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PineRidge Arts Council's Presidents' Messages

Cathy Schnippering

Cathy & Lou Schnippering

* 2012 President’s Message
I’m delighted to report that our membership has steadily increased and now stands at 400 – the highest it has been for the past 18 years. Our totally volunteer administrated organization through dedication, passion and expansive communication, has truly blossomed and fulfilled our mandate to develop widespread appreciation and support for the arts in our community.

In 2011 we were very excited to celebrate our One Year Anniversary of the SilverStone Gallery on Liverpool Road. Under the patronage of the Peterkin family, Director Gary Faulkner and Publicist Mary Cook, our new Gallery continues to be successful.
What fun it has been to be a part of this artistic group of people and I look forward to even more exciting developments in the future. Here is a brief synopsis of what we have been up to over the past year.

Newspaper:
Our run is 2700 and every two months we mail out approximately 1900 ArtScenes. Another 800 copies are distributed at various locations in Durham Region and beyond.

Website:
Webmistress Mary Cook does a fabulous job keeping our sites up to date and our members informed. Memberships and Juried Art Show entries can be made on-line with payments through PayPal. Check us out at
pineridgearts.org and silverstonegallery.org

Facebook:
Mary also keeps everyone informed with her entries on Facebook.

Activities During the Past Year:
• Organized our 13th Annual Juried Art Show at the McLean Community Centre in Ajax resulting in 110 entries. Our juror, Ernestine Tahedl, chose 63 works to exhibit and we presented $4,000 in awards to 20 winning artists in both adult and youth categories.
• We also gave thousands of dollars back to the community (over and above our Juried Art Show award money) by sponsoring member’s projects and events – to name a few:
• Ajax Youth Juried Art Show • Ajax Creative Arts • Artfest on the Esplanade • Dunbarton-Fairport United Church • Durham Philharmonic Choir • Eastside Harmony Chorus
• Kim Michele, Harpist • Music By the Bay • Northern Players • Oshawa Art Association • Pickering Community Concert Band • Pickering Museum Village Foundation Rubber Duckie Race • Pickering Rotary Music Festival •
• Pickering Teen Art Show • St. Francis Centre • St. Marguerite Bougeoys Catholic School Lunch Art Program • Soprano Seniors Steel Band
• SilverStone Gallery • Station Gallery

• Partnered with the City of Pickering for the 15th annual Artfest on the Esplanade where we once again executed our popular hands-on youth event “Drawing With An Artist” with our Coordinator Janice McHaffie and helpers Livia Tsang, Norma van der veen, Tony Weeks Gwen Williams and Michael Jack who taught cartooning.
• Art in Public Places exhibitions were regularly maintained at: • McLean Community Centre • Ontario Power Generation Information Centre
• Reeds Florists • Dentistry on Liverpool • Body and Wellness Family Chiropractic Centre. and • Debbie’s Cafe.
• Held another successful AGM/Arts Event at the Info Centre of Ontario Power Generation in Pickering, raising $1,481 at our Silent Auction and $575 from our Artful Draw raffle thanks to artwork donated by Peter Vangils. We were able to exhibit 26 artists and our featured performers were the Soprano Seniors Steel Band.
• Dorsey James and Susan Lindo instructed workshops at Ontario Power Generation’s popular summer family program Tuesdays on the Trail.
• Supplied judges for two City of Pickering art events: Dorsey James and Janice McHaffie for their Teen Art Exhibition and Robert Hinves, Anja Knuuttila and Gwen Williams for their Student Creative Arts Contest.
• Worked with the Pickering Museum Village Foundation demonstrating pumpkin carving for their Fall Family Festival.
• Gwen Williams selected and hung artwork by OPG’s Pickering Nuclear employees for their “Employee Art Show”.
• Sponsored SilverStone Gallery in a number of events, including Sunday on the Porch, Culture Days and the Funky Art Show.
• Partnered with Pickering Public Library for their Living Library Event.
• Cathy Schnippering was invited to be M.C. for the Pickering Concert Band’s 20th Anniversary Gala.
• Participated in The Durham Art of Transition Creative Awards where we were nominated by Don Terry of OPG and City of Pickering.
• Cathy Schnippering and Mary Cook made a presentation to the Canadian Federation of University Women.
• PRAC’s nominee, Cultural Expressions Gallery, received the Town of Ajax Arts & Culture Community Award.
• Gary Faulkner and Cathy Schnippering initiated PRAC’s first Flash Mob at the Pickering Town Centre. Our “Random Act of Culture” choristers wowed the shoppers with their rendition of “O Holy Night”.

