Our freshest face – a young Emerging Artist

You’ll be delighted to talk to young Emerging artist Nina Haynos-Owen at Site 10. Her hand-crafted Peg People are whimsical small dolls. And she’s created her own website called Lavender Chickadees. It’s a great name considering she lives on a lavender farm. We’ve been encouraging artists of all ages who have not shown their work on a tour or had a private show to step up and give it a try. Artists may work for years at their craft, perfecting technique and creating their own voice, before they feel they are ready to show their work and put it out there for feedback and criticism, and ultimately to sell. It’s an emotional step and the artists of the Lake Scugog Studio Tour encourage emerging artists, mentor them through their first tour and help them meet other artists in our community. We hope you get to see Nina’s work at Lavender-Blu Studio, 2975 Bank Street, Seagrave. And you’ll get to tour the farm, and purchase the lovely artisanal lavender products of Mila Haynos- Owen and Makwa flutes crafted by Stephen Rensink.

Art in a Greenhouse? Why Not?

So it happens that most of the artists on our tour are avid gardeners (not that the first weekend in May is a great time to see our gardens!) And we all love to buy locally grown food. Well what about locally grown garden plants? Otter Greenhouses at 315 Medd Rd, just west of the hamlet of Epsom, grow fabulous hanging baskets and a huge variety of annuals in flats and pots. Otter Greenhouses is a wholesaler and most of what they produce goes to retailers, but they are open to the public every spring. So you can buy direct. One day last spring Jennifer and Gordon Ross were up there buying plants and got talking with the owners and they cooked up a plan to have some of our artists at the greenhouses for May 4 and 5. It’s warm inside and full of plants at that time of year, waiting for the ground to warm up and the shipping out to start. So we’ve got four artists there this year. Paul Williams will be there with his wonderful metal sculptures, many of which are perfect for gardens. And then there are two painters, both new to our tour, Laurene Green and Heather Laws. rounding out the selection is woodworker, Mike Townsend, with many unique wooden items for everyday use. While you’re there tour the greenhouse to plan your garden colour scheme. Just two to three weeks later the chance of frost will pass so you can return to purchase and safely plant those tender annuals and put out your hanging baskets. When you return for plants, tell them you’d like to support the Scugog Council for the Arts, and they’ll give a percent of your purchase to this local arts organization. And it will help fund their free public activities on Canada Day in Palmer Park.

Celebrating our 20th Anniversary

Over 20 years ago three women got talking. “There are so many fabulous artists in this community.”, “We need more opportunities to sell our art.”, “People ask me all kinds of questions about my inspirations and processes because they know I’m an artist. What about the people who have never met me?”, “At shows I get asked how I make my art, but I can’t show them in a small booth”, “The year 2,000 is coming up. What could we do to celebrate the millenium?” short pause . . . all together now . . . “Let’s plan a Studio Tour!” “What were they thinking?” you might ask. After all they are a lot of work to organize. And it’s not a tour if lots of visitors don’t come out and that means lots of advertising and promotion. Typically artists are reluctant to do shameless self-promotion and have no idea how to market themselves, let alone market a whole group of artists. Or do a website for that matter. But innovative and willing to learn, we get it done. And this year we bring you our 20th Lake Scugog Studio Tour. We hope you enjoy our efforts!

Meet 4 Emerging Artists at the Scugog Council for the Arts – Nov. 4 – 25, 2017

The Lake Scugog Studio Tour is proud to present four emerging artists for our May 2018 Studio Tour. In advance of the tour we are presenting these fabulous up-and-comers in a group exhibition of their work at the Scugog Council for the Arts gallery at 181 Perry Street in Port Perry. You’ll discover the exquisite pencil work of Sarah Holtby, the colourful paintings of Karen Wideman, beautiful flutes carved by Stephen Rensink and the inspiring work of the fearless sight-impaired Nelly Schurman.  The exhibition runs Saturday November 4 through Saturday November 25, Tuesday to Saturdays, 11 am to 4 pm. Everyone is welcome to meet these four talented artists at the opening on Saturday November 4 from 1 – 3 pm.

Karen Wideman - painter

Karen Wideman - painter

Karen Wideman - painter

Karen Wideman - painter

Karen Wideman - painter

Nelly Schurman - potter

Nelly Schurman - potter

Nelly Schurman - potter

Nelly Schurman - potter

Nelly Schurman - potter

Nelly Schurman - potter

Stephen Rensink - flute maker

Stephen Rensink - flute maker

Sarah Holtby - drawings

Sarah Holtby - drawings

Sarah Holtby - drawings

Sarah Holtby - drawings

Sarah Holtby - drawings

Photography – Creating and Capturing Moments in Time

Our photographers would love to share their stunning images with you. They create and capture unique moments in time. Stay close to home or travel the world with images featuring objects, landscapes, streetscapes, people and wildlife. Come see the world through the lenses of seven different photographers.

