There is now a bit of breathing space, at least between festivities and celebrations.
We have survived the indulgences of Thanksgiving. Halloween will be a thing of the past come tomorrow. The election is over. Not everyone is happy but we hope those who made it will do their very best to represent all of the people in their mayoral districts and wards. God bless each of them for standing up and taking action on our behalf.
So we have a break now to get the yard work done, winterize the vehicles, do catch up on some home repairs and maintenance, clean out closets, put away all things summer, do some house cleaning and start mentally planning for the Christmas season. And that is where I can help you. Not going to rake your leaves or clean out your closets but I can sure help you with your Christmas planning and preparations.
This year’s Welcome Back to Otterville studio tour will be held on Saturday and Sunday, November 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You will find lots of ideas for the Christmas season from gifts and cards to décor and collectables. You are familiar with some of our well known artists and they would love to show you their latest work. We also have some new participants who are eager for you to see what they have to offer.
Sue Goossens’ paintings depict the beauty of our countryside. Often hidden or overlooked, these special areas come to life with Sue’s distinctive watercolour style. Sue’s work hangs in galleries and collections worldwide.
Shirley Hokke specializes in modern conceptual paintings. Her work is colourful, thoughtful and intriguing. Many of Shirley’s pieces hang in many corporate and public collections.
Lianne Todd’s vivid watercolour paintings and digital art reflects her love of nature and the patterns nature creates. Her work spans traditional and non-traditional styles and are hanging in collections in various countries.
Mae Leonard’s Gallery in the Barn is filled with surprises. Mae uses various applications and techniques to create unique interpretations of beauty in all things. Mae has dedicated fans of her work from near and far.
Jo-Anne Sergeant of the Ugly Duckling is our local fripperer. You will have to look it up and definitely come see her specialty antiques, household décor and painted furniture.
Nature By Design’s Mandy Alward and her mom, Ruth Fleming, are also new to the tour. Their studio is not on the flyer so make a note of their address, 140 Dover Street, Otterville. They create beautiful live floral wreaths, fresh evergreen wreaths, birdfeeder wreaths, dried flowers and outdoor pots. They will have lots on display and will also create to your specifications.
Trudy Verberne specializes in homemade, individually designed greeting cards, tags, gift cards, gift bags. She will have a wide variety on display and will custom design for any taste and occasion.
Trudy will be at my house where I will be showing some of my oil paintings. I paint whatever comes into my head so it’s a bit hard to label my stuff. You will just have to come see. Not quite as world renowned as some of the others but I do have paintings in various places in Ontario, Alberta, Australia and China, so that’s kinda cool, eh?
So, we will look for you on November 15 and 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Just look for the yellow flags.