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Durham College workshops, Nov 15 & 29

Event Planning
Whether you are planning a wedding, charity event, family reunion or a trade show,
join us to discover the fascinating world of event management.
Learn techniques and secrets of staging a successful event, including audience
identification, creating your theme and agenda, scheduling for success, 
working with venues and suppliers and marketing your event.
We will discuss the various career opportunities for event planners.
LEIS 1076, 6 Hrs $99.75
Nov 15th  Sat. 9 am – 4 pm UXBRIDGE
Turn Your Hobby to Profit
Take your love, skill or idea to a new level. Transform your idea and yourself 
into a money making enterprise. If you are tired of minimum wage, or want to
build your hobby, craft or passion into a full or part-time business, this is for you.
Cover start-up, finding market niches, action plans and saving thousands in taxes.
Leave with many worksheets that can lead to your business plan.
BUS 1962, 7 Hrs $99.75
Nov 15th  Sat. 9 am – 5 pm UXBRIDGE
100 Mini
Holiday Cards
Just in time for the holiday season, learn to make a multitude of cards, tags and
decorated envelopes with beautiful colour combinations, using elegant embossing
techniques and stamping, stickers and Japanese paper folding.
A supply fee of $25 is payable to Jocelyn Allen.
CRFT 1920, 5 Hrs $94.50
Nov 15th  Sat. 10 am – 4 pm UXBRIDGE
Abstract Painting
Learn the modern art language of the abstract expressionists through this exciting
and challenging workshop. Explore the modern principles of abstract art using colour,
textures, form, line, composition, value and design to create personal expressive works
of art. Learn to find your own creative style. You will use various media with a focus on
acrylic paints. A great way to use up your old materials to find a truly personal vision.
Taught by Andrew Hamilton.  A supply list can be found on the website.
PAIT 1935, 6 Hrs $94.50
Nov 29th Sat. 9 am – 4 pm UXBRIDGE
Movie Maker for Windows
You have the inspiration.  Now you just need the know-how to bring your visions to life.
See how easy it can be to create, edit and add special effects to your movies using Windows
Movie Maker. With Movie Maker, you can turn your home movies into awesome videos that you
can share across the internet, or burn to a CD or DVD. Movie Maker is easy for anyone to use,
so don't be afraid to dive in, even if you're not a computer expert.
MEDA 1950, 6 Hrs $86.54
Nov 29th Sat. 9 am – 4 pm UXBRIDGE

Artsbridge – Call for Submissions

The Uxbridge Arts Association is revising its newsletter magazine ARTSBRIDGE into a richer source of information for its diverse readership by expanding its size, content, and coverage. As the prominent voice of the UAA, which aspires to be the conduit for delivering news, issues, and arts-related information for the multi-dimensional Uxbridge arts community, the newly expanded format of ARTSBRIDGE will be more widely distributed, showcasing the vibrancy of our artistic gems to those in surrounding areas, as well as our own.

Performing arts, film, photography, various visual arts, sculpture, music, literature, or any other aspect of ‘the arts’ represent an important role in the wholeness of our arts family. Should you know (or are) someone with an angle to be showcased, with arts news, an up-coming show, book-release, or any other arts-newsworthy recognition, we are here to spread the word. Additionally, if you have a particular issue or topic of interest that should be covered in ARTSBRIDGE, please forward details.


We are looking to connect with any local writers who might be interested in an opportunity to have work published in ARTSBRIDGE in one of two capacities: one being a platform to showcase short stories or poetry, and the other to accept a short assignment to cover a local story. We are keen to give exposure to additional literary works that exceed space within the magazine itself, by publishing them on the UAA website. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in earning a publishing credit, or looking to expand their present portfolio of published work.

Additionally, if there are any visual artists, photographers, or sculptors that would like to submit an image to be considered for publication in either the magazine or website, we welcome your query.

Musicians, film-makers, or performing artists who would like to have a sampling of their work showcased on the website or for possible future exposure through a UAA multi-media supplement, please reply with a text e-mail only, describing your work.

