Local studios to open for tours

The Pembina Valley Studio Tour is on its 14th year in the region, and offers people a chance to check out artists and galleries.

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There are many talented artists in the region, and the Pembina Valley Studio Tour is back to give people a chance to see them.

The 14th year of the tour runs September 8 and 9, and gives participants a chance to take a self-guided tour of artists and galleries across the region. This year, 29 artists from Winkler, Morden, Altona, Carman and the surrounding areas are taking part.

Chairperson Margie Hildebrand said she is pleased to see the growth the tour has had over the years. “It’s always a variety, and it won’t be the same every year,” she said. “I would say closer to 50 per cent [are repeat artists]. There are quite a few new artists and new galleries.”

As well as showcasing individual artists and their studios, the tour will feature five gallery exhibitions at Pembina Hills Arts Council in Morden, Winkler Arts & Culture, Altona’s Gallery in the Park, the Morden Artisans Connection (out of the Morden Activity Centre) and the Miami Railway Station Museum.

The event is free, but artists will have pieces available for purchase at their studios. “It’s a great way for the artists to showcase their work and it allows as many people as possible to get out there,” Hildebrand said. “If you want to go to every gallery it would probably take you two days to do it, and it’s a great way to encourage tourism in our area as well so that people can see our beautiful countryside and our towns and cities.”

Ultimately, Hildebrand hopes that people get an appreciation for the creativity and variety of artists in the region. “The arts are an important part of being a great area,” she said. “It’s extremely encouraging to see the talent. Every year it seems like it’s getting better and better. Over 25 years I’ve just seen it go from a few people doing a little bit in their basement to actually having full studios and having shows that go beyond our area. It’s very exciting.”

Brochures listing all participating artists and regions are free and can be picked up at Altona’s Gallery in the Park, Winkler Arts & Culture, Thornview Grocery and Pembina Hills Arts Council in Morden.

The tour runs 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on September 8 and 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on September 9. Studios and galleries will be marked with a big yellow ‘A’ to direct participants.

For more information visit www.pembinavalleystudiotour.com or follow them on Facebook for updates.