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The Uxbridge Music Scholarship Fund now celebrates its first ten years and Lesley Joosten (flute) and Anthony Holt are giving a recital on Sunday June 14. This is at 2.00 p.m. at St Andrew’s-Chalmers Presbyterian Church on Toronto Street.

Do please join us – no charge, though donations are invited towards the Fund.

The programme will not be much more than an hour – a relaxing way to begin your Sunday afternoon! We do hope to see you there.

Anthony Holt and Lesley Joosten

With Stuart Beaudoin accompanist

Founders of the UMSF

Celebrate 10 years of Adjudications

Sunday, June 14, 2:00pm

St. Andrew’s Chalmer’s Presbyterian Church

40 Toronto St., Uxbridge

One hour of mixed repertoire

No tickets required, donations appreciated

Uxbridge Music Scholarship Fund

Rising Stars Concert, May 8


On Friday May 8th, the community of Uxbridge will once again enjoy the annual Rising Stars Concert presented by the Uxbridge Music Scholarship Fund. It’s an opportunity to hear some of our finest young musicians demonstrate their terrific talent, and remind us of why music education is so important. This year the concert will feature violin, piano, flute and voice performances, with all proceeds going to the scholarship fund which assists local students pursuing post-secondary studies in music.

One of last year’s scholarship winners, Kathryn Dnes, will treat the audience to her virtuosic violin playing. She will also play some tunes with her sisters Nicole and Natalie as the well-known and popular local fiddle trio, The Dnes Sisters. Their accompanists include Elaine Brandon on piano, and Chris Saunders on guitar.

The church’s magnificent grand piano will be played with mastery by two talented young pianists, Issac Hong and Stephanie Bacon, both of whom are working on their Royal Conservatory of Music grade 10 in piano. Sunderland Festival award winner Naomi Wilkes will thrill the audience with her beautiful flute playing, with Stuart Beaudoin as accompanist.

Rounding out the program will be a variety of vocal performances. The J.G. Gould Intermediate Jazz Choir, under the direction of Katie Fockler and accompanied on piano by Anthony Holt, will delight everyone with a selection of songs. Members of the cast of the Uxbridge Youth Theatre’s upcoming production of Back to the 80’s will perform several numbers from the show. As well, Ainslie Drew-Brook will return to the Uxbridge stage to sing (Ainslie is an Uxbridge favourite for her wonderful performances in the lead role of local music theatre productions such as Oliver and High School Musical, before going on to pursue drama studies at University of Toronto). She will be accompanied by Jane Loewen, the concert organizer and evening’s MC.

Come out and enjoy this special musical evening on Friday May 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the acoustically-grand setting of St. Andrew’s-Chalmers Presbyterian Church, 40 Toronto St. S. in Uxbridge. Tickets are available at the door (Church St. entrance) – adults $15, students $10, children under 10 free. See you there!

New Art Inspired by Artifacts

Our Past is Showing:

New Art Inspired by Artifacts

September 10 – November 8, 2009

Scugog Heritage and Archival Centre

1655 Reach St.

Port Perry, Ontario.

Artists and craftspersons in all media are being invited to participate in this unique exhibition which connects Scugog’s local heritage to its current vibrant arts community.

Yesterday’s necessities become inspirations for today’s creative expression in Our Past is Showing: New Art Inspired by Artifacts, the inaugural exhibition at the new Scugog Heritage and Archival  Centre, curated in partnership by the Scugog Council for the Arts and the Scugog Heritage and Archival Centre.

Drawing inspiration from existing artifacts in the Scugog Shores Museum’s collection, selected artists will create a new original work which will be then be exhibited alongside the original artifact in the gallery space of the new Scugog Heritage and Archival Centre at 1655 Reach St in Port Perry. All artist work is to be for sale.

Interested artists are invited to attend an Artifact Viewing and Lottery on Tuesday, May 19th at the Scugog Shores Museum, 16210 Island Rd., Port Perry.

  • Artifacts will be on view throughout the afternoon starting at 2 pm, with an official welcome reception at 6 pm and the lottery itself scheduled for 7 pm.
  • Artists will select their artifact through the lottery process and will then be asked to sign a participation contract.
  • Signing of this contract is not a guarantee of acceptance into the exhibition. In the event of greater interest than space permits, artists will be selected on the basis of balance of media and diversity for the final exhibition.
  • Artists will be able to photograph their selected artifact for reference and additional viewings may be scheduled with Museum staff by appointment. Artifacts are not permitted to leave the Museum.

