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Eighth year for Bradford West Gwillimbury Studio Art Tour

By Patrick Bales, The Orillia Packet & Times

Visitors to the Meet and Greet the Artists Night for the Bradford West Gwillimbury Studio Art Tour take a look at some of the student work being auctioned off at this year's event.

Visitors to the Meet and Greet the Artists Night for the Bradford West Gwillimbury Studio Art Tour take a look at some of the student work being auctioned off at this year's event.

BRADFORD - 

The Bradford West Gwillimbury Studio Art Tour is fast approaching, but the official kick off for the annual September event took place last Thursday at the Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library.

The meet and greet was a way for the 19 artists on this year’s tour to show off some of their works, giving a preview to the dozens who streamed through the doors of what’s to come later this month.

Each year, new artists sign up to take part in the weekend, welcoming hundreds of new eyes to the creations they’ve worked so hard on.

“It’s an opportunity to show your art,” said Stella Wadsworth, one of the artists on the tour. “If you sell something, that’s a bonus. There’s not many places where you can show more than one, or as many pieces as you want.”

Organized by the South Simcoe Arts Council, the tour runs from Sept. 16-18, when 19 local artists will be set up in six studio locations, showcasing their work to the public. As always, a fabulous selection of one-of-a-kind jewellery, glass, sculpture, photography, handbags, woodworking and paintings will be on display.

“It’s a fine art tour, which means that it’s all original,” Wadsworth said. “You can’t use a pattern for it. It has to be things that you’ve done from your own. Either visual or a photograph, but it can’t be copied. It can’t be commercial.”

This is the eighth year for the tour.

Last Thursday’s meet and greet was also a chance for tour organizers to present certificates of appreciation to the various student artists who have created works which are being auctioned off throughout the tour.

The silent auction for the works – all created by students from Bradford’s local elementary schools – began at the meet and greet. Bidding will continue on the items until the close of the tour Sept. 18. All the proceeds from the auction will go to the local food bank.

The auction will be set up at Art in the Barn at 291 Morris Rd., where four artists will be located, and at the library, where 11 artists will be featured.

The other locations on the studio tour are 9 Mary St., 20 Hulst Dr., 22 Gres Ct. and 77 Gardiner Dr., all in Bradford.

The tour runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 16 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 17 and 18. Admission is free.

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