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McLean Community Centre Exhibitions

McLean Community Centre, Ajax


McLean Community Centre
95 Magill Drive 
Ajax, Ontario
L1T 3K7

Open to the public
Monday to Friday  
6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
and on Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Admission is free.


Exhibitions are part of
"Art in Public Places"


We thank the Town of Ajax for their support.

Town of Ajax

Ajax2018 Hanging space at the McLean Community Centre
95 Magill Drive, Ajax
DEADLINE NOV. 10, 2018

For information on exhibiting your art at either the McLean Community Centre or the Council Chambers Lobby at Town Hall, please contact 905-619-2529, ext. 7243. 

2018 applcaition now open, due November  10, 2017.
Call for 2018 Art Exhibitions Application - McLean Community Centre Gallery (forms are fillable PDF)

all for 2018 Art Exhibitions Application - Ajax Town Hall Gallery (forms are fillable PDF)

2018 Exhibitions

January 8, 2018 to February 12
Allan's Artists

February 12 to March 19
Lemonville Group of Artists

March 19 - April 23
Allan O'Marra

April 23 - May 28
PRAC Juried Photography Exhibition

May 28 - July 9
Ajax Creative Arts Juried Show

July 9 - August 7
Charles Burke and Nezrin Blair

August 7 - September 10
Angela Wong and Shirley Huang

September 10 - October 25
Cheryl Helferty and Harry Fraser

October 25 - November 25
PRAC Juried Art Show

November Ajax Photo Show



Nezrin Blair. Charles Burke and Rola Jaber

Nesrin Blair

Nesrin Blair, Visual Artist
Nesrin Blair is an Istanbul-born, Whitby-based visual artist who studied with Flo Bowman at the Cedar Brook Art Centre in the 70s. She was the owner and the manager of the Neshir Gallery of Fine Arts in Scarborough from 1976 to 1986. She also painted with the Scarborough Art Guild Group, has spend the last few years painting with the local artists at the Whitby Station Gallery and recently joined the Ajax Creative Arts.

Currenly working with acrylics, watercolours and mixed media Nesrin has been an exhibiting artist and jewellry maker most of her life and expresses herself through her impressionistic style of painting. Nesrin likes using bright and vibrant colours and loosened brushstrokes to portray beautiful scenes.

A few of her exhibitions include the Rotary Club of Downsview Art Show, Hotel Triumph 1976 and Whitby Central Library Main Loby Jewellry Show and Solo Art Show 2012 and 2014. She also exhbitied with Whitby Station Gallery Members' Exhibtion Secret World December 2015 and she has been exhibiting with the Ajax Creative Arts since 2016.

Nesrin was one of the nine local artists who were commissioned by Whitby Mayor, Don Mitchell, to paint the famous Whitby Lighthouse. Her painting has been on display at the Whitby Town Hall since 2016.

Charles Burke

Charles Burke ~ Is active in both art and music. As a professional clarinetist he studied with John Fetherston, Ezra Schabas, Robert Riseling, Vona Ettlinger, and finally with Avrahm Galper-for many years the Principal Clarinetist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Burke has an A . R . C . T Diploma, and his music development has involved work on a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Toronto and a Master's degree from the University of Western Ontario, where he was also the conductor of the University of Western Ontario Concert Band.

He has played in numerous chamber music concerts, has performed in orchestras both in Thunder Bay and in Peterborough where as Principal Clarinetist he was also on occasion featured as soloist with the orchestra. Currently he performs with the Durham Chamber Orchestra.

In his work as a music educator, he has developed and taught programmes for classrooms from junior kindergarten through secondary school to post-secondary education in Huntsville, Thunder Bay, Peterborough and at the University of Western Ontario where he also taught individual and class clarinet, as well as doing work with conducting and music education classes.

In art, he works in a variety of media and values the aesthetic and technical bonds between art and music.

In addition to studying works in Canada and the United States, he has travelled as far abroad as Israel,France, Austria, Germany and Italy.
He did classical art studies with Pauline Bradshaw -a student of John Angel who started the School of Realist Art in Toronto. He has studied Impressionism with Lois Griffel and John Kilroy at the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

He has participated in group exhibitions where he has won awards for Best Oil and Best in Show. He has done solo, two- and three-person exhibitions. He is included in corporate collections.

He is represented by the following galleries:
Cornerstone Canadian
Art and Craft - Kingston
Cocoa & Joe Gallery - Oshawa
Gallery 33 -Thunder Bay
Norman Felix Gallery - Toronto
Rose's Art Gallery - Sault Saint Marie
and has displayed at the Winnipeg Art Gallery art rental and sales department.

His work can be viewed on his website:
He may be contacted at | 905.686.7915

Rola Jaber

Rola Jaber ~ has been shaped by the colours and textures of the Middle East. She holds a bachelor degree in Fine Arts and Graphic Design and held a career as an art teacher and a freelance graphic designer.
Rola’s inspiration comes from connecting with the creative power of the heart and Oneness with the universe. She achieves that through her daily meditation. Each one of her artworks is inspired by a WORD which is an expression of the soul’s vision. Fused with the artistic expression and the spiritual energy of the artist, a unique artwork comes to life.
Rola is our Youth Coordinator and in in charge of Mask Magic st Artfest and SPARK programmes at Ajax and Pickering Public Libraries.

Angela Wong and Shirley Huang

Angela WongAngela Wong ~ through her travels to various countries in Europe and
Canada she was inspired by the paintings of the masters and the beauty of nature.
Images and memories collected from those travels and everyday life are depicted in her warm, calm paintings. Angela created her own style and has a deep appreciation for nature. Her subjects are often landscapes, birds and animals and she expresses her creativity by capturing nature’s shapes, moods, lights and shadows and transferring them onto a canvas. Angela’s desire is to bring the same delight and excitement she feels as an artist to the viewers. Her work and creative abilities have been frequently praised and she proudly wishes to share her paintings with the public.

Shirley HuangShirley Huang ~ specializes in a variety of mediums. These include water colour, oil painting, pen and ink, pencil crayon, and pastels.
Her paintings are a blend of traditional realism and impressions which gives her work a dream-like appeal. Shirley focuses on the realist genre with subject matter ranging from people, landscapes, animals, and boats. Growing up in rural China, she was surrounded by beautiful landscapes and nature, so she spent her days sketching trying to capture such beauty before her. Her dream of becoming an artist
started at age 5 and Shirley has now been drawing and painting for over 50 years. She wishes to share her perception and vision of the world by
beautifying everyday life through her art.

Cheryl Helferty and Harry Fraser

Harry Fraser

"Recent Works" by Harry Fraser

Harry was born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, but raised and educated in Toronto where he studied and graduated from the Ontario College of Art. "My interest began at an early age, became a passion and shows no sign of abating." His favourite medium is acrylics.

Over the years Harry has painted a broad range of subjects but his favorite has always been the rugged natural scenery of the Kawarthas. While exploring its many lakes and rivers during camping and canoeing trips, he found that its vast and gorgeous diversity offered a virtually limitless source of material for artistic expression.

AWARDS: C.S.Band O.C.A Admission Scholarship (1966) |

Cheryl Helferty

Cheryl Helferty (Sheri) is a Canadian artist. Her artwork is in many private collections around Central and Southern Ontario.

She prefers to work in the style of surrealism. Her unique paintings are dedicated to the intricate details and colors of Canada’s landscape and peoples.

Throughout decades of painting, Cheryl produced figurative work, still life, folklore, mythologies, family portraits and landscapes. She has the ability to combine these various interests into works of authority and visual appeal. Cheryl’s images are expressed in the medium of traditional oil.


Featured Artists that have supported PRAC's
Art in Public Places Programme.

Thanks to Kim Michele, harpist for music on this video of our
Opening Reception.

Enid Roberts, Anne Labelle-Johnson and Tony Johnson, and Hi Sook Barker

Enid Roberts | Anne Labelle-Johnson and Tony Johnson | Hi-Sook Barker

Jocelyn Ball, Bob Thackeray and Hanneke Koonstra

Jocelyn Ball | Bob Thackeray | Hanneke Koonstra

Michael Peech, Don Hewitt, Hi Sook Barker, Nancy Howell, Angela Hennessey, Jessen Sheridan, Robert Hinves

Michael Peech | Don Hewitt | Hi-Sook Barker | Nancy Howell
Angela Hennessey | Jessen Sheridan | Bob Hinves


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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