Does work sell from your show?
Some has, but we don’t know how much. We don’t handle sales, and we don’t take any commission.
Are there awards?
Yes. Awards money of about $1000 is donated by local individuals and businesses that support our efforts. The awards are given out at the Opening Reception, which is usually the first Thursday of the show. The reception is free, and there are gourmet snacks and wine.
What social media do you have?
Hashtags: #njasart #njas2022 #regionalartshow #newmarketart #ontarioart #juriedartshow #ontarioart #ontarioartist
Where can I send my work?
Go to the website’s main page to submit your application when the call goes out.
Will I have to gallery-sit?
No. Because the gallery is a Town facility, the Gallery is staffed.
Will I have to be present for the installation / hanging?
No. Staff and volunteers will do the hanging, and it will be beautiful.
What is a juried art show?
In a juried art show, artists submit works which qualified jurists then select for inclusion in the exhibition. Jurists are generally senior artists with teaching, curatorial or gallery experience. They are usually not local, and so have no ties to local artists.
Newmarket and area is home to a surprisingly lively and talented community of artists. (For example, see the Newmarket Group of Artists) This Juried Art Show will give Newmarket artists a showcase where their work can be seen alongside the work of artists from across Southern Ontario.
Will I be able to buy some of the artwork?
Yes. Most work is usually for sale at these shows, but artists will have the option of showing work that is not for sale.
What progress has been made to date?
The Serpa Gallery in Newmarket’s Old Town Hall was the scene for the First Annual NJAS in October 2019, and it was a great success. Check out the links on this site’s menu. Since then we held three virtual shows in 2020 and 2021, including awards and receptions, and got back to live shows in 2022.
How is the judging done, and how are the awards allocated?
Judging is based on digital images sent by the artists, and an initial allocation of awards is decided from those images, too. In normal years, we try to finalize the awards based on the actual work, once it has been delivered.
Special FAQ for photographers: Do I send a photo of my framed photo for jurying?
No – just send the image jpeg straight from your computer. As a photographer, I often enter images to shows before making a final print. Who has the space to store framed pictures, right? (That note is for regular years, of course.)