Open Studio Tour - Dec. 7th & 8th
Come explore, shop, & experience Canmore’s creative herd!
Held every year on the first weekend of December, the Artists of Elk Run open their doors to provide the public an opportunity to engage with this collective of artists, watch live demonstrations and view works in progress. The range of artistic mediums and creative expression, from public artwork to functional ware, offers something for everyone.
The 2019 tour features 10 studios and twelve artists who work in a variety of mediums including pottery, sculpture, jewellery, blown glass, photography, printmaking, painting, mixed media, stone carving, textiles and drawing.
“Opening our space to the public is always such a joy,” says Peig Abbott, sculptor and one of the artists who has been involved with the group from the beginning. “For our visitors, it’s a rare opportunity to visit all studios during one weekend, and for us, it’s a chance to share our passion for the creative process.”
Abbott explains that the Artists of Elk Run studios typically have differing hours, since the artists work on a variety of schedules. This weekend event is a great chance for visitors to walk from studio to studio, meet the artists behind the work and speak with them about their processes. Abbott notes that there will also be several special demonstrations happening during the tour weekend.
Special events planned for the weekend include ‘5-minute-experimental-portraits’ by photographer Alexis McKeown, a Saturday printmaking demonstration by Jennifer d'Entremont, glass blowing demonstrations at Fireweed Glass Studio both days of the tour, and more.
“Our artists create functional pieces for the home, beautiful large-scale works of art, wearable art and even public art,” says Abbott. “This is the best weekend of the year to visit our artists’ studios, have a chat with us, and do a little shopping before Christmas.”
a few highlights from last year's Studio Tour | photos courtesy of Michael D'Entremont
Located in the industrial east side of Canmore, Alberta, Artists of Elk Run studios are located within one square block radius around Bow Meadows Crescent, as well as Boulder Crescent, making it possible for people to park, and easily walk to each studio & business featured in the 2018 tour. ROAM Transit provides service from downtown to the “creative edge of Canmore” , with bus stops located along Elk Run Boulevard and directly across from your start to the tour.
Visit roamtransit.com for details.