Respectfully submitted,

Catherine Schnippering, President

* 2011 President’s Message

When I joined the PineRidge Arts Council in 1994 our entire membership was a mere 33, this totally volunteer administrated organization, through dedication, passion and a wide coverage of communication, has blossomed to an individual membership of over 350 with 70 group memberships which would encompass hundreds more people.

In 2010 we were very excited to open the SilverStone Gallery on Liverpool Road. Under the patronage of the Peterkin family and Gary Faulkner, our volunteer curator, our new Gallery will now be open into the year 2012.
What fun it has been to be a part of this artistic group of people and I look forward to even more exciting developments in the future. Here is a brief synopsis of what we have been up to over the past year.
Newspaper: Our run is 2700 and every two months we mail out approximately 1900 ArtScenes. Another 800 copies are distributed at various locations in Durham Region and beyond.

Website: Mary Cook is our Webmistress and does a fabulous job keeping our sites up to date and our members informed. Memberships and Juried Art Show entries can be made on-line. Check us out at www.pineridgearts.org

Facebook: Allan O’Marra continues our presence on Facebook.

Activities During the Past Year:
• Organized our 12th Annual Juried Art Show at the McLean Community Centre in Ajax resulting in 223 entries. Our juror Didi Gadjanski chose 61 works to exhibit and we were able to present $4,500 in awards to 20 winning artists in both adult and youth categories.
• Were also able to give thousands of dollars back to the community (over and above our Juried Art Show award money) by sponsoring member’s projects and events – to name a few:
* Ajax Art Festival * Ajax “Best Seat” fundraiser * Ajax Creative Arts * Artfest on the Esplanade * Dunbarton-Fairport United Church * Durham Philharmonic Choir * Lemmon Sisters * Musicians Meagan Turner and Kevin Odorico * Northern Players * Oshawa Art Association * Pickering Museum Village Foundation Rubber Duckie RACE * Pickering Rotary Music Festival * Pickering Teen Art Show * St. Marguerite Bougeoys Catholic School Lunch Art Program * SilverStone Gallery * Station Gallery * Young Singers
• Partnered with the City of Pickering for the 14th annual Artfest on the Esplanade where we once again executed our popular hands-on youth event “Sculpting With An Artist”.
• Art in Public Places exhibitions were regularly maintained at: * McLean Community Centre
* Ontario Power Generation Information Centre * Reeds Florists * Dentistry on Liverpool
* Body and Wellness Family Chiropractic Centre.
• Held another successful AGM/Arts Event at the Info Centre of Ontario Power Generation in Pickering, raising $1,287 at our Silent Auction and $560 from our Artful Draw raffle thanks to artwork donated by Maggie Burgess. We were able to exhibit 25 artists and our featured performers were the Lemmon Sisters and their accompanying musicians.
• Dorsey James and Susan Lindo instructed workshops at Ontario Power Generation’s popular summer family programme Tuesdays on the Trail.
• Supplied judges for two City of Pickering art events: Dorsey James and Janice McHaffie for their Teen Art Exhibition and Robert Hinves, Sharon Steinhaus and Gwen Williams for their Student Creative Arts Contest.
• Worked with the Pickering Museum Village Foundation, demonstrating pumpkin carving at their Fall Family Festival.
• PineRidge Arts Council’s nominee the Pickering Museum Village Foundation received the Community Group Civic Award from the City of Pickering.
• Partnered with the Durham West Arts Centre Foundation for their first public Open House at Pickering City Hall to present their feasibility study for a major Arts Centre.
• Under the patronage of the Peterkin family, we opened our new SilverStone Gallery on Liverpool Road in Pickering featuring artwork of various disciplines from the members of the PineRidge Arts Council.

