An annual summer studio show is set to bring cottagers, tourists and locals into the galleries of creatives across Haliburton County.
The Tour de Forest Summer Studio Tour, in its 15th year, features 23 potters, painters, sculptors and jewellers.
It will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 31 to August 1. An online map displays the locations of all 12 studios which are involved, stretching from Tory Hill to Minden to West Guilford.
“We’re really looking forward to seeing people and welcoming them to the event,” said organizer Charlene McConnell. McConnell creates glazed pottery decorations and serving ware out of Purple Door Pottery Studio on Eagle Lake Road.
“I enjoy meeting the artists face to face — having conversations about the process,” McConnell said.
After an isolating year, she said she’s excited that people will be able to experience art in person throughout the tour.
From the vibrant painted landscapes of James Goodliff to intricate carved to molded creations by Renée Woltz, the tour is a celebration of the Highland’s artistic diversity and skill.
In a written statement, acclaimed painter Jane Selbie wrote that supporting artists through tours like this is important to the health of the community.
“The history of Haliburton County is built on family operations, often extending from one generation to the next. It’s what gives small communities their particular character,” Selbie wrote.
“The artist sector is alive in Haliburton County … each artist [is] a small business operator.”