To the Editor,
The weather may be wretched, the lakes bone-chilling and the bugs unrelenting this summer. Despite these inconveniences, there always will be art, beautiful art to enjoy. A rainy day can inspire an artist just as readily as a sunny one does. Many artists work indoors in their studios and those of us who work right out in nature are tough. We figured out long ago how to dress and cope with the vagaries in the weather of the Haliburton Highlands and the Muskoka Lakes. We just keep on painting, potting, sculpting, quilting and beading, rain or shine.
On Saturday and Sunday, July 29 and 30, (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) you can visit the artists of Dorset during their annual Dorset Art Tour and see what they have been creating over the winter and spring. Take home a little piece of Canada with you to inspire you and remind you of our strong Canadian artistic tradition and heritage: a piece of beadwork or pottery, jewellery, a Canadian quilt, an original painting, a wooden bowl, or a garden sculpture. You get to see lovely gardens along the way and the unique studio of five of the artists. Most importantly, you will get to meet the 12 artists and hear the stories behind their creations.
While you are in Dorset, walk around our charming hamlet, have lunch, climb the Dorset tower, visit our award-winning museum or just sit on the public docks on Lake of Bays. You will be sure to be inspired.
Brochures are at the Dorset businesses and each studio.
Two of the studios are downtown Dorset. Look for the flower logo on the signs.