Children/Youth: ARTSBRIDGE will also feature work (all media, including literature) showcasing aspiring talent amongst our youth. Submission inquiries welcome.

Anyone interested in making a submission for consideration should make an initial text inquiry first. You will then be given further details on how to proceed.

DEADLINE for ‘queries’ for the new ARTSBRIDGE fall issue is August 22, 2008.

Please direct your queries to:
Linda Lee Purvis

Upcoming summer workshops

Here are some artistic summer workshops for adults and children.

Friday, June 27th, The Uxbridge Youth Centre is excited to present artist and designer John Allen who is offering a Learn to Draw! workshop for youth ages 12-19. No Cost – all supplies provided. Limited to 15 Participants. Call Vanessa Slater, UYC Programming Coordinator at 905 852-0127 to register. 7-9pm, Uxbridge Library – Lower Level.

Saturday, June 28th, The Uxbridge Youth Centre presents an Improv Workshop for youths ages 12-19 with Suzanne Crone – Free. This two-hour workshop is just a taster for a UYC 6-week workshop series offered by Suzanne over the summer – free – for youth Event occurs from 2-4pm, Elgin Park Bandshell. Registration to follow next Saturday’s event! Limited to 15 participants. Call Vanessa Slater, UYC Programming Coordinator at 905 852-0127 to register.

July 3, Anna MacKay-Smith (director of The MOM Project and The AhMen Project) will be offering eight weekly drop-in workshops to explore creativity, play, imagination and self-expression. At the Siloam Community Centre 7040 Concession 2 at corner of Durham 8 at 7 – 9 p.m each Thursday. $20 per workshop – No need to register beforehand. For more Info call Anna 416-938-7649.

July 10-Aug 21 ‘Writing with Wendy’ Join award winning author Wendy A. Lewis for fun one and a half hour writing workshops for youth that will get your creative juices flowing and help make your stories sparkle! Everything provided including a snack. Just bring along a willing brain and a writing arm! Cost: $15.00 for each class to run 10-11:30 a.m. Choose one or both days for your grade group as of Sept. ’08.
¨ Grds. 3-4 July 10 & Aug 7
¨ Grds: 5-6 July 17 & Aug 14
¨ Grds: 7-8 July 24 & Aug 21
Wendy’s books for young people include: ‘Freefall’, ‘ Lacrosse Warrior:
The Life of Mohawk Lacrosse Champion Gaylord Powless’,

For additional summer workshops offered for children at the library see their
Summer flyer at

Any members of the Arts Association that would be interested in leading a workshop for Uxbridge Youth should contact Vanessa Slater, UYC Programming Coordinator at 905 852-0127.


Hold on to your hats – there is a lot of stuff happening around town so we shall try to list it all here – hope to see you out at one of the many events to take place over the next few weeks:

June 13 Fridays at the Foster featuring pop artist David McDowell.
June 14 & 15 Daniel Colby Art Exhibit and Sale 10am-6 pm at 4 Sandy Hook Rd.
June 14-15 100 Years of Anne Festival at various locations in Uxbridge and Leaskdale. See your local paper. Highlights include:
Book signing by Lucy Maud Montgomery’s grandaughter, Kate McDonald.Afternoons Saturday and Sunday at Blue Heron Books.
Anne- the Play presented by OnStage Uxbridge June 12-14 at 8:00pm,June 14th& 15th matinee at 2:00 pm at Old St. Paul’s Church in Leaskdale.
June 20- Fridays at the Foster present Tommy Pullin
June 21 – The Movie Premier of a local documentary film about the Uxbridge Train Station, Uxbridge Music Hall , 7:00 pm. Presentation from the Director is included.
June 22nd – Carol Gibson and Jane Loewen present “A Lovely Way to Spend the Evening” concert featuring your favorite show tunes.St. Andrews Chalmers Presbyterian Church at 7:30 pm. Tickets at Blue Heron Books.
June 22nd Salvation Army Concert Band – 7:00 PM Bandshell at Elgin Park.
June 27 Friday’s at the Foster presents folk artist Nancy Hall
July 3-12 – Rylepuss Productions presents Jesus Christ Superstar at the Uxbridge Music Hall.

