Pontiac Artists’ Studio Tour celebrates - 30 years of hand-crafted success

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Sabine Modder of Ottawa purchased a painting from artist Cheryl Dolan, who was displaying her work at the Little Red Wagon Winery in Clarendon along with Valerie Bridgeman and Jennifer Dale-Judd.

Jamie Cameron
& Allyson Beauregard

MRC PONTIAC & PONTIAC – The 30th edition of the Pontiac Artists’ Studio Tour kicked off the weekend of June 8, featuring nine artists in five different studios. Visitors were able to meet and talk with the artists and purchase artwork. The Tour continued for a second weekend, June 15 to 16.
Three artists displayed their work in their own home studios while six others joined together and exhibited at two locations, reducing visitors’ travel so they would have more time to spend at each stop. To add to the experience, ArtPontiac added a “new flavour” to the Tour: locally-produced wine could be tasted at studio #1, the Little Red Wagon Winery in Clarendon, and beer could be tasted on June 8 at studio #3, the Stone School in Portage-du-Fort.
Nancy Dagenais-Elliott, a watercolour and acrylic artist located between Shawville and Portage-du-Fort, was pleasantly surprised with the steady flow of traffic at her studio, given the road closures and construction on Highway 303 Sud.
Recently retired, Dagenais-Elliott said her work this year is about simplicity and ‘getting back to the basics’, focusing on colours, lines, shapes and
harmony. She has participated in the Tour for over 20 years.
The Studio Tour began in 1990 with the goal of promoting artists and the arts in general, raising their profiles, and educating the public through this exposure, while at the same time giving visitors the opportunity to travel the Pontiac’s countryside. Since its inception, 58 artists have participated in the Tour.
See photo page 1: Artist Nancy Dagenais-Elliott (right) stands with Suzanne Hobbard of Ottawa, who purchased one of her paintings.