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* 2017 PRAC Juried Shows

2017 Dates to remember

Opening Reception JPE May 4
Notice of intent JAS September 29

* $$ Paid Opportunities $$

Also check opportunities!

* 2017 AGM and Arts Event
Next AGM Wednesday, April 5, 2017
* Ad Rates and Deadlines

Just how much does it cost to advertise in ArtScene or include flyers AND what are the deadlines.

Click here and you will find all this and more.

PDF of ArtScene Ad Rates

January/February Issue due November 20
March/April due January 20
May/June due March 20
July/August due May 20
September/October due July 20
November/December due September 20

* Art in Public Places
PineRidge Arts Council's initiative "Art in Public Places" works with local venues to display the works of PRAC's Durham Artists.
OPG, Pickering
McLean Community Centre, Ajax
Dentistry on Liverpool, Pickering
Reed's Florists, Pickering Town Centre
Body & Mind Wellness Family Chiropractic Centre
Debbie's Cafe, Ajax
* Art Scams to be AWARE of

If you are looking at an offer that looks too good to be true … check out our scam section.

Are they overpaying you for your work and asking you to send them the difference?

If you know of others not listed, let us know, we will add them to the list.

* Artfest on the Esplanade
* Art Show Notices
* art Supplies for Sale (used)


1 Cerlox paper puncher with square holes and some supplies

8-12 Reams of 250 sheets Linen Laid (Wholesale each $28 and other “High End” printing stock $110)

Art supplies



* Helping Hands from PRAC

City of Pickering looking for volunteers for Oct. 14, 2017 for the Tom Thomson Celebration event.

Frequently we receive requests from organizations asking for donations from our members. It is not PRAC's policy to send requests to members, but as some members may choose to support different causes, we provide this list for them.

When you request donated artwork we know you have a plan to promote the event/ raffle in order for you to raise the most funds, so please include:

  • where the donation will be published/promoted (how the artist will be promoted/acknowledged)
  • do you issue a tax receipt
  • is it a 50/50 sharing of funds raised
  • what percentage of the value will the minimum bid be set at?
  • will you supply the artist with the name of the purchaser?
  • will there be a free event ticket for the artist?

Our artists are most generous and we look forward helping both you and the artist benefit from your partnership.

* Music and Theatre Auditions
* Promotional Tips

Between listing your event with ArtScene and PRAC's website, you have made a good start promoting your event.

Remember to include the 6Ws

* Reason to be a prac member
As if ArtScene delivered to you door isn't enough - click here!
* Register your prac event
PRAC members are invited to list their event or event they are participating in. Just send the plain text (no attachments, jpegs, pdfs, pngs or word documents) or complete this on-line form HERE
* Sculptures in Durham
This page needs updating, if you know of an outdoor sculpture that should appear, let us know.

Arts Civic Award

2012 Arts Award
for the SilverStone Gallery

PRAC thanks its supporters


VeridianRotary Club of Pickering

logos city of Pickering Town of Ajax

Optimist Club of Ajax

Call for Art for our 18th Annual Juried Art Show

Jureid Art Show


2017 Juried Art Show page HERE
2017 pdf Registration Form click HERE
On-line option click HERE
Registration due date September 29
Opening Reception and Awards Presentation November 2

INDIE AUTHOR ~ call for writers

Indie Authors

PineRidge Arts Council is please to partner with Indie Author Day, Pickering Library, Angie Littlefield and Marangi Editions in this first Pickering Indie Author Days.

October 19 to 22, 2017
For info please contact ~
Pickering Central Library | One the Esplanade | Pickering

Tom Thomson Events

Angie Littlefield ~ numerous talks and presentations check HERE

Pickering Township Historical Society, Pickering, Sept. 12 check HERE

Lynde House Museum, Whitby, Sept. 29 check HERE

Celebrate the life and art of Tom Thomson

Pickering, ON, August 15, 2017 – The City of Pickering invites the public to bring new life to its unwanted canoes, though a public planter project, in commemoration of Pickering-born artist, Tom Thomson.

