Apples & Art Studio Tour returns September 24-25

August 31, 2022
By Bob Peters

Cornwall Ontario – The 31st annual Apples & Art Studio Tour returns to Cornwall and SDG counties the weekend of Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year’s tour features an incredible selection of over 80 local artists exhibiting in 44 locations, from Morrisburg to Cornwall to Alexandria. There are 9 venues in Cornwall, featuring 20 artists. In addition, three Eastern Ontario Agrifood Network sites are also participating.

“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 beautifully as we could have hoped,” said Richard Salem, Managing Director of Your Arts Council, Cornwall and Counties and Event Coordinator.

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.

Visitors can expect to find all types of artists who work with paint, ink, clay, gemstones, wood and glass to create original works of art. The 2021 tour saw 4,000 studio visits and $60,000 in artwork sold during the 2-day event.

Plan your visit!

The Apples & Art Studio Tour brochure and map are now available!

The Apples & Art Studio Tour website and Facebook page provide up-to-date and up-to-the-minute information, as well as profiles and samples of participating artists.

A look back

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 New York photographer Linda Gumbs about the wealth of artistic talent in the community and the issue has asked: “Why don’t Cornwall and the Counties have an art tour? Well, the answer was simple. No one had taken the time to organize one. So, with support from the Seaway Arts Council, 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 crafted right here in SDG Counties. The tour often includes area studios and businesses offering apple specials to celebrate the tour.

The tour has had several community organizations and artists helping to organize it 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.

About the Apples and Art Studios Tour

Held the last weekend of September, the Apples & Art Studio Tour offers a collective place for artists in their studio to the community and visitors, encouraging them to learn more about the arts through discussions about the work, their process and through various practical demonstrations that would take place during the tour.

The tour is organized by a group of artists working with Your Arts Council.

For details on studio locations and participating artists, please visit the Apples and Art Tour online:

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