We Wish to Thank:
• Ontario Power Generation, Pickering Nuclear for their generous hospitality in hosting our AGM venue and refreshments.
• The Soprano Seniors Steel Drum Band for being our featured AGM performers this year.
• The City of Pickering for our monthly meeting space at the Recreation Complex.
• The Town of Ajax for the use of the McLean Community Centre during our Juried Art Exhibition.
• The Peterkin family and the SilverStone Paddle Company (Dr. Sharon, Luke and Meredith) for their patronage, enabling us to open our new SilverStone Gallery.
• Gary Faulkner for curating the SilverStone Gallery.
• Our Art in Public Places exhibition venues.
• Our special donors, advertisers and sponsors who support PRAC throughout the year.
• Artist Peter Vangils for donating his “Windy Day” for our Artful Draw.
• Our hardworking executive, committee people and volunteers whose aforementioned dedication and passion make our Arts Council flourish.

Respectfully submitted,

Catherine Schnippering, President

* 2010 President’s Message

Since my inauguration into the PineRidge Arts Council in 1994 when our membership totalled a mere 33, this totally voluntarily adminstrated organization, through dedication and passion has blossomed to an individual membership of over 300 with 70 group memberships which would encompass hundreds more people. What fun it has been to be a part of this artistic group of people and I look forward to even more exciting developments in the future. Here is a brief synopsis of what we have been up to over the past year.

  • Newspaper: Our run is 2700 and every two months we mail out approximately 1900 ArtScenes. Another 800 copies are distributed at various locations in Durham Region and beyond.
  • Website: Mary Cook is our Webmistress and does a fabulous job keeping our site up to date and our members informed.
    Check us out at www.pineridgearts.org
  • Facebook: Allan O’Marra has engineered and is maintaining our presence on Facebook, an interactive website that permits our members to establish a profile, post photos and links. www.facebook.com

Activities During the Past Year:

  • Organized our 11th Juried Art Show at the McLean Centre in Ajax resulting in 161 entries. We were able to exhibit 68 works and presented $4,500 in awards to 18 winning artists.
  • Were able to give $1,950 back to the community (over and above our Juried Art Show) by sponsoring local projects and events – to name a few:
    • Durham Philharmonic Choir Ajax Creative Arts | Pickering Rotary Music Festival | Visual Arts Centre, Clarington | Artfest on the Esplanade | Pickering Museum Village Foundation ~ Rubber Duckie Race | StoneCircle Theatre | Station Gallery | Pickering Teen Art Show | Musicians Meagan Turner and Kevin Odorico | Dunbarton-Fairport United Church
  • Partnered with the City of Pickering for the 13th annual Artfest on the Esplanade where we once again excecuted our successful a new hands-on youth event “Sculpt With An Artist”.
  • Art in Public Places exhibitions were expanded to include:
    w McLean Community Centre | Ontario Power Generation Information Centre | Reeds Florists (Pickering Town Centre) | Dentristy on Liverpool | Body and Wellness Family Chiropractic Centre
  • Held another successful AGM/Arts Event at the Information Centre of Ontario Power Generation in Pickering, raising $1,810. Presented Honorary Memberships
    to Gwen Williams and Dorsey James. Featured guest was thespian Carol Smith from the StoneCircle Theatre.
  • Dorsey James and Susan Lindo instructed workshops at Ontario Power Generation’s popular summer family program Tuesdays on the Trail.
  • Supplied judges for two City of Pickering art events: Dorsey James for their Employees’ Art Exhibition and Robert Hinves, Sharon Steinhaus and Gwen Williams for their Student Creative Arts Contest.
  • Dorsey James and Janice McHaffie were judges and guest speakers at Pickering’s Teen Art Show.
  • Gwen Williams and Cathy Schnippering spoke at an Optimists of Ajax meeting.
  • Worked with the Pickering Museum Village, carving and demonstrating pumpkin carving for their Fall Family Festival.
  • The PineRidge Arts Council received the Arts and Culture Community Award from the Town of Ajax.
  • Cathy Schnippering received the City of Pickering Civic Arts Award.
  • Thanks to Mary Cook, we can now complete our PRAC memberships on-line and pay by PayPal.

We Wish to Thank:

  • • Ontario Power Generation, Pickering Nuclear for donating our AGM venue and refreshments.
  • The Lemmon Sisters and musicians for being our featured AGM guests this year.
  • The City of Pickering for our monthly meeting space at the Recreation Complex.
  • The Town of Ajax for the use of the McLean Community Centre during our Juried Art Exhibition.
  • Our Art in Public Places exhibition venues.
  • Our special donors, advertisers and sponsors who support PRAC throughout the year.
  • Artist Maggie Burgess for donating her “Fiddle Player” for our Artful Draw.
  • Our hardworking executive, committee people and volunteers whose aforementioned dedication and passion make our Arts Council flourish.

