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* Juried Art Show

2015 Dates to remember
Notice of intent due Friday, September 18

Delivery of artwork to McLean Community Centre is Sunday, October 18 – from 12 to 4 PM

Opening Reception, Friday, October 23 at 7:00 pm

Take-out Day is Sunday, November 22 between 1 and 3 pm
* $$ Paid Opportunities $$

Oshawa Little Theatre is looking for candidates to fill the following positions: General Manager and Box Office Administrator. For complete job postings, please visit

Also check opportunities!

* AGM and Arts Event
Next AGM Wednesday, April 6, 2016
* 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)

Gently used art supplies

Solid wood, mahogany with black trim, assembled frame, 20 X 24 inches, with matching double matt board, precut to fit 16X20 artwork. Inner matt board is dark grey, outer matt board is cream/off white with .5 mm reveal. You would need to get your own glass and backer board cut.
I have up to 10 extra frames to sell for $75.00 each.
Email me at,
pick up in Whitby.

Pictures at these links:

* Helping Hands from PRAC

True Patriot Love Foundation ~ check out our Opportunities page

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 jpegs, pdfs or word documents). We regret the on-line option just got tooooooo much spam.
* 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

Optimist Club of Ajax

Pickering Mayor's Gala

logos city of Pickering Town of Ajax

Scugog Council for the Arts ~ Literary Prose & Poetry Contest

2017 Literary Prose & Poetry Contest
$1,200 Cash Awards ~ Deadline: Sunday, APRIL 2

The PineRidge Arts Council has agreed to partner with the SCA for this exciting contest and plan to attend their April 30th Awards Presentation (time
and location TBD).
First, Second and Third prizes will be awarded to Open and Youth categoriees
in both Prose and Poetry and PRAC is delighted to sponsor the Youth Category Awards.
Contest Rules
Entry fee: $20 first entry in each category.
$5 for subsequent entry in same category
Maximum 3 entries per genre.
No fee for Youth entries.
• Maximum; 2500 words Prose, 100 lines Poetry (per poem)
• All entries must be EMAILED by midnight EST March 19, 2017.
• Include one cover page, regardless of number of entries submitted including your name, complete mailing address, telephone number and email address.
• Only previously unpublished work may be entered. No simultaneous entries.
• Judging is blind. Do not print, type or write your name on the text pages of your entry. Prose entries must be:
• Typed and double spaced with a title Page number on each page
• NO author’s name on manuscript Poetry entries must be:
• Typed and single spaced
• Poems that run more than 1 page need title and page number of each page
• NO author’s name on manuscript
Email to: Online entries only.
For more information and online payment using PayPal visit:
• Payment can be made online or by mail.
Send cheque or money order, payable to Scugog Council for the Arts, or drop off to 181 Perry Street, Unit G-1, Port Perry, ON L9L 1A7.
• Payment must be received by the contest deadline or entries will be invalid.
Presented in partnership with PineRidge Arts Council and Inkslingers

I Am OntarioOntario 150 Youth Showcase Grant

Youth Public Art Competition ~
Deadline April 13, 2017

The City of Pickering will host a celebration of Arts excellence in Ontario through the
addition of a Youth Arts Showcase to Artfest
on the Esplanade (Pickering's annual
event to celebrate the arts). Youth aged 25 and under from Pickering are invited to form
a committee, who will spearhead this project. The Youth project will be open to all
youth residents of Ontario and themed “I am O
ntario”. It will include youth performances
on the stage; a show and sale of youth art works; a juried competition for the selection
of a youth designed public art piece; workshops and seminars led and/or directed by youth; and immersive hands on art activ
ities designed by youth to showcase local and iconic artists. The purpose of the project is to foster excellence in youth arts, engaging and empowering emerging youth artists, and enriching their artforms through an exploration Ontario’s rich arts heritage.

2017 Artfest Applications on line!

ArtfestWant to participate in the event?

Visual Artists & Artisans

Applications must be received by Thursday, April 6, 2017


2017 Juried Photography Exhibition

2017 JPE Poster

Opening Reception May 4, 2017


Canada 150 logoStrong, Proud and Free

How are you celebrating Canada's birthday?
What is your group planning for next year?
Perhaps PRAC can partner with your group?




Watch for details for 2017 Artfest on the Esplanade

Great Day at Artfest 2016


Watch for 2017 details ~ Photos on Facebook

Mask Magic at Artfest 2016 | PineRidge Arts Council at Artfest 2016

2016 Juried Photography Opening Reception & Awards | Photos

Photos on our group facebook page in three albums:

2016 Juried Photography Exhibition ~ Photographers and Friends

2016 Juried Photography Awards and Opening Reception ~ Guests

2016 Juried Photography Awards Presentations

2016 AGM PHOTOS on facebook

Thanks to Rotary Club of Pickering for their continued support.

Ontario Power Generation continues their sponsorship of
PineRidge Arts Council and projects!!!

Cathy Schnippering and Cheryl Johnson - OPG

The PineRidge Arts Council is once again, grateful for the Pickering Nuclear Corporate Citizenship Program donation in support of our community art initiatives, including the Art in Public Places programme at the Ontario Power Generation Information Centre in Pickering and the OPG Award at our annual Juried Art Show. Thank you for being a valued patron of the arts in our community and we look forward to future partnerships with OPG in their arts-related activities and events.

Ken Hall and Cathy Schnippering

Enbridge's Ken Hall presents Cathy Schnippering with a BIG cheque at Artfest!


PRAC Celebrates 25 years!

25th Aniversary

PineRidge Arts Council was honoured at Artfest by MPP Tracy MacCharles, Pickering City Councillor David Pickles, Pickering Regional Councillor Bill McLean, Cathy Schnippering, Mayor Dave Ryan, Pickering City Councillor Peter Rodrigues, MP Corneliu Chisu, Ajax Councillor Joanne Dies and Pickering City Councillor Kevin Ashe

Photos on facebook ~ Artfest 2014 and Mask Magic at Artfest 2014

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PRAC in the Community
Rotary Pickering Cheque Presentation to PRAC

Rotary Club of Pickering

From Left: Perry Halls, Rotary Club of Pickering President;  Robert Hinves, PRAC VP; Cathy Schnippering, PRAC President; Gwen Williams PRAC VP; and Tom Reed. Rotary Club of Pickering Past President.

PineRidge Arts Council was delighted to be one of 24 charitable and non-profit organizations and agencies located in Pickering and Durham Region presented with a cheque as a show of support from the Rotary Club of Pickering at the McEachnie Family Centre, Ajax. The monies distributed were the proceeds from Rotary's fund raising efforts through Delta Bingo and, of course, the annual Pickering Rotary Ribfest. (Nov. 2013)


Art Supplies for sale

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

ArtScene: Durham's best source for visual and performing arts

Did you know our advertising rates are the same as they were in 2003!




Centre Stage
At the Galleries
Post-its (upcoming calls and shows)
Calendar Page
Art in Public Places

The pages with more info about some upcoming events. Check them out!
Some pages are LARGE, be patient or become a member and have your copy delivered to your home.


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.


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.


Cathy and Ken Hall from Enbridge Pipelines

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.


Thank you for your continued support of our Juried Art Shows!


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

Durham West Arts Centre Foundation applauds Pickering for supporting arts centre

Feasibility study to be included in 2016 budget deliberations

On Monday night (Sept. 21/15) Pickering council accepted the unanimous recommendation of the City Executive Committee to accept the staff report relating to the prioritization of a performing and visual arts centre in Pickering.

Dream of Durham West Arts Centre in Pickering closer to becoming a reality


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On our group Facebook page are photos from recent arts events PRAC members were involved with.

We often hear about arts related employment opportunities and post them on our SilverStone Gallery Facebook page.


Cathy Schnippering now has a
NEW email address.
Please revise your list.


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

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


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