We’re heading into Thanksgiving weekend, and there’s a whole lot to give thanks for. The fall foliage will be at its peak, the weather report is looking fine, and our area is about to host a veritable cornucopia of artist studio tours! Many of them are three-day affairs, so you’ll have time to fill up on both turkey and creativity.
If you’re making your way out from Ottawa, here’s our suggested route:
Stop #1: Expressions of Art
Located at the Carp Fairgrounds and in the Agricultural Hall, this show features works in a variety of media by 35 members of the West Carleton Arts Society. If you visit them on Saturday, you can grab some gorgeous art and then pick up delicious fresh ingredients for your Thanksgiving feast at the Carp Farmers’ Market! There is an evening vernissage on Friday, October 9, and the show continues on the 10th and 11th.
Stop #2: Crown & Pumpkin Studio Tour
Head west, art lover, to the rolling hills around Mississippi Mills, where you’ll find stops in and around Almonte and Clayton. This tour features an amazing diversity of both artists and studios — it’s quite a treat to experience the physical settings that spark such inspiration in area artists. And CBC Radio’s gardening guru Ed Lawrence has stated that the drive along Wolf Grove Road from Almonte to Hopetown is one of the prettiest in the entire Ottawa valley. This tour runs Saturday through Monday, from 10–5 each day.
Stop #3: Perth Autumn Studio Tour
Continuing on your westerly journey, you’ll find another grouping of talented artists stretching from Perth area up to Brooke Valley. 25 participants are housed in six studios, so you’ll experience diversity at each stop, and the charming Brooke Valley School welcomes you each day with delicious home-cooked lunches and treats. This tour also runs Saturday through Monday, from 10–5 each day.
Stop #4: Fall Colours Studio Tour
From Perth, head on over to Westport, but first take time to enjoy the breathtaking view from the top of Foley Mountain as you approach stops in the Village and nearby areas. 20 artists await you in eight studios, one of which includes an antique letterpress (drop in for a demonstration!). This tour also runs Saturday through Monday, from 10–5 each day.
And if you missed anything on the way out, just reverse your route and grab yourself some more art on the way home!