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.

NJAS Jurists are lined up

We now have both of our jurists lined up for NJAS 2019 – the first annual Newmarket Juried Art Show!

Both are accomplished professional Ontario artists. One is surprisingly young and heading up like a rocket, and the other has a lengthy career that includes teaching at the same time as creating innovative fabric-based sculptural art. Both have curatorial experience.

Who are they you ask?

Stay tuned – we’ll let you know soon!

Kids’ Show

I’ve started to make a list of all the elementary schools in Newmarket, and will be contacting them in the new year about the Kids’ Show that we have planned to go with the Juried Art Show.

You may already know that the Kids’ Show will be for students in K-8 in Newmarket schools. It will be held in the Library on Park St.

Interested? Contact us with the special email

Spreading the word

The response to last week’s Facebook campaign to get friends & followers to spread the word about the Show was better than expected! Thanks to everyone!

There were lots of new Likes & Follows on Facebook. More importantly, there were new visitors to the website ( and new ones signing up to the mailing list. Lots of unfamiliar names, too, which is exciting.

We’ll be sending out an email next week, to test  the list.

Age Limit?

Should there be an age limit for an art show? No – I don’t mean for the artists, or for who can come to see the art. I mean for the art itself. Most juried art shows require work to be no more than 2 or 3 years old.

I get it – we all want to see what an artist has been up to recently, and we don’t necessarily want to see the same piece over and over again. But I have a number of pieces that have never shown and now are too old to qualify. Mainly that’s because I don’t apply to that many shows, but I would like to be able to try some of them, old as they are.

I think we’ll be trying a blend of these ideas. Perhaps there will be no age limit, but ask artists not to submit works that have shown locally (northern York Region?) before.

As I say – stay tuned! And leave your opinion – you can comment on any post be clicking its title.