New dates for 2023


Originally we wanted NJAS to be a Spring show. Unfortunately, the Old Town Hall could not accommodate us then, and we had our first show in the Fall of 2019.

All that changes in 2023!

After checking in with our artists and supporters, and verifying with the Old Town Hall, we decided to move to the Spring.

Our new dates will be:

  • Due Date: 5 p.m. Saturday, March 25, 2023
  • Dropoff: Sunday April 16, 11 am to 3 pm
  • Show: April 18 to April 30 at the Gallery; much longer online
  • Reception: April 20, 7 to 9:30 pm, live in the OTH
  • Pickup: Sunday April 30, 11 am to 3 pm

Our 2022 Award Winners

Jurists’ Choice: David Paolini
Not That I Remember But That I Am Memory
(Sponsor: Wasim Jarrah)
Painting/Drawing: Heather Smiley
Manitoulin Morning
(Sponsor: Jackie Playter)
Painting/Drawing: Sophie Yeh-Chau
Hanging On
(Sponsor: Jackie Playter)
3D (Sculpture, ceramics, pottery)
Cathy Harris: Dragonfly Resting
(Sponsor: Bike Sports)
Photography: Bret Culp
Jack’s Video Sports Bar
(Sponsor: Fuse Chamber)
Fibre Arts: Bailey Anderson
Tied Up In Knots
(Sponsor: Bob & Barb Kwapis)
Mixed Media: Kate Greenway
A Copse
(Sponsor: Dr T Hunter)
Honourable Mentions:
Walter Bauer
One Bad Apple
(Sponsor: Chris Ballard)
Joanne Toth
(Sponsor: Stirred Interiors)
Denise Brooker
Old Times
(Sponsor: Robins IDA)
Cathy Harris
Covid Relief
(Sponsor: Robins IDA)

2022 Poster!

Here’s the main poster for the 2022 show! It will be hanging by the reception area as you walk in to the Old Town Hall. To download a copy, click here.

2022 main poster
2022 main poster

The artist galleries will be posted later in September, after the Reception and maybe after the Show itself.

2022 Entries Are All In

The deadline for entering the 2022 NJAS have passed.

If you have sent your entry and need a reminder of how to pay, please click here.

Many thanks to the 54 artists who entered this year. We are very excited to see the artwork you sent us (it’s just a few minutes past the deadline, so we haven’t looked yet!)

Jurying is set for the 23rd. See the previous post to meet the jurists. Notifications will be sent within a few days after that. Awards will be announced at the Gala, September 15.

As well, we have hired the inestimable Jeff Nye (find him here) to help us curate and hang the show.

Meet our Jury Panel

We think that you will be excited to meet our 2022 jurists, Janet Hendershot, Krys Carruthers and Pat Hertzberg.

Pat Hertzberg is an interdisciplinary fibre artist currently living in Caledon, Ontario, Canada. After graduating from Sheridan College and York University in Canada, Pat continued to develop her fibre practice at the Penland School (Textiles) in North Carolina, USA. She was a Resident Artist at Mississauga’s Living Arts Centre, and is an active member of the ‘Connections Fibre Artists’ group. Pat’s work has won numerous awards, has been in exhibitions across Canada and is included in various publications. Her fibre and mixed-media works can be found in both corporate and private collections in Canada, the USA, Great Britain, Mexico and Italy.


Pat’s page on the Connections Fibre Artists website:

Krys Carruthers is a long-time high school visual arts teacher, Visual Arts Department Head, Arts Huron coordinator and Regional Chair for Visual Arts in the York Region Board of Education. She has been a member of the Newmarket Group of Artists for many years. Her art practice includes painting, encaustic, dry transfer and mixed media techniques, and metalwork/jewellery. She can be found on Instagram @six.teenfoxes

Janet Hendershot, B.F.A., OSA, SCA

Colour has been central to the landscape and abstract paintings of Janet Hendershot. Using  charcoal to explore black and white is also of interest. Works have been shown across Canada, Mexico, Colombia and represented Canada at the Olympics. Exhibited by leading galleries in Toronto, Winnipeg, and Victoria, B.C., paintings are found in the collection of many public galleries and private collections and have been juried into more than 30 competitions. Recent awards include Gold First Prize, Arts and Letters Club, Toronto (2015) and the Ontario Society of Artists (OSA) Eleanor Besen Award (2017).  Exhibitions have been reviewed in the Globe and Mail, Art Magazine and ArtsCanada to mention a few. She is the recipient of numerous Ontario Arts Council Grants and has received Canada Council Grants. As a teacher and instructor, Janet taught adults and children at various institutions including the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. She has been active in the art community as President and Vice-President of the OSA and other arts boards often leading the exhibition committee.