Spring Reilly – Site 10

Paul Gray Diamond – Site 11

Donald Downer – Site 13

Gordon Ross – Site 14

Kelly Fraleigh – Site 16

Jon van Bilsen – Site 18

Tom Poupore – Site 18




















Fibre and Fabric – From Fibre, to Fabric, Form and Function

The Lake Scugog Studio Tour features artists working with the entire life cycle of fabric. Pat Neal weaves home decor items. Libby Burns wet-felts delicate wool fibres into wearable art pieces. Kirsty Naray does needle felting, nuno felting, wet felting, spinning and Saori weaving. Kirsty is exploring new ways of incorporating both glass and fibre. Kate MacPherson has a passion for crochet transforming fibre into modern pieces for home, body and play. Marion Myers and Carole Ditomaso use colourfully patterned fabrics in their quilting practices. Mila Owen also uses fabric sewn into items such as lavender sachets or cosmetic bags. Then there is Anja Kooistra and Nancy Newman who often upcycle, re-use and re-purpose vintage fabrics into new creations. Anja creates fabric sculptures for home and garden. Nancy fascinated in transforming tribal and indigenous textiles into an array of bags and purses.

Pat Neal – Site 1

Anja Kooistra – Site 5

Carole Ditomaso = Site 7

Mila Haynos – Site 9

Libbie Burns – Site 10

Kate MacPherson – Site 13

Kirsty Naray – Site 15

Nancy Newman – Site 23

Marion Meyers – Site 15





Glass, Metal and Stone Sculpture – Ancient Materials, Extraordinary Results

Using some of earth’s oldest materials, our artists are fashioning very contemporary and unique sculptures. Basic materials, extraordinary results! These artists are creating beautiful three dimensional pieces of art.

Sarah Porter – Site 2

Francis Muscat – Site 8

Cathy Mark – Site 11

Fran Usher – Site 19

Gordon Reidt – Site 20

Paul & Beverley Williams – Site 20





Wood! There is a Season – Turn, Turn, Turn

Using a variety of woods — from local to exotic — these  wood-turners create beautiful and functional pieces.

Peter Lauricella – Site 3

Frank Ditomaso – Site 7

Paul Gray Diamond – Site 11

Shraga Bellon – Site 16












What’s Your Pleasure? Is it Porcelain and Pottery?

If you love all things clay, then we have seven, count ’em SEVEN artists, who work with clay and porcelain, just for you. We have …..

Rosemary Jenkins –  Site 3

Ann Cummings – Site 4

Lela Filipovski – Site 9

Barbara Thompson Hoover – Site 10

Diane Sullivan – Site 11

Saundra Reiner – Site 12

Bill Reddick – Site 15












Artists at Work – Come Out for Live Demonstrations at Sites #15 – #22

Site # 15 is at 318 McDonald Street, Port Perry

Kirsty Naray ∼ Glass, Fibre, Jewellery

Kirsty began working with stained glass in 1978, making architectural pieces for private homes. In 1993 Kirsty became interested in melting glass in a flame in 1993 and begain making glass beads, which is still a vital part of her work today. Several years ago, fibre became a new passion. She taught herself how to make wet welted items, then took a nuno felting workshop with the wonderful Libbie Burns. Learning to spin many types of fibre into yarn came next. This spring Kirsty went to the U.S. to learn how to do a special type of weaving called Saori. She is now the proud owner of her own Japanese loom.

Come and see Kirsty using her new Saori loom.

Demonstration: Weaving at 4:00 pm Saturday

Marion Meyers ~ Encaustic Painting & Quilting

Marion will have the beeswax melted and ready to show you many of the steps to encaustic painting. This ancient technique uses modern tools and a medium of melted beeswax and damar resin. It’s fascinating to see the technique first-hand. 

Demonstration: Encaustic Painting at 12:00 noon Sunday 


Site #16 at the SCA Gallery, 181 Perry Street, Port Perry

Rick Taylor ∼Acrylic

Even as a preschooler he loved to draw.  His father, Leslie Taylor was a local sign writer, painting innumerable trucks, awnings and banners. Rick is an avid traveler and has painted and sketched in the U.K, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Mexico, North Africa, Hawaii, South American, Israel, Egypt, and also throughout Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes.  Algonquin Park is a favourite location.  In May of 2004 he fulfilled a lifelong dream and visit Arizona to paint the desert. The summer of 2005 was spent painting in Newfoundland.

You can watch Rick as he works on painting a landscape in acrylic.

Demonstration: Acrylic painting 3:00 pm, Saturday


Site #17 is Meta4 Contemporary Craft Gallery, 200 Queen Street, Port Perry

Linda Edwards ∼ Oil Painter

“I love to make order from chaos as I paint.”

Linda Edwards paints with oil and watercolour. The hours spent exploring the shores of Lake Champlain while growing up have greatly influenced the outcome of her work. She studied commercial art at Dawson Collage in Montreal and fine art at The Ontario Collage of Art in Toronto. It was during her time at O.C.A. that she experienced the excitement of creating movement in a landscape painting and the mystical feeling of capturing the likeness of a person in a portrait.

On Saturday you can try your own hand at oil painting. On Sunday you can watch Linda create some  excitement on canvas in an oil painting demonstration.

