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!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

3 days to go!

Only 3 days to go, and on October 1st our tour gets a big advertising push as we're part of Culture Days:
"The second annual Culture Days weekend kicks off on Friday, September 30 and runs through Saturday, October 1st and Sunday, October 2nd with over 5,500 activities happening in 800 Canadian cities and towns from coast to coast to coast. Are you ready to celebrate and participate in the largest ever arts and culture campaign in Canadian history?" -- Culture Days email

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

For the Bats!

Hi Everyone!

I am so very excited to be a part of this event!! Our fiendishly clever webmistress has done an outstanding job organizing this event. I can't wait to wander down the virtual paths and explore all the fantastic special features, tricks and treats she has created for all the visitors.

While this event promises to be filled with amazing art from all over the world, we must remember that this is a very important fund-raiser for the bats. I don't know about you, but in our area (northern NY state) we have seen a definite and dramatic decline in the number of bats filling our twilight skies this summer. And equally noticeable have been the record number of mosquitoes. The two are not unrelated! So let's come out and support those who are working hard to help the bats!! They need us just as we need them!!

See you all in the Haunted Forest on October 1st!!


Almost time!

Only 4 days to go before the gates swing open and everyone can enjoy our tour!!! Finally I have everyone's art (ah! These artistes and deadlines!!!) and I am thrilled to saw WOW!! You're going to see some incredible art!!! And such fun introductions to the artists and their "studios"! I can hardly wait to share!

New this year: an auction!!! Thanks to my sister Doris' inspirational idea and donation of 3 gorgeous hand-knitted pieces, there are now 9 items up for bid, many being one of a kind!! And all the donors (so far)are giving 100% to Bat Conservation International! (Thank you, ladies! You are amazing!) So, gentle trick-or-treaters, bid for the bats!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Much appreciated!

For anyone wanting to help advertise our tour and help the bats, here's a button that can be used as you wish!

And thank you!

We're a Culture Days event!

Our Hallowe'en tour is listed as a Culture Days event, and here's the flyer being distributed in our area!

Here's the front, then unfolded... ...and here's us, in the bottom right corner!

Thanks again to Eileen at Perth Arts Connect for getting us in there!

My Halloween yard!

So I thought it might be fun to post a few videos of my yard from last year. It looked much scarier in the dark but the darker videos just did not do anything justice. 
Enjoy,  Melanie 

Monday, September 19, 2011

FINALLY -- I got some pieces finished for the Halloween show!  Just could not catch up this year!!!!
I have a great altered book with lights - for a centerpiece
one of my little bears and a crow this year.   Gotta wait to see them though

Friday, September 16, 2011

Lets go and Trick or Treat

Halloween Show is coming soon I want offer you a look one of my pieces that I will be offer at this wonderful show of Artist. You can check out more of my work at
I look forward to all the spooky stuff when web show opens
Beth Diane Hogan

Black magic!

Artist Sally J. Smith was hard hit by the nasty weather that ravaged the east coast and her beautiful forests show the brutality of Mother Nature's rage... So many of the places that are the stars of her photography are viciously altered, needing time to heal. But Sally will join us on our tour! And here below is a tease of a photograph of one of the houses she'll be offering as a treat. With a little black magic!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Scary or sweet?

Bats and our tour had a great day at the Maple Leaf Doll Show on Sunday! Well over 100 bookmarks went home with eager collectors, and new connections and friends were made! My rat Ceres here poses with Grandma Gnome, created by very talented artist Deborah Downey, who may join the tour in 2012.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

I am working on some Halloween tags, notebooks and fun stuff.  This is my "4 Sisters" tag.  These are really FUN!!!