Fall Studio Tour ready to roll

The fall edition of the annual Beach Studio Tour is set for this coming weekend, Oct. 23, 24 and 25.

Red Roof by Teresa Miller
Red Roof by Teresa Miller

The twice-yearly event sees Beach artists open their studios and homes to art lovers on the self-guided tour. For this edition, 22 artists will show in 13 locations.

Photographer Teresa Miller will be taking part for the second time, after her first venture as part of the spring tour earlier this year.

Her work often features strong lines and definitive shapes, in part because of her focus on buildings and architecture.

“I tend to like really graphic images,” she said, though she admits there’s always room for less orderly elements in her compositions. “But if you put me in Italy, a Vespa’s bound to get in there somewhere.”

While Miller takes her camera with her whenever she travels, she makes a point of saying that she loves travel for its own sake – she just happens to take a lot of photos while venturing into the world.

It was on a trip to Barcelona, before she got serious about photography, that she first felt a calling to the sort of images she’s known for.

“That’s when I discovered that I really like buildings,” she said.

Miller’s work will be on display at her home at 55 Hannaford St., alongside the quilted creations of Niagara artisan Marie Armstrong.

Eternal State of Mind, by Michaela Nessim
Eternal State of Mind, by Michaela Nessim

Painter Michaela Nessim blends her Swedish and Jamaican roots to warm effect in her acrylic and oil paintings, which will be shown at her 22 Elmview Drive home during the tour.

“The light is Scandinavian, but the colour is Caribbean,” she said.

While her roots inform her style, the content is inspired by her adopted Canadian home.

“Everything is sort of an interpretation of my surroundings,” she said.

Nessim’s mostly large-scale paintings are intended to make the viewer feel good, to almost feel the light.

“The light is really important to me. I almost want it to be cascading in,” she said.

Nessim will share her space with jeweller Louisa LaBarbera, who has created some work inspired by Nessim’s paintings – some of which have, in turn, been inspired by LaBarbera’s jewelry.

“We became friends because of the tour,” said LaBarbera.

Nessim agreed that the tour has been a great way to meet other artists in the East End.

“There’s a great feel of community between all of us,” she said.

The fall Beach Studio Tour runs from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23; from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24; and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25. Pick up a passport at any location to enter to win a gift certificate towards art from participating artists.

From left, Beach Studio Tour artists Louisa LaBarbera, Michaela Nessim, Teresa Miller, and Nathalie Vachon offered a preview of their work at the Fairmount Park Farmers’ Market on Oct. 7. PHOTO: Jon Muldoon
From left, Beach Studio Tour artists Louisa LaBarbera, Michaela Nessim, Teresa Miller, and Nathalie Vachon offered a preview of their work at the Fairmount Park Farmers’ Market on Oct. 7.
PHOTO: Jon Muldoon

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