass
Tony DeLuca • goldsmith
Mandy Deskur • jewellery
Carla Drimmie • jewellery
Hanscomb Glass – Neil Hanscomb / Gisela Ruehe • glass
Supria Karmakar • encaustic and altered books
Stephen Kitras • glass
Jane Longman • encaustic
Anne Luxton • textiles
Joel Masewich • painting
Barry McCarthy • painting
Erin & Rachel McCarthy • mixed media
Loraine McDonald • watercolour/drawing
Melanie Morel • weaving
Tim Murton • painting
Jane Neff • clay
Grayce Perry • painting
Lois Scott • glass
Eleanor Steffler • painting
Maggie Vanderweit • textiles
David Wilcox • photography
Heather Wood • glass