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!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

as they sleep dreaming batty dreams

I'm delighted to say that I'm already setting up our artists' pages and everything is coming together very nicely. One artist is already looking for the photos for her page, thank you Kim! She's also advertising the tour already, check out Kim Coffman's blog at !

Last year there was a question concerning how the event benefited bats. To avoid last year's confusion, I'm happy to say that this year each artist is donating a sum directly to Bat Conservation International in lieu of a show fee. So each artist equals a donation to the bats, directly towards helping solve the deadly mystery of White Nose Syndrome.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Welcome Sue and the Barkery!

I am excited to say that Sue Burgan with her "Victorian Fantasy" bears and the whole gang at The Barkery have climbed aboard our haunted haywagon! Sue is a fellow Ontario Teddy Bear artist who makes the most exquisitely dressed bears and realistic pieces, while The Barkery, a bakery for dogs, hosts the most tail-wagging fun with their Howl-oween Parade! (You can visit them at )
More good news? Yes! Illustrator Bill Slavin has granted us permission to use his perfect haunted house on the hill for our poster and bookmarks again this year! While the book with this image for its cover (Chills and Thrills, edited by Priscilla Hawthorne) is sadly out of print, you can see Bill's latest work in the upcoming book Talking Tails, due out in April!