The 2017 Uxbridge Studio Tour is delighted to introduce you to our 3 new studio artists for 2017!
Woodworker Frank Ditomaso is Studio 5 this year:
“Wood is deep in our bones. Even in our modern world of steel and plastic, it is wood, whether in its’ original source as trees, or furniture, floors, homes, tools or toys, that still moves the human heart.” I moved to the Uxbridge area in 2002 after retiring from automation engineering. This gave me the opportunity to continue to develop furniture making and woodturning skills full time. My world of straight lines and precision slowly moved to a place called “fair curves”, a boat builder’s term, a transition that has been exciting and educational. The universal appeal of wood and its interaction with the holder is “a wonderful adventure.” Five years ago, I was asked to publicly exhibit my woodturnings as a guest artist with friend and neighbour, Francis Muscat, and have since, been part of other studio tours throughout south central Ontario. I am a past president of the Golden Horseshoe Wood Turners Guild in Burlington and a guest demonstrator at many Wood Turner guilds throughout Ontario. I currently teach wood turning at two Lee Valley Stores”.
Glass Artist Gayle Temple is Studio 22 for 2017’s tour:
“I find glass magical. I’m fascinated with how glass interacts with light and how it captures the light’s living energy. It is constantly changing as the light changes around it.
Much of the work I do is based on this perception of the magic of glass, and its interaction with light. I am completely self-taught; I started with tumbled glass, then coloured and stained glass, and now I’m experimenting with kiln fired glass. Our changing seasons influence what I create; some pieces are whimsical and bursting with shape and colour, while others are calm, clear and serene. As I continue to learn, I continue to evolve and so does my work. I’m willing to experiment and take risks with glass; so much excitement and motivation comes from not knowing exactly what the end result will be, along with the potential of what can be created. The possibilities are endless.”
Painter & Mixed Media Artist Colin Whitebread is Studio 23:
“I took art lessons from a variety of artists over the years but primarily was trained as a part time student at the Ontario College of Art and Design over a 8 year period. I love drawing and consider it the source and beginning point of all my creative painting. I began painting in oils but for health reasons switched to acrylics. I prefer the richness of colour and the opportunities the medium provides for textured and collaged surfaces. I taught High School art for 30 plus years which really contributed to my personal development as an artist. I retired early so as to pursue both the teaching and daily painting aspect of my journey. As a high school teacher I also taught philosophy and theology classes. As part of my curriculum several teachers took students to Mexico for justice awareness conferences. The Mexican experience, the vibrant artwork, and their love of nature became the motivation of my early work. My spiritual interests inform and animate my work. Trees, forests, still life, Newfoundland landscapes, and abstract experiments are my primary subject matters.”
Why not start your studio tour weekend at one of these unique studios and pick up a copy of the full 2017 Uxbridge Studio Tour brochure while you’re there? And don’t forget to get your ballot stamped to qualify to win a $1000 gift certificate towards work by any of our 2017 artists!
Have a great Uxbridge Studio Tour weekend and Good Luck!