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.

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