Respectfully submitted,

Catherine Schnippering, President

* 2009 president’s Message

Since my inauguration into the PineRidge Arts Council in 1994 when our membership totalled a mere 33, this totally voluntarily administrated organization, through dedication and passion has blossomed to a membership of nearly 400. What fun it has been to be a part of this artistic group of people and I look forward to even more exciting developments in the future. Here is a brief synopsis of what we have been up to over the past year.

Newspaper: Our run is 2700 and every two months we mail out approximately 1900 ArtScenes. Another 800 copies are distributed at various locations in Durham Region and beyond.

Website: Mary Cook is our Webmistress and does a fabulous job keeping our site up to date and our members informed.
Check us out at pineridgearts.org

Activities During the Past Year:

• Organized our 10th Juried Art Show at the McLean Centre in Ajax resulting in 180 entries (including 28 youth). Presented $4,400 in awards to 19 winning artists.
• Were able to give $1275 back to the community (over and above our Juried Art Show) by sponsoring local projects and events – to name a few:

• Durham Philharmonic Choir • Young Singers
• Pickering Rotary Music Festival • Durham Youth Orchestra
• Visual Arts Centre, Clarington • Artfest on the Esplanade
• Pickering Museum Village Foundation Rubber Duckie RACE
• Pickering Teen Art Show • Oshawa Historical Society
• Partnered with the City of Pickering for the 12th annual Artfest on the Esplanade where we initiated a new youth event “HANDS ON ART”
• Art in Public Places exhibitions at McLean Community Centre, the Ontario Power Generation Information Centre, Pickering Chiropractic Health Centre, Chartwell, Pickering City Centre and Dentistry on Liverpool.
• Held another successful AGM/Arts Event at Papps Restaurant, raising $1,800. Featured guests were Heartstrings Stringed Quartet from the Durham Youth Orchestra.
• Dorsey James and Susan Lindo instructed workshops in Ontario Power Generation’s popular summer family program Tuesdays on the Trail.
• Partnered with Ontario Power Generation in hanging and jurying artists for their Employees’ Art Exhibition.
• Worked with the Pickering Museum Village Foundation, carving and judging pumpkins during their Fall Family Festival at PMV.
• Robert Hinves, Sharon Steinhaus, Janice McHaffie and Gwen Williams exhibited their work and demonstrated their artistic talents at Chartwell Pickering City Centre.

We Wish to Thank:

• Ontario Power Generation, Pickering Nuclear for donating our AGM venue and refreshments.
• Ahmad Sairafi and Jaleh Kasraian for creating and donating our Honorary Member trophies.
• The StoneCircle Theatre and Carol Smith for being our featured AGM guests this year.
• The City of Pickering for our monthly meeting space at the Recreation Complex.
• The Town of Ajax for the use of the McLean Community Centre during our Juried Art Exhibition.
• Our Art in Public Places exhibition venues.
• Our special donors, advertisers and sponsors who support PRAC throughout the year.
• Our hardworking executive, committee people and volunteers whose aforementioned dedication and passion make our Arts Council flourish.

Respectfully submitted,

Catherine Schnippering, President

* 2008 President’s Message
Since my inauguration into the PineRidge Arts Council in 1994 when our membership totalled a mere 33, this totally voluntarily administrated organization, through dedication and passion has blossomed to a membership of over 350. What fun it has been to be a part of this artistic group of people and I look forward to even more exciting developments in the future. Here is a brief synopsis of what we have been up to over the past year.
  • Membership for 2007/08: 350 including 74 groups representing over 3000 people.
  • Newspaper: Our run increased to 2700 and every two months we mail out approximately 1900 ArtScenes.
  • nother 800 copies are distributed at various locations in Durham Region and beyond.
  • Website: Mary Cook is our Webmistress and does a fabulous job keeping our site up to date and our members informed. Check us out at pineridgearts.org

Activities During the Past Year:

  • Organized our 9th Juried Art Show in Ajax resulting in 180 entries. Presented $4,375 in awards to 19 winning artists.
  • Partnered with the City of Pickering for the 11th annual Artfest on the Esplanade.
  • Art in Public Places exhibitions at McLean Community Centre, the Ontario Power Generation Information Centre, Pickering Chiropractic Health Centre and Dentristy on Liverpool.
  • Held another successful AGM/Arts Event at Papps.
  • Featured guests were Members of the Daughters of Temperance from the Backwoods Players of Pickering Museum Village.

