COVID-19 & practical creativity

Has your ability to get what you need for your creativity been affected by Covid-19?

Many of us have, at some point in the past few months, been unable or unwilling to head out to get the supplies we need. Even as a photographer, I have had to wait to get ink for my printer, as my store was closed, and my printer’s manufacturer was unable to get supplies.
Have the costs of your supplies gone up, possibly due to Covid-induced shortages? A jeweler here in Newmarket got a shock when she saw the higher price of the silver she uses to make her pieces.


For some of us, the emotional stress has sapped the inner resources we need to be creative. creativity. For others, Covid-19 has spurred new creativity of its own.

Please use the comment space below to tell you story. I moderate all comments, so it’s a safe space.

Dave

Meet Our Jurists

I think that you will be excited to meet our 2020 jurists, Jeff Nye, Pat Dumas-Hudecki and Sarah Burtscher.

Jeff Nye is a Newmarket-based artist, writer, teacher and curator. Jeff has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with Distinction from Concordia University in Montreal (1998) and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Regina (2007). His paintings and multimedia installations have been exhibited in public galleries across the country. He has curated exhibitions for the Mackenzie Art Gallery, Dunlop Art Gallery, and Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre. He has also instructed studio and art history classes at First Nations University of Canada, University of Regina and Georgian College. Jeff has received several distinctions and awards for his work, including grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
http://www.livestudio.ca/

Pat Dumas-Hudecki is an Ontario artist who has been in many solo and group exhibitions, and has won many awards. She sends this statement:

Through my different painting series I want to chronicle how the everyday objects around us transform and convey their own unique narratives. My realistic acrylic paintings pay homage to the sweet disorder and chaos that surrounds us; they are an integral part of our living spaces-indoors and out.
When I paint the visual chaos of my interior spaces I capture the domestic wilderness of activity and play that is too often tidied up and civilized before it can be appreciated for its beauty and meaning.
When I paint urban and rural utility poles I show how they have developed unique personalities as they alter through time and purpose.
I enjoy creating art that makes people take a second look at their everyday surroundings and transforms their perceptions of it.
http://www.dumas-hudecki.com/

Sarah Burtscher is the Gallery Director at Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto’s leading commercial photography gallery for historical and contemporary work from Canadian and international artists. Sarah has curated exhibitions including Open Call 2019 for the Exposure Festival in Calgary; MYTORONTO, an exhibition through which participants affected by homelessness connect with their community; and SNAP!, an annual photographic fundraiser in support of programs and services provided by the Aids Committee of Toronto. She has also been on several exhibition juries including THE FENCE 2018 and RMG Exposed in 2017 and 2018.
Sarah holds a BFA in Photography Studies from Ryerson University’s Image Arts program.

COVID-19 Statement from NJAS

We hope that the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic will be over before our show starts in October, not just for our show, but for all of us on this precious planet.

There is a chance that the pandemic will still be going on, though. For that reason, we have altered our refund policy: If the Old Town Hall is still closed in October due to the pandemic, artists’ jurying fees will be refunded in full.

We will also refund our sponsors and financial supporters.

We, the Co-Directors, are able to absorb any expenditures that will have been made by that point, and will start planning the 2021 Newmarket Juried Art Show then. (Actually, we have already :))

Until then, be well, stay well, pay attention to what the medical experts tell you. And let’s all spend time on our Art as we hunker down!

Stats 2019

There were 607 visits to the first annual Newmarket Juried Art Show (NJAS 2019). There were 83 at the reception, and a troop of Brownies.

Starting from no mailing list, we got 81 artists sending 223 pieces of work.

We can’t wait to see what NJAS 2020 is like!

Award Winners 2019

AwardArtistTitleSponsor
Jurors’
Choice
Bob TunnochIn session,
Carnivorous Plant
Choir
Co-Directors
Best
Painting
Anita Niemeyer-ArchibaldOblivionJackie Playter
Best
Photograph
Natalia ShieldsJuxtaposedChris Williams/Fuse Chamber
Best
Sculpture
Fariba Kalantari(group of 3 pieces)Steve Whitfield/R A Woods Property Management
Best Mixed
Media
Dave SchembriTectonic ShiftJackie Playter
Best Pottery
or Ceramic
Teresa DunlopReachingLinda Kempton
Art GateBob TunnochBrendon McNaughton/Art Gate
Honourable
Mention
Kaitlyn SprouleAnchorsRobins IDA
Honourable
Mention
Sibernie James-BoschWe’re Listening . . .Bike Sports
Honourable
Mention
Elayne WindsorLandscape with BubblesStirred Interiors
Honourable
Mention
Cathy HarrisLusciousRobins IDA

2019 Show Artists

There were 223 works sent in by 81 artists. Congratulations to all the artists who landed a spot in the first annual Newmarket Juried Art Show.

Here are the artists who will be in the 2019 NJAS. For a preview, click here.

Natalia ShieldsFonthill
Irene HurdleNewmarket
Kaitlyn SprouleKeswick
Jenny WestAurora
Sibernie James-BoschAurora
Teresa DunlopNewmarket
Andrew KulinPickering
Dave SchembriNewmarket
Karen L BowenNewmarket
Lesley PettigrewAurora
Kathleen PistorWindsor
Anita GiancolaNewmarket
Cathy HarrisAurora
Tanya PetrukWhitby
Bob TunnochMarmora
Fariba KalantariToronto
Kate GreenwayStouffville
Zahra NasrinRichmond Hill
Anitta HammingOrillia
Cathy GroulxWoodstock
Sheila DantzerGuelph
Linda ChenUnionville
Elayne WindsorReaboro
Caitlin Sabean-UntermannAjax
Kevin McBeanAurora
Denise LiniOakville
Sheila RomardVaughan
Donna FeganNewmarket
Anita Niemeyer-ArchibaldAurora

Geography

We put out our call to artists back in the Spring by contacting various Arts groups, associations and Arts & Culture divisions in as many towns & cities as we could find.
This map shows where our entrants came from. Each town or city has just one pin; many had more than one artist send us work.

Submissions map
Map showing where artists live who sent work to NJAS 2019
Click image for full interactive version.
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!