Have you ever wondered where you can see some of Durham Region’s artistic talents? Maybe you want to get inspired by the art created by people in your own community? Well, Durham Region has many talented artists, studios and galleries for you to see.
While Oshawa, Durham west, Scugog and Clarington’s annual studio tours take place in the spring, the Uxbridge Studio Tour falls on the third weekend of September each year. On Sept. 15 and 16, artists from across Uxbridge and other areas of north Durham, including the Township of Brock, will be opening up their own personal studios and workshops for free tours. Explore on your own time and pace, following a map of the area that lists where each artist works. This is a real treat because you get to see the artists’ masterpieces and you can explore the unique environment that they work in. For more information, visit www.uxbridgestudiotour.com.
Also taking place on Sept. 15 and 16, the Oshawa Art Association’s Fall Art Festival is at Camp Samac in Oshawa. There are a record 71 artists displaying at this year’s festival. Admission is free, there is plenty of complimentary parking, and lunch will be available. For more information, visit www.oshawaartassociation.com.
On Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Uxbridge’s ART Happening Street pARTy takes over downtown Uxbridge. It’s an all-ages celebration of musical, visual, literary, culinary and fashion arts, along with shopping and interactive activities taking place on Brock Street. Blue Heron Book Store will be hosting the grand opening of its new art studio. For more details, visit www.celebrationofthearts.ca.
Of course, Culture Days is also just around the corner, taking place from Sept. 28 to 30. The festival will celebrate creative expression through free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes” and discover the world of artists, creators, historians, performers, architects, curators and designers at work. The third annual Culture Days is occurring nationwide, and will be celebrated in a number of communities across Canada, including Durham Region, where more than 40 events are taking place. For more information, visit www.culturedays.ca.
For even more fun ideas on how to plan your perfect day in Durham Region, visit www.durhamtourism.ca and follow @DurhamTourism on Twitter.