Were able to give back to the community by sponsoring over $6,000 to local projects and events – to name a few:

  • Pickering Museum Village Foundation “Rubber Duckie RACE”
  • Durham West Arts Centre
  • Durham Philharmonic Choir
  • City of Pickering “Against the Wall”
  • Durham Youth Orchestra
  • Ajax Creative Arts
  • Visual Arts Centre, Clarington.
  • Partnered with Herongate Barn Theatre and the Pickering Green Festival for Muzic and Arts Night. Twelve PRAC artists exhibited their work.
  • Assisted Ontario Power Generation in obtaining artists for their summer interactive family program Tuesdays on the Trail.
  • Worked with the Pickering Museum Village and PMV Foundation, carving and judging pumpkins for their Fall Family Festival.
  • Supplied two judges for the Town of Ajax/Blacks Photography Contest.
  • Supplied judges for the Chartwell Senior’s Housing REIT Senior Star competitions.

We Wish to Thank:

  • The City of Pickering for our monthly meeting space at the Recreation Complex
  • The Town of Ajax for the use of the McLean Community Centre during our Juried Art Exhibition.
  • Our Art in Public Places exhibition venues.
  • Our special donors and sponsors who support PRAC throughout the year.
  • Our hardworking executive, committee people and volunteers whose aforementioned dedication and passion make our Arts Council flourish.

Respectfully submitted,

Catherine Schnippering, President

* 2007 President’s Message

Since my inauguration into the PineRidge Arts Council in 1994 when our membership totalled a mere 33, this totally voluntarily administrated organization, through dedication and passion has blossomed to a membership of over 300. What fun it has been to be a part of this artistic group of people and I look forward to even more exciting developments in the future. Here is a brief synopsis of what we have been up to over the past year.

Membership for 2006/07: 345 including 68 groups representing over 3000 people.

Newspaper: Our run increased to 2600 and every two months we mail out approximately 1900 ArtScenes. Another 700 copies are distributed at various locations in Durham Region and beyond.

Website: Mary Cook is our Webmistress and does a fabulous job keeping our site up to date and our members informed. Check us out at pineridgearts.org

Activities During the Past Year:
• Organized our 8th Juried Art Show in Ajax resulting in 240 entries. Presented $4,000 in awards to 22 winning artists.
Partnered with the City of Pickering for the 10th annual Artfest on the Esplanade.

• Art in Public Places exhibitions at McLean Community Centre, the Ontario Power Generation Information Centre, Pickering Chiropractic Health Centre and Papps Casual Dining.

• Supplied judges for Snow Sculpture Competition at Winterfest in Pickering.

• Held another successful AGM/Arts Event at the Waterfront Bistro, raising $2,090.

• Were able to give back to the community by sponsoring $5,900 to local projects and events (to name a few: Pickering Rotary Music Festival; Durham West Arts Centre; Durham Philharmonic Choir; Station Gallery; Young Singers; Oshawa Art Association).

• Received Civic Award for Arts & Culture from the City of Pickering.

• Partnered with Herongate Barn Theatre and the Pickering Green Festival for Muzic and Arts Night. Eighteen PRAC artists exhibited their work.

• Assisted Ontario Power Generation in obtaining artists for their summer interactive family program “Tuesdays on the Trail”.

• Advised and assisted with Ontario Power Generation’s Employees Art Show.

We Wish to Thank:

• The City of Pickering for our monthly meeting space at the Recreation Complex.

• The Town of Ajax for the use of the McLean Community Centre during our Juried Art Exhibition.

• Our Art in Public Places exhibition venues.

• Our special donors and sponsors who support PRAC throughout the year.

• Our hardworking executive, committee people and volunteers whose aforementioned dedication and passion make our Arts Council flourish.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Catherine Schnippering, President

* 2006 President’s Message

When I first started thinking about this report I could not make up my mind as to what to write about. Then I asked myself, what is it that makes PineRidge Arts Council and organizations like us successful? The answer was easy, volunteers!