Paintings and further information is available,,, Latitude 44 Art Gallery.

Textile Art? Fibre Art? Material? Fabric?

(June 2022 update)

Pretty much forever, the world was told: “Women can’t paint.” Or “Shouldn’t”. Or some other excuse to keep them on the model’s side of the room.

Of course, with lots of hard work and pushing back by female artists and feminists, barriers fell, and women are fully accepted as artists and even leaders in all media.

Or are they?

Even now, I believe, some media are seen as secondary, lesser, not quite art.

As “women’s art”.

Take fiber arts, fabric arts, textiles, for example.

It’s a rare thing for a gallery or museum to dedicate a showing to a fiber artist, and I have long thought that that is due to textile making being seen as a female means of expression, decorative, suited only for utility in the home. “The artificial divide between fine art and textiles is a gendered issue” according to Amber Butchart, writing for (14 Nov 2018)

I’m not saying that textile work such as weaving, dying and quilting, isn’t currently predominantly done by women. I’m saying that it doesn’t matter: these forms are (or can be) art, just as much as paint on canvas is (or can be) art.

As fiber artist Georgianne Holland says in their blog post: “…I can stand with some of my favorite artists who broke free of traditional and perhaps limiting art world boxes and now represent innovation in the fiber and textile arts…” (Wednesday, June 25, 2014)

As Co-Directors of the Newmarket Juried Art Show, we celebrate the reclamation of the textile arts by women who put their work out in the world as art. From our beginnings in 2019, we have backed that celebration by offering a Medium Award for Textile Arts.

Hope to hear from you soon – August 15, 2022 Deadline approaches!

Dave and Peggy

Jury Duty!

Calling #textileartist #ontarioartists : Our #NJAS2022 Jury Panel is not yet complete, and we are especially looking for someone with the expertise and understanding in textile / fabric arts, someone who knows that line between art and craft. This is more important to us now because we have (at last!) had excellent entries in the category the last couple of years.
If you are, or know someone, who can help us with our general selections, and also bring to bear the expertise in this important artform, please contact us.

Read our post on valuing fabric arts here.

Remember: Artists can apply on the website’s front page for NJAS 2022
DUE DATE: 5 p.m. ET Saturday, Aug 13, 2022
Exhibition Dates: Sept 12-25

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2022 Call Coming Soon! Get Ready!

The 2022 Call To Artists will be issued Monday April 18, some time before noon. In the meantime, you can read all the conditions of entry, so that you’ll be all ready to go.

Simply go to our website for the details.

Changes from past years:

  • The Town of Newmarket will, for the first time, charge a nominal commission on sales, to offset their costs to process payments. This will be 3% to 5%, by current thinking, but we will try to make it a flat fee, since processing costs do not depend on selling price.
  • Because the Town is still recovering capacity after (assuming it is “after”) the pandemic, we are still a bit uncertain of the actual dates for dropoff and pickup, by plus-or-minus a day.

Our 2021 Supporters

Here are the individuals and businesses that supported our Show financially this year by sponsoring Awards, or donating towards other aspects.

Honourables = ($50)Linda KemptonMagnificent MagnoliaLeslie Knight
 Bike SportsLegislated to DeathAnita Van Zeumeren
 Bike SportsRights of the Child (8 small bowls)Teresa Dunlop
 Stirred InteriorsEveMaryLou Hurley
Media Categories ($100)   
Painting/Drawing:   Jackie PlayterMy Time ReachingLaura Moreland
 Jackie PlayterEmerging into the Lightshoshana lock
Fibre:  Barbara & Bob KwapisOceansHeike Blohm
Sculpture: Robins IDABreakthroughWalter Bauer
Photography: Chris Williams (Fuse Chamber)Iceland 1281Ulla Djelweh
Jurors’ Choice = ($250)Wasim JarrahSolitary Tree BluesNatalia Shields
Newmarket Juried Art Show