About the Norfolk Studio Tour
The Norfolk Studio Tour is a unique opportunity for tourists to meet artists, discuss the ideas and inspiration behind their work, and learn more about their process and technique. Self-guided tours are free, and visitors are welcome to stay at each studio for as long as they like.
Artists must apply to be on the tour, and pay a fee if accepted. The revenue is used to produce a brochure and map, and pay for a modest advertising campaign. A volunteer selection committee juries all tour applicants, ensuring that each artist and destination provides high-quality, original work.
Norfolk Studio Tour began in 2001 when Port Dover Potter Joanne Munzar wanted to create an opportunity for Norfolk artists that she had seen in other communities."I was considering moving to Ganonoque, and one of the reasons was because it had a studio tour," she recalled. "When I decided to stay here after all, I decided that Norfolk should have its own tour. We were the first tour in the region, and now most of our neighbouring communities have one too."
"Studio tours help artists evolve," Joanne explained. "Showing work publicly and receiving feedback is encouraging, and it may also help artists view their own work differently. None of the artists who are on the tour are the same as they were when I met them."
In 2019, the tour was taken over by local potter Melissa Schooley. "Norfolk is an up and coming tourism destination in Ontario. I'm excited to showcase all the amazing talent nestled in our community!"
The 2019 Norfolk Studio Tour is September 28 and 29. Printed brochures are available in businesses throughout Norfolk County. While on the tour, visitors should look for bright yellow signs that will direct them to their destinations.