On the weekend of 26-27 August 2023, locals, cottagers, their families and friends, campers and day visitors came out to enjoy the popular two day Artists Studio Tour. 25 art studios showcased artworks from 44 artists. The studios, located throughout the Saugeen Bruce Peninsula from north of Wiarton to Tobermory and both sides of the Peninsula, drew visitors from the area and as far afield as Toronto, London, Walkerton and Michigan.
This was one of the largest Art Studio Tours to date, with many long-time participants, some new ones, and some returning after an absence.
On the first day of the Tour, artists were pleased with the large number of visitors that came through their studios. Organizer Charlene Jordan reported that there was great attendance on both days of the event. Patrons were thrilled with the number of artists participating and the quality of the artworks on display.
The Studio Tour included a wide range of art forms, from watercolours, oil and acrylic paintings, photographs, handcrafted canoe paddles, metal, wire and stone creations, wood products, fibre art, clay art, jewelry, textiles, kiln -fired glass and pottery, to soap products and lavender products.
Patrons were able to meet the artists, see live demonstrations, and have one on one conversations to learn about the various techniques employed in the creations. Tour hosts offered beverages, cookies, seasonal fruits and garden fresh produce to guests.
The tour also included various places along the route to purchase food and sweet treats which proved to be very popular with the patrons. The Studio Art Tour also advertised various accommodations in the area offering patrons suggestions for the weekend visit.