Awards Update

We didn’t get any jewellery or textile entries this year. As well, we realized that we have forgotten to make an award for “Pottery or Ceramics”. We’ve shifted some of the award money around to fix both of those problems. You will see that in the updated awards grid on About the Show.

Speaking of awards, remember that they will be announced at the Opening reception, Oct 16. We’ll do the awards near the beginning, so don’t be late! (Artists: You do not have to be there to receive an award!)

Award winners get the cash, and will also be given a custom-designed badge to display on their social media or website. Here’s the best Photography badge:

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

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


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.

Initial Stats

We had 81 artists with 223 pieces of work sent in – pretty good for the First Annual!

We’ll work up some number on where the artists are from. We see 21 from Newmarket, 6 from Aurora and 4 from Richmond Hill. There were others from Woodstock, Windsor, Barrie, Belleville…

Needless to say – we’re pretty happy…

Look at the Galleries!

Photo credit: Jason Wighton

I thought that I should put up a couple of photos to let everyone see what one of the Old Town Hall Serpa Galleries looks like. It’s such a beautiful space, and we’re really looking forward to seeing the Newmarket Juried Art Show display on these walls! (I’ll post pictures of the other Gallery later – the NJAS will occupy both Galleries!)
Show: Oct 11-26
Reception: Oct 16

Photo credit: Jason Wighton. Photos supplied by Newmarket Arts & Culture, showing previous exhibits

Logos & Badges

I’ve made a new logo for Fabric & Textiles, and some new Badges to offer our award winners for their websites & social media.

What do you think?

Fabric & Textiles logo
Best Photography badge (Sample) – Imagine this on your Website!

Special Note for Photogs

Here’s a question that was asked twice on the same day, by two different photographers: Do I submit the original jpg file, or a picture of the framed print?

I’m a photographer (but I’m not gonna enter my own show, of course), so I often enter images to shows before making a final print and deciding on the print-run limit. Storing prints is hard, especially framed. I know in advance what size the image will be, and I make an educated guess at the frame size.

So please, just submit the jpeg of the image itself. As you fill in the submission form, you will be asked the size of the image, including any framing.

I’ll add this to the FAQ page, too.

Exciting New Award

We have a new award, and this is a huge – world first huge – announcement, and we are So Excited: Art Gate VR is a virtual reality platform (using 3D goggles & handset, like for VR gaming) for galleries, collectors, and artists to exhibit art. Art Gate will award a six month solo exhibition in virtual reality to one of the finalists in the Newmarket Juried Art Show. This will be a free four-artwork exhibition for 6 months. A larger exhibition can be discussed with the winner if desired.

Jurist Brendon shows Co-Director Peggy his 3D art app.
Jurist Brendon shows Co-Director Peggy his 3D Art Gate app.

Commission Waived!

Great news for artists entering the NJAS – The Town of Newmarket has decided that, as we are a third-party partnership, they will waive the commission!

This will make your work much more affordable.

Peggy and I are very grateful for those who went to bat for us with the Town.

Meet Our Jurists

I think that you will be excited to meet our two jurists, Diana Bennett and Brendon McNaughton.

DIANA BENNETT – Artist, Designer, Story Teller.

Diana Bennett, with a U of T Masters degree in Art History is also a former teacher and arts administrator who has worked to establish the role of the arts in Ontario throughout her long and distinguished career. A former senior executive with TVOntario and the Zoo, she has sat on a number of Boards including the University of Toronto Art Museum, the Toronto Arts Council/Foundation, Canada Publishing, the Toronto Stock Exchange, and in 2017 was president of the Ontario Society of Artists. Diana works in both two dimensional and three dimensional works using fabric, thread, wire, glass, mirror, seeds, shellac flakes, stones, bones, photo transfer and resin. Her series and installations are autobiographical. She has been exhibiting over five decades with solo exhibitions in Ontario and Quebec at galleries such as Gallery O (Olga Korper), Baas, Albert White, Kerozene, Engine and Walnut Contemporary, and has works in private and public collections in Canada and the US.

BRENDON McNAUGHTON is a multidisciplinary contemporary artist. He received a B.F.A. with honours from York University and began exhibiting his work in 2010. Since then his sculptures have been presented in major exhibitions at Toronto’s Corkin Gallery, have been shown at OCAD’s Onsite Gallery and the Palazzo Loredan in Venice, Italy. McNaughton’s work has attracted widespread attention, his pieces forming part of both private and public collections.

McNaughton explores how technology is transforming social and economic structures across the globe. To create his marble, bronze and aluminum works, he uses frontier technologies such as 3D printers, carving robots, virtual reality and artificial intelligence. McNaughton’s work marks a transitional moment in history away from the machine-like behaviour of people as conceived by Pop Art. His blending of art and technology aims to establish a cultural identity within the rapid technological evolutions in contemporary times.

Late January update: We are seeking a third jurist, one with experience in curating or teaching photography.