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Saturday, March 23, 2013

#indulgePEC: The Art

Yup, there's wine and food a-plenty in the County. When you've had your fill of both (or just need a moment to digest before the next round, as we were doing on our tour) there are countless art studios, galleries and shops to visit along the Arts Trail.

The County is home to a close-knit community of visual, media and craft artists, many of them working out of their own homes or offering tours of their studios.

I'll let the photos speak for themselves ...

(PS - that pretty, shiny thing right there? It's not even supposed to be art. It's a colour tester from Mark Armstrong's workshop. A piece knocked off the end of a stick, likely destined for the recycle bin. But I love it.)

Floating teardrops suspended in clear glass bubbles
Armstrong Glassworks
Funky jewelry by Maggie Murdoch and hand-crafted dishware by David Drown
Wellington Pottery
Print by Spark Box Studio

Beyond the studio circuit, keep your eyes open. You'll find spectacular art in the unlikeliest of places:

Handcrafted barrels and "firkins" made by Pete Bradford, one of only two coopers in Canada
Carriage House Cooperage
Framed tin tile on recycled barn door, Pomodoro Restaurant
Twisted glass chandelier, 66 Gilead Distillery

And then some things just lend themselves to being beautiful on their own ...

Barn at Waupoos Winery


  1. Beautiful stuff. I love the glasswork and the cooperage!

  2. It would have been so wonderful to visit all those artist studios. Sounds lovely


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