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

Meet Our 2021 Artists!

And we have a show. Online, but that’s OK – we were pretty successful in 2020, as you can see by clicking here.

Here are the artists who will be in this year’s show, in no particular order. Congratulations all!

Calm Ghosts
Charlotte Sprague
Anita Van Zeumeren
Nancy Jones
Debra Wronzberg
Marlene Bulas
Josee Savaria
Sherry Lynn
Laura Moreland
Walter Bauer
Donna Wise
Leslie Knight
Heather Berios
Theodore Scott
Helen Simpson
Sandra Murphy
Kathleen Pistor
Elena Gaevskaya
MaryLou Hurley
shoshana lock
Sheila Romard
Xiao Wen Xu
Helen Agalawatte
Leslie Bertin
Paul Williams
Pat Dumas-Hudecki
Alexandra K Conrad
Kate Greenway
Eva Folks
Heike Blohm
Ulla Djelweh
Gina McCloskey
Judy Sherman
Rani Satpute
Sibernie James-Bosch
Julia Russell
Jessie Pearson
Thomas Cornell
Linda Chen
Jennifer McLeod
Heather Smiley
Teresa Dunlop
Marion Plaunt
Donna Greenstein
Caterina Stambolic
Natalia Shields
Laura Higgins
Karen L Bowen

We will stick with our original schedule of starting Sept 18, partly because we need a break and hope to get away for a bit. We will record an online Reception (BYOB) where we will announce the award winners. Once again we will be giving $950 in awards, all of which was donated by Newmarket’s art-loving citizens and businesses. As well, we hope to host a gallery in cyberspace in 3D on ArtGateVR.

2021 to be online only

We just learned that our show cannot be in the Newmarket Old Town Hall, so our show will be virtual, as was our successful #njas2020
You can send your “thanks” to the Ford government, for their hesitancy on mandates and passports, and to anti-vaxers. We do not fault #newmarket in any way; they are making decisions based on the science around the 4th wave. We are grateful that they do so.
We’re already planning for #njas2022
Partial refunds will be sent over the next couple of days to bring the entry/jurying fee down to $25

Slight delay

Jurying is done, so we have a preliminary list.

We had hoped to announce today (Aug 22), but hit a snag. Newmarket no longer has a curator for the Old Town Hall galleries, due to Covid cutbacks.

As well, we can’t get into the galleries until later in the week to confirm that selected pieces will all fit. We’re currently working from a floor plan with most dimensions measured, and printed thumbnails.

Thanks for your trust and patience.

NJAS2021 Art Is In!

Many thanks to the 70 artists who sent us work this year!

We are excited, honoured, humbled to see the number of artists who entered this year, and to see the quality of the work they sent.

It’ll be a long night getting it all ready for the jury panel. We meet via Zoom next week to decide what work is in the show, and set the awards. Stay tuned!

Textile Art?

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 textiles, for example.

It’s a rare thing for a gallery or museum to dedicate a showing to a textile 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 Frieze.com (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 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.

We have not yet had any Textile entries, so I guess it’s time to really put the word out there…

June 2022 Update: We had a number of excellent entries in Textile Arts in 2021 (and already in 2022, even though submissions have barely begun). Check them out under the Past Shows menu.

Hope to hear from you soon – Deadline approaches!

Dave and Peggy

Meet our 2021 Jury Panel

Here are our Jurists for NJAS2021

Janet Read is a painter, musician, and poet, whose childhood was spent near the shores of Lake Simcoe. The artist has sought the water’s edge ever since. Her roots go back to the Ottawa Valley Irish, Belfast, and county Wexford in Ireland. Perhaps this explains a fondness for fiddle music, poetry and the sea.

Residencies in Newfoundland and Ireland, and travels in Norway, Iceland, and Scotland have allowed her access to the sea, leading to a lifetime’s investigation of water as a metaphor for strength and fragility. Recent travels in the high Arctic prompted an ongoing body of work, High Arctic Light exhibited at the Propeller Art Gallery and virtually at the Heliconian Club of Toronto.

Exhibitions include commercial and public galleries, including the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, with a catalogue, the Art Gallery of Peterborough, and the Frederick Horsman Varley Gallery in Unionville. Paintings can be found in public and private collections and internationally in Australia, England and the US.

Janice LeBlanc is a Simcoe Region based artist, Art Therapist and educator.  Janice holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) and Bachelor of Education from York University (1986), as well as a Masters Diploma in Art Therapy (2001).  She is now a retired secondary school educator, having taught Visual Arts for over 30 years.  Janice has been practicing Art Therapy in various organizations for over 20 years and is currently in private practice. Through many ongoing workshops and courses, Janice has explored a variety of art media including acrylic painting, mixed media, encaustic painting, pottery, jewellery making and printmaking. Art exhibitions include a solo show in Barrie and participation in group shows in Creemore Ontario.  She continues to enjoy taking art workshops both locally and internationally and creates pieces that integrate many media and varied perspectives. 

Ontario Media Attention!

The newmarket juried Art Show has had some good coverage from local newspapers and radio.

On April 5, our show was covered in Newmarket Today. This was prompted by our media release, and had the headline: Ontario artists share their pandemic creations in Newmarket juried mini show. The cover image was from the Show, and is by Nicholas Keehn.

A few days later, one of “our” artists, Marlene Bulas was covered in Orillia Matters, which is affiliated with Newmarket Today. This story has Marlene as a focus, since she is an Orillia Artist, and features her image from this show. You can read the story by clicking here.

Marlene was also interviewed on CBC Ontario Morning to talk about her Covid Winter, her art and our Show! You can listen to it by clicking here
Start just before the 11 minute mark.

Newmarket Juried Art Show