Over two weekends this fall in Ontario’s cottage country, when the leaves are at their most spectacular and the air is cool and crisp, artists of the 2016 Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour invite folks to take an epic drive down colourful rural roads to visit them in their creative lairs.
Running September 24-25 and October 1-2, this year’s edition of “Canada’s oldest studio tour” features 21 exceptional artists in their studios working in a variety of media, from painting to jewellery to metal work and more.
It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn about the inescapable connection between these artists and the quintessentially Canadian wilderness that surrounds them. Ask questions and learn about individual methods and details that make each piece of artwork unique; find out how the artists have experienced an evolution as they continue to discover methods and techniques both new and old, and as they continue to be affected by the incomparable landscape found here.
The tour is also the perfect event to find artwork to fill that empty space on your wall, your table or even around your neck. Purchase a gift for that special someone that comes with a captivating tale of visiting the piece’s maker. Whether you are an artist yourself or are drawn to another artist’s projects, you will leave Muskoka inspired and uplifted after seeing the creative process played out before your eyes.
The studios themselves are spread out across Muskoka – one of the most beautiful destinations in Canada in autumn – and it may take more than one weekend to visit them all. (A complete map of the tour can be found by clicking here.) Consider an extended stay in the region, and take in all that Muskoka has to offer in fall. Whether you like to paddle, cycle, fish or golf, there is plenty to see and do against the backdrop of red, orange and yellow maples, and the hundreds of sparkling blue waters that dot the region.
For 37 years, The Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour has been one of the most anticipated events of the fall season. Come enjoy the natural beauty of Muskoka, while learning from 21 incredible artists about what inspires them, and how they will inspire you too.
For more information about the artists participating in this year's Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour, click here.
To plan your stay in the region, click here.
Photos from top to bottom: Potter Jon Partridge at work in his Bracebridge area studio (photo by Scott Turnbull), Muskoka Autumn landscape (photo by Scott Turnbull), a work in progress by Huntsville weaver, Marni Martin (photo courtesy of the artist)
Linda Potts is a Muskoka-based artist who creates bold and dramatically colourful images with a strong sense of atmosphere.
"Coming from the Beach area in Toronto I was impressed by the vast skies and low horizons of the Muskoka area. The fleeting images of the wild life intrigued me and the beautiful flora and how to interpret it with a fresh point of view was a challenge. After all no one can do it as well as the Group of Seven."Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour invites visitors to enter the studios of artists and to learn about the process behind the artists' newest creations. In our 36th year, we are happy to welcome Linda Potts to the tour. Visit her Gravenhurst studio on September 27-28 and October 4-5 from 10 am to 6 pm to see what has captured her imagination.
Update: Linda Potts is not a current member of the Studio Tour. Please visit her website to contact her directly.
Scott Turnbull is a photographer on the Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour and his studio (that he shares with his wife, jeweller Miranda Britton) will be open on September 28, 29 and October 5, 6 from 10 am to 6 pm. Visit The Stable Studio near Windermere, Muskoka.
Scott states, "the tour is a perfect opportunity to get out and drive through the extraordinary beauty that is the region in fall. With studios dotting the roads from Gravenhurst to Huntsville, Dorset to Windermere, visitors get a chance to go some places they’ve never been. Over the two weekends, the fall colours are at their absolute peak, and the views from Muskoka’s roads are unforgettable. In the case of the Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour, the journey is as much fun as the destination."
Update: Scott is not a current member of the Studio Tour, please visit his website to contact him directly,
Held during peak Autumn colours, the Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour is a self-guided tour featuring some of the finest artists and craftspeople working within the region.