Are you an art enthusiast? Or, perhaps, looking to expand your interests? Then head to York Region this Fall where art galleries and studio tours await.
A plethora of Canadian art, including collections from the famed Group of Seven artists, can be found on display at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg. Works of art by Frederick Varley, one of the Group of Seven artists, can also be viewed at the Varley Art Gallery in Unionville, along with works from other contemporary Canadian artists. Spend some time exploring the gallery and immersing yourself in all-things Canadian. The McMichael also features an outdoor sculpture garden and extensive trails, so be sure to head outside, enjoy the fresh air and fall colours, and learn about the key landmarks while listening to their audio guide tour as you tour the grounds.
Then, explore these quaint small towns! Head to the Old Firehall Confectionery, with locations in both Unionville and Kleinberg, and indulge in some fudge, a candy apple or, even, a delicious ice cream treat. Oh, and did we mention, their award-winning chocolatiers? Your sweet tooth will be happy you stopped in. Now, if your tummy is rumbling for something more substantial, a number of diverse restaurants can be found in either town. Just take your pick!
Several studio tours and/or art events also take place in York throughout the Fall. So, if you are looking for more of a behind-the-scenes opportunity to interact directly with the artists, then consider attending one, or more, of these annual events. In King, the Schomberg Street Gallery, although not quite yet in the Fall, brings together over 40 regional and internationally renowned artists, in an outdoor exhibition along Main Street. In Georgina, The Georgina Studio, celebrating its 25th year, is a self-guided studio tour that brings you through the communities of Keswick, Sutton, Jackson’s Point and Pefferlaw, to experience their various artists.
In Newmarket, the Artwalk & Studio Tour, is a walkable juried art show, featuring 36 artists, taking you through historic downtown Newmarket into the Old Town Hall & Community Centre, Main Street restaurants & businesses, and artists’ home studios. In Richmond Hill, the Art and Studio Tour showcases professional and emerging artists, on this self-guided tour, allowing visitors to meet the artists, learn about their creative process and share their works of art. Lastly, in Whitchurch-Stouffville, the Whitchurch-Stouffville Studio Tour includes an eclectic group of over 30 artists, working in a variety of media, with numerous awards and accolades amongst them. So, whichever you choose, make it a day, and get a glimpse into an artist’s world. And spend some time exploring the surrounding community while you’re at it!