Catch a glimpse of Fernwood based artist’s studios during the Annual Fernwood Art Stroll, June 20 & 21 from 11am to 4pm
›› Jillian Player
I’m sitting outside on Margaret Hantiuk’s sunny back deck, gazing out at her established lush garden. We are talking about art—not just her art, but the community of art that makes Fernwood unique. Margaret has been a longstanding member of the Fernwood Art Stroll and is the group’s secretary. Since its inception in 2007, along with a lot of trial and error, artistic differences, and sheer conviction, the group now runs like a well-oiled machine. For two days every summer in June, Fernwood artists throw open their doors, carports, back yards, and studios to let in the crowds of eager viewers. Be ready to see a wide variety of art, from artisan crafts like textiles, pottery, mosaic tiles, and wood crafts to fine-art paintings, which range in style from traditional to contemporary. The artistic spectrum is from amateur to acclaimed. Some artists form groups and share a venue, and some like to keep to themselves.
The “Stroll” is artist-run and volunteer driven and organized. As it is an unjuried exhibition, anyone who practices art can join the group. The only criterion for the artists is that they live or have a studio in Fernwood. Viewers have an opportunity to engage with artists and their work. Artists have the opportunity to promote their work in the comfort of their home or studio while having a great deal of exposure.
If you are an artist and would like to find out more information on how to participate in the Stroll, visit their website. The group starts organizing in January for the coming summer. There is a small promotions fee, and you will be expected to do some volunteering. If you are an art lover, visit the website to learn about the artists, download a map, and check dates and any other information. You will also find handy brochures located around town, with artists’ info and a map. This year, the Fernwood Art Stroll is on June 20th and 21st, 11am to 4pm and coincides with FernFest. More information available at fernwoodartstroll.ca.