Artists at Work – Come Out for Live Demonstrations at Sites #9 – #13

Site #9 is Lavender Blu at 2375 Bank Road, Seagrave

Ludmila Haynos-Owen ∼ Lavender

In 2011 Lavender-Blu joined the newly founded Ontario Lavender Association (OLA). In addition, Lavender-Blu is on “The Purple Road” – a travel and info guide which highlights a wide variety of lavender artisan businesses throughout Ontario.

Lavender-Blu is a three acre hobby farm on the shore of Lake Scugog. It is host to over 40 farm animals, a small orchard, a large vegetable garden and 800 plus lavender plants are now growing on their property. In cooperation with Hiveshare, Lavender-Blu has added four bee hives to their property from which they will be able to obtain their home-grown honey and beeswax.

Join Mila on a garden tour of lavender varieties.

Demonstration: Garden tour 12:30 pm Saturday


Site #10 is Valentia Community Hall, 106 Elm Tree Rd., Valentia

Libbie Burns ∼ Fibre

Libbie creates unique felt wall hangings, hats, scarves, bags, tunics, vests, felted goat’s milk soap, and little sheep.

For Libbie, felting is painting and sculpting with wool. It is artistic work according to traditional methods. Nature’s beauty is incorporated in her work in an abstract, intuitive manner. Connecting fibres and colours into wearable garments and accessories using wool, water, and soap provides endless challenges and discoveries.

Libby will show us how she lays fibres for the wet felt process.

Demonstration: 2:30 pm Saturday


Spring Reilly ∼Photography, Costume Design

Spring Reilly is an award winning Lifestyle Photographer based in Uxbridge, Ontario specializing in Weddings, Events, Portraits and Boudoir photography. In 2007, Spring began studying photography in South Texas preferring to photograph butterflies in their natural habitat. Upon returning to Durham Region, Uxbridge, Ontario she focused her talents on photographing people, pets and a broader range of nature subjects. She creates her own costumes and headpieces for personal work using natural and man-made materials.

Watch as Spring constructs a headpiece for a photo shoot.

Demonstration: 1:00 pm Sunday


Site #11 is at 110 Valentia Road, Valentia

Cathy Mark ∼ Metal

Cathy’s metalwork is a direct reflection of her surroundings- iconic windswept pines dance atop locally harvested burls and rocks.

Cathy will draw, cut and shape a metal piece on the anvil.

Demonstration: 3:30 pm Saturday



Site #12 is at 17751 Nestleton Road, Nestleton

Sandra Reiner ∼Potter, Painter

Sandra combines volume, texture and colour to represent a modern esthetic in functional and non-functional ceramic works.

Join the fun of playing with mark-making tools in raw clay tiles.

Give it a Whirl: Play with clay and mark-making tools at 3:00 pm Saturday





Site #13 is at 40 Spring Blvd., Scugog Island, Port Perry

Sandra MacPherson ∼ Watercolour, Acrylic

Sandra MacPherson has been working with watercolours since 1992.  Largely self-taught, she has studied at the Ontario College of Art & Design and in various workshops with professional artists.  Her portfolio of watercolour paintings includes landscapes, buildings, floral, still life, and figurative works.  In 2012, Sandra began to explore the possibilities of painting in acrylic.

Sandra is inspired in her painting by themes of community, history, and preservation.

Sandra welcomes visitors to try some watercolour techniques.

Give it a Whirl: Try watercolour painting at 11:00 am Saturday


Don Downer ∼Nature and Wildlife Photographer

Don’s enthusiasm for the outdoor world seems to be contagious and he delights in sharing his love of nature and photography with both children and adults alike. Don’s photographs of wildlife, reptiles, insects, and plant life are an excellent addition to the art collection of any nature enthusiast or lover of beauty.

Bring your camera and join Don on a nature walk.