According to studies done in 2003 on volunteerism in Canada, especially in the arts sector, volunteers number about 351,000, 5.4% of the total 6.5 million Canadians that give their time. These volunteers provided 51.9 million hours. This is the equivalent to about 27,000 full time, all–year jobs. Using the Canadian arts industry average hourly wage of $13.24 at 40 hours per week and 48 weeks per year, this volunteer contribution can be valued at $690 million.

Some of the volunteer positions were reported as consulting, office or administrative work, performing, committee member or board member, a higher portion of these volunteers reported that they organized or supervised events, especially fundraising events that the organization(s) depend on to make ends meet.

The following is a break down of arts volunteers for each province.

rovince # of Arts Volunteers # of Hours Estimated $ Value Alberta 55,000 – 8,100,000 – $107,200,000

British Columbia 47,000 – 6,900,000 – $91,400,000

Manitoba 18,000 – 2,700,000 – $35,700,000

New Brunswick 9,000 – 1,300,000 – $17,200,000

Newfoundland and Labrador 7,000 – 1,000,000 – $13,200,000

Nova Scotia 14,000 – 2,100,000 – $27,800,000

Ontario 112,000 – 16,600,000 – $219,800,000

Prince Edward Island 2,000 – 400,000 – $5,300,000

Quebec 64,000 – 9,400,000 – $24,500,000

Saskatchewan 23,000 – 3,500,000 – $46,300,000

TOTAL 351,000 – 51,900,000 – $687,200,000

PineRidge Arts Council has no paid staff and is run solely by volunteers, who in 2005 provided a conservative estimate of appoximatelly 4,500 hours. Most of these hours were logged by a core group of only seven volunteers.

They look after such events as the Juried Art Show; Art in Public Places; the Annual General Meeting and our outstanding newsletter “ArtScene.”

I have said more times than I can count that the volunteers of PineRidge Arts Council are the hardest working and the most fun loving volunteers I have ever had the honour and privilege to work with.

Without these people who give so selflessly of their time we would not exist.

Thank you to all volunteers.

April Polak

 

2013 President’s Message

I’m delighted to report that our membership has steadily increased and now stands at over 400. Our totally volunteer administrated organization through dedication, passion and expansive communication, has truly blossomed and fulfilled our mandate to develop widespread appreciation and support for the arts in our community.

What fun it has been to be a part of this artistic group of people and I look forward to even more exciting developments in the future. Here is a brief synopsis of what we have been up to over the past year.

In the fall of 2012, Karen Bigelow and Mary Cook submitted a grant request to Enbridge Pipelines Inc. As a result we were delighted and honoured to welcome Mr. Ken Hall, Senior Advisor for Public Affairs for Enbridge, when he presented us with a cheque for $10,000. These funds were slated to sponsor Mask Magic at the 2013 Artfest on the Esplanade and future PRAC initiatives.

In 2012 we were very excited to celebrate our Second Year Anniversary of the SilverStone Gallery on Liverpool Road. Under the patronage of the Peterkin family, Director Gary Faulkner and Publicist Mary Cook, our Gallery continues to be successful.

SILVERSTONE GALLERY
Our Gallery continues to promote our local artists and is gaining in popularity every year. In April 2012 we welcomed exhibitions by Ashburn Art Circle, Wild at Heart Studio Tour and were a stop on the DWAC Spring Studio Tour. In September we introduced Photography in the Gallery and in October Au Naturel. We wound up the year with Allan’s Artists, an exhibition of artists profiled by Allan O’Marra in News Advertiser. February and March brought eight SOLO Exhibitions to the gallery. Our Sunday on the Porch series was another success and we partnered with six other businesses in the Nautical Village for Culture Days and Hallowe’en in the Village.

ArtScene Publication
Our run is 2500 and every two months we mail out approximately 1900 and another 800 copies are distributed at various locations in Durham Region and beyond.

