It is my deep, dark pleasure to announce the annual Online Hallowe'en Artists' Studio Tour! This is my "treat" to you all, a special way to celebrate my favorite season, share some exceptional art by artists I personally admire and raise money for animal charities. With this blog, I hope to keep you up-to-date with proceedings and progress as we approach the yearly "launch" on October 1st!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Culture Days Preview 3-Minute Movie

Our Culture Days preview September 26th-27th was successful!  Check out the video I filmed before the fun began:

and, as of today, we already had 10 sales! 
  But of course the official opening is October 1st when all the artists will be ready to show off their trick or treat goodies!  One day to go!
  Here's our corpse bride greeter and trick-or-treater Nancy Klebaum, who purchased one of Adrianne Jeswiet's stunning candle holders!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Culture Days -- getting ready!

It's almost Autumn and the smell of apples, wet leaves and Hallowe'en fun are in the air!  This is of course my favorite time of year, when the colors are just starting to tint the trees and plans for October are starting to solidify.
  Our Tour is on, of course, and this year we are once again honoured to be a Culture Days event!  Not only that, but for the first time ever the Tour has a physical location for 2 days only, September 26 and 27 at our bed and breakfast, The Flying Leap.  The online part will run all month but the opportunity to see some of the art first hand is yours on these two special days.  And there is LOTS MORE to see and do here in Elora, just take a look at the passport (below).  We are "brightspot" #8:

The B&B part of our house is in the process of being transformed into our informational, demonstration and art areas.  Here is a picture of the sun room with all the Culture Days and Studio Tour (also on the same weekend) information and my bat conservation display. The two little bags contain stickers and bat cut outs for little hands to take home, while I have the true-or-false bat game on the table and lots of informative pamphlets.  I hope to spread my love of bats and dispel negative superstitions about these amazing and gravely in trouble creatures.  (By the way, Ontario has 8 different species:  come and learn about them!)

  And of course the Corpse Bride is excited to welcome everyone to our home!  (She may stay up in our entry way until Hallowe'en: she's a great g-hostess!)  Watch for her at the Culture Days Kickoff Friday night from 6:00 - 11:00 at the Fergus Grand Theatre!  
  And a huge round of applause to our Cultural Coordinator, Fergus & Elora Tourism, Elizabeth Bender!  She's pulled together a real "cornucopia of culture" and made it easy to be a part of this incredible group!  Thank you, Elizabeth!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Back from the dead

Boo!  It's time to start thinking about Spring... er:  Hallowe'en!!  Yes, indeed, I just created our 2015 Facebook event page and our 2015 Culture Days event page!  Take a look!  
  And now I need artists!  Contact me if you'd like to take part, and this year we are going to have a physical location for our Culture Days preview:  Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm come to the Flying Leap Bed and Breakfast to see our art, hear about our passions and be dazzled by the creative process!  

Monday, November 10, 2014

And it's closed...

The creaking gate has swung shut and is locked for another year!  We had 23 sales that I’ve been told of so far, although a few artists have yet to report in.  From our preview for Culture Days which began Sept. 27 to our closing at midnight November 7th, we had 1547 unique visitors, which is pretty nice!  Cheers to us!     
  I know all about being busy (what with moving, quitting my job and starting a business) but the tour didn't get it's usual attention, for which I'm sorry.  
  So, who’s game to take part in 2015?  I’d like the tour to have a physical presence during Culture Days and the Elora-Fergus Studio Tour in our bed and breakfast so please give this a thought as you munch those last mini chocolate bars and Hallowe’en candy...    


Friday, October 3, 2014

It's open!

I'm late in getting the news out, and late in sharing with you, my readers:  for the 6th year, the Tour opened on October 1st and, thanks to you, is doing great!  Here are the statistics:

498 unique visitors!  That's spook-tacular!!  And we've had three sales that I know of, so let's see how much we can raise for the animals while getting cool Hallowe'en treats! 
Remember:  it's all about Hallowe'en, art and helping animals!  Every purchase counts!  And please tell your friends! 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Starting to get ready - by Martha Burch

I am really starting to get some new things ready for the Studio Tour.  I will show pics soon.

Think crows, mummies, skellies

Thursday, April 10, 2014

We're part of Culture Days!

We're a registered Culture Days event!  If you're unfamiliar with Culture Days, the last weekend in September across Canada is designated as a time to celebrate all things cultural, with thousands of participants from coast to coast!  It's huge!  It's fun!  And we're there!  

Of course it's a wonderful way to advertise our tour, with National coverage!  
Spread the word!

(Psst... if you have a cultural event in Canada taking part on September 26-28, consider registering!)  

Sunday, March 9, 2014

New friends!

I am absolutely delighted to tell you that we now have 22 artists on our tour and some fresh new blood to share!  

First I'm relieved to say that Tamra Kohl is with us again! Tamra had a VERY successful time with us last year and I so very much want to share her Day of the Dead creativity with you all again!   

From our encounter at last year's Bazaar of the Bizarre, I was able to entice Dan Soelberg to share his magic with us!  As an illustrator of his own little world, Dan brings characters to life using only the power of a pencil or pen!  Incredible!  Prints, postcards, calendars and of course these beautiful books all graced his table, I wonder what he'll have for our tour!  

And I've been hoping to share with you all Samantha Meyers for a few years now, and here she is!  I can't wait for you to see her elegantly macabre doll art!    

And, as of today, we have Susan and Doug of Kitten and the Crow on our tour!!  Again, a meeting at the Bazaar of the Bizarre made me aware of this amazing artistic team and their story-book-like illustrations only leave me to beg for more and await the book!
So, what do you think?  Care to join us?  There are a limited number of spots left, so don't delay!  Not an artist?  Then visit our Facebook page and follow us there for all the latest news and a reminder to walk through the gates on October 1st!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Tour poster 2014

And here she is, in all her glory!  Our 2014 poster is ready to be downloaded from the "for artists" page or simply click on the above image for a full sized view and copy.

Once again a HUGE thank you to artist Bill Slavin who created the oh-so-subtly-spooky image, used as a book cover for the anthology Chills and Thrills.  I think it's a very Ontario farm house, just right framed by the gnarled trees and the rising moon.  Thank you again, Bill!