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Five Artists new to Apsley Autumn Studio Tour

by Leonard Knott

Of the 27 artists and artisans participating in the Apsley Autumn Studio Tour, September 20 and 21, 2014, five will be new to visitors taking in a weekend of art and stunning fall colours. The five produce art in the mediums of felt making, papier maché, contemporary furniture and painting. Another artist has a new location, to keep seasoned Studio Tour goers on their toes as they consult their tour maps.

The five new faces are:

Britt Olauson, furniture designer and maker

Her work often includes playful elements and invites interaction. Using both traditional joinery and wood working techniques, Britt crafts one of a kind, quality pieces that stand the test of time. Her studio is at 296 Burleigh St., Apsley.

Christianna Ferguson, felt

“I feel fortunate to live in a place where I can feel a strong connection to the natural world every day which always provides inspiration and fuels creativity.

“My current focus is to create unique memorable wearable pieces, including scarves, purses and jewellery.”

“The things I treasure most are made by hand and I believe that in a world filled with mass produced goods, items that are handcrafted are more important than ever. Many of us long for those things that feel authentic or unique!”

Her studio is at 584 Big Cedar Lake Road, Big Cedar.

Lisa McLaughlin, visual artist



Her professional career has included numerous shows, both solo and group, from Montreal to Toronto. Having sold hundreds of paintings, Lisa’s work is enjoyed in many private and corporate collections in Canada, the U.S. and most recently Europe.

Having recently relocated from Kingston, Lisa now lives with her partner, Brad, and their two sons in the middle of 100 acre woods near Glen Alda, Ontario. Her studio is at 3984 County Rd. 504.

Rowena Dykins, painting

“Colour, spontaneity of gesture and the constant working back into the surface involve me in a rich and ongoing painting process. It has been central to my practice to wander in a habitat, exploring shorelines near lakes and rivers as well as the deep woods.

“More currently, this has led to research in topographical mapping as well as an internal mapping, as found in DNA. The studio is a site for the layering of textures, over-painting, scraping and smoothing a process that may involve days or even months on a canvas.

“My artistic practice has been informed by numerous painting trips and residencies. These have opened and deepened my understanding of my relationship to the geography of many places. My most recent work has involved the disappearance of the Monarch butterfly and their flight patterns.”

Her studio is at 584 Big Cedar Lake Road, Big Cedar.

Sheila Ottonen, Sculptor

Sheila builds unique sculptures starting with chicken wire armatures, recycled paper, and coats of paper clay. The pieces are then sanded, painted in acrylics, and sealed in varnish. Sheila also likes to paint animals in acrylics, up-purposing old windows into frames which she uses for her paintings. With the “Circus Fair” theme in mind, the sculptures and paintings vary in size. All pieces are one of a kind. Her studio is at 2489 Hwy. 620, 1 km west of Coe Hill.

Erin Parker, Sculptor, Painter



Mixed-media sculpture and painting inspired by nature, dreams and the spirit world. Erin uses bones, dirt, rusty metal, wool, hair, burrs, scraps and clay to pay a tribute to those beings that usually go unseen. She has a new venue this year, at 6072 Hwy. 28. “Follow the lane up the hill to the parking area,” she advises.

The 2014 edition of the Apsley Autumn Studio Tour showcases work encompassing painting, printmaking, jewellery, glass art, sculpture, fabric art, photography, pottery, assemblage, felting, wood carving and wood turning.

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