Bancroft Studio Tour

Bancroft & Area Autumn Studio Tour

Come see us in 2023!

September 16–17 and 23–24
10 am to 5 pm

Now in its 31th successful year, the Bancroft & Area Studio Tour provides an exciting opportunity to visit artists and artisans in their studios while touring through gorgeous North Hastings during the peak of the autumn colours.

The participating artists have been carefully juried into the tour, and offer a wide range of handmade, uniquely creative work.

Guests are welcomed into studios to meet the artists, view their creations and to purchase fine craft and art directly from the creators. Please note that some artists’ locations may not accept debit and/or credit card payments, however cash is accepted everywhere.

We will be following COVID-19 protocols to protect participants and visitors.

Artists 2022

Amy Doole

Amy creates functional stoneware pottery. Her work is nostalgic and playful with bright and earthy colours, sculptural elements, unique textures and vintage images.
613-334-7967 •

Stephanie Park
Stephanie creates original wheel- thrown and hand built pottery using time-honoured techniques. Her work is inspired by the natural world and the beauty of the wild landscapes of the region.
613-639-3497 ••  @spark_pottery

Stephanie is a guest at Amy’s studio.


Ketha Newman
painter (watercolour, mixed media), printmaker
Enjoy the spectacular view from an off-grid hilltop studio.  Ketha’s mixed media paintings, watercolours and Lino block prints are inspired by life in the backwoods and infused with magical realism.
613-334-9686 • Ketha Newman Artist

Teena Surma
Doll artist
Teena uses paper-clay and fabric to create one-of-a kind dolls.  Her artwork includes dolls, animals, and other creations from her imagination.  Each piece has its own unique personality and emotion.
613-334-7929 • thefancifuldoll
Teena is a guest at Ketha’s studio.


Patrick Doherty
painter (oil)

Painting since 1990, throughout his career he has experimented with various media, finding much satisfaction combining unusual objects with traditional formats. As an urban native, Patrick continues to evolve creatively, but has strong roots in his childhood traditions.



Joanna Hankus
quilter/ mosaic artist

Joanna is a versatile artist who specializes in quilts and mosaics. Her work mixes different media, combining old and new materials.  She assembles tesserae or fabrics into new, colourful compositions.
905-808-8383 • joartsylife



Lyle Collins
wood artist

Lyle creates one of a kind salt and pepper mills and shakers from tree branches sourced on his property.  He lets MotherNature do the design and he produces unique end tables and stands, charcuterie boards, burl lamps, coat racks, mug tress and more!
613-332-4631 •

May van Roon
painter (acrylic, pastel)
With a passion for colour, shape &contrast, May brings an abstract and expressionist approach to painting her favourite subjects inspired by nature.  Birds and flowers, done in acrylic and chalk pastels with a play on words in the title of each painting.
519-716-5022 •
May is a guest at Lyle’s studio.


William Kafka
stone sculptor
William works the natural essence of his stone, using only hand tools to form sculpture that is simple in form.  The stone, from Zimbabwe, is unique in colour, texture and his work is created outdoors overlooking the waters of L’Amable Creek.
613-902-2070 •


Nancy McKinnon
painter (oil, acrylic)
Nancy is a landscape painter who is truly inspired by the raw beauty surrounding us. Her technique incorporates bold brush strokes and vibrant colours.  Her media of choice are acrylics and oils.
613-334-6478 •
Nancy is a guest at William’s studio.


Rene/Elaine Butikofer
wood artists

Rene and Elaine’s unique wooden bowls are turned on an antique metal lathe, mostly from burls, grown in the Bancroft area. You can see it in action during the tour.
613-332-0790 •


Karen Istead
glass artist
Working in fused and stained glass, Karen captures the light reflecting from water, sky and trees.  See her glass work displayed in her new bunkie on Baptiste Lake
613-332-0504 • Karen Istead Glass Artist


Freddie Towe
Freddie Towe, a painter and mixed media artist, has an innate sense of colour uses a quirky interplay between humour and darkness.
416-534-9562 • freddie towe

Ken Fraser
A self-taught painter/sculptor, Ken loves creating playful images that capture the wonder of the world around us. Painting on old wood and creating sculptures from clay and found materials.
613-334-5577 • @k.fray
Ken is a guest at Freddie’s studio.

Barbara Allport
The rural setting of Barbara’s home is surrounded by forests, waters and wetlands.  These elements of nature inspire her to paint these natural landscapes.
613-334-9502 • Barbara Allport

Barbara is a guest at Freddie’s studio.

Carol Towe
An oil painter working primarily in landscapes and still life. “My goal is to try to find a sense of mystery in my subject, with the use of light and perspective.”
416-534-9562 •

Carol is a guest at Freddie’s studio.


Ken Balmer
painter (oil, acrylic)
The Gallery at High Falls.  Wildlife paintings capturing both likeness and Orenda, the essential spirit of each crature.  Come see a mix of realistic, bold colour and abstract interpretations.
520-331-7286 •





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