Website
Webmistress Mary Cook does a fabulous job keeping our sites up to date and our members informed. Memberships and Juried Art Show entries can be made on-line with payments through PayPal. Check us out at pineridgearts.org and silverstonegallery.org

Facebook
Allan O’Marra and Mary Cook keep everyone informed with entries and YouTube presentations on Facebook. We have a NEW facebook page for the gallery and PRAC facebook.com/SilverStoneGallery

Activities During the Past Year
• Were able to give thousands of dollars back to the community by sponsoring member’s projects and events – to name a few: * Ajax Youth Juried Art Show
* Ajax Creative Arts Spring & Fall Shows * Ajax Creative Arts Juried Art Show
* Ajax Pickering Board of Trade * Artfest on the Esplanade * Art of Transition
* Big Brothers & Big Sisters * Dunbarton-Fairport United Church Spring Art Show * Durham Philharmonic Choir * Durham West Arts Centre Foundation
* Eastside Harmony Chorus * Music by the Bay * Oshawa Art Assoc. Fall Festival * Pickering Museum Village Spring Opening * Pickering Rotary Music Festival
* Pickering Teen Art Show * SilverStone Gallery * Station Gallery
* Town of Ajax Staff Golf Tournament * Wild At Heart Studio Tour
• Partnered with the City of Pickering for the 16th annual Artfest on the Esplanade where we once again executed our popular hands-on youth event “Drawing With An Artist” with our Coordinator Janice McHaffie and helpers Michael Jack, Merle Gonsalvez and Jayshree Daya.
• Art in Public Places exhibitions were regularly maintained at: * McLean Community Centre * Ontario Power Generation Information Centre * Reeds Florists * Dentistry on Liverpool * Body and Wellness Family Chiropractic Centre * Debbie’s Cafe
• Held another successful AGM/Arts Event at the Info Centre of Ontario Power Generation in Pickering, where once again our Silent Auction, our Artful Draw raffle (thanks to artwork donated by Machiel Scholte), our art exhibition and our featured performers the Eastside Harmony Chorus, made a fun and artful evening for all.
• Cathy Schnippering spoke and Gwen Williams demonstrated portraiture at Pickering’s Cultural Directory launch.
• Supplied judges for two City of Pickering art events: Maureen Killam and Janice McHaffie for their Teen Art Exhibition and Robert Hinves, Anja Knuuttila and Gwen Williams for the In Your Words and Expressions contest.
• Janice McHaffie coordinated and juried the Ajax SPARK Children’s Juried Art Show. Helping her jury was Esther Forde and Don Hightower.
• Mary Cook, Gary Faulkner and Cathy Schnippering spoke about the SilverStone Gallery on Rogers Daytime show.
• Janice McHaffie again wove her magic with children at the Rosebank Public School Arts Night.
• Gwen Williams, Gary Faulkner and Bonnie Lusty donated their painted paddles to the Rouge Valley Healthy System’s fundraising gala.
• Gary Faulkner and Cathy Schnippering initiated PRAC’s second Flash Mob event before Christmas at the Pickering Town Centre. Our “Random Act of Culture” wowed the shoppers when over 45 choristers sang O Holy Night and Holly Jolly Christmas.
• Resulting from the cancellation of our 14th Annual Juried Art Show at the McLean Community Centre in Ajax, we appointed a new Chairperson, Karen Bigelow for our 2013 show.
We Wish to Thank
• Ontario Power Generation, Pickering Nuclear for their generous hospitality in hosting our AGM venue and refreshments.
• The Backwoods Players for being our featured AGM performers this year.
• The City of Pickering for our monthly meeting space at the Recreation Complex.
• The Town of Ajax for the use of the McLean Community Centre for all our Art Exhibitions.
• The Peterkin family and the Silverstone Paddle Company for their patronage of our new SilverStone Gallery.
• Gary Faulkner for curating and administration of the SilverStone Gallery
• Mary Cook for her unceasing efforts in publicity and organization, both for PRAC and the SilverStone Gallery
• Our Art in Public Places exhibition venues.
• Our special donors, advertisers and sponsors who support PRAC throughout the year.
• Artist Cheryl Ingram for donating her “Ciel Feu” for our Artful Draw
• Our hardworking executive, committee people and volunteers whose aforementioned dedication and passion make our Arts Council flourish.

Respectfully submitted,

Catherine Schnippering, President

 
           

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
Canada

NEW EMAIL ADDRESS ~ CathySchnippering@gmail.com

PRAC PresidentArtScene EditorWebmistress • Phone 905.509.3855

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