Arts, Eats and Beats: Grand Bend and area Studio Tour

Baillie’s Picture Framing has always been a strong promoter of the arts in our community. Several years ago, we organized a spring studio tour, an event that allowed visual artists to open up their studios to visitors and show their latest work. Since then, it has grown to include music and the culinary arts, resulting in a renaming to “Arts, Eats and Beats.”
This year, the event takes place on May 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 2014. Friday night will feature a brand new “Grub Crawl” during which participating restaurants will offer tapas style culinary creations, matched with wine or other drinks. Many of the locations will feature live musicians, including Grand Bend’s own Micheal Vanhevel, a rising star with a crooner voice likened to Bobby Darrin. On Saturday night, The Gables will present legendary blues singer Chuck Jackson, an event to support the Grand Bend Arts Centre. So much more to see and do – check out the full schedule at or drop into Baillie’s or the Grand Bend Welcome Centre for a printed brochure and map.

Baillie’s is very pleased to be hosting three very talented artists during the studio tour: Laura L Wright, Barbara McKnight and Janette Baillie.

Laura Wright was born and raised in Southwestern Ontario in the Ingersoll area. Her formal art education has included studies at H.B. Beal Secondary School, London, under Herb Ariss; York University, Toronto; and Lambton College, Sarnia.

Laura has worked in a variety of media including pottery and soapstone, but concentrates at present on two-dimensional works in collage, coloured pencil, pastel and acrylic. Recent works include explorations into the effects achieved by mixing and layering different materials and media.
Come and meet Laura and view some of her newest work.
laura lemons

Barbara McKnight has retired to the shores of Lake Huron to enjoy the beautiful landscape, flora and fauna on her many excursions into the countryside. The present collection (in oils) is described as “intimate tablescapes” using color and texture to excite our senses and lift our spirits. Her collections contain paintings in watercolor, acrylic and oils. View Barbara’s beautiful paintings at Baillie’s on May 3rd and 4th.
barb mcknight studio tour

Janette Baillie is a Grand Bend based photographer who draws her inspiration from her natural surroundings. She enjoys shooting waterscapes, landscapes, flora and fauna, abstracts and architecture. She strives to convey a particular mood using light and colour. Her portfolio reflects her interest in nature and traveling. Come and meet Janette and view some of her latest work during the studio tour.
venice gondolas edit simplify

There are many more wonderful artists on the tour. Plan to make a weekend out of it and enjoy all that Grand Bend has to offer.


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