Give it a Whirl: Photography nature walk 1:00 pm Sunday




Artists at Work – Come Out for Live Demonstrations at Sites #1 – #7

Site #1 is Naked Lamb Studio, 8 Myrtle Road, on the north west corner at Highway 12

PAT NEAL ~ Weaver

Pat Neal brings 20 yrs. of passion to the world of weaving, combining colour, texture and pattern into unique hand woven pieces. Join Pat in her Myrtle studio as she demonstrates the art of weaving on traditional floor looms. She will also have a loom available for her curious visitors, so they too can try their hand at weaving.

Demonstration: Weaving 11:30 am Saturday

Give it a Whirl: 11:00 am Sunday


LESLIE BEAUCHAMP ~ Painter and Mixed Media Artist

Leslie considers herself to be truly blessed because she is surrounded by her first love and her artistic subject matter – forests and lakes, trees and wildlife, as well as light and nature in all its forms. Leslie likes to layer different mediums to bring about a brilliant, slightly otherworldly effect in her work. From pastels and conté to acrylic, each is used in various layered combinations. Leslie will be demonstrating painting on site, bringing us through stages of realistic to abstract.

Demonstration: Painting 10:30 am Sunday


KAREN HUNTER ~ Jeweller and Silversmith Artist

Karen’s colourful jewellery is handmade, designed by her and is fun to wear. Karen works with Sterling Silver, semi-precious stones and Niobium, a very rare and pure metal which is naturally hypoallergenic. When “anodized” (electrified), Niobium produces a rainbow of colours. Join Karen as she demonstrates this process of anodizing Niobium.

Demonstration: Jewelry making 10:30 am Saturday


Site #2 is 13900 March Hill Road, south of Durham Road 21, Utica

David Clubine ~ Painter

David pursued illustration studies at OCAD University and has been painting commissioned

Unionville Board and Batten
16 X 20″
David Clubine

watercolours for nearly 30 years. The architecture in Ontario features century homes, farm buildings, railway stations and churches, with a rich reflection of rural life from the past. Specifically, Durham and York regions, with historical buildings and picturesque landscapes, provide a wide variety of inspiration for his subject matter. You’re invited to explore his gallery and watch David work on his watercolour paintings.

Demonstration: Watercolour painting 11:00 am Saturday


Sarah Porter ∼ Glass & Jewelry

I’ve discovered that my strength is in combining chain mail and wire wrapping techniques in media such as sterling silver, semi-precious stones, custom fused glass pieces and even textiles, to create completely unique, wearable “jewellery art”. Combining metals and powders with glass in the kiln do the same for my “functional art” bowls, platters, candle holders and more. Watch Sarah create her lovely chain mail jewelry.

Demonstration: Chain mail jewelry 2:00 pm Sunday



Site #3 is Utica Memory Hall, s/w corner of Durham Rd. 21 & Marsh Hill Rd., Utica

Theatre 3X60

Theatre 3X60 is committed to meaningful theatre experiences & education, artistic excellence, accessibility and audience engagement throughout Durham.

Watch as Theatre 3X60 goes behind the scenes to prepare for a production. Watch a live rehearsal.

Demonstration: Rehearsal 1:30 pm Saturday


Peter Lauricella∼Woodturner

Peter has an extensive background in woodworking, having designed and built spiral and circular stairs, furniture and children’s toys. Peter has been turning wood for several years and appreciates and thrives on the complex nature of segmentation.

Peter will be demonstrating the steps of cutting, assembling, turning and finishing a wooden bowl.

Demonstration: Woodworking 2:00 pm Saturday



Linda Virio ~ Painter

Working with beeswax, resin and colour Linda will demonstrate the encaustic painting process. This is an ancient process that is undergoing a bit of a revival. Hot beeswax is coloured, painted and heated with a torch to create vibrant and luminous pieces of art.

Demonstration: Encaustic Painting 3:00 pm Sunday




Site #4 is 14260 Marsh Hill Road, north of Durham Rd. 21, Utica

Ann Cummings ∼Porcelain

Ann has worked in ceramics for many years learning from many sources and running the gamut of various methods of making a living. Ann has taught in several schools in Canada,  worked at  Prime Gallery  – the preeminent gallery in Canada for ceramic art – all while creating her own ceramic work.

