When did the Muskoka Lakes Spring Art Tour begin?
The Muskoka Lakes Spring Art Tour (MLSAT) started in 2003 as an initiative of the Muskoka Lakes Chamber of Commerce with the purpose of extending the tourism season and highlighting the rich arts community within the area. THIS YEAR WE ARE CELEBRATING OUR 10th ANNIVERSARY!
How many artists/studios are on the tour?
The number of artists on the MLSAT fluctuates between 18 and 24, depending on the year. Many of the artists on the tour are guest artists from elsewhere in the District of Muskoka, so the number of actual tour locations fluctuates between 12 and 16.
Where are the studios located?
Since its inception, the MLSAT has grown to include studios throughout the Township of Muskoka Lakes (see our "Map" page). Currently, we have locations in Bala, Glen Orchard, Port Carling, Windermere and the Ziska Road area of Bracebridge. In an effort to minimize driving, the tour's organizers strive to add studios/locations that are in proximity to one another.
Do the artists/studios stay the same from year to year?
The MLSAT strives to stay fresh from year to year. While many of the artists have been on the tour since its inception, there are also new faces each year.
What type of work can one find on the Muskoka Lakes Spring Art Tour?
The MLSAT offers a diverse selection of fine art and craft. It is important to the organizers of the tour to maintain this diversity, so every effort is made to limit the number of artists working in each medium. Currently, the MLSAT offers the following: photography, painting (various styles), pottery, basketry, jewellery, textile collage, metalwork, sculpture and reclaimed wood creations.