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Call for entry – Showcase of the Arts 2009

Showcase of the Arts 2009, now in its 5th year, welcomes applicants in all fine art and craft media including paintings, photography, clay, wood, fibre, glass, metal and jewellery. This annual show and sale is building a reputation as a prestige event providing excellent sales opportunities for artists and patrons alike and will take place November 6 to 8, 2009 at the Scugog Community Centre in Port Perry. Applicants are no longer required to be members of Scugog Council for the Arts and there is no application fee; accepted entrants pay a booth fee and are awarded a free SCA membership.

The application form and conditions of entry are attached. Our new planning committee has restructured the event to include an expanded marketing strategy and a new look for the show. Our popular ‘First Night First Choice’ Friday evening opening reception returns this year. There is no application fee; accepted entrants pay a booth fee and are awarded a complimentary one year SCA membership. How’s that for a no risk offer!

We look forward to receiving your applications by the April 30 deadline.

For more information, contact Karen Richardson, Scugog Council for the Arts

Showcase of the Arts Conditions of Exhibitor 2009
2009 Showcase of the Arts APPLICATION FORM

A Step In Thyme

Sponsored by the Lucy Maud Montgomery Society Of Ontario is currently looking for antique dealers and artisans to be in our show May 9, 2009 at the Lucy Maud Montgomery house in Leaksdale – For info please call

Angie Cader – 905-852-6722
Barb Pratt – 852- 3517
Karen Espasido – 905-473-2433

ArtsBridge Call Out

Happy New Year to All,

It’s time again for our call out for ArtsBridge submissions! Anyone with news or stories to be considered for our next (or future) issue(s) are asked to forward their ideas promptly. Of interest are projects on: film, photography, sculpture, fine craft, visual arts, music, dance, performing arts, literature, poetry, and creative youth endeavours, relevant to the Uxbridge area, or content of interest to our readers. Materials for both our printed magazine version, as well as for the multi-media website (including video or sound clips) are welcome. We are also interested in your letters, opinions, and personal perspectives to share and ignite conversations that confirm or challenge a consensus on arts issues. Or perhaps, as an artist, you might raise a question concerning the business of art that you’d like to know more about: portfolio-making, marketing, proposals, agents, gallery protocol, tax implications, or ???

Writers interested in publishing credits in ArtsBridge,for assignments or to showcase their creative work are being sought, as are photographic contributions. Please reply to this email address with TEXT inquiries only, stating your interest, and forwarding all visual art submissions to: , making reference the nature of the submission in the subject line.


If you have any listings of upcoming shows, performances, workshops, calls for entry, or other arts-relevant dates for the ArtsBridge Calendar of Events, please forward it to the email address above.

If you are not a member of the Uxbridge Arts Association, do consider the benefits of joining. Your support reciprocates, stimulates, and escalates an appreciation of the Uxbridge arts community for artists and patrons alike. Log onto: for more information.

Wishing you an inspirational start to 2009,

Linda Lee Purvis
Editor, ArtsBridge
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Art Needs

We need art, but what does art need? What can you as an artist bring to the art world? For the Scarborough Arts Council Annual Juried Art Exhibition 2009, SAC is asking artists to explore the theme of “Art Needs.” Does art need a new perspective? Off-beat colour combinations? Smaller or larger work? More abstraction or realism? Use your unique perspective as an artist and encourage viewers to consider a new way of thinking about art. Artists working in all media are invited to submit their work for Art Needs. The juror for Art Needs is Alexander Irving.

Awards for Art Needs include the Frank Faubert Memorial Award for Art – the City of Toronto Purchase Award and the D. L. Stevenson Ltd. Award for Art.

Successful entries will be exhibited in the Hin-Shiu Hung Art Gallery at the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto from March 19 – April 2, 2009. The entry fee is $35, or $30 for SAC members. All fees are non-refundable. For more information, contact Tim Whalley, Executive Director, at, or call 416-698-7322.

Scarborough Arts Council’s Annual Juried Art Exhibition

March 19 – April 2, 2009

Hin-Shiu Hung Art Gallery
Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto
5183 Sheppard Avenue East
Scarborough, Ontario

Deadline for Entry: February 6, 2009

General Information

Entry Fee: $30 SAC members, $35 non-members (all fees nonrefundable)

Entry Deadline: Friday, February 6, 2009

All entries must be received at Scarborough Arts Council by this time in order to be considered. No late entries will be accepted.