Audition Notices:
June 19 A movie production with local director and producer is looking for faces to photograph for an upcoming movie. The production is looking for faces of men
over 45, young women between 15 and 25 and children between ages 2 and 8. Photographs will be taken between 4-6:30pm at the Seniors Centre, Uxbridge.

June 20th & 21st auditions for On Stage Uxbridge’s next musical, Something Funny Happened on the Way to the Forum. Directed by Conrad Boyce. Contact 905 852 1900 for more information.

June 25th & July 3rd auditions for the Uxbridge Youth Choir directed by Jennifer Neveu. Appropriate for children aged 6-16. Contact Jennifer at 905 852 2974 for more information and to book your audition time.

Call For Artists’ Submissions

Art in the Preserve

This is a call for artists to submit works, on the basis of which two artists will be selected and commissioned to create a picture for the Art in the Preserve program. This call is being sent to all members of the Uxbridge Arts Association (UAA), all artists and guest artists on this year’s Uxbridge Studio Tour, and members of the Artists of Uxbridge art group.

The program
Under this program, paintings of the Countryside Preserve are mounted permanently in the Preserve. (The Countryside Preserve is a 140-acre natural area just south of the Walmart / Canadian Tire complex, with a network of trails open to the public). The program is a joint initiative of the Township, the Town Trail Committee and the Uxbridge Naturally group.

Selected artists will paint scenes along the Preserve trails, which will be reproduced digitally, embedded in fibreglass and mounted on aluminum pedestals in a picture-frame mounting. Walkers in the Preserve would come across a framed painting, set at the location where the artist painted it, and could thus see the scenery and see the artist’s interpretation of it. An initial installation, painted by John Pryce, was installed last year (see photo), and two more have been budgeted by the Township Parks & Recreation department, with an artist’s fee provided by the UAA.

The installations
The pedestals are single-post aluminum structures, set in concrete, with aluminum frames and fibreglass embedded images resistant to weathering and, as much as possible, to vandalism. The paintings will be in aluminum picture frames, with a mat. Artists will sign their works on the canvas (within the picture), and the mat will include the name of the artist, date, and medium of the original. The painting part of the overall display may be reproduced with a canvas texture if appropriate.

Objectives of the program

  1. To bring together Uxbridge’s two unique resources — the trails/environmental community and the arts community — in a joint project that will enhance the stature of Uxbridge.
  2. To provide another, and unique, dimension to the Countryside Preserve, thus enhancing its reputation as a major attraction for visitors and residents.
  3. To introduce visitors to the Preserve to the world of art, in a natural setting rather than a gallery.
  4. To enhance Uxbridge’s image as a thriving artistic centre, and to provide exposure for local artists.

Specifications for the final works of art

  • The original pictures should generally be 12 x 16” in size, either horizontal or vertical. There will be a 1” frame and 3” mat, resulting in a display approx. 20 x 26”. The pictures will be reproduced as close to original size as possible, to avoid distortion of the original (brush-strokes, texture etc.) through reduction or enlargement. However, if an artist wants to work in larger format, reduction is possible.
  • Each work will be created from a viewpoint on an established trail location, so that the final installation can be viewed from the trail.
  • Scenes will be selected by the artists, with some coordination to ensure locations are not too close together. Selected artists will choose a location, to be confirmed by the selection committee.
  • Any “flat art” medium is admissible — oils, acrylics, water colours, pen or pencil. Art that depends on texture or depth (e.g. collages) are not acceptable.
  • Pictures may represent the Preserve in any season — but with coordination to ensure that not all pictures are (for example) fall scenes.

Each selected artist will be paid $500 for the selected work of art (unframed), which will then belong to the Town Trail Committee (a committee of the Township). The artist and the Township will both have reproduction rights, with the Township’s rights limited to promotion/marketing, and not commercial sales.

