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Artfest on the Esplanade ~ May 27, 2023 Watch for 2024 details. Proposed dates May 25-26, 2024

Mask Magic

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ArtfestThe City of Pickering and PineRidge Arts Council were pleased and excited to welcome back Artfest 2023 on the Esplanade to 3,668 attendees!

Mask Magic 2023 saw about 1000 visitors to our tent and Rola and her team gave out over 450 masks to children of all ages. As usual Bling was the Thing for the masks.

Paint Party 2023 was a huge success with three teaching artists and 20 eager painters per class.

Paint Party 2023

We introduced a new hands-on paint opportunity for adults and are looking for sponsors for 2024.

Paint Party had three teaching artists guiding painters to create a one-of-a-kind up to 8"x10" masterpiece to take home and treasure.

dwac FoundationThanks to our sponsor Durham West Arts Centre Foundation.



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Thanks to Enbridge Energy's continued sponsorship since 2013
of this fun children's activity.

Art serves as a dynamic catalyst for young minds, offering them an avenue to explore their imagination, creativity, and self-expression


Pickering Community Concert Band @ 11:30


Unveiling of Reflections Garden and Ribbon Cutting by Studio F Minus


  • Harsh Raghav
  • Intrikate Arts
  • Miraclewalker Productions
  • Richard Pyves - Author
  • Vidhya Srijesh Art
  • Vince Santoro - Author


  • PCCB ~ Instrument petting zoo
  • OpenStudio Art Cafe
  • Station Gallery
  • Durham Potters Guild

Artfest was back in person for 2022! FACEBOOK PHOTOS HERE



11 am to noon Mina Daya


Mina has nurtured a lifelong passion of creative expression through painting and design and has been painting for more than 30 years. She believes strongly in art education and in teaching both children and adults the skills that can enable them to draw and paint realistically. Her creative channels are as diverse as the various artists she admires and with whom she has worked on programs that blended seamlessly on countless art projects.Her style is constantly evolving as she enjoys experimenting and painting freely in various mediums. She is now retired from teaching at a local Montessori School a few years ago but always enjoys facilitating private paint parties and art classes . Mina is strongly focussed on pursuing paintings , primarily in acrylics and watercolours by allowing herself to explore subject matter ranging from flowers to animals to landscapes to the odd figurative piece, finding that “Art is everywhere” !
Contact :Facebook /Instagram; MinArt53 or email :

1 to 2 pm Sarah Shaw

Ssarah Shaw"Proud Bloom”

Sarah Shaw is a local Whitby artist who has been teaching art classes to children and adults for the past 20 years. Sarah’s work can be found in many personal collections, as well as public displays around Durham Region. Please visit her website or social media links for more information!
insta@ shaw.studios


3 to 4 pm Judith Jewer

Judith Jewer Tom ThomsonTom Thomson's "Pine Trees at Sunset"

Judith Jewer Art Academy




Artfest and PRAC over the years:

2023 | 2022 | 2021 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002

"Projects for the 1997 Year: One of the big projects we would like to become a reality this year is an artisan show involving all the visual and performing artists. An outdoor show at Rotary Park in Ajax or at Pickering Town Hall with pantomime, bands, artists, craft show and hands-on demonstrations." from PRAC minutes. 


PineRidge Arts Council Inc., is a not-for-profit (Public Benefit Corporation) volunteer organization established in 1989.

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

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Vision: We envision a world where the arts are valued and accessible to all,
and where we inspire others to embrace the arts as an essential part of their lives.

Mission: Our mission is to build a vibrant and inclusive arts community that celebrates
and supports visual, audio and new media art. We strive to connect and engage
diverse audiences while providing resources and opportunities for artists to thrive
and create impactful work.

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We are currently located on land, which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange among the
Mississauga Peoples, and is the traditional and treaty territory of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.
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