Tour des Arts: a foray into the daily lives of artists

The Tour des Arts has been launched for two days now and the results were noticeably positive in the different places visited Sunday . For the moment, the number of visitors is very similar to that observed last year, according to the artists visited.
For a 31st year, some forty artists and artisans established in the countryside bordering the villages of Knowlton, Sutton, West Brome, Brome, Bolton, Abercorn and Mansonville open their doors to share their passion.

This incursion in their workshop allows to discover their artistic approach and to appreciate their know-how, in addition to giving the opportunity to find unique works of their kind.

Artists welcome visitors from 10 am until 5 pm every day for nine consecutive days. In fact, the event runs from July 13 to 21.

Ross Parkinson, soapstone sculptor, receives about fifty people a day in his studio as part of the Tour des Arts.

This is his third participation at the event. The latter has been devoted to sculpture full time for 44 years now.

“I started earning money to go to university, but it quickly became a passion,” says Parkinson.

He actually started the same day as his father, who also continued in this branch. His works, inspired mainly by Canadian nature, are distributed throughout the country.

He said he was very happy to have the opportunity to welcome visitors to his workshop, to discuss with them about his works and his creative process.


For Muriel Faille, this is a 23rd participation in the cultural event. In fact, since her arrival in the region, she has not missed a single year. The latter is a follower of painting and engraving.

“Visitors do not come without a group. When they see cars, people dare to stop to visit us, “says Mr. Faille.

She adds that people are happy to enter the premises to better understand the work of the artists. Some faithful also take advantage of the Tour des Arts to come and contemplate its achievements again.

For her part, Annie Johnston, who specializes in creating braided rugs, also believes that the event should still be a success. “There have been a lot of people these past two days,” says the one who decided to open its doors to visitors to explain to them the process to create unique carpets.