Over a dozen people filed into artist Maria Doering’s home last Sunday. The group is there as part of an artist tour where four women opened up their homes to show their art, instead of doing a traditional studio exhibition.
Doering’s studio is in the back of her family’s home. As you walk through the front door, you are met with bright yellow walls plastered with her pieces.
Doering, who also teaches part-time in Fine Arts and Printmaking at NSCAD, organized the one-day event.
Cathy McKelvey, the second artist stop on the tour, expanded on how the event came together.
McKelvey’s studio stands separate from her home in her backyard. “People don’t generally come in here, because I’m in my backyard. I work alone normally, so I don’t mind having the company today!” she said.
Half of KcKelvey’s studio is filled with the third artist’s exhibit. Julie Rosvall is “a textile artist and printmaker. So I use knitting to print on paper,” she said. “I knit and then I starch the piece using white glue and water, and then I roll ink on it and print it on the page! Or what I’ll do is use an etching method using copper.”
Rosvall said, “It creates a bit more of a draw for people, if they know they can go to multiple studios and see the inside.”
“I was a knitter for years,” said Rosvall. “I had a yarn shop — and then when I left that I didn’t know what I was going to do. And I saw the work of Betty Goodwin, who’s a printmaker in Montreal. She would print everything and I thought okay I can combine these two things!”
Event attendees continue down the street to the final stop on the tour.
“You’re quite on time,” Violet’s husband said, welcoming guests into their home.
After completing her B.Ed. at McGill as an art specialist, Violet taught art for 20 years in the public school system both in Toronto and Dartmouth.