The Northumberland Hills Studio Tour is taking entries for its juried tour, says the volunteer artist organization’s chair Melanie Horner.

Northumberland Hills Studio Tour Chair Melanie Horner of Hamilton Township

Article & images by Valerie Macdonald

The Northumberland Hills Studio Tour is an opportunity for artists and artisans like Horner to showcase their art forms in their own studios and homes, giving people a chance to visit them in their studios and purchase art that meets their fancy while enjoying travelling the county’s hilly countryside, interesting towns and quaint villages.

For the first time, there is a reduced early bird fee of $225 until March 23. After that date, the fee increases by $25. The deadline for entries is April 15, she said in a recent interview.

In addition to “wall” artists, Horner says the two-day September studio tour is also looking for artists and artisans working in other forms.

“It would be nice to get 3D items,” she said. For example, the works of sculptors, textiles creations and those made from wood, soup stone, or pottery the craft of which Horner has done all of her life.

“It started as a hobby,” she said. When she retired and moved to Danforth Road West, Horner established a studio in her home and started her own business in 2012 where she leads pottery workshops lesson, creates personalized ceramic clocks and other works of art.

Last year, the tour had participating artisans in Port Hope, Cobourg, Grafton Colborne, Roseneath, Warkworth and the surrounding areas, Horner said.

The list of those on the volunteer committee organizing the tour includes accomplished artists who do everything from paintings and stained glass to jewellery, pottery to fibre art.

Mosaic artist Anja Hertle works in her Grafton studio.

Committee member Anja Hertle of Grafton, for example, is a mosaic artist whose works are displayed throughout the Toronto Transit Commission in Toronto and formerly in Honest Ed’s in Toronto, Horner said.

At this time, the committee is “actively looking for sponsors” to support the studio tour with the theme this year “Come Fill Up Your Senses.”

The tour attracts both local and regional visitors and is good for the economy as people stop at restaurants and cafes, shops, and some stay over in county B&Bs, Horner said.

In past years, there have been up to 35 artists/artisans showcasing their work for the weekend tour. Up to three artists can be located at an individual “hub,” she added.

The tour is a juried show – applicants are subject to a juried analysis and a studio visit –  to submit your work for possible participation in the tour on Sept. 8 & 9 this year go to