Studio Tour returns to the Highlands

Rose Pearson demonstrates how she takes a picture of inspiration and turns it into a large painted work of art.

By Hannah Sadlier

After a small but mighty 2020 season the Studio Tour – Haliburton Highlands is back in full force for its 34th season.

 This year 34 artists, in 23 studios across Haliburton County, will be opening their doors to visitors from far and wide. “The Studio Tour – Haliburton Highlands, welcomes returning and new visitors back to our studios,” said Peter Emmink, the tour’s co-director.

“Our 34 artists have been hard at work to bring you a huge selection of their works this year, and to make their studios as safe as possible for you to enjoy.” Not only will visitors be able to take in the fall colours that Haliburton is known for this time of year, but they will also experience an array of media. 

This year visitors will experience: fabric, pottery, painting, woodwork, glass, jewellery, mixed media, silversmithing and for the first time, photography. “Again this year, many studios will be conducting demonstrations of their craft, skill and techniques, which is not only informative but fun to watch for young and old alike,” Emmink said

. All studios will be following COVID safety protocols as outlined by the Ontario government and the HKPR health unit. “Also due to COVID we have had to forgo the snacks and treats that have been synonymous with the Studio Tour but hopefully that will all return next year,” Emmink said. The Studio Tour takes place this weekend, on Saturday, Oct. 2 and Sunday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and again Oct. 9 and 10. Copies of the 2021 Studio Tour – Haliburton Highlands, brochure are available at many local businesses; or download a digital copy online. 

For more information, visit thestudiotour. ca or find The Studio Tour on Facebook and Instagram.