Provided by Your Arts Council

The 31st annual Apples & Art Studio Tour is coming to the area September 24-25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We have an incredible roster of over 80 local artists exhibiting at 44 locations from Morrisburg to Alexandria, and three Eastern Ontario Agrifood Network locations are also participating!

Richard Salem, Executive Director of Your Arts Council, Cornwall and Counties and Event Co-ordinator, said: “We are really excited about this year’s event! There is a good mix of artists and venues old and new, spanning a variety of disciplines, from sculpture to textiles, as well as our always amazing painters and illustrators. Our new website showcases their talents as well as we could have hoped.

The arrival of autumn is one of the most colorful events of the year in our region. The season is adorned with its most vibrant hues as local artists open their creative space to visitors.

The aim of the Apples & Art Studio Tour is to give residents and visitors to Cornwall and the region the opportunity to appreciate art in the spaces where it is actually created. This is an opportunity to meet the artists, discuss, see their work in a natural setting and enjoy the well-being of visual beauty and conviviality.

You will discover all types of artists who work with paint, ink, clay, fine stones, wood and glass to create original works of art.

The tour is organized by a group of volunteers working with Your Arts Council, Cornwall & the Counties. The brochure presenting the pitches for 2022 is now available. Our website and Facebook page explain in more detail the possibilities of this annual event. Tour latecomers can be located via the website where the venue map and artist biographies are available. On the site you can also find our proud sponsors.

Take two days to visit our estate and the artists’ studios. To visit each place is to visit every corner of this great region.

HISTORY – A look at the beginning

About 31 years ago, Karen Cooper, then involved with the Seaway Arts Council with a keen interest in the graphic arts, had a discussion with transplanted NYC photographer Linda Gumbs about the wealth of artistic talent in the community and the question was asked, “Why doesn’t Cornwall and the Counties have an arts tour?” Well, the answer was simple. No one had taken the time to organize one. So, with the support of the Arts Council of Seaway, Karen and Linda teamed up with regional artists Martin Crevier and Janet Keefe to host the first artist-sponsored Apple and Arts Studio Tour.

The principle was simple. The artists would open their studio to the community and visitors, encouraging them to learn more about the arts through discussions about the work, their processes, and through various hands-on demonstrations that would take place during the tour.

The tour has always taken place on the last full weekend in September, which is harvest time for many varieties of apples. The timing of the tour also celebrates the various local apple growers and the celebration in particular of the McIntosh apple which was originated right here in Eastern Ontario. The tour often includes area studios and businesses offering apple specials to celebrate the tour.

The Tour has had several community organizations and artists who have organized the Tour each year. “It’s wonderful to see how the Tour has grown and transformed over the years,” Cooper said.

The Apples & Art Studio Tour received the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award for Tourism in 2016.

The 2021 tour saw 4,000 studio visits and $60,000 in artwork sold during the 2-day event.

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