Artists open creative spaces during historical arts weekend
A gap left by the cancellation of this year’s local arts festival has prompted artists at Mill Street Art Studio to hold an open house the first weekend in October and have invited others to do the same.
If it weren’t for the pandemic, the streets of Creemore would be filled with art lovers taking in the Creemore Festival of the Arts on Oct. 3 and 4, hosted by Purple Hills Arts and Heritage Society.
Liz Eakins, who has studio space at Mill Street Art Studio and coordinated the artists for last year’s festival, reached out to last year’s participants inviting them to open their doors or find a place to show their work.
“Along with everyone else, the artists are feeling the hit of COVID-19,” said Eakins. We wanted to remind the public we are still here, and we are approachable.”
About 10 artists have come on board so far, with four showing at Mill Street Art Studio, including Sue Miller, Martha Bull, and visiting jeweler Andrea Mueller.
Painters Jessica Tamlin and Peter Taylor will be setting up at their respective homes.
Cathy Bull will be at Colours of Creemore, and bird carver Jim Harkness will be bringing his flock to The Creemore Echo, where paper artist Kathryn Allyn will be doing a special window display, and Frances Bull will be set up outside with her handmade birdhouses to round out the Newsstand’s bird theme.
Ann Clifford’s Pine River Institute art therapy students will share their artwork as a creative catalyst for self reflection outside Station on the Green.
Participating locations will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4.
Other artists are welcome to make their own arrangements to show their work. To be included in a listing of open spaces in next week’s Echo, e-mail email@example.com.
For exact locations, see ad on page 7.