Final Pandemic Plan

Peggy and Dave, Co-Directors, have an announcement!
We’re going ONLINE for NJAS2020!

We have decided a few things in relation to COVID and the Newmarket Juried Art Show:

  • We cannot depend on the Old Town Hall being available to us in October, and the Town is unlikely to be able to make a decision before September. We have therefore decided to hold the event online only. We have the website, where we would have a gallery of accepted images anyway, plus the ability to mount a 3D Virtual Reality gallery in ArtGateVR. The latter requires an Oculus headset for the full experience, but there are advantages. The high resolution images of works have the appearance of their actual size; you can view them from various angles; and ArtGateVR has a world-wide following.
  • We are dropping our submission fee to $20 from $35, as we won’t have the expenses of venue & reception.
  • We will create an event on a social media platform (or two) to replace the reception’s welcoming remarks and awards.

We feel better, now that we have been able to deal with the uncertainty, and we hope that you, our artists, will, too.
You can apply at our website by clicking here.

While you are there, you can check out NJAS2019 – images from the show and reception, our feedback survey and the financial statement.
Share and enjoy!
Dave & Peggy

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.

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.

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.

More Pandemic Planning

Yes, we are a couple of months into the pandemic partial lockdown, and it looks like we’re setting up to have a bad round 2, but we are still planning on having an in-person, live Juried Art Show in October.

However, we do have to make other plans, in case the Show is cancelled. Here’s our current thinking:

  • Artists will be offered the opportunity to enter a juried online version of the NJAS, hosted on our website and promoted on our social media feeds. We will try to have it promoted by other local partners, such as the Town of Newmarket. The fee will be reduced, of course, and the deadline extended.
  • The Co-Directors, Peggy and Dave, are being trained by Whova in delivering online events. We hope that this will teach us how to host a Virtual Opening Gala (BYOB, for sure!)

You can read our initial COVID-19 statement in the blog post immediately prior to this one (just below).

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!

Survey Results

Here are some results from our followup survey of artists.

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

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

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. 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


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.