Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour celebrates 40 years

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It was a unique idea at the time, and one that still captures the imaginations of visitors both new and returning.

The Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour (MAST) was launched 40 years ago, the first Canadian tour of its kind which invites visitors into artists’ studios to see where and learn how they work. It has been oft-copied to varying degrees but even now there are few, if any, tours that match its combination of access to studios and a fall drive through a stunning landscape. There are none that match its longevity.

In the spring, when MAST launched its 40th season with an exhibition, A Creative Journey, at the Canada Summit Centre, founding member Jon Partridge said, “I think what sets our tour apart is you get into the artists’ studios, you get to see the artists’ working environments, you actually get to communicate with the artists, see work in progress, and everyone puts out as much effort as they can to explain the process,” said Partridge. “It’s not about a sale. The educational part of the tour is a big part of why I think it continues…(people taking the tour) become more informed and therefore enjoy the pieces more.” (Read about the show here.)

The tour runs September 22-23 and 29-30. Get a peek inside the studios of four Huntsville-area artists below and watch the video at the end to hear them explain a bit about their process. You’ll find the full list of participating artists and a map of their studio locations at muskokaautumnstudiotour.com if you want to visit them yourself.

The Morgan House Wool Works studio is in an historic farmhouse

The Morgan House Wool Works studio is in an historic farmhouse

Fibre artist Pam Carnochan dyes wool from the sheep that live on her farm to use in her 'watercolour with wool' artworks

Fibre artist Pam Carnochan dyes wool from the sheep that live on her farm to use in her ‘watercolour with wool’ artworks

On the Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour there are often snacks...

On the Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour there are often snacks…

And sometimes friendly dogs like Stanley at Morgan House Wool Works

And sometimes friendly dogs like Stanley at Morgan House Wool Works

Many of the studios greet visitors with colourful fall displays, like this one at Limberlost Woodturning

Many of the studios greet visitors with colourful fall displays, like this one at Limberlost Woodturning

Brian Markham hand-crafts wooden bowls, platters and live-edge burl furniture

Brian Markham hand-crafts wooden bowls, platters and live-edge burl furniture

Catherine O'Mara's egg tempura paintings have a luminescent quality

Catherine O’Mara’s egg tempura paintings have a luminescent quality

To create her paints, Catherine O'Mara mixes egg yolk with colourful pigments

To create her paints, Catherine O’Mara mixes egg yolk with colourful pigments

Marni Martin hand-dyes a variety of fibres for her tapestries and scarves

Marni Martin hand-dyes a variety of fibres for her tapestries and scarves

The Marni Martin Fibre Studio, like all of the MAST studios, is warm and welcoming

The Marni Martin Fibre Studio, like all of the MAST studios, is warm and welcoming

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  1. Thank you to all of you who ventured out to our studios this week. I would like to invite your friends to visit next weekend to see even the latest pieces created this week.

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