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PineRidge Arts Council Juried Art
and Photography Shows

JASJuried Art Show


Juried Photography Exhibition


The Gordie Howe International Bridge Project ~ City of Windsor

It is my pleasure to bring your attention to a Request for Qualifications for Canadian professional artists in support of the public art commissions for the Gordie Howe International Bridge project.

The Gordie Howe International Bridge Project is a once-in-a-generation undertaking. Not only will the project deliver much-needed transportation improvements for international travelers, it will also provide jobs and opportunities for growth to the Windsor-Detroit region. The project is directed by Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) and it will be delivered using a public-private partnership delivery model.

As part of the process to achieve Aesthetic Design objectives and to fulfill requirements of the environmental assessment approvals, WDBA is commissioning public art to integrate the work and thinking of artists in the design and construction of this landmark project. WDBA invites Canadian professional artists to submit their credentials for consideration for the first stage of a two-stage competition to select artists to develop site-specific art concepts for the project. If selected, candidates will advance to the second stage of the completion, which will include juried interviews.

Public art will be an important feature of the Gordie Howe International Bridge environment. It will serve to support the aesthetic goals of the bridge design program by introducing contemporary artworks that are inviting, visually pleasing, elegant, sustainable, sophisticated and clearly express the bridge as a project of the 21st Century. The future artworks will be representative of the highest caliber contemporary art of today and should be uplifting, impactful and relevant.

Information on the public art competition, including eligibility and how to apply can be found at Please feel free to share this information amongst Canadian professional artists you may know. Questions regarding the competition can be directed to
Cathy Masterson
Manager of Cultural Affairs • Recreation and Culture • City of Windsor


Durham West Arts Centre 2018 Studio Tour

DWAC Saturday, April 21st & Sunday, April 22nd , 2018 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm


Town of Ajax

Ajax2018 Hanging space at the McLean Community Centre
95 Magill Drive, Ajax

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)


40th Buckhorn Fine Art Festival

Buckhorn August 17, 18 and 19, 2018
Opening Garden Party: Friday, August 19



LatchamThe Latcham Gallery 2018 Annual Juried Exhibition

The Latcham Gallery is looking for submissions in all media for this exciting and much anticipated exhibition. A maximum of two recent (2016-2018) original artworks may be submitted by each artist. All works being considered must be dropped off in person at the Gallery between 11am and 8pm on Monday, March 5. The exhibition runs from March 10 - April 28, 2017. Submissions will be assessed by three art professionals and $750 in cash awards will be presented!

For complete details please drop by the gallery to pick up an entry form or visit to download a pdf of the form.
The gallery is located at 6240 Main Street, Stouffville, ON.

Lynde House Museum

Lynde HouseLooing for artwork for their General Store
Trina Astor-Stewart,
Executive Director
Whitby Historical Society
Lynde House Museum & Warren General Store
900 Brock Street South,
Whitby, Ontario L1N 4L6
Phone: 905 665 3131

SCACall for entry for upcoming exhibits at the SCA Gallery - Sparkle Sale and 2018 shows Call for Entry

Equine, Bovine, Ovine
Celebrating our rural roots we’re looking for art in any media for this agriculture based exhibit. Although the name of the show suggests that our subject matter is all about horses, cows and sheep (were you wondering what ovine is?) we’ll welcome our other barnyard friends as well. We will be promoting this exhibit to a new and different audience in addition to our usual press and promotion and are getting very “eggcited” about the potential for this show and sale. All pieces must be original works, ready to be hung or displayed and available for sale. The cost for each artist to enter is $20.

show March 2 – 31
drop off Feb 28
pick up April 3

Call For Entry
April 2018
Snuggle up and Read!

April brings us back to our Literary theme while we accept submissions for our literary contest throughout April and into May. Last year’s show of paintings that tell stories was popular so we are asking for work in any media that complements storytelling, reading, and our overall literary theme. Book signings, play readings and educational outreach to our schools will all help to connect art with language in April. All pieces must be original works, ready to be hung or displayed and available for sale. The cost for each artist to enter is $20.

show Apr 7 - 28
drop off April 4
tear down May 1

May 5-6, 2018 – Gallery booked for LSST 2018 Tour

Call for Entry
May/June 2018
Solo Show Opportunity

We are adding another 2 solo shows to the Gallery line up in 2018. If you are interested in a solo or duo show this year submit a proposal with samples of your work to the SCA as soon as possible. For May we are extending the duration of this exhibit booking to avoid any conflicts with long weekends.
All pieces must be original works, ready to be hung or displayed and available for sale. The cost for a solo artist to enter is $75 and includes the Artist reception, invitations, all press releases. The final solo show will run in September.

show May 12 – June 16* extended.
opening Friday evening May 11 or Saturday afternoon May 12
drop off May 9
tear down June 19

Call For Entry
June/July 2018
Summer Celebration, Canadian Living

We want to see what summer looks like for you – is it time spent at the cottage, the lakeside or in the garden? Maybe poolside or on the beach is where you celebrate your summers. Don’t forget the deck and the BBQ and friends and family. The colours of summer are as unique to June and July as
the fall colours are to the Autumn. Show us your favourites! Work submitted can be in any medium. All pieces must be original works, ready to be hung or displayed and available for sale. The cost for each artist to enter is $20.

show June 22 – July 29*extended
drop off June 20
tear down July 31

Call For Entry
August 2018
It’s Our Annual Juried Show!

Two categories again in 2018 including
1) Paintings in watercolour, pastel, oil, acrylic or encaustic, and
2) sculpture in any medium, can be submitted to our annual juried show.
All work must be completely original, ready to hang (D rings and wired), or ready to display and for sale.
Additional details will be available at Maximum of 2 entries per category. The cost for member artists is $15 per category and $20 per category for non-member artists. The evening Artist Reception will be held on August 10 to avoid conflicts with the civic holiday weekend.

show August 4 – 25
Evening Artist Reception and Awards Friday August 10

drop off July 31 until 8pm
Jurying takes place August 1
Unaccepted work pick up August 2
tear down August 29

Call for Entry
September 2018
Solo Show Opportunity

We are inviting proposals for our final solo show to the Gallery line up in 2018. If you are interested in a solo or duo show this year submit a proposal with samples of your work to the SCA as soon as possible. All pieces must be riginal works, ready to be hung or displayed and available for sale. The cost for a solo artist to enter is $75 and includes the artist reception, invitations, all press releases.

show September 8 - 29
opening Friday evening September 7 or Saturday afternoon September 8
drop off September 4
tear down October 2

Oshawa Art Association

Oshawa Art Association 50th annual juried show "Call to Artists" to be held at the Robert McLaughlin gallery, 72 Queen Street Oshawa, between April 19th 2018 - May 6th 2018.
Deadline for entry is March 15th 2018.

Whitby Chamber of Commerce Art Project

PRAC was recently contacted by Kyle Paterson, Member Relations Lead with Whitby Chamber of Commerce to let our members know they are currently offering local artists the opportunity to display work in their offices at 128 Brock St. S, Whitby.
Download pdf or call Kyle at 905 668 4506.

Station Gallery


Bel Canto Singers
Bel Canto Singers is a 40 voice SATB choir, under the direction of Linda Meyer. Repertoire includes classical, music theatre, folk, jazz and pop tunes. Rehearsals are Tuesdays at St. Nicholas Anglican Church in Scarborough. We are currently looking to strengthen our tenor and bass sections. If you have ever wanted to participate in a group that values music, fun and fellowship please consider joining us.
Contact Elaine at 416-699-4585.


Durham Community Choir


Durham Community Choir - 2018 New Choristers Welcome! If you love to sing and are over 16yrs come join us each Monday night from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. at Durham College Main Campus, Rm C113, Gordon Willey Building, Oshawa. This semester we are preparing a compilation of Disney Repertoire from classics such as Snow White and Mary Poppins to modern classics such as Lion King, Little Mermaid and Aladdin. Sing, socialize, and have fun! Join us! You may call Jennifer @ 905-550-1804 for more info, check us out on Facebook or visit our website:


Durham Youth Orchestra

Durham Youth OrchestraDURHAM YOUTH

John Beaton: Music Director

Violin, viola and cello players between the ages of 6 and 10, who are interested in learning exciting classical music in an atmosphere of fun, are invited to join the Durham Youth Orchestra Junior Strings ensemble.  Beginning to Suzuki Book 3 students are welcome!  Rehearsals are on Monday evenings from 6:00 to 6:45 p.m. at Sinclair Secondary School in Whitby from September to May.  These young musicians will perform in concerts on November 26, March 4 and May 6 as special guests of the Durham Youth Orchestra.

For more information, please contact John Beaton at or 905-579-2401.


County Town Singers

County Town SingersThe County Town Singers
For questions, call John at 647 981-2205.


Durham Community Choir

289-312-0488 for more info. or email


Durham Philharmonic Choir
Durham Philharmonic ChoirSeeks Choristers
Music Director:  Robert Phillips
The Durham Philharmonic Choir, Durham’s award-winning mixed-voice community choir, has openings in all parts for prospective singers and is open for auditions to experienced choristers 18 years and older. The 70-voice choir has over 20 years of bringing high quality performances to audiences with large and small-scale repertoire including Christmas, classical, contemporary, spiritual and folk idioms. Many of the choir’s concerts are with orchestra and all performances are held locally.
For more information visit,  email or phone 905-665-9062.


Espressivo Singers


Come Sing With Us!

Espressivo Singers

Auditions | January | Call for Singers | By appointment
Street Address: 2000 Simcoe St. North, Oshawa L1H 7K4


Lemon Sisters


Monday Morning Singers

Start this fall singing with this Women's Choir
Mondays 9:15-11:30 a.m.
St. Paul's Anglican Church, 65 Toronto Street South, Uxbridge.
Begins September 14
Anne Mizen directs this choir in a variety of music from folk to classical. No auditions. 905 852-3693


Onstage Productions
Onstage Productions

Oshawa Opera

Oshawa OperaRecruiting volunteer chorus members (SATB) to perform in these concerts. Singers should email for further details.

Port Hope Friends of Music


UxbridgeFor Durham, York and Surrounding Regions for complete information



Village VoicesVillage Voices

First rehearsal of the new season on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 7:30 pm, Unionville Presbyterian Church. We have an exciting new program for our upcoming Spring concert!

WANTED: Music Director
Joan Andrews our long time and much loved Music Director is also retiring at the end of the year and we are searching for a new director. Please contact:




ALL Non-paying/Non-equity unless noted)

ACTAjax Community Theatre

Ajax Community Theatre
71 Old Kingston Rd Suite 222
Ajax, ON LIT3A6 Canada


Backwoods Players
Mandy Smiles
Event & Volunteer Programmer | Pickering Museum Village
Community Services Department
905.420.4660 ext. 3715 | 1.866.683.2760



Durham Chamber OrchestraA community orchestra, showcasing talented musicians, with a passion for the timeless beauty of classical music.  Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings in Whitby, Ontario.  Musicians are invited to join the DCO.


Durham Shoestring PerDurham Shoestring Performersformers


Onstage Productions
Onstage ProductionsDo you love to Sing? Would you love to sing somewhere other than the shower? Onstage Productions is looking for you! Come and join us for our Open House Tuesday, February 6th and Tuesday, February 13th at 7:30pm. Under the musical direction of William (Bill) Khan come and see what it's all about.
You don't have to know how to read music, just how to have fun!
Knox United Church - North East corner of Midland and Sheppard
If you have any questions email one of the following:
Julie Adams |


Scarborough Music Theatre

SMT*** HIRING NOTICE - SMT's 2017-2018 SEASON***

SMT is now seeking submissions from Directors / Musical Directors / Choreographers / Producers / Stage Managers for their 2017/2018 Season. Team submissions are also encouraged.

Here is the 2018 Season

CRAZY FOR YOU – May 2018
Music and Lyrics by: George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Book by: Ken Ludwig
Co-Conception by: Ken Ludwig and Mike Ockrent
Inspired by material by Guy Bolton and John McGowan
Approx. audition period: February 2018
 Approx. rehearsal start: February 2018

For complete details, visit







Theatre 3x60

Theatre 3x60

Theatre 3x60 announces the launch of its Youth Ensemble program, a non-musical theatre, creative company for youth (14 – 21 years) with an emphasis on stagecraft, playwriting, process and performance. During the program, ensemble members will build writing, collaboration, production and performance skills through the exploration of contemporary and classic texts; development of original new work; and public performances. A variety of dramatic forms will be covered including choral dramatization, movement and theatre clown., or contact the company at



WestbenCalling all singers and choristers!



VOS TheatreVOS





Artist and Website SCAM ALERTS!

PRAC is periodically allerted by members on various scams. Most of the shows and opportunities on this page are from members, but check out the group if you don’t really know it.

Check out Art Scams and on our scams page!


March 2012

Had a guy who saw one of my paintings on Fine Art America send me an e-mail expressing interest in the piece. I knew, pretty quick, he was trying to scam me, but played along - insisting on a cleared PayPal payment and shipping address for me to send the piece to him - until he sent me this classic scammer request:

"I was just about to make the payments when i had this little problem with the picking up of the item, I am currently on sea and i am buying the item for my Dad as i explained earlier on [no he didn't] and i tried to book pick up with my pick up agent, but they asked me to pay first before they can make the booking, and they only accept western union money transfer for payments and they don't accept PayPal or bank transfer and I tried to send the money online but i couldn't and I am on sea and there is no way i can find a western union agent to make the transfer to my pick up agent, so i wanted to ask if it was ok for me to include my pick up agent's fees in the payments I am about to send through PayPal, my pick up agent charged $300 plus insurance and all 'o that, pls can i include their money in the payments I want to send then after i have made the payments you will help me forward the $300 to my pick up agent through western union money transfer, this I would have done myself and not bother you but the for the fact that I am currently on sea, so after I have made the payments you will help me send $300 to my pick up agent through western union money transfer, I just wanted to seek your consent before going ahead with the payments, I will more than appreciate if you mail me back, and I will be making the payments shortly.

PS: the shipping company's Head quarters and any pick up fees to be paid is sent to their head quarters by the payee, so the money for pick up will be sent to their head quarters through western union money transfer(this can be done from any post office) at or money grams.."

So, if you are on FAA and get a message from "Morte Steve", with a Yahoo address, don't bother even getting back to him.

Hi Cathy and Lou,

Re: Artists—Beware of Internet Art Scams!
by Laura Warburton

I was the target of a similar scam. The wording of the messages was much the same. There was a move from USA to South Africa and the buyer wanted to use her own shipper. In my case, I received a cheque on a British bank for an amount which was three times what I asked for. In this type of scam, it is hoped that the victim will send their own money to cover the difference. That is how the fraudulent buyer makes money. I sent the email trail to a police officer with the crime unit. Without seeing the cheque, he could predict the scam. He assured me that the buyer did not want my art.

A Whitby bank confirmed that the cheque was not legitimate. They had seen another case where a woman was selling a household article through something like ebay. The buyer had sent a cheque for a much larger amount of money than she asked for. No doubt they had hoped she would send her own money to make up the difference.

I ceased contact with the buyer as soon as I saw the cheque, because then I could guess what sort of fraud it was.

Laura's advice was good. A direct bank-to-bank wire transfer is safe. Then you know whether the payment funds are clear. You must be sure that the payment you receive is legitimate before you send your artwork.

Best wishes,

A lucky PRAC member

Have you received many of these messages? Laura Warburton is sharing a current message she is receiving copies of.

Subject: Art work Enquiry

Hope this message finds you well,i came across some lovely and creative artworks on your site while searching for good artworks and I will like to buy creative artworks out of your stock.
I will be happy to have this selected artworks hanged in our new home. What is the least price? We are travelling from our USA home to our new apartment in London,uk .Regarding payment,I will be happy to pay you with a certified Travellers cheque/moneyorder/cashiers cheque . An urgent reply we be appreciated.Thanks.
Kindly don't bother to include the shipping cost because i have a private shipper hat will arange for the pick up of the art work in your location once you have cleared the payment in your bank,they are in charge of moving our other house interior decor to our new home.I await your contact details to make out the payment to you asap.

Artists are increasingly becoming the target of cyber-scamming.  This email is just one example of the type of internet fraud that artists are receiving from unscrupulous scammers prosing as serious art buyers.
There are a number of points that suggest that this inquiry is not entirely as it may seem;

  • The spelling and grammar are generally quite poor.

  • The buyer is often either traveling or overseas.

  • The buyer wants to pay via a travelers cheque, money order or cashiers cheque, all of which are relatively easy to forge.

  • The buyer wants to arrange their own shipper.

  • They buyer is most often in a hurry to close the deal.

There are many ways to safeguard your work against scams like this, and they are all really quite simple. 

Never accept payment via a travelers cheque, money order or cashiers cheque.  These are all quite easy to forge and your bank can remove the funds from your account to cover a fraudulent payment well after the art has been shipped, often as long as 30 days or more.  The fraudulent buyer who is in a hurry is attempting to pressure the artist into shipping the work before payment has cleared. Similarly, they frequently want to arrange their own shipping or have someone pick up the artwork in order to have possession of it before their phony payment has been discovered. A direct bank-to-bank wire transfer is the safest method to receive payment.  Your bank will ensure the funds are clear, most often on the day of the transfer.

Never accept an overpayment.  Once the price of the art and shipping has been determined, that’s the amount of the payment you should receive from the buyer.  If they send you more than that (often much more) and ask you to send them a cheque for the difference, you will find yourself out of pocket for not only the value of the artwork and the fraudulent payment, but also for the difference of the overpayment you’ve sent back.  No one is going to ‘accidentally’ send you a payment of $7,000 for a painting that you’re selling for $3,000.

As exciting as it may be to have an art buyer contact you wanting to own a piece of your work, you need to proceed with caution.  Take your time.  If you’ve responded to a potential buyer with your selling terms and they don’t appear to be listening, follow your instincts; if it feels funny, it likely is.

First clue – it’s not a show you’ve heard of before!
Second – it’s always advisable to check with your art friends if they know anything about it or heard of it!
Third – how did the e-mail come to you – cold calls are always an indication that it’s not legit.
Fourth – Google it.

• Some like to ‘acquire’ well known sponsors - look at the logos - do they look like poor scans, outdated? Another tip-off that you should invest your time and money elsewhere.
•Artists need to be safe first … same as any kid on the internet – there are rules to follow for safety and you can’t just pay someone for a show that you have not checked out thoroughly.

There are active organizations more than willing to renew your domain name for an exhorbitant fee AND they send their invoice to your home. Check with your current provider to see why you are getting mail from someone else before you loose your money and waste your time.



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