Studio tour not occurring in 2017

Category : Uncategorized · No Comments · by March 10, 2017

It is with regret that we announce the popular Fall Colours Studio Tour in Westport, ON will not be occurring in 2017. Begun in 1989 by local artists, the tour ran for 27 years before a lack of available studio locations and competition from a neighbouring art show brought it to a close.

The members of the studio tour’s committee would like to emphatically thank the community for the support it gave over the years, including that of our sponsors. We would also like to thank all participants and attendees of the studio tour, past and present.

Any questions can be directed to hello@westportstudiotour.com


New artist added to the tour

Category : Uncategorized · No Comments · by September 19, 2016

A new artist has been added to the tour: Margaret Martin will be joining Studio #3, the Benson Studio, to display her acrylic paintings. Margaret’s name will not appear on printed brochures, but feel free to check out her page on this website to see a sample of her work.


2016 artists announced

Category : Uncategorized · No Comments · by May 18, 2016

The studio tour website has been updated with the 2016 exhibiting artists. You will also find all the relevant information for the forthcoming Fall Colours tour. We are welcoming many returning artists and a few new ones as well.

Brochures have been printed and we will begin distributing them this summer. If your business would like to promote and display our brochures and/or posters, please send us an email at hello@westportstudiotour.com. 

Have a great summer and see you in the fall!

 


Now accepting submissions for 2016

Category : Uncategorized · No Comments · by December 8, 2015

The Fall Colours Studio Tour is now accepting applications for the 2016 tour. We are accepting submissions for Westport-area studios and guest artists. The deadline for applications is February 28, 2016.

Download the application form here. and email it to hello@westportstudiotour.com


Studio #6 changes location

Category : Uncategorized · No Comments · by September 23, 2015

The location of Studio #6, formerly the Gingerbread B&B, has been changed to the Rothwell Stone Cottage located at 15 Main Street, Westport. Nicole McGrath and Margot Rothwell will now be exhibiting there. There will be signs to indicate the change in location.


Artists for 2015

Category : Uncategorized · No Comments · by July 15, 2015

The website has been updated with the new and returning artists for the 2015 tour. Check out the galleries of their work. Better yet, make sure to come out on Thanksgiving weekend and check out the work in person! It’s always better in person, anyway.


Extended deadline for application

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The deadline to apply for the Fall 2015 Westport studio tour has been extended to February 27, 2015. Fill out the application form and send in your work for consideration. We welcome new artists and studios!


An artist passes away

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It is with heavy hearts that we must relay the news that founding Studio Tour member Brian Mantrop has passed away. Brian and his wife Kathy were founding members of the Westport Fall Colours studio tour. He was a beloved artist and friend to many. He will be dearly missed.

Here is his obituary as printed in the Westport Review Mirror:

Artist and photographer Brian Mantrop, 63, died November 17, 2014 in Kingston after a two year illness with esophageal cancer. He became well-known in the local community and beyond for his unique photographic art and his home, the Enchanted Forest Studio, which he shared with his wife and partner Kathy Cashman. 

Brian grew up in Kingston and studied physics and geology at Queen’s before finding his path as a world traveler and artist. Between trips he and Kathy enjoyed their property on McAndrews Road south of Westport where their one-room cabin evolved into a unique off-the-grid home sheltered by a rock outcrop. Their studio was a popular destination for guest artists and visitors on the Fall Colours studio tour of which they were founding members. Their home was filmed for the television show, Weird Homes, which ended up serving as a record of the unique structure which was destroyed in a house fire in 2000.

After the fire the couple stayed closer to home and enjoyed all that winter had to offer in the forest. By the next year the home was rebuilt and the couple was back on the tour. “This is where our heart is. Brian’s spirit is here. We loved it here. We skied. We swam. We had beautiful land around us,” said his wife. 

Photographs from their travels formed much of the basis of Mantrop’s art which combined photographic transparencies which in juxtaposition created new worlds. Mantrop’s work evolved after some slides got damp and developed fungus on the emulsion. Ten years later he had a second challenge after the fire created further damage to his collection of slides. 

