Have you battened down the hatches Londoners? We have had a wet week thus far and it isn’t done raining on us yet. In fact, there is a freezing rain warning in effect right now and tonight we will see even more rain and high winds. The rain is supposed to continue into tomorrow and Saturday too. That sounds like it is time for me to throw out some indoor ideas for what to do this weekend. Anyone into art?

Art In Your Neighbourhood

You are in for a treat this weekend art fans! This weekend is the London Artists’ Studio Tour 2013. The annual event is even more special this year, as it is celebrating its 20th anniversary of bringing London-based artists to the public. These artists are a fun and varied mix of woodworkers, sculptors, potters, plus many others who work in acrylics, metal, pencils, glass, oils, silks, and other textiles. There are 27 artists displaying their studios and hand-crafted wares this year from April 12 – 14th, 2013. Opening night is Friday from 7 – 9:30 pm. The Studio Tour continues on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday from noon – 5 pm. The best part is that whether you buy a piece of artwork to take home with you or not, participating in the tour is FREE! Of course the hard-working local artists would be thrilled if you helped support local artwork by buying a piece of something. Ad there will be LOTS to choose from.

Art by Johnnene Maddison

First come first serve on refreshments and purchasing power Friday night! Check out everyone from Turning Bull Pottery in the East to Susan Skaith’s jewellery in the north. Katie Walker‘s textile pieces can be found in the west end and Beth Stewart will be displaying her pencil skills in south London. That is only a fraction of the artists though, so check a map and set yourself an itinerary. It’s a perfect weekend to discover the wealth of talent we have right here in London.

OPEN HOUSE ALERT!

Imagine a nice oil painting by Kevin Bice hanging over the mantle…

Maybe you could even pick up the perfect art piece to hang in your new home! Let me tempt you with this gorgeous new house at 534 Willowdale Ave. This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home is brand new and just waiting for you to move in. There is hardwood and ceramic throughout this beautiful luxury home on a high-end street. The luxury doesn’t stop there though. Cook up a feast in your gourmet kitchen featuring granite countertops. Step outside of your 1,800 sq ft home and you’ll find nature on your doorstep, with streams, walking trails and a ravine right across the road from your 62.50 frontage. Have I tempted you to stop by yet?

Certainly potential for some art in this spacious master bath

Don’t just think about it, do it! I will be there for an Open House on Sunday from 2-4 pm. Not that I really even need to be there, as this house sells itself! It has a double, attached garage, central air (for the coming summer months), a huge great room, main floor laundry and tonnes of potential in the massive unfinished basement. What more do you need in a new home? It certainly doesn’t hurt that it is close to shopping, groceries, UWO, plus other great schools as well. So what are you waiting for? Right, you want to pick up that special glass piece from Jayne Cornelis for your master bath. Bring it with you Sunday afternoon! See you then.

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