Eligible media: All media are eligible.

Awards: Frank Faubert Memorial Award for Art – City of Toronto purchase award and the D. L. Stevenson Ltd. Award for Art. Opening reception: Opening and awards presentations – Thursday March 19, 2009 from 7:00 – 9:00pm at the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, 5183 Sheppard Avenue East, Scarborough.

Information: Tim Whalley, or 416 698-7322

Application Form

Free “green” poetry contest, WCDR

Passionate about saving our environment? Put it in a poem and you may see your words in print. The Writers’ Circle of Durham Region (WCDR) wants to hear what young poets have to say about saving the environment. They’ve launched ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS, a themed poetry challenge for students, to give young people a chance to express themselves about an issue that touches us all. Contest judges will choose ten winners in two categories: grades 1 to 8 and 9 to 12. The winning poets will be invited to read their entries at the April 11th, 2009 WCDR breakfast meeting. The twenty poems will be published in a special ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS poetry book. The names of all entrants who expressed their concern about the environment by entering this contest will be included in the book. The contest opens October 1st, 2008 and closes January 31st, 2009. Entry is free. Winners will be announced on the WCDR website on March 31st, 2009. For details on how to enter, go to the WCDR Writing Contests page at The Writers’ Circle of Durham Region (WCDR) is dedicated to raising the profile of writers of all kinds, and at all levels, by offering a forum through which they can find support, education and networking opportunities. As a non-profit umbrella organization, WCDR has worked since 1995 to draw together individuals and groups with common interests in promoting the art and skill of writing, fostering literacy, and providing moral support to our members. To find out about the many writing-related activities WCDR offers, please explore MEDIA CONTACT: Heather M. O’Connor, WCDR Director of Public Relations, 905-430-0466 or at 

Short Story Contest, Writers Circle of Durham Region

Tell me a story.” The appeal of a good story never dies, whether it’s a bedtime tale for a tiny tot, a spooky yarn by the fire or a classic short story. The Writers’ Circle of Durham Region (WCDR) wants you to tell us a story. We’re calling all storytellers, writers and mad scribblers to submit their best short stories to our 2008 contest. Choose any genre, subject or style, just keep it short – the story cannot exceed 1500 words.
Entries must be original and unpublished and not submitted elsewhere for publication or broadcast. Sharon English, Barry Dempster and Barbara Kyle will do the final judging — stories will be judged on their originality and sense of craft in the work. Winners will see their entry published in a special edition of the Word Weaver, WCDR’s bi-monthly newsletter, and on our website at Winners will be invited to read their entries at a future WCDR event.
Prizes will be awarded based on a percentage of entry fees collected:
First prize – 25 % cent of entry fees with a $100 minimum prize
Second prize – 15 % of entry fees with a $60 minimum prize
Third prize – 10 % of entry fees with a $40 minimum prize
The contest is open to all writers, 18 years and over. Entry fee is $10 Canadian.
Stories must be received by midnight on December 1, 2008. Electronic submission only. More details at
Address any questions to
The Writers’ Circle of Durham Region (WCDR)
is dedicated to raising the profile of writers of all kinds, and at all levels, by offering a forum through which they can find support, education and networking opportunities. As a non-profit umbrella organization, WCDR has worked since 1995 to draw together individuals and groups with common interests in promoting the art and skill of writing, fostering literacy, and providing moral support to our members. To find out about the many writing-related activities WCDR offers, please explore
MEDIA CONTACT: Heather M. O’Connor, WCDR Director of Public Relations

Members Art Exhibition, Station Gallery, Whitby

Submissions now being accepted until November 15. Juror is Katerina Atanassova, Varley Art Gallery (and also at Uxbridge Juried Art Show)

For an entry form, please download the following pdf:

Vaughan-of-a-Kind Artisan Call

Click for the Vaughan-of-a-Kind brochure

The call for entries for the 2008 Vaughan-of-a-Kind Art & Craft Show is available.

Entry Deadline – Oct 10, 2008
Show date: Nov 15, 2008

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.

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