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December 2020

Great things to do in the GTA and Region of Durham in December ~ we hope!

Please confirm dates before booking
* by performances means matinees

Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas

You may find more information on events if you go to our facebook page and look in the EVENTS section!

If you are a PRAC member and participating in an event or performance - get it listed on our calendar page!

Early BirdDecember 2021 Early Bird Listings



December 2020


to Dec 5 ~ Music4Life Ensemble

Music 4LifeJoin the most Exciting and Creative String Orchestra in Durham
Sessions run every Saturday starting September 19th until December 5th from 4:15pm to 5:30 pm EST. Limited spots available. Virtual session details provided to registered participants only.
18 Hibbins Avenue · AJAX or 647-980-8683

to Dec 20 ~ VAC

VACVisual Arts Centre of Clarington
To celebrate the holiday times of 2020, we’re excited to announce our first ever Juried Art Exhibition Fundraiser taking place from Sunday, November 29 until Sunday, December 20, 2020.
Online registration for submissions is open from:
Thursday, October 29 until Wednesday, November 18.
Guidelines and Submission Form


to January 3, 2021 ~ Visual Arts Centre of Clarington

VACThe Loft Gallery Commission: Hissing Folly by Cole Swanson
For the 2020 iteration of the Loft Gallery Commission, Cole Swanson looks at Durham Region’s ecological landscape and poses critical questions around human relationships with invasive species, specifically phragmites (European common reed). Phragmites is a perennial grass that spreads quickly and out-competes native species for water and nutrients. This plant has been damaging ecosystems in Ontario for decades including areas of Clarington and the wider Durham Region. Working with the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (CLOCA), this collaborative project will result in the collection and removal of phragmites from the Thickson Woods Land Trust of Durham Region. The harvested phragmites will be used as materials for an immersive sculpture in the VAC using a centuries-long tradition of thatching. The resulting exhibition will consider phragmites as a historically valuable construction material with creative potential while educating the public on the risks posed by the plant to the ecosystems present in Clarington and the surrounding region.
Cole Swanson’s cross-disciplinary artistic practice spans over 15 years. Using sound, installation, painting, and sculpture his work explores interspecies relationships as they relate to complex coevolutionary systems. Swanson holds a BA in Studio Art from the University of Guelph and an MA in Art History from the University of Toronto. His work has been exhibited in exhibitions in Canada and international venues across four continents. He is a two-time national fellowship winner through the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (2007, 2014) for his research on miniature paintings and Jaipur school fresco techniques in Rajasthan.
143 Simpson Avenue, Bowmanville, L1C 3K8

3 ~ Latcham Art Centre

Latcham Art CentreAnnual General Meeting 2020
All paid members are invited to attend Latcham Art Centre's virtual Annual General Meeting on Thursday, December 3 at 7 pm through Zoom.
To pay your membership fee email
If you are already a paid member for 2020 email to RSVP and we will send you more information and the link to the meeting closer to the event.
Looking forward to seeing you on Zoom!

5 & 6 ~ A Gift of Art

A Gift of ArtHelen Van Poorten, Debbie Bateman
187 King Ave E, Newcastle


9 ~ Oshawa Art Association

OAAMonthly Meeting – 7:00 pm to 9 pm
probably cancelled
Arts Resource Centre
45 Queen St, Oshawa, ON L1H 3Z3

10 ~ Scgog Arts

Christmas Market of Art & Craft facebook event

10 & 16 ~ Station Gallery On-Line

Station GalleryDec 10 ~ Station Gallery On-Line
Who Shot Billy Stone? 7 pm

Dec 16 ~ Station Gallery On-Line
Dream Logic Awards Ceremony 7 pm
HERE 1450 Henry St., Whitby

12 ~ Music4Life Ensemble

Music 4LifeHome for the Holidays with Special Guests 3-time Juno Award Nominees 'Sultans of String' at 5 pm
Join us Saturday December 12th for our 1/2 hour virtual live stream. Streaming on Facebook at 5pm and again at 7pm. Kick off the holiday season with a great musical treat!
We hope you join us for this special seasonal event in support of community music and recognition of our front-line care and support workers!

12 & 13 ~ A Gift of Art

A Gift of ArtLynn Lyon and Brenda Sullivan

187 King Ave E, Newcastle


13 ~ Regent Theatre ~ Rescheduled September 25, 2021

Saturday, September 25, 2021
Regent Theatre
50 King Street E, Oshawa
905.721.3399 x2

16 ~ Sation Gallery

Dream Logic: 28th Annual Juried Exhibition
Please join us for our first ever on-line awards ceremony on Wednesday, December 16th, beginning at 7:00 pm on Station Gallery's Facebook Channel.
The juried exhibition is anticipated to run from December 12, 2020 - January 17, 2021.


19 & 20 ~ A Gift of Art

A Gift of ArtBronwyn Gauley and Kelly Sheard

187 King Ave E, Newcastle


Dec 28 ~ Capitol Theatre

Capitol Fine ArtsSee December Schedule >>>
Capitol Theatre (Main Stage)
20 Queen Street
Port Hope

22 ~ Regent Theatre Rescheduled to December 20