Discover the many talented artists that live in your community

The arrival of fall is one of the most colourful events of the year in our area. The season dresses in its most vibrant hues while local artists open their creative space to visitors.

2017 saw more than 65 artists invite you to share their passion for art in 26 different locations throughout the United Counties of SD&G during the 26th Apples and Art Studio Tour. 2018’s tour featured 72 artists at 21 locations throughout the region. 2019’s tour featured more than 80 artists in 33 locations.

The goal of the tour is to give the residents and visitors of Cornwall and area an opportunity to enjoy art in the spaces where it is actually created. It is a chance to meet the artists, to chat, to see their work in a natural setting and enjoy the wellness of visual beauty and friendly company.

You will discover all types of artists who work with paint, ink, clay, fine stones, wood and glass to create original pieces of art.

The tour is organized by a group of volunteers working with Your Arts Council, Cornwall & the Counties. The brochure showcasing the locations is available here. Our website and Facebook page further explain the possibilities of this annual event. Late-joiners to the tour can be located through the website where the map of the sites and biographies of artists are available. On the site you can also find our proud sponsors.

Take two days to visit our area and the artists’ studios. To visit each location is to visit all corners of this great region.

The organizer’s would like to thank all the artists for their generous contributions to our 29th Studio Tour, and a special thank-you to our sponsor’s who helped us get the show up and running when the snow was still on the ground.

HISTORY – A Look Back at the Beginning

About 29 years ago Karen Cooper, then involved on The Seaway Arts Council with a keen interest in Graphic Arts, was having a discussion with transplanted NYC photographer Linda Gumbs about the richness of Artistic Talent in the community and the question was asked, “Why doesn’t Cornwall and The Counties have an Art Tour”?. Well the answer was simple. No one had made the time to organize one. So with the support of the Seaway Arts Council, Karen and Linda joined forces with Regional Artists Martin Crevier and Janet Keefe to organize the first Artist Sponsored Apple and Arts Studio Tour.

The premise was simple. Artists would open up their studio space to the community and visitors, encouraging them to find out more about the arts through discussion about the work, their processes and through various hands on demonstrations that would take place during the tour.

The tour has always taken place during the last full week-end in September, harvest time for many apple varieties. The timing of the tour also celebrates the various local apple growers and the celebration in particular of the McIntosh Apple which was conceived right here in Eastern Ontario. The tour often includes studios and area businesses that feature special apple offerings in celebration of the tour.

The Tour has had several community organizations and artists who have organized the Tour each year. “It is wonderful to see how the Tour has grown and been transformed over the years” said Cooper.

The Apples & Art Studio Tour was the recipient of the Business Excellence Award for Tourism by the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce in 2016.

The 2018 tour saw 3,900 studio visits and $53,000 worth of art sold during the 2 day event.

The 2019 tour had 33 locations plus Student Exhibits at Tagwi and the Cornwall Public Library, featured more than 80 artists, and saw more than $70,000 worth of art sold.