Once selected, artists will be required to observe the following timeline:

  • August 1st – deadline for artists to submit details to Museum staff of their anticipated finished artwork including medium, size, display requirement etc.
  • Sept. 1 to 4 – All completed artwork needs to be received by Museum staff at the Scugog Heritage and Archival Centre.
  • September 10 – Opening reception at 7 pm.
  • November 9 to 11 – removal of unsold pieces from Scugog Heritage and Archival Centre.

For more information, please contact Carey Nicholson, Scugog Council for the Arts at or 905 985-4914 or Shannon Kelly, Scugog Shores Museum at or 905 985-7346 ex. 147.

Cynthia Cupples Spring Show


May 2 & 3, 2009
11 – 5 pm

Pottery and ‘New’ Watercolour & Oil Paintings

8319 3rd Concession
Uxbridge, ON

Artists of Uxbridge Show

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Sat Apr 25 & Sun Apr 26, 2009 10am-4pm
Museum School House, Concession 6, Uxbridge

Scugog Studio Tour

May 2-3, 2009
Visit for details



1aDan Gallagher
Woodcarving and boat building are traditional trades, requiring knowledge of both material and technique. Dan carves to commissions and constructs the elegant Adirondack style Guideboat.
2320 Shirley Road, Port Perry.

1bHelen Benninger – Guest Artist
Helen has a unique approach to creating scarves, wearable art and wall art with fabric, ribbons, thread and yarn on her trusty sewing machine.

1cGary Moore – Guest Artist
I find that every chair takes my best effort and attention to detail. Use of the right woods and joinery leads to a wonderfully light, strong and resilient structure.


2aPat Neal Naked Lamb Weaving Studio
Shawls, blankets and fabrics are woven on traditional, wooden floor looms. Cotton, mohair, hemp and handpainted silk yarns are blended to create unique items and textures.
8 Myrtle RoadWest
at Hwy 12, Myrtle

2bBarbara Kimball – Guest Artist
Barbara’s work includes a menagerie of whimsical animal sculptures for home and garden. Her dragons and birds perch on teapots, jars and other functional pieces.


3aJan Pierson
Silkscapes Jan’s work features the inter -mingling of deep, vibrant colours to create one-of-a-kind handpainted silk clothing, accessories and individual orders.
125Myrtle Road East,Myrtle

3bPaul Williams – Guest Artist
Sculpting the metal allows me to develop unique forms that come alive with the sparkling light and beautiful soothing sound of gently falling water.

3cBeverley Williams – Guest Artist
I love working with gourds adding colour, feathers, beads, leather & wood burned designs. Each gourd is unique and is a naturally beautiful sculptural form.


4aJaan Peets
Jaan’s landscape photography is inspired by light, form and texture. Using traditional medium and large format cameras he creates remarkable images rich in detail and colour.
9560 Dagmar Road, Ashburn, 905-655-8199


5aJennifer Ross
Detailed paintings in soft pastel capture the character and charm of villages, towns, gardens and landscapes, particularly those in the United Kingdom and Europe.
115 Durhan Road 21, Port Perry, 905-985-3295

5bJennifer Creeggan – Guest Artist
Handcrafted porcelain pottery inspired by walks in the forest. Treat yourself to a reprieve from the mass-produced world.
Oven, dishwasher, microwave safe.


6aNorma Van Camp
Uniquely designed, handcrafted, acrylic floorcloths: extremely functional with a wide range of aesthetic possibilities.
70 Scugog Line 6,
Port Perry

6bGay Liddell – Guest Artist
Turning Point – Gay produces finely thrown and detailed porcelain table ware and decorative items, complimented by unique sculptured platters and glazed in an expressive array of nature’s colours.


7aMark Puigmarti
Local artist blacksmith
Mark Puigmarti of Port Perry creates custom hand forged ironwork. From functional pieces including gates and railings to sculptural pieces for the garden.
402 Reach Street, Port Perry


8aBonnie Thomson – Glass, Stone,Mosaics
Bonnie designs and fabricates architectural stained glass, lamps and garden sculpture.
136 River Street, Seagrave

8bJane Bingham – Guest Artist
Jane’s pottery focuses on natural motifs and incorporates hand carving and impressed relief.With her husband Dave, she creates unique pieces: combining function and beauty.

