The rain cleared up, the clouds parted and the sun came out for the hundreds of art fans who flocked to the historical town of Schomberg, just half an hour north of Toronto. Starting out with scones and jam at Sheena’s Tearoom in the old feed mill (see photo below) my bestie, Erena, and I strolled up Main Street lined with century buildings, visiting each artist’s tent and ooo’ing and aaah’ing over the stunning and innovative works of art.
One of our favourite stops was the tent shared by husband and wife artists Betty & Mike McGowan who were charming and welcoming…so welcoming, in fact, that I ended up with a couple of Mike’s small paintings! www.mcgowanart.com
They’re leaving shortly for a wonderful trip to Italy where Betty vows she will be taking tons of photos as inspiration for future paintings. I snapped them together by one of Mike’s wild pieces called “Synapse” which Mike claimed was an illustration of his mind! (bottom)
I also met up with the multi-talented Karola Steinbrecher whom I met at the recent Cabbagetown Arts & Crafts Fair. Karola brought out some of her whimsical animal portraits as well as some gorgeous new landscapes and florals (below 3 pics) www.karola.ca
We also met several artists inside the Community Hall including George Burt whose wood turning was so stunning and tactile, I spent far too long standing at his display table fondling each piece that I was getting some strange looks from the other visitors! http://www.bradfordartsguild.com/george-burt.html
Also inside the Hall was Marianne Broome whose stunning colourful florals & landscapes (below) attracted a lot of attention. www.naturesedgestudio.ca I’m looking forward to bringing Marianne’s works to the downtown Toronto art community in the near future.
Further down Main Street was a circle of tents where we discovered lots of beautiful gold leaf butterflies, courtesy of artist G. Tonkiel
And opposite the “flutter-bies”, we discovered the uber cool photography and mixed media of Courtney Mair www.courtneysandy.com (below)
Next to Courtney, we found Helen Walker & Keith Thirgood of www.wilsonstreetstudios.com and I fell in love with Keith’s colourful country houses and Helen’s beautiful landscapes and still life.
Ellen Nelson www.ellennelsonclassicart.net presented some beautiful paintings of nature and beasties including “Sue” the polar bear!
I must admit, though, my favourite activity today was taking a ride with some beautiful big black Percherons – “Andy & Dan” – who gave visitors carriage rides up and down Main street all afternoon. Thanks for the giddy-ups, fellas, and thanks to owner John Hodgson who held the reins.