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Celebrating 25 years of the Autumn Leaves Studio Tour at the Garafraxa Café

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Above from left to right: Robert Pointer, Ken Melburne, Deri Russell, Jessie Hurt, Mary Hurt, Chris Saunders, Brad Kush and Barbara Pearn. Sitting: Dano Harris, Bev Morgan and Susan Dugard.


BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF — As the Autumn Leaves Tour gets ready to head into their 25th year, artists gathered together August 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Garafraxa Café in Durham for an opening reception. A special exhibit of the studio artists' work is on display at the cafe.

The event showcases artwork from many studio artists and was not only a great opportunity to get a preview of their work prior but also provided a chance to speak with some of the artists. The show features pottery, wood, metal, glass and paintings, all of which were for sale and will run until September 21. 

The Autumn Leaves was formed by a group of local artists, mostly from Durham and Flesherton, in 1994 when a lot of studio tours were starting up in the province. It was clear that the studio visit and experience was going to be a good way for artists to connect with community, patrons and other artists. 

The Autumn Leaves Studio Tour will be held from September 28 to 30 and will take place between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day.  With 18 studios and 20 guest artists, there is a varied selection of work to see from woodwork to pottery, metal work to fibre, paintings and glassblowing, all in the artists’ working studios.

The autumn is the best time to enjoy driving from studio to studio with the amazing Beaver Valley scenery, the rolling hills and dales on farmland dotted with small villages.

The tour’s community supporters have local food on offer as well as local accommodations for out of town visitors.



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Updated March 12, 2020.

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