8cShelli and Mark Eisenberg – Guest Artists
From whimsical to classic, Shelli andMark make imaginative sterling silver and gold jewellery, creating a unique sense of movement in metal.Many of their rings, earrings and brooches feature stone inlays or beautifully set coloured gems.


9aDiane Beach
Diane’s detailed paintings are created in watercolours and mixed media. She has been painting for several years and is mostly self taught.
226 Fingerboard Road,
Little Britain

9bLis Simpson – Guest Artist
Art Glass Jewellery
Lis makes glass beads on the torch that shimmer and gleam with subtle “treasures” inside. These tiny abstract sculptures become fine jewellery – “wearable art pieces”!


10aJoanna Malcolm Studio by the Green
My paintings are created in a unique style ofwhimsey,warmth and contagiously vibrant colours.Recently, I have explored abstracts through an intuitive painterly process.
17751 Nestleton Road, Nestleton, 905-213-4922

10bJoan Flusché – Guest Artist
Joan combines sea glass, semi-precious stones, silver, pearls, crystal and other natural materials to create unusual and elegant jewellery. Each piece is truly unique!


11aPamela Meacher
Master painter and author Pamela is passionate about the conservation of native flora. Her botanically styled paintings combine the magic of watercolours and charm of the faeries’ enchanted world.
19 Ambleside Drive,
Port Perry, 905-985-8851

11bRay Young – Guest Artist
Using a range of techniques, Ray’s creations enhance the natural beauty of exotic and native woods revealing their warmth, colour, and texture in amazing detail.



12aMaureen Dorinda
Through playful expressionism and abstraction, Maureen invites you to explore her mystical forms. Her colours, rhythms and movements create a uniquely different feeling in every viewer!
45 Orchard Road,

12bMickie Petursson – Guest Artist
Mickie’s paintings capture the essence of the places she has visited, the people who have influenced her life and the objects she holds dear.


13aNancy Gardham
My impressionist paintings attempt to maximize the transparent properties of watercolour. Subjects are both man made and natural objects.
425 Lakeshore Drive,
Port Perry

13bStan Tait – Guest Artist
Stan Tait creates classic, contemporary and timeless jewellery! Stan’s celebrated designs include the Muskoka Pine Tree Collection, Infinity Collection and his nationally recognized ‘Angel Pendant’.


14aJean Telford-Rahme
Using a colourful palette, Jean captures impressions of her subjects with acrylic on canvas or watercolour. Her inspiration comes from travel, nature, people and architecture.
439 Kent Street, Port Perry

14bPaul Gray Diamond – Guest Artist
Paul strives to bring out the story of the tree’s life in pure simple lines for his vases as individual as all life forms are.


15aTravis Merrick
After years of enjoying painting, I am channelling my creativity into exploring the three dimensional world of sculpting.
298 Bigelow Street, Port Perry

15bKaren Hunter – Guest Artist
Karen graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1985. Her jewellery is all handmade and designed by her. She works with Sterling Silver, semiprecious stones and Niobium, a very rare pure metal which is naturally hypoallergenic, and when anodized produces a rainbow of colours.


16aKaren Richardson
Travel throughout Canada and beyond inspires Karen’s remarkable paintings. She works in a realistic style to create dramatic landscapes, vibrant florals and architectural portraits in watercolour.
41 Riverview Drive,
Port Perry

16bCathy Mark – Guest Artist
Magical metal, stone and mixed media creations depicting nature’s finest.

Arts Bridge Spring 2009 Issue

Silverbirch: Sally’s Dance


Musical Families Night

Chris Saunders

Chris & Joel Saunders

Musical Families Impromptu Finale

Dan Hill

March Books & Brunch at Wooden Sticks


Return to Arts Bridge Spring 2009 Issue

Uxbridge Youth Photo Project: ‘This is My Life’

‘Contact Sheets’ from the Uxbridge Youth Photo Project: ‘This is My Life’

Return to Arts Bridge Spring 2009 Issue

Behind the Scenes
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Personal Work
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Lynne McIlvride Evans Easter Show


Friday April 10 to Monday April 13
1:00 to 5:00 daily

415 Scugog Line 8, Port Perry