Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A New Year For MAST

Dorset in Winter by Elizabeth Johnson

2014 promises to be a year of creativity for the artists of the Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour. The tour is scheduled for two weekends, September 27, 28 and October 5, 6 and we hope to welcome a few new studios to the group.

It is MAST`s 36th year of opening our doors for demonstration and display as visitors see the creative process at work.

Drawing by Jennifer Pimentel

Winter Haven by Christine Marshall

Imagination and creativity do not stop as temperatures drop and snow falls.  This display of the work of a few of the MAST artists shows that we are inspired by the sights, sounds and wildlife of winter in Muskoka.

Winter Sunset by Catherine O`Mara

Friday, September 27, 2013

35th Annual Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour

As we celebrate our 35th anniversary, the artists of Canada's original studio tour invite you to explore Muskoka's dramatic autumn landscape and to see where the past year's inspiration has taken us.

As professional artists and craftspeople, we often work in solitude.  During the two weekends, September 28-29 and October 5-6, we open our studios to share our finished work and the process behind it, through discussion, demonstration and display.

Art is best understood when a guest can meet its creator, and we are delighted to have our doors open.  We encourage you to visit your favourite artists and to explore something new.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Art Is All Around Us-Susan Higgin's Glass Studio

The Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour is just a week away and Susan Higgins has been busy in her studio creating new pieces of colourful art glass.  TV Cogeco community producer, Kareen Burns, interviewed Susan to find out more about her art and the technique of fused glass.

Watch the Susan Higgin's interview to see Susan at work in her studio.  Autumn is the perfect time to travel down the colourful country roads and see the dramatic fall scenes reflected in Susan's art.

You are welcome to visit all of the MAST artists on September 28, 29 and October 5, 6 from 10 am to 6 pm.  To plan your weekends, visit the MAST website:

Friday, September 20, 2013

MAST: The Fall Colours

Photo by Scott Turnbull
Scott Turnbull is a photographer on the Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour and his studio will be open on September 28, 29 and October 5 and 6 from 10 am to 6 pm. Visit The Stable Studio near Windermere, Muskoka.

Scott states, "the tour is a perfect opportunity to get out and drive through the extraordinary beauty that is the region in fall. With studios dotting the roads from Gravenhurst to Huntsville, Dorset to Windermere, visitors get a chance to go some places they’ve never been. Over the two weekends, the fall colours are at their absolute peak, and the views from Muskoka’s roads are unforgettable. In the case of the Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour, the journey is as much fun as the destination."

MAST is celebrating 35 years. Read more about the history of the Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour in Scott`s blog post at Explorer`s Edge.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Penny Varney, Goldsmith & Tony Varney, Photographer

Penny and Tony Varney's studio is a collaboration of two distinct art forms--Penny's handmade jewellery and Tony's photography.  Penny's first love is design and she creates original custom jewellery in silver, gold or niobium. She sometimes uses precious and semi-precious gems in her work and will often incorporate a geometric or abstract motif in her wearable art.

Tony's photographs are an eclectic mix of his travels in Asia, Western Scotland, Bahamas and Muskoka.   Tony was one of the first Westerners to photograph the monasteries in the Himalayas and his photographs reflect his love of the old Buddhist kingdoms. 
The colours, culture and people of exotic destinations such as Tibet and the Middle East are beautifully displayed in his gallery.

The colours of fall are magnificent in September and October and Penny reports that Tony has almost finished the Japanese  courtyard around the house.  

MAST allows you to ask questions and have a glimpse into the working lives of the artists. Plan to visit Penny & Tony's studio in Gravenhurst during the Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour on September 28-29 and October 5-6.