Save time for the fall Beach Studio Tour

A year shy of two decades running, the fall edition of the Beach Studio Tour is rapidly approaching. For three days, a dozen studios in Beach artists’ homes will be open to the public, with a total of 22 artists showing in shared locations.

Two of those artists, Beacher Shabnam Khosrowshahi and downtown resident Jane Saracino, will be at Khosrowshahi’s studio at 1 Glenmount Park Road.

PHOTO: Shabnam Khosrowshahi

Khosrowshahi is a photographer who sells prints and cards of her work, which she said is “described as being calming and relaxing,” and viewers often find something new to see each time they look at a photograph.

PHOTO: Shabnam Khosrowshahi

Born in Iran, raised in the US, England, Germany and Canada, Khosrowshahi finds herself most relaxed with a camera in hand and travelling – either around the world, or around the city and her own neighbourhood. “I travel everywhere with at least one camera, usually three,” she said.

Khosrowshahi has been taking photographs “forever,” beginning with her father’s Canon F1 years ago. She now shoots digital photos, but has been selling prints and cards for about four years. While she generally doesn’t photograph people, her images still exude personality, and she said she always loves to hear the stories people associate with her photographs.

“I want people to feel happy when they see a photo on their wall or a card on their desk,” she said.

She has taken part in the Distillery District Artfest, the One of a Kind Show and Sale and the Open Rhodes Art Show and Sale, and has been profiled on CBC, Alien Skin and the Globe and Mail.

Saracino has been designing handbags for a decade, and used to describe her purses as “the fashion lover’s organized dream come true,” but has since simplified things to “fashion meets function.

“One of the most important factors for me, designing as a woman for women, is that it’s functional,” she said.

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Designs by Jane Saracino

She embraces the challenge of an environmentally friendly ethic, while ensuring the bags are still fun for their owners. In her bio, she explains that she embraces “my personal three R’s of green-friendly fashion: recycle, reuse and rejoice in looking glamorous.”

Her bags feature seven pockets, and always a red lining. She has sold out at the One of a Kind Show and Sale twice in the past, and has been taking part in the Beach Studio Tour for six years, with plans to return.

The Beach Studio Tour runs Friday, Oct. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be draws to win art from each of the 22 participating artists. For more information including a map of the studios, visit the tour website.

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