Timeline and specifications for selection submissions

  • Artists will be selected on the basis of existing works from their portfolios. Each prospective artist should submit images of three previous works, representative of the style they plan to use if commissioned.
  • Images should be in JPEG digital format and sent to: Uxbridge Arts Association, attn Colleen Baskin, PO Box 247., Uxbridge ON L9P 1M7, or e-mailed to Label each image with your last name and a number.
  • Deadline for submissions: July 12, 2008. Notification of winners: early August.
  • Deadline for provision of the final art work, Dec. 31, 2008 – gives opportunity to select a summer, fall or winter setting.
  • Selection will be made by Colleen Baskin (UAA), Councilor Gord Highet (Township) and Wynn Walters (Uxbridge Naturally). They will retain the right to reject any final art work not considered suitable, or to choose only one artist (or none) if submissions do not warrant selection.

Update on the UAA Executive positions

Hello, I just wanted to update everyone on the status of the UAA and its Executive Committee.

We have enough people who will stand for election to cover off the positions we are required to fill by our Constitution. These individuals are:

Stuart Blower – President
Anthony Holt – Treasurer
Hollay Ghadrey – Secretary
Barbara Blower – Membership (in conjunction with Anthony)
Linda Lee Purvis and Shelley Marsland – Newsletter
Colleen Baskin – Past President

We still need to find additional people who are willing to help out with the newsletter content and who can manage the calendar, web-content and current events postings.

Please plan to come to our Annual General Meeting next Wednesday June 11th at 7:00 as we will be holding out annual business meeting and electing these new officers. If you are one of those who is standing for election, please contact me me if you cannot come so I am aware of it.

After our meeting we will hear from Faith Dentay who is opening an Art Gallery and workshop space in Mt Albert this weekend. Faith has received a Canada Council grant and has done all the legwork to renovate a property into an Art Centre and organize a gallery there. It will be fascinating to hear her experiences on this journey!

Our new Secretary, Hollay Ghadery, has offered to host our post-AGM wine and cheese party. We will distribute information about how to get to Hollay’s house at the AGM so everyone can find it. Everyone is most welcome to attend.

More information to come



Help Needed
Tour Guides for Lucy Maud Festival June 14-15. Tour guides are needed to ride the two shuttle buses between Leaskdale and Uxbridge. Scripts will be provided and the role includes pointing out places of interest between Uxbridge and Leaksdale, this will include identification of farm animals for city folks. Tour guides are only needed Saturday 14th. Fulfill your dream of being a tour
guide by calling Cecelia at 905 852 0057. If you are interested in being a costumed ‘Walker’ in down town Uxbridge handing out information to visitors please indicate your interest to the number above. Remember, Onstage Uxbridge will help to get you in costume.

The UAA is still trying to fill positions on it’s Executive and various Committees for the upcoming year. Nominations are being accepted for all positions, but we currently have no candidates for the position of secretary, newsletter committee, membership coordinator, calendar/announcements, vice-president, and web coordinator. Please contact Colleen Baskin at 905 862 0935 or reply to this e-mail if interested.


The Haliburton School of Arts has sent us several copies of their current (and very extensive) course catalogue and information about their courses, certificate and diploma programs ( These catalogues will be available at the Uxbridge Public Library (lower level) as of Friday May 22 if you would like to pick one up.

Subscription tickets are now on sale for the upcoming season of OnStage Uxbridge featuring A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Of Mice and Men, Camelot and the Importance of Being Earnest. Purchase tickets at the office of the Uxbridge Cosmos newspaper 38 Toronto St. N.

Congratulations to UAA members Mike Wood and Cathy Christoff. Mike’s son Dustan Wood and his band Grand PM was recently featured on MTV, and Cathy’s daughter Lauren Christoff has just released her first pop music single.

Upcoming Events
May 22 – 31 Uxbridge Youth Theatre presents Copacobana at the Music Hall. Tickets available at Green Goose Gallery in Uxbridge.

Friday, May 23, 2008 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Youth Shine at Uxbridge Senior’s Centre, 75 Marietta Street. Comedian and improve artist Neil Crone performs and hosts a Teen talent show as a fundraiser for the Uxbridge Youth Centre.

