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Reading and Remembrance
~ October and November
DWAC was proud to once again partner on this project. FREE on-line lessons for Women's History Month, Veteran's Week and Remembrance Day.
Be sure to visit: ReadingAndRemembrance.ca
Thanks to our 2017 Tour
Durham West Arts Centre is grateful for all of the support from our volunteers, members and corporate partners, including ongoing support from Boston Pizza, Veridian Connections, the City of Pickering and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
There’s no need to travel to an urban centre to see the work of world-class artists. If you look closely enough, there are high-calibre artists residing right in your own community. Once or twice a year, local artisans throw open their doors and welcome the public into their homes or studios.
Studio tours are a unique, one-of-a-kind opportunity to meet local artists, watch them at work and learn more about what inspires them to put brush to palette or chisel to stone. From painters to potters to sculptors to jewellers, studio tours often encompass a diverse group of artists. While at their studio or home, visitors have the chance to engage with artists on a more intimate level, ask questions about their pieces and build a rapport in a relaxed environment.
It’s a peak behind the scenes that breaks down both the mystique of artists and the creative process. Visitors not only see the work but can discuss the inspiration and stories behind the pieces, which can sometimes be as interesting as the creations themselves.
Studio tours, which are free, provide an opportunity to purchase directly from the artist and in many instances, you get more value for your money. Connecting and building a relationship also offers the opportunity to continue to buy from the artist in years to come or to commission a special piece.
While getting to know the artists in their own environment, visitors also develop a better sense of community. Studio tours often wind their way through the city and the rural outskirts of the region and the self-guided adventure from studio to studio can be picturesque on its own.
For instance, in Pickering, there are a pocket of artists living on federally-owned lands, which are designated as environmentally-sensitive and the nature preserves provide a means of inspiration for some artists. Studio tours can also be engaging and interactive with some artisans featuring their pieces, such as sculptures, strategically on their property.
Durham Region has a strong concentration of high-calibre artists who sell and are in galleries from Prince Edward County to Niagara-on-Lake. Support your local artists.
As the warmer weather arrives, keep an eye out for upcoming studio tours in your community.
~ Andrew Hamilton is the executive director and curator at Durham West Arts Centre. He is also an accomplished landscape painter and fine arts professor. Andrew apprenticed with acclaimed landscape painter Doris McCarthy and is a Canadian drawing master.
Thanks to our generous sponsors and supporters.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 667 | Pickering, ON L1V 3T3 | Canada
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