Crown and Pumpkin Tour – the Art and the Craft

The 21st Crown and Pumpkin Tour – The Art & The Craft, takes place in the Almonte and Clayton areas on Thanksgiving Weekend, October 7,8 &9, 10am – 5pm daily.  This event has evolved over the years from a primarily traditional fine arts tour to an impressive array of fine art, fine crafts and fine food from over 50 creators. There are 18 studio stops, many of which have multiple artists and artisans on location.  We have carefully chosen a theme and the mix of artists at these locations to present the best variety of products and to stimulate as many senses as possible: sight, touch, smell, taste and even sound.

At Crooked Mile Brewery, where they craft British and Scottish-inspired ales, such as Highland Hillwalker and Druid Dusk, we have placed two guest artists, one of whom is Richard Hutton, born in Scotland and recently moved to our area. The second guest is Jennifer Kelly, an accomplished glass artist.  Beer brings to mind clinking glass mugs and beer bottles, and Jennifer is creating some glass art using Crooked Mile bottles.

Hummingbird Chocolate is our “Natural Wonders” studio with guest photographer Anita Schlarb, who captures the beauty of the natural world in her photos, a great match with chocolate makers who sources their cacao fairly, ethically and sustainably

Union Hall is our “Settlers” studio, particularly appropriate for Canada’s 150th celebration.  Our country has welcomed immigrants from all over the world and these people brought their traditional skills and talents with them.  It is easy to imagine a similar market of artisans selling their wares a century ago…..Anita Dworshak with her goat milk soap, Clement Hoeck with his pottery, Hyseuk Kim with her traditional Korean paper craft, Colin Hamer the pewtersmith, Chris Van Zanten with his hot glass art,  Joanne Desarmia with her wire wrap jewellery and Khodor and Noor Jarous with their traditional Syrian food.

Culandubh Studio is our “Fun and Youthful” studio where we will have Ross McLaughlin’s locally produced maple syrup, Laurel Cook’s quirky and unique animal paintings, Natasha Peterson with her award winning children’s books, and Deb Munro’s natural skin products to keep your skin healthy, fresh and youthful!

Woolley Things is our “Bold and Beautiful” studio.  As you enter the front door, the multi-harness loom on which Karen Riches creates her richly colorful textiles will confront you. You will also find the eye-catching pottery of Ian Paige in the upper level. In the sunny studio on the lower level, Kevin Wilson and Sandra Allen will be demonstrating  flameworking throughout the weekend and offering their bright and beautiful glass art for sale.  Dave Card will be there with his humorous and accomplished wood carvings- and he may even be demonstrating his mastery of the chainsaw. Also on the lower level will be the dynamic and bold painting and art wear of Jill Alexander. And to top it off, Heart and Soul Café will be providing a lunch stop of hearty homemade soups and cornbread.

Fluid Solar Roasted Coffee is our “Electric Bean” studio. In addition to coffee cupping and tours of their solar facilities, Bill Kemp will be there with his renewable energy books, as well as Kat Stevens with her wire-crocheted jewelry.  She uses small gemstones and minerals in her work. She names her necklaces and has even created some for the tour named with a coffee theme.  We will also have photographer Chris Kiez, whose work is often described as “electric”.  And to round it off, on Sunday and Monday, there will also be the Jolly Hog Gourmet Food Truck at their site.

Sumack Loft, deep in the forests of Lanark County, is our “Serenity Cabin” studio.  Auni Milne’s work is inspired by the peaceful surroundings, Steven Lewis’ award winning paintings have a deep serenity and you can understand how Lori Rowsell, a mediator and teacher of mindfulness, draws deep solace from her fibre work. Sumack Loft is also introducing whimsical decorative pieces by Toadlily Designs.

Of course there are other great studios not to be missed– in Almonte, Carriageway Studios with Dawn Walker, printmaker, Jeremy Ford, pottery, Mary Pal, fibre art, Marie France-Gosselin, weaving and North Market Caterers providing a wonderful Lunch Stop. In the Old Post Office building Diana Jackson will open her sculpture studio and within walking distance you can visit Kehla Design, jewellery, the Almonte Potters’ Guild, Hamilton Studio with Sam Hamilton’s illustrations and Linda Hamilton’s painting and her Daydream Flowers, and Meredith Kucey’s jewellery. In the Clayton area the tour includes Willow Creek Studio with Kaija Savinainen’s paintings; Moondance Gallery with Barbara Mullally’s jewellry and Robert Pauly’s millinery and quilts; Clayton Clayworks with work by Seitze and Saskia Praamsma; and the new and exciting Grassroots Furniture Studio of Eric Young.

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