Local Artists On Display During Apples And Art Tour

September 26, 2013
By Kevin Lajoie

Cornwall Ontario – Over 20 local artists will open their homes and studios and show off their work during the 22nd annual Apples and Art Studio Tour on September 28th and 29th.

This popular event gives people a chance to enjoy a scenic drive through the Seaway Valley while stopping to visit 22 artists and craftspeople located in their homes or studios, as well as at the Lost Villages Museum and The Art Gallery (TAG) in Cornwall.

Participating artists and studios represent a wide variety of media, including glass, wood, textiles, ceramics, jewellery, painting, photography and sculpture.

The tour is self-drive and free of charge for visitors. Participants can also enjoy the world famous McIntosh apple, which originated from this region, at each stop on the tour.

A total of 22 artists and craftspeople will be showcasing their work in 12 different tour locations:

  • Elsie Gallinger Studio (11869 Lakeshore Drive, Morrisburg)
  • Beyond Clarity Photography & Beading By Barb (Lost Villages Museum, South Stormont)
  • Micheline Tanguay Creation (900 Riverdale Avenue, Cornwall)
  • Moneek Miller – The Art Gallery (TAG) Cornwall (168 Pitt Street)
  • Ana de Wilson – The Art Gallery (TAG) Cornwall (168 Pitt Street)
  • Johanne Pidgeon – The Art Gallery (TAG) Cornwall (168 Pitt Street)
  • Tracy-Lynn – OBO Studios (44 Pitt Street, Cornwall)
  • Emily MacLeod – OBO Studios (44 Pitt Street, Cornwall)
  • Margo Boucher – OBO Studios (44 Pitt Street, Cornwall)
  • Anne Wylemans – OBO Studios (44 Pitt Street, Cornwall)
  • Hye Kyung Yu – OBO Studios (44 Pitt Street, Cornwall)
  • Misun Kim-Hunter – OBO Studios (44 Pitt Street, Cornwall)
  • michelle c. fecit – OBO Studios (44 Pitt Street, Cornwall)
  • Givogue Studio (62 Leonia Street, Cornwall)
  • Bluefront Studio (64 Leonia Street, Cornwall)
  • Rose Desnoyers (18245 Tyotown Road, South Glengarry)
  • Elegance in Wood (Marlin Orchard, South Glengarry)
  • Old Grey Mare’s Studio (19013 Hwy 2, Summerstown)
  • Virginia Lake (6756 Pilon Point Road, Summerstown)
  • Cynthia Gatien & Cheryl Langford (20369 Old Montreal Rd, South Lancaster)

Why apples and art? Well, in the Cornwall area, there’s a very fitting connection. The Seaway Valley is not only known for its heritage and artists, but it’s also the home of one of nature’s works of art, the McIntosh Red apple. The McIntosh was discovered by homesteader John McIntosh while clearing his land in Dundela, near Morrisburg, and he christened it the McIntosh Red.

The original tree was partially burnt when the McIntosh home caught fire in 1894. The tree survived and continued to bear fruit until 1906. The Mac is still grown in Dundela at Smyth’s Orchards from 100 year old trees grafted from the first tree. Famous throughout the world, every McIntosh Red descends from the first Mac discovered in Dundela in 1830.

So, while on tour, make sure to sample the apple fare provided and enjoy a piece of our local history at the same time.

Admission to all sites on the tour is free, and works may be purchased and/or commissioned from any participating artist or artisan.

For more information, please contact TAG Cornwall at (613) 938-7387.

The tour will run on September 28th and 29th from 10 am to 5 pm.

For additional information on the tour, including a map of tour locations and participating artists, please visit the Apples and Arts Studio Tour Facebook page.

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