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The Mother’s Day weekend is fast approaching. I wanted to highlight two more studios that are on the Rolling Hills Studio Tour.  

I have written about the Williams Design Studio Gallery in a previous blog. Their gallery is featured as ‘Studio C’ this year and warrants our attention again!  

Paul and Beverley Williams have been creating fine crafts for over 40 years. The variety of work they create is quite amazing. Their studio includes a secret garden, fountains, gourd art, wall sculptures, murals, leather sculpture, tree sculpture, ponds, coracles, weaving…  

Obviously, the Williams Design Studio Gallery has to be on your weekend agenda! 

The photo below is just one example of the beauty in the Secret Garden – A stacked Rock Waterfall on a dry river bed.

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Paul and Beverley will be featuring the following artists:

 Walpeg Studio – Photography 

Through their photography, Walter and Peggy’s work highlights the fundamental building blocks of nature. As you can see from the photo below, “they bring uniqueness to the ordinary.”

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 Sandy Cline – Sculpture

Sandy’s website covers so much detail on soap stone culture and his own history, it is hard to know what to focus on! His art, which has found its way to collections around the world, including that of Prince Phillip will certainly be a focal point for the Mother’s Day Tour.

 

William Boyd Fraser – Multimedia  

William is a sculptor and a self proclaimed ‘unconventional thinker’! You can find a detailed description of his projects at his website https://williamboydfraser.wordpress.com/.

 

Studio D features the Photographic art of Tim Bellhouse. He began taking photographs in the 1970’s and he has studied biology for over 35 years. His work has taken him from the shores of Lake Ontario to the coast of James Bay. It is easy to see the connection of his two passions – biology and photography – in the photographic art he has created. 

The photos below certainly accomplish a goal for him as an artist – they cause the viewer to take a closer look at the world in which we live.  

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See you on Rolling Hills Studio Tour!

 

May 13 -14 is Mother’s Day weekend and what better way to spend time with Mom than on the annual tour featuring a wide range of artists and crafts people.  

The setting is perfect – the rolling hills of the Oak Ridges region of the City of Kawartha Lakes. Admission is free. Travel along the Rolling Hills Studio Tour path to create your own self-guided tour. There are 7 Studios along the way, featuring the work of 11 artisans.  

There are a number of reasons why you should make plans to attend this unique event.  

First, the variety of art work includes copper and silver jewellery, pottery, soapstone carvings, leather sculpture, brass & copper fountains, wildlife art in oils, acrylics or beautiful watercolours, photography, amazing paintings on feathers, wood sculpture, and even decorative gourd art.   

Second, there will be demonstrations at some of the studios. You will get a first hand look at the amazing artists in action. Many of these artists have their work in collections around the world.  

Third, you will be purchasing unique one-of-a kind items, all made in Canada!

And fourth, you can visit one of the many restaurants along the way, or even stay in a local Bed and Breakfast.

Let’s take a look at two of the Studios you will find.

Studio A is at “From the Heart Quilts” on Hwy 7A in Bethany. I have featured From the Heart Quilts in an earlier Blog. Since then, the variety of new fabrics has grown, including Japanese fabrics, hand dyed wool, organic cotton, unique patterns – and of course the friendly staff continue to offer classes and answer your questions.

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Studio B is the home of Clayworks Pottery and will feature Jodie Hames and Holly McClellan.

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Clayworks Pottery was created by Jodie Hames. The studio originally opened in 1997 at the entrance of Kilbear Provincial Park. Lucky for us, Bethany has been her home since 2012. You can find Clayworks Pottery on Mothers Day weekend – or any other time of the year at 112 Weston Rd. The studio offers hand made original designs including functional pottery as well as sculptured pieces of art. Examples of unique pieces such as the Dragonfly plate can be found on Jodie’s website at clayworkspottery.ca

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 Holly McClellan is a photographer whose art has been shown in public galleries, arts festivals and events across Ontario, Quebec and the USA. Holly’s work will also be featured at Clayworks Pottery studio. 

I will highlight features from the remaining studios featured on the tour in the weeks coming up to Mother’s Day. In the meantime you can download a map of the tour area at http://www.rollinghillsstudiotour.com

 

 

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Want to get the kids or grand kids interested in a great outdoor activity? Why  not take them to the Peterborough Greenwing Fishing Derby on April 29th, 2017. The event is hosted by Ducks Unlimited Canada. Joanne Barbazza, head of outreach and communications for Ducks Unlimited, said the event is “a way to get children to learn the sport of fishing and hopefully start them on the road to making it a lifelong passion.”

 

 

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Boys and girls 15 years and younger will have the chance to fish for prizes on the 29th. The fish should be biting too! About 5,000 fish will be released into the water before the event starts. Many of the fish will have been tagged for prizes. Participants could win fishing rods, reels, tackle boxes, camping equipment and mountain bikes.

 

Join hundreds of families on the Trent Severn Waterway, just below the Peterborough Lift Lock for all of the fun. “The weather’s looking good and it’s going to be an exciting day,” said event co-chairman Gordon Bowley.

 

Children (and adults) will learn about waterfowl, wildlife and wetland conservations in addition to fishing. And children who register for the derby will automatically become members in Ducks Unlimited’s Greenwing program.  

 

“Greenwing Day” is only open to children 15 years of age and younger on the 29th. Registration is $15 for the first child and $5 for each additional child per family. Fees from children’s registration go toward the Ducks Unlimited Canada’s Greenwing programs involved in conservation awareness. Children must be accompanied by an adult and be wearing a life jacket. Instant prizes for tagged fish will be awarded to registered Greenwing participants from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm only. On-site registration begins at 8:00 am.  Lunch will also be provided to registered Greenwing participants, including a hotdog, drink, cake and ice cream.

 

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“Adult Fishing” is open April 30th 2017 through May 5th 2017 to all registered participants. Adults and youth 16 years and over can register a cost of $15.00 each. All registration costs must be paid in cash on the day of registration. 

 

To pre-register for the Greenwing Derby, get your forms at:

   Canadian Tire’s Lansdowne Street and Chemong Road locations

   Bridgenorth Sports and Marine on Garthorne Ave

   Peterborough Bait and Tackle

   Or download and complete the form and bring it with you to the event http://ww3.ducks.ca/NATURAL/98747041.PDF

 

“Get yourself hooked, come out and catch some fun.”

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Come visit Bethany Village at the Durham Home Show this weekend!

April 21st – 23rd at the MCKINNEY CENTRE, Whitby.

Visit the home show website for 2 for 1 tickets!

https://durhamhomeshow.com/

 

 

The Bethany Village booth was very busy this past weekend at the Clarington Home Show!

Congrats and welcome to Heather, Greg and Greyson, our latest lot purchasers!

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Julia and Adam stopped by the Bethany Village booth at the Clarington Home Show on the weekend and purchased a lot in our Horizon’s Phase!

Congrats, and welcome to Bethany Village!

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