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2015-TOTA-Best-Arts-Culture-or-Heritage-Experience-Hills-of-Erin-Studio-Tour-01Celebrating 30 years of connecting community through art.

NEW THIS YEAR: 13 artists at a single location
Teak Barn
8809 Wellington Rd. 124
Erin, ON  N0B 1T0

November 3 – 4, 2018, 10am – 5pm each day

Fall in Love and take it Home!

2018 is the 30th Anniversary of the Hills of Erin Studio Tour and the artists are very proud and eager to welcome our past, present and new studio tour visitors into our community to experience the world of original art, and to showcase our region’s artistic diversity and share how and why we create.

Looking back, the tour was born out of six artists living in the hills and hamlets of the Erin-Hillsburgh area. This group came together to develop a self-guided tour to showcase artists and art inside this community. We thank them for building that foundation and we wish to thank the over 600+ artists who have participated in the tour over the past 30 years.

You have all made it become a tremendous, successful tour and a jewel event in the Town of Erin and in the Headwaters region. Exposure to these kinds of connections helps artists not only sell their art during the tour, but also opens doors for them afterwards. The core intention of our award-winning studio tour remains the same– we are a cooperative effort of local artists coming together to showcase and promote art in the community.

The 2018 tour is about collaboration and this year we present 13 dedicated, creative, established, local artists at one location only, for one weekend only. Long-time supporter and sponsor, the Teak Barn, will be the host location for these amazingly talented artists from the area.

The tour takes place on the weekend of November 3 & 4, 2018 and offers a staggering variety of artistic media: acrylic, encaustic, watercolour and oil painting, wood turning, bronze sculpture, porcelain, ceramic, pottery, mixed media, fibre and silk. All will be available for viewing and purchase.

To the artists, our town, our community, our tourism and arts partners, art patrons, visitors, friends and family and our local businesses and sponsors, we thank YOU for an amazing 30 years!


Doris Billings – Visual Artist

doris_billings@yahoo.ca | 226-821-0111


Karen Brown – Encaustic Painting

Facebook | Instagram | unmistakablyyours@hotmail.ca | 519-833-1256

Encaustics is an ancient beeswax based paint which is applied and heated to create rich layers of unique depth and luminosity. I am drawn to the inherent beauty and spirit of the natural world, and my artwork is a personal dialogue that reaches into the stillness of that spirit.

Karen is an encaustic artist whose work is motivated by her relationship with nature. It is a source of renewal, energy and peace, which lends to limitless inspiration to create both realistic and abstract expressions. Encaustic is an ancient beeswax based paint, which is applied and heated to create rich layers of unique depth and luminosity. Her works create imagery and sensations of colour and movement with a hint of mystery.


Beth Campbell – Ceramics

Beth4pottery@yahoo.ca | 416-554-4417

Beth is a ceramics craftsperson in Hillsburgh. She began by playing in the mud on Manitoulin Island, and has since refined her explorations through many courses. She has a strong focus on functional, practical forms that reflect the geology and ruggedness of our beautiful country. Her pieces are meant to make daily living more joyful.



Annette Hansen – Porcelain and Stoneware Ceramic Artist

416-694-0156 | cobaltgallery@sympatico.ca

Annette’s life-long adventure in clay has been a nomadic one since graduating from Kolding Design School in Denmark. After honing her skills in Canada, USA and Greece, she settled into her own studio in Toronto in 2003.

Characterized by a love of design, Annette’s functional work in porcelain and stoneware brings together divergent elements in calming earth tones and bold black and white, with the occasional intense accent colours.

It is the deep cobalt used in these glazes that inspired her studio name: COBALT GALLERY and Clay Studio. Here, Annette exercises another of her passions – teaching pottery to adults and kids.



Angela Jackmann – Painting

iamangeliko@hotmail.com | Facebook

Angela is a self-taught acrylic artist who started in her twenties at a two-hour workshop on toll painting. She recreated many paintings for friends and families using the designs of others. After several years as an art teacher in the public school system, she decided to start painting again to apply the skills she was teaching her students. This time, inspired by some of her favourite modern artists, she took the leap and began painting her own work. She dove in experimenting with acrylic inks, reused papers and textured mediums. Angela uses bold colours and exciting textures to express her ideas in a non-objective style.


Rob Knox – Bronze Sculpture

robertknox@gmail.com | (519) 820-7266


Nancy Ladner – Acrylic



Monica Lawrence – Upcycled Fashions and Accessories

Facebook | purple15@bell.net | 519-803-0525

Monica is a creative designer who enjoys upcycling 100% wool sweaters into new fashions and accessories.

Cut Wool Designs fashions and accessories are one of a kind as the sweaters and ties being purchased and donated are all different. Each poncho is created from a combination of two to four sweaters. The buttons used on many of the ponchos come from other artisans or from second hand stores. The skirts are each trimmed at the bottom with a tie which has been carefully selected to match the skirt(sweater) colour. The tie designs allow you to wear the skirt both casually or more formally. The goal is to use all parts of the sweater to ensure minimal waste. The sleeves and scraps are then used to create holiday trees, gift bags and ornaments. The uniqueness of each sweater colour and design allows the buyer to purchase items based on their decorative preferences.



Jennifer McKinnon – Woodturner

jennifer@turnoffatestudio.ca | turnoffatestudio.ca | 519-855-9639

Encouraged by my father to participate in a 4 hour turning class led me to my personal turn of fate. Within the first two hours I was hooked on the process, the unique challenges and the satisfaction it offers.

Like an elaborate game of Hide & Seek, I search for clues to reveal the beauty within locally gathered wood. I cut, turn, carve & hone the wood using sight, sound & scent as my guide. I aim to cox out of hiding a piece that acts like art & performs a function. I hope you enjoy my pieces as much as I enjoyed creating them!


Susan Powell – Watercolour


Sue is a watercolour painter, artrepreneur and has an immense wealth of experience in economic development and community building. In 2009, Sue was awarded Hills of Headwaters Artisan of the Year. In 2014, Silver Creek Arts Project was awarded the Hills of Headwaters Artisan of the Year. Susan was one of the 6 artists in the project. She has exhibited her work at Figureworks in Ottawa, Art-in-the- Park in both Oakville and Milton, Silver Creek Arts Project Open Studio and in a variety of juried shows across Ontario. Sue has been involved with a variety of tourism undertakings in a volunteer capacity, working with the arts and culture sector, and participating as an artist, advocate and champion for the award-winning Headwaters Parade of Horses, Hills of Erin Studio Tour, and back in the day, the successfully presented additional, themed art shows for the Headwaters Arts Festival at SGI Centre in Caledon. Her volunteer work in the tourism sector was recognized in 2016 when she was the winner of the Tourism Champion of the Year. Sue lives in the Town of Erin. She is painting full-time now and currently working on projects uniting the arts, artists and agri-culture.


Helena Wehrstein – Mixed Media Textiles

Facebook | helaweh@hotmail.com

Benitta Wilcox – Fibre Artist

519-833-9042 | Ben@BensScarves.com

Inspired by the form and colour in the gardens surrounding her studio, Benitta creates wearable pieces and wall hangings that channel Mother Nature at her most alluring.

Many of her designs incorporate handmade items from fellow artists, and found objects along with yarns from around the world.


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