This year marks the 140th anniversary of Tom’s birth, and 100th anniversary of his death. Born in Claremont, Tom was a significant influencer of the Group of Seven, and a known naturalist, fisherman, and canoeist, which was reflected in his artwork.

Canoes will be wrapped, prepared as planters, and placed around the community as a special planter project, beginning mid-September. Those interested in donating their canoes have until Tuesday, September 5th to arrange a dropoff with the City’s Event Coordinator, available at 905.420.4660 ext. 3609. Please note, canoes will not be returned. Stay tuned at for canoe planter locations.

Businesses and residents are also welcome to create their own canoe planters on private property and submit their photos.

Also happening this fall: Party in the Park with Tom Thomson. A free, interactive event illuminating the life and art of this Canadian artist icon through activities, presentations, music, food, and community.

The event takes place on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm at: Dr. Nelson F. Tomlinson Community Centre
4941 Old Brock Road, Pickering, ON L1Y 1A9
Tanya Ryce | Supervisor, Cultural Services l Community Services
905.420.4660 ext. 3603 |

Congratulations to Oshawa Art Association

OAA Gallery 67 Opening


Fabulous support from the city, Holiday Inn, the community and artists for OAA's new venture. With your 5600 sq. ft ground floor premises, you ARE the envy of neighbouring communities. Your friends at PRAC wish you every success!
Gallery will be open 3 days a week starting this Thursday from 10 am to 8 pm. Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10-4pm.
67 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa  | | FACEBOOK

Artfest on the Esplanade

Photos on FACEBOOK PRAC | MASK MAGIC | News Advertiser | Snapd Pickering

Juried Photography Exhibition Closed

Please check our facebook group facebook page Albums

2017 Juried Photography Exhibition Opening Reception

2017 Juried Photography Awards and Opening Reception

News Advertiser

and snapd Ajax by Edeline Angrove

2017 AGM & Arts in Harmony

2017 PineRidge Arts Council’s
“Arts in Harmony” Photos on facebook

Art Supplies for sale

Got gently used arts related items
to sell or swap?
PRAC members can have them listed
on-line for free.


1 Cerlox paper puncher with square holes and some supplies

8-12 Reams of 250 sheets Linen Laid (Wholesale each $28 and other “High End” printing stock $110)

Art supplies


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Pickering Rotary Club cheque presentationGreat news! Thanks to Trina Owens for bringing Rotary Club of Pickering's 2017 sponsorship cheque to our Arts in Harmony event!


dwacThank you to Durham West Arts Centre for continuing to support PineRidge Arts Council's exhibitions.



EnbridgeGreat news! Enbridge Pipelines Inc. continued their support of Mask Magic at Artfest and Janice and her team are ready to encourage children young and not so young in the popular annual expression of art in Pickering.


OptimistGreat news!
Thank you for your continued support of our Juried Art Show Youth Awards!


Great news!

OPG continued their support of PRAC's community art initiatives, including the Art in Public Places programme at the Ontario Power Generation Information Centre in Pickering, helping to defray costs of printing and mailing our ArtScene publication and the OPG Award at our annual Juried Shows and many more PRAC arts related events.


VeridianThank you Veridian Connections for your continued support of our Juried Art Shows.


Mayor's GalaThank you to Mayor Dave Ryan, and the corporate sponsors of the Pickering Mayor’s Gala for their generous donation to the PineRidge Arts Council. Together, we are committed to strengthening our arts and cultural landscape.


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Since 1989 PineRidge Arts Council Inc., a non-profit volunteer organization has been dedicated to enhance the quality of life within the community by developing widespread appreciation, support and involvement in the arts.

PineRidge Arts Council
650 Kingston Road
P.O. Box 18258 Steeple Hill Postal Outlet
Pickering, Ontario L1V 1A0

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