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Join us at Artfest on the Esplanade on May 27, 2017

Mask Magic at Hands on Art

Enbridge Pipelines
Thanks to the continued support of Enbridge Pipelines Inc.

Mask Magic with Janice McHaffie and Rola Jaber and Cartooning with Michael Jack and amazing youth volunteers!

Cartooning with Michael Jack

Mask Magic and Cartooning Volunteers

Linda, Dominique, Gabrielle, Teresa,
Emily, Matthew, Carter, Tanya


Marie Louise Blanchard-Thomas
~ Marie Blanchard-Thomas Fine Artist
[Canvas paintings, hand painted bags, decorative scrolls for the fence (outdoor/indoor art) a few cards]

Cheryl Ingram ~ Designs by Cheryl
[Acrylic, Oil & mixed media paintings, photography, assorted crafts]

Erum Irtaza ~ Art by Erum

Dorsey James ~ sculptor

Durham West Arts Centre

Donna Painter (unable to attend)

Alex Paterson ~ Ontario Woodcarvers Association

Michelle Slivinsky~ Moxnme
[Handmade stained glass windows, uncatchers, garden accessories]



Tips for selling your art at festivals.

Artfest, now in its 20th year, will included over 80 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


2017 Artfest

One The Esplanade, Esplanade Park, Pickering

From 11 am to 5 pm ~ RAIN OR SHINE

In the Hands•On•Art Section:

Mask Magic with Janice McHaffie returns again this year thanks to the generous support of Enbridge Pipelines Inc.
Cartooning with Michael Jack and youth artists

Angie Littlefield:
Tom Thomson's Fine Kettle of FriendsMeet the Author of Tom Thomson's Fine Kettle of Friends: biography, history, art and food
at the PRAC tent at
Artfest between 11 and 1.

Station Gallery


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 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and find out all of the fun things you can learn!
Ace2Putt - How To Mini Putt
Annandale Curling Club - How To Curl
Avanti Women's Network - How To Start Networking Conversations
BDO CANADA - How To Score A Great Credit Rating
Centre for Hollistic Health Care - How To Perform Self-Care
Country Cheese Company - How To Create An Artisan Cheese Board
Durham Red Cross - How To Perform CPR
Durham Region Health Department - How To Create A Healthy Routine & How To Move and Play Everyday
Endbridge - How To Save Energy With Your Smart Phone
Falcon Brewing Company - How To Pick A Beer
Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi - How to Perform Taoist Tai Chi
Jackie Morra Interiors - How To Design Your Home To Add Value
LumenLee - How To Build Your Own Neon Sign
Michaels - How To Make A Mesh Bow
New Horizons Band & Durham West Music - How To Play "O Canada"
Ontario Tennis Association - How To Perfect Your Serve
Parks Canada - How To Pitch A Tent
Pickering Public Library - How To VR
Pickering Public Library - How To Spot Fake News
Pickering Public Library - How To Make Bath Bombs
The Story of My Life - How To Journal Your Life Story
Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue - How To Save WildLife
United Way - How To Change The World

I AM ONTARIO Youth Arts Showcase

The City of Pickering is hosting a celebration of Arts excellence in Ontario through the addition of a Youth Arts Showcase to Artfest on the Esplanade.

Youth aged 12 - 25 are invited to take part in this fantastic project. If you live in Ontario, you are an artist/interested in the arts, and would like event planning experience - JOIN US! Just email us at




Mask Magic at Artfest Since 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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2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2005 no photos, 2004 photos, 2003, 2002
Photography by Mary Cook©


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.

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
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