Besides his individual works his art lives on in his books Talking to the Other World; Life is a Journey with people and a book he completed last year, Nature’s Voice. Mantrop never had a lack of creative things to do whether it was work on their home, photography or gardening.  “We shared a lot of that with people. He loved life. He was always smiling. He was always very open to people. We had a lot of good times with people passing through,” said Cashman. 

He will be deeply missed by his family including his wife Kathy; his brothers Stan (Cathie) and Dave and his nephew and niece Michael and Shannon. His life will be celebrated at a memorial in June 2015 at the Enchanted Forest. 


Interview with David Church

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Tell us what you do.
I create wearable art in the form of Jewelry. I also create sculptures.

 At what age did you pick up a paintbrush? And at what age did you declare ‘I’m an artist?’
I began my love of jewelry and small objects early on while taking apart watches. We are all artists the minute one can hold a pencil and start scribbling. I suppose I became officially an artist upon completion of my Masters degree in Jewelry Design and Sculpture. I began producing work for sale and receiving commissions while working in a studio/gallery in Boston in the late 70s.

Tell us about the process of making your pieces.   
The initial inception of a piece begins in my head inspired by a visual shape primarily from nature then to sketching of possible designs and refining of several ideas into one design. Decisions about types of metals and or other material, use of precious or semi-precious stones and techniques to create and complete the design are all considered before the actual work begins.

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What is your greatest inspiration?
Nature and beauty.

How do you feed your creative process? How do you keep things fresh?
For many years it was teaching combined with making of my art. Renovating our house, knocking down walls, changing the interior space is similar to creating a sculpture that I just happen to live in. Working outside staying close to nature inspires the drive to make. I am constantly watching the world that goes by as the seasons change and the composition of that world changes from people to animals to the environment.

What’s your favourite thing about Westport?
The proximity to water and the people that live here.


Interview with David Maracle

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Tell us what you do.
I am a Mohawk First Nations Sculptor/Carver in Stone, Multi-Instrumentalist Musician and a Traditional Culinary Artist. 

At what age did you pick up a paintbrush? And at what age did you declare ‘I’m an artist?’
I picked up my carving tools and chisels in 1985, but before this, I toured with my parents, and then finally on my own, the Art Show trail.  At these events, I showed the beauty of my ancestral heritage through my craft & art, which consisted of Stone, bone, wood, leather, beads, feathers & other various materials, mixed media.

Tell us about the process of making your pieces.
Giving thanks to the Creator is first and foremost, for my surroundings, my health, and my gifts that I have been given.  It’s as if the stone chooses me to help with their release of what is under the surface.  Creating these sculptures on the Peacemakers Territory, I truly believe and feel the power of my ancestors coming from the land, the earth, and right into my creations. My tools are an extension of my mind.  From files, chisels, sandpaper, and dental tools, these will help my “Original in Stone” come to life.

What is your greatest inspiration?
Being surrounded by nature, all things natural are my greatest inspiration.  Having the Elders to enlighten me with the stories, legends and wisdom of old times of our People and the Newcomers.  I attribute many of my accomplishments to my father Andrew, a respected Mohawk Elder who was an international speaker on First Nations issues and struggles.  My mother Lillian was also very inspirational as she was an accomplished author, poet, musician, artist, and craftswoman.  The combination of both my parents have brought me to this point in life, and through sharing what I have learned from them, I feel will help  teach, inspire, and  educate our future generations.

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How do you feed your creative process? How do you keep things fresh?
By taking time away from the carving, picking up my music and performing, this process helps me to meditate and bring myself back to focus..  I am always trying to better myself in the arts.  My passion for my music has brought me 9 Global Record deals, with fans all around the globe that gravitate to the healing properties of my music. My passion for creating is a combination of many different ingredients. My music not only does it help to heal me, it helps to heal others.  Music is medicine.  Therefore, I feed myself with the music.

What’s your favourite thing about Westport?
Not only the village of Westport with its unique shops and eateries, and not to mention my Recording Studio Summit Sound is also there, but my most favourite thing about Westport is “The Enchanted Forest Studios, hosted by Brian Mantrop and Kathy Cashman.  I could not have chosen a better place to showcase my artwork, as the creativity runs abound on this property.  I do many shows around the world, and this has to be one of my all time favourites.