Give It a Whirl: Make a press moulded objects from clay 12:00 pm Sunday

Demonstration: Slip trailing in clay 4:30 Sunday


Site #5 is Rolling Hills Studio, 10445 Sideroad 17

Anja Kooistra ∼Fabric Sculpture

I have found a unusual way of working with recycling materials I find in and around my gardens such as birds nest and sheep ‘hair’, plus other materials like natural fibers, vintage lace and doilies, which I then use in my work to give lasting life for many years to come. I often focus on the female form for its limitless variety, with each having a personality and ethereal life force of its own. Another favourite of mine is animals. Fostering the love of animals that began in my childhood, I have a particular fondness for birds, which play an important role in my spiritual life and my sculptures.

Working with various fabrics and other natural materials presents unique challenges and possibilities – and it has given me an unusual freedom in creating sculpture and art. The medium I use to sculpt my large and small figurines is a non-toxic, environmentally friendly fabric hardener.

Come see how I apply fabric and natural materials to a model.

Demonstration: 10:00 am Saturday

Give It A Whirl: You can play with Fabric to Decorate a Model 10:30 Saturday


Site #6 is 10755 Sideroad 17, Sunderland

Monique Van Wel ∼ Jeweller

I’m an award winning gold-silversmith and custom jewelry designer, specializing in one-of-a-kind design. My passion for nature and fluid lines have been a great inspiration for my MVW designs collection over the past 20 years working as a goldsmith. I love working in sterling silver and gold with diamonds, gemstones and pearls.

Demonstration: Wax Carving 1:00 pm Saturday





Site #7 is 345 Concession 2, Sunderland

Frank Ditomaso ∼ Woodturner

“I have found woodturning to be at once challenging and very creative. The range of functional and artistic pieces is endless.” I moved to the Uxbridge area in 2002 after retiring from the steel industry where I worked in the Automation Engineering department. This has given me the opportunity to continue to develop my furniture making and woodturning skills full time.

My demonstration will show wood turning a hollow form on a lathe.

Demonstration: 12:00 pm Saturday


Ruth Greenlaw ∼ Watercolour, Drawing, Printmaking, Pastel

Ruth enjoys using pastel, watercolour, printmaking and various drawing media, expressing herself in line and in colour.  She loves using various papers, such as coloured sandpaper for pastels or thin oriental papers layered together for etchings and drawings.  Ruth’s subject matter is based in nature, whether it is a landscape, a still life with flowers or an exploration of the leaves and roots of a plant.  As well, she draws the human form, using life drawing to sharpen her skills.

Ruth will explain the etching process.

Demonstration: 12:30 pm Sunday

Give It a Whirl: Try pastel painting (Age 8+)




Now Accepting Applications for the 2017 Tour

Our tour is growing and we’re looking to welcome more artists. We’d love to expand the range and diversity of our artists and their media. We are actively searching out artists – so feel free to call up any of the artists on the tour to chat and see if we’re a potential good match. The leader of our Jury Committee is Cathy Mark and you can reach her at if you have questions about our process. 

Spring Blossoms encaustic on board Linda Virio

Spring Blossoms
encaustic on board
Linda Virio

Our tour is going to welcome, for the first time, Emerging Talent – yes we’re looking for those of you who have had limited showing and selling experience. Perhaps you have just a handful of paintings you consider to be “show worthy”. That’s okay! We’d like you to send our jury images of your very best. We can match you up with experienced site artists and would expect you to bring only your best pieces out to share with our visitors. And further exciting news – we’re going to hold a show at the Scugog Council for the Arts Gallery, in November of 2016, exclusively for our Emerging Artists. 

If you don’t see yourself as “emerging” go ahead and enter in the site or guest category. We’d be happy to have more host sites especially in Myrtle, Utica, Nestleton, Port Perry and in the area from Seagrave to Valencia in the north and west end of the lake. 

And our whole application process is on-line! If you have any trouble with the application process please call or text Marion Meyers at 905-985-1335 

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