Give it a Whirl: 12:00 pm Saturday

Demonstration: Oil painting 2:30 pm Sunday


Site #19 is at 96 John Street, rear Coach House, Port Perry

Frances Usher ∼ Sculpture & Oil Painting

Fran was born in Holland, and immigrated to Canada. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Queens), majoring in Sculpture and Painting, as well as a teacher’s degree in visual arts. After having spent the last 30 years producing mostly commission based artwork, she has taken that leap of faith all art people hope to have the courage to do in their lifetime. That is, she produces work for herself and is thoroughly enjoying that total freedom of expression. Fran’s studio has recently been re- located to Port Perry, Ontario.

You can visit Frances in her new studio and pick up a chisel to learn the basics of how to chisel (age 8+). Or on Sunday you can watch Francis as she welds metal and casts plaster.

Give It a Whirl: 1:30 pm Saturday

Demonstration: 1:30 pm, Sunday


Site #20 is at 4 Ella Street, Port Perry

Harvey Walker ∼ Oil Painter

“My goal is to connect to the viewer through images that capture the eye and move the spirit. I work with oils on canvas and focus on capturing the peace, spirit and hidden power of ever changing landscapes.”. Harvey’s studio is in a gracious 142 year old home in Port Perry and he spends half his time in Haliburton County capturing the rugged beauty found there.  He shares his love for painting by teaching at Meta 4 Gallery in Port Perry and at the Agnes Jamieson Gallery in Minden.

Watch Harvey as he makes an oil painting appear on canvas.

Demonstration: Oil Painting 12:00 pm Saturday

Paul & Beverley Williams∼ Metal, Stone and Leather

Paul and Beverley established Williams design and create their one-of-a-kind brass, copper and stainless steel fountains and garden art. They have won many awards for their sculptured leather since 1974 and their work toured Europe in 1982 as part of a Canadian Fine Crafts Exhibit. They have also designed and built many large wall sculptures for public and private spaces. Paul and Beverley specialize in designing and building unique pieces by commission for their clients.

Demonstration: Wet Forming Leather 10:00 am Sunday


Jennifer Wolfe ∼ Jewellery

“Inspired by jewellery from long ago I make wearable, sophisticated jewellery using the ancient techniques of Granulation, Mokume Gane and Lapidary.” Jennifer specializes in Granulation, Mokume Gane and is a Lapidary artist primarily using Argentium silver. She currently teaches Lapidary and Professional Practices for Jewellers part time at Georgian College’s Goldsmithing program.

Jennifer will be demonstrating the stages of stone cutting.

Demonstration: Stone cutting 11:30 pm Sunday



Gordon Reidt ∼ Stone Sculptor

Gordon uses a variety of tools to incorporate his inspiration from nature on many types of different stones available. . As a lover of nature since childhood, it is natural that it would be expressed in most of his work.  He is finding recently that his subject matter is evolving from all nature to some freeform shapes and abstract figures.  Gordon uses a variety of hand and power tools to release the subject from the stone.  His work has evolved from working with the softer soapstones, serpentines, pyrophyllites and alabasters to the harder stones such as granite, jade and marble where he is spending most of his current efforts. 

Demonstration: Stone sculpture at 4:00 pm Sunday


Site #21 is at 357 Lorne St. Port Perry

Jeremy Le Page ∼ Acrylic

Primarily painting in acrylic and oil, Jeremy Le Page has been a professional artist for over a decade. His subject matter consists of contemporary landscape scenes, portraits, and still life images, and his work hangs in private collections internationally. Jeremy’s art has been shown in many galleries and exhibits, including the Lake Scugog Studio Tour; Whetung Ojibway Centre; the Lindsay Gallery; and many others, including Native Focus, in Port Perry, which he owned and operated for eight years with his wife, Erin.

Jeremy will share his thoughts as he explains his use of a colour palette.

Demonstration: Colour palette 4:30 pm Saturday


Erin Le Page ∼ Printmaker

Erin Le Page is a visual artist whose primary focus is printmaking. A graduate of Fanshawe College’s fine art program, she was also the co-owner of Native Focus, a gallery in Port Perry, for almost eight years. Originally from Ottawa, Erin now resides in Port Perry with her husband and two children. She is excited to be creating art again after some time away from printmaking.

You too can try printmaking. Children are welcome to give it a whirl.

Give it a Whirl: Printmaking 11:30 am Sunday


Site #22 is at 65 Lakeview Drive, Port Perry

Kimberly Price ∼ Jeweller

After years of experimenting, my preferred combinations are those of vintage and antique pieces worked with semi precious beads, silver, beadwork and handwoven cords. I am very inspired by the art of other cultures and may string, for example, antique silver beads from the Turkoman of northern Afghanistan with Venetian beads traded into Africa in the late 19th century. Alternatively I could pair handpainted amulets from India with my own handwoven Japanese style cords. Occasionally I switch gears from the big beads and pull out my seed beads. Here I meticulously pick through my containers of these tiny orbs, and one by one, weave together bright, graphic, one of a kind wearable art. These pieces take their inspiration, in part, from Native North American and African beadworkers.

Watch as Kimberly demonstrates silver chain making and some beadwork.

Demonstration: 3:30 pm Sunday