Friday, May 23, 2008 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Friday at the Foster featuring NOW AND THEN with Rick Hannah and Larry Barnett and their vocal harmonies and 40 years’ experience. Contact Sheila Liddon at 905 852 2747 for more information. The Foster Memorial is located at 9449 Regional Rd. 1 (4 km. North of Uxbridge)

Friday, May 30, 2008 starting at 7:30 PM . Friday at the Foster featuring folk artist Grainne Ryan. The Foster Memorial is located at 9449 Regional Rd. 1 (4km. North of Uxbridge)

Friday, May 30, 2008 starting at 7:30 PM . The Uxbridge Youth Choir, directed by Jennifer Neveu, will be wrapping up their season with a spring concert featuring over 30 young voices! Takes place at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Toronto Street. Tickets are $10.00 at the door. Children under 10 are free. Karen Higgins at 905-852-2913 or

May 31 and June 1, 2008 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. ‘Artists of Uxbridge’ group of artists is holding its annual show and sale at the Uxbridge Historical Centre, School House located on Concession 6, just north of Brock Street West. Admission is free and refreshments are available. For more information call 905-852-6357 or 905-862-2432.

June 1 Uxbridge Chamber Choir presents Carmina Burana at the Sunderland Music Hall. 3:00 pm Tickets available at Blue Heron Books or at the Door.

June 4 Nidd-Suzuki String School holds its Spring Recital. FREE anyone is welcome to attend. at 6:30 at the Music HallJune 6-15 On-Stage Uxbridge presents the play “Anne” in conjunction with the Celebration of 100 Years of Anne. Play performed at the old St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Leaskdale. Tickets available at Brock St. Music in Uxbridge. Show times are 8:00 pm on June 6,7,8 and 12,13,14 and 2:00 pm on June 8,14,& 15.

June 10 & 11 Auditions for Uxbridge Youth Theatre Jr – You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown. Looking for singing actors aged 9-13. Contact Nia King-Hachey at 852-4856 for information, an appointment and an audition kit.

June 11th Uxbridge Arts Association Annual General Meeting at 7:00 in the Schoolhouse at the Uxbridge Historical Centre.


Sat May 31st and Sun June 1st – ART SHOW AND SALE “Artists of Uxbridge”
group of artists is holding its annual show and sale at the Uxbridge Historical
Centre, School House located on Concession 6, just north of Brock Street West.
Admission is free and refreshments are available. Open from 10a.m. until 4p.m.
each day. For more information call 905-852-6357 or 905-862-2432.

June 11 Uxbridge Art Association Annual General Meeting – 7:00pm at Schoolhouse

June 14/15 OnStage Uxbridge is looking for volunteers to ‘act’ at the ‘100 years
of Anne’ Lucy Maud Montgomery celebrations in Uxbridge on June 14 and 15th. They
need people to dress in period costume stroll the main streets and hand out
information pamphlets to visitors. The theatre group will provide support for
costumes. If you can help for 2hrs (or more) on either of these days please
contact Cecelia Smith at

Nominations are being accepted for next year’s UAA executive. We have lots of
openings to fill, so please consider volunteering to help out with this. We
have had an excellent group of people who have all been doing this for many
years, it is time for other people to step up and help out. Please contact
Colleen Baskin at 905 852 9249 if interested, or e-mail

Upcoming Events

Here are some dates of upcoming events to put in your calendar:

March 21-24 Lynne McIlvride Evans popular Easter Art Show returns. Show is open 1-5 each day at 415 Scugog Line 8. Call 905 852 7768 for more information or see

March 29th The Uxbridge Chamber Choir is presenting ‘Requiem’ at Trinity United Church. 8:00 pm. Tickets at Blue Heron Books

March 28th – April 6th The Ah-Men Project runs at the Music Hall. Show dates are March 28 and 29, April 3,4,5 at 8:00 and March 30 and April 6 at 3:00. Content not suitable for youth under the age of 16. Tickets at Blue Heron Books.

Artisan Feature Insert in Times Journal The TJ is running a special Arts insert on April 11th. If you would like to purchase an ad, the copy deadline is April 4th. Those purchasing ads receive a free profile in the section. Please contact Peter Winlove Smith at 905 852 9141 ext 24 for more information.

Literary Contest – This spring, Scugog Council for the Arts is holding its first literary contest. The event will feature two categories: short fiction and poetry. Prizes will include $100 for top spot in each category plus various other cash and non-cash awards. Everyone is encouraged to enter; there is no age limit and applicants are not required to be SCA members. The cost is just $10 per entry, with a maximum of one entry in each category. Deadline for submissions is April 15 and the winners will be announced on April 22 at the annual general meeting of the SCA.
Visit for further information.

Calls for Entry into Juried Shows

March 31 Deadline for entries for the 4th annual Scugog Council for the Arts Showcase of the Arts exhibition and sale, which will be held in the Scugog Community Recreation Centre on the first weekend in November. The jury is looking for 30 to 40 exhibitors of fine craft and visual art, working in any medium. Applicants must be members of Scugog Council for the Arts and may join SCA at time of application. Full details and entry forms are available online at and at downtown galleries in Port Perry.

March 31 Deadline for applications to exhibit at the Kent Farndale Gallery in the Scugog Memorial Public Library. The Gallery is seeking exhibitors for the first six months of 2009. Interested artists should submit their applications by 5 p.m. on March 31. Full details are available online at or by phoning the Library at 905-985-7686.

April 23rd is the deadline for entering the a Juried Art show presented by Meta4 Contemporary Craft Gallery (Port Perry) in partnership with Scugog Lake Stewards Inc.. This year’s theme is water. They are looking for fine craft and visual art works exploring the theme of water, how water contributes meaning to our life and sustains our body and spirit. For more details contact Meta4 Contemporary Craft Gallery, 200 Queen St. Port Perry L9L 1B8 tel. 905-985-1534 The show runs from May 15 until June 22 2008.

Finally, we have received a warning from the Ontario Crafts Council about an allegedly “suspect” art show. The Crafts Council is cautioning artists to be wary of the “Toronto Art Show” or the “Toronto Art League” because of murky and misleading information that has been advertised about the show. For more information contact Emma Quin, General Manager Ontario Crafts Council, T: (416) 925-4222

Seasons Greetings from the UAA

On behalf of the Uxbridge Arts Association, I would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday and all the best for 2008. Here are a few events to keep in mind as the final days of December roll past:

Choirs of Uxbridge Coral Concert
is this TONIGHT Friday Dec 21 at 7:30 – Trinity United Church. This concert was rescheduled from last Sunday afternoon.
Original tickets will be honored and tickets are available at the door.

Exhibit Space Available – The Musical Hall board is making an exhibit wall available for local artists to hang their work. The space is downstairs by the coat-check and washrooms. Work will be hung in one month rotations. Please contact Conrad Boyce for details at Space will be allotted on a first come-first serve basis.

On Stage Uxbridge is looking for volunteers to work Front of House for Seussical – The Musical. Show dates are January 17 – 19 and 24 – 26, 2008. Reply to this e-mail if you would like to participate and we will put you in touch with the production team. have you got your tickets yet? They are on sale at Brock St. Music.

DVDs of A Place to Stand (Christopher Chapman’s 1967 Academy Award winning short film) are available to purchase this Christmas at Blue Heron Books. Visit the Blue Heron to see the Oscar award!

Training and Education – Many new arts related programs start in January at Durham College (Uxbridge Campus). Follow this link to see what is being offered
next semester. Two of the courses featured below are taught by UAA members:

Children’s Literature Course
– Instructor is award-winning (and local) children’s author Wendy A. Lewis. Class takes place Monday evenings from 6:30 to 9:00 pm, from January 14 to March 24, 2008 (no class March 10.) Contact Durham College, Uxbridge Campus for more info. Call 905-852-7848 or e-mail or

Create your own website using Word Press – Rich Helms is offering his popular course on Saturday Jan 19, 2008 9am-4pm at Uxbridge Durham College. Cost: $116.60 ($106 for Uxbridge Arts members) – prices include GST. Call 905-852-0551 or e-mail
Details at

Have a safe and happy holiday.