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Next Artfest on May 28, 2016

Mask Magic at Hands on Art

With Janice McHaffie and PRAC artists:
11 - 1 ~ Jayshree (Mina) Daya
11 - 1 ~ Elsie Hetherman
11 - 1 ~ Kim Jackson
12 - 2 ~ Marney Wood
12 - 2 ~ Gwen Williams
12 - 2 ~ Cathy Cuffy
2 - 4 ~ Cheryl and Alissa Helferty
2 - 4 ~ Ramola Vanderhyden
2 - 4 ~ Norma Vander Veen Burns
Don Hightower & Maggie Burgess

Cartooning with Michael Jack

Michael Jack


David Bishop ~ Cartoonist or
PMV Bloomers & Britches
Margaret Brackley
~ Jewellery
Marie Blanchard-Thomas ~ artist
Brooklin Woodcarvers | Randy Pater
Cottonwood 'n' Canvas | Dawn Everson & Suzie Rutter
Wendy Daly ~ Glass by Jo
Esther Forde ~ Cultural Expressions
Shirley Heard ~
Cheryl Ingram ~ Design by Cheryl
Dorsey James
~ Sculptor
Veronica Kerr
~ Stained glass ~
Adrian Liggins
Valerie Russell

Fran Sancroft ~ Paverpol Sculptures
Michelle Slivinsky ~ Stained Glass ~
Ruth Smith ~ artist
Suzanne Snyder
~ Maran-Atha Arts ~

Tips for selling your art at festivals.

Artfest, now in its 18th year, will included over 120 artists, artisans and crafters selling original works and live performances
by local artists and groups.

"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.

First Artfest was held on
Saturday, September 12, 1997


2015 Artfest

Outdoor Arts & Crafts Show and Sale with over 120 artists this year! Art activity hosted by PineRidge Arts Council, Hands•On•Art tent with mask painting and cartooning. Also contributing to the 2015 art activities is DeSerres, and Station Gallery. New this year, Durham West Blues Fest.

In the Hands•On•Art Section:

Mask Magic returned again this year thanks to the generous support of Enbridge Pipelines Inc.
Cartooning with Michael Jack

Durham West Blues Fest:
Musical Print Making with actual music instruments

Station Gallery:
Inspired by our current exhibition Filmic and the work of our very own Station Gallery curator Olexander Wlasenko, participants will create their own piece of “vintage film” using water soluble graphite.

Great art activities for any age.

Camp Creativity
Great art activities for everyone.

Pickering Public Library:

Pickering Public LibraryHOW-TO IN 10 MINUTES
Do you love to learn new things, but just can’t find the time to do it? Ten minutes is all you need to learn how to do almost anything! Visit the Pickering Public library on Saturday, May 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and find out all of the fun things you can learn! Learn more at

Durham West Blues Fest:

Durham West BluesGazebo Performances:

11:00 Roadogs
11:40 Voodoo Walters
12:25 Carlos del Junco & Jimmy Bowskill
1:35 Erin McCallum
2:30 Dawn Tyler Watson & Paul Deslauriers
3:40 Wicked Grin
4:45 VOODOO Pawn Shop




Mask Magic at Artfest 2014

Each year PineRidge Arts Council offers a new arts experience to visitors at Artfest. This year, thanks to the generosity of Enbridge Pipelines Inc., kids of all ages will be able to paint and decorate free wooden masks to take home. The annual popular outdoor event, Artfest on the Esplanade, brings families together at the arts and crafts tables. Parents, grandparents and kids will receive guidance and suggestions from a PRAC teaching artist (if they wish) and create their unique mask to show off and treasure.

Artfest and sponsors City of Pickering


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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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and where we inspire others to embrace the arts as an essential part of their lives.

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