Crown and Pumpkin has evolved over the years from a primarily traditional fine arts tour to an impressive array of fine art, fine crafts and fine food from 50 creators. There are 18 unique and fun studio stops, many which have multiple artists and artisans on location.  We have carefully chosen the mix of artists at these locations to present the best variety of products and to stimulate as many senses as possible; sight, touch, smell, taste and even sound; …you might even learn something from some of the demonstrations happening at several stops.

But we have gone even one step further !  At many of the studios with multiple artists, we have worked with a theme or vibe when selecting the participants for the stop.

At Crooked Mile Brewery, where they craft British and Scottish -inspired ales, such as Highland Hillwalker and Druid Dusk, we have placed two guest artists, one of which is Richard Hutton, born in Scotland and recently moved to our area.  His repertoire of paintings include Scottish scenes and his Scottish accent will make you imagine you are “across the pond”.  The second guest artist will be Jennifer Kelly, an accomplished glass artist.  Beer brings to mind clinking glass mugs and beer bottles and beer growlers.  Jennifer is even creating some glass art using Crooked Mile beer bottles.

Hummingbird Chocolate is our “Natural Wonders” studio with guest photographer, Anita Schlarb, who captures the beauty of the natural world in her photos.  A great match with a chocolate maker who sources their cacao fairly, ethically and sustainably

Blue Hen Farm is our “Rustic Rural” studio where, in addition to tours of their heritage farm and their unique homestead jams and preserves for sale, there will be Nadine Sculland who makes fabulous miniature quilts as well as Dave Card, a chainsaw carver.  Of special note are Leslie’s “65 Roses” jams for sale. 65 Roses” is for Cystic Fibrosis. The term 65 Roses stems from the fact that most young children with this disease cannot pronounce Cystic Fibrosis and so use this term instead. Leslie is donating a percentage of sales to Cystic Fibrosis.

Union Hall is our “Settlers” studio, particularly appropriate for Canada’s 150th celebration.  Our country has welcomed immigrants from all over the world and these people brought their traditional skills and talents with them.  It is easy to imagine a similar market of artisans selling their wares a century ago…..Anita Dworshak with her goat milk soap, Clement Hoeck with his pottery, Hyseuk Kim with her traditional Korean paper craft, Colin Hamer the pewtersmith, Chris Van Zanten with his hot glass art,  Joanne Desarmia with her wire wrap jewellery and Khodor Jarous with his traditional Syrian food.

Culandubh Studio is our “Fun and Youthful” studio where we will have Ross McLaughlin’s locally produced maple syrup, a fun and delicious treat, Laurel Cook’s quirky and unique animal paintings, Natasha Peterson with her award winning children’s books, and Deb Munro’s natural skin products to keep your skin healthy, fresh and youthful !

Woolley Things is our “Bold and Beautiful” studio.  As you enter the front door, you will be confronted by the multi-harness loom on which Karen Riches creates her richly colorful textiles. You will also find the eyecatching pottery of Ian Paige in the upper level. In the bright sunny studio on the lower level of the house, Kevin Wilson and Sandra Allen will be giving demonstrations of flameworking throughout the weekend and offering their bright and beautiful glass art for sale.  Also on the lower level will be the dynamic and bold painting and artwear of Jill Alexander. And to top it off, Heart and Soul Cafe will be providing a lunch stop of hearty homemade soups and cornbread.

Fluid Solar Roasted Coffee is our “Electric Bean” studio. In addition to coffee cupping and tours of their solar facilities, Bill Kemp will be there with his renewable energy books, as well as Kat Stevens with her wire-crocheted jewelry.  She uses small gemstones and minerals in her work that a often the shapes of coffee beans. She names her necklaces and has even created some for the tour named in a coffee theme.  We will also have Chris Kiez, another photographer whose work is often described as “electric”.  And to round it off, on Sunday and Monday, there will also be the Jolly Hog Gourmet Food Truck at their site.

Sumack Loft, deep in the forests of Lanark County, is our “Serenity Cabin” studio.  Auni Milne’s work is inspired by the peaceful and natural surroundings, Steven Lewis’ award winning paintings have a deep serenity and you can understand how Lori Rowsell, a mediator and teacher of mindfulness, draws deep solace from her fibre work.

Of course there are other great studios in the mix not to be missed– Carriageway Studios with Dawn Walker printmaker, Jeremy Ford pottery, Mary Pal fibre art, Marie France-Gosselin weaving and North Market Caterers providing a wonderful Lunch Stop; Diana Jackson Sculpture Studio; Kehla Design Jewelry; Almonte Potters’ Guild; Hamilton Studio with Sam Hamilton illustrations and Linda Hamilton painting and Daydream Flowers, Meredith Kucey Jewelry; Willow Creek Studio with Kaija Savinainen painting; Moondance Gallery with Barbara Mullally jewelry and Robert Pauley millinery and quilts; Clayton Clayworks with Seitze and Saskia Praamsma; and the new and exciting Grassroots Furniture Studio of Eric Young.

We invite you to wander from studio to studio, past historic buildings and spectacular fall scenery. Jim Bishop said that “Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons” and that is truly evident as you travel the rural road “tree tunnels” where it feels as though a gold and orange filter has been placed across your eyes.  You need not drive the whole tour; the Almonte portion of the tour is walking-friendly. Park on a street-side or in free parking areas. In Clayton you can walk between stops 4, 8 and 9. Crown and Pumpkin is also bicycle-friendly; artists will deliver purchases of larger items within a 70 km radius.

We encourage you to savour the unique offerings of our artists and artisans in a captivating non-retail environment. . On a more traditional note, you can  also savour some tasty lunches offered by North Market at Carriageway Studio in Almonte (all three days of the tour), Heart and Soul Cafe at Woolley Things Studio in Clayton (all three days of the tour) and The Jolly Hog Gourmet Food Truck at Fluid Solar Roasted Coffee (Sunday and Monday).

And we offer you the opportunity to collect pieces of treasure, those “golden nuggets” that speak to you. This upcoming Thanksgiving Weekend is when and where to Wander, Savour and Collect.