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PineRidge Arts Council members’ exhibition schedule at

Ontario Power Generation Information Centre.
1675 Montgomery Park Road
Pickering, L1V 2R5 ON

open to the public
Monday to Friday
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Admission is free.

Exhibitions are part of PRAC’s “Art in Public Places” initiative. We thank OPG for their support.


2019 Exhibitions

Jan. & Feb. – Nesrin Blair

March & May 6
Mary Jo Smith

May 6 and July 2
Jelena Zivkovic

July 2 and August 26
Charles Burke

August 26 to October 21
Summi Siddiqui

October 21 to December 16
Hal Bilz and Garry Herridge

Charles Burke

Charles Burke

Charles was raised in Bancroft and obtained a Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto and a Masters degree in Music Performance from the
Western University. He favours oils and acrylics.

Even as a high school teacher, he was still interested in a comprehensive arts approach and guided students through lessons relating music and art.
His grade 13 students were able to draw relationships in style between an artist and a musician based on stylistic principles.

Eventually Charles decided to shift his focus to visual art and much time was spent in the spectacular landscape around Thunder Bay where he was
empowered by nature while in his studio doing semi-abstract work. All the while Charles continued studying music and has a principle on colour theory based on Quantum physics, relating harmonically to art colour and
musical sound. This is a common thread making his work cohesive, whether in a semi-abstract nature scene or pure abstraction with realist overtones. His study of music was essential in the development of this theory and contributed to his artistic development.

Charles’ artwork can be seen in galleries in Ontario and Manitoba and he plays clarinet with the Durham Chamber Orchestra.

PRAC member and Whitby resident Charles Burke presents his exhibition "Paint Like a Musician" at Whitby Public Library, 405 Dundas St W, from July 3 to 31, 2019.
On July 23, Charles will explain his principle on colour theory based on Quantum physics from 7 to 8:30 pm.

All welcome

Summi Siddiqui

Summi Siddiqui

Teacher–Artist–Writer–Performer–Travelling Storyteller, Motivational Speaker, Poet …..

Summi Siddiqui connects cultures beyond borders.

She travels around the world taking Canadian stories with her and returns with stories from places she visits.

Emerging from a family of poets, writers and artists, Summi was educated in England, India, France, Italy and Canada. This exposed her to international literature and arts, making it natural for her to create with her pen, her paint brush and her voice.

She has organised lectures and workshops for both children and adults in Toronto, India, Sudan, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Oman. She has also held sessions at British Council Centers.

Her public speaking topics are both motivational and inspiring, family stories, memories and fun anecdotes with riddles and humor. She enjoys languages and translates her talks to adapt to her audience.

She writes and recites Haiku poems because their appeal lies in capturing the moment. This is reflected in her paintings, that have been exhibited in Durham.

She discusses what it is to be a travelling storyteller, so she can inspire the younger generation towards oral storytelling.

Her story, “Second Coming” has been included in “A second coming- Canadian Migration Fiction”.
She lives in Ajax with her husband, two daughters and a sphynx cat.

Hal Bilz

Hal Bilz

Garry Herridge

Garry Herridge

Garry was always interested in drawing and he still has the set of dresser drawers with one of his earliest preschool drawings on the inside of the first drawer created using his mom’s lipstick. Later his parents bought him a drawing kit “Learn How to Draw” by John Nagy, who had a TV program of the same name. He graduated from the University of Toronto/Scarborough College with an Honours BA majoring in Fine Art. From 1975 until retiring in 2007 Garry taught Visual Art for the Toronto District School Board. In 1980 he became the Head of Visual Arts at Eastern High School of Commerce and instructed watercolour painting for the Toronto District School Board in Toronto from 1985 to 1999. During the summers from 1992 to 1995 Garry taught a workshop called "The Horse in Art" at the Mandala Riding and Awareness Centre in Hampton, Nova Scotia on the Bay of Fundy, the first course like this in North America.

Garry was always making drawings, paintings and sculptures of his children when they were growing up and now gets great pleasure in looking at those works throughout his house. While drawing has always been his major love, in 1982 he began working in watercolour. He belongs to The Toronto Watercolour Society where he is a signature member, the Art Guild of Scarborough where he was President from 2012 to 2018 and the Pine Ridge Arts Council. He is also a past member of the Canadian Association of Equine Artists and Supporters and the Don Valley Art club.
Garry has received many awards and his artwork has been purchased by such notable individuals as Karen Kain and Gerry Phillips M.P. as well as the Canadian Embassy of Beijing.

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

Sharon Steinhaus| George Hadrbolec | Kim Robertson

Kim Robertson | Robert Hinves | Susan Hinnecke

Irene Leech | Cyril Cox | David Chamberlain

Top row from left: Bernie Bainbridge, Mia Azevedo, April Polak
Second Row: Rosemarie Sood, Phyllis Desjardins
Lower Row: Judith Jewer (Photo by Ruby Jewer), Don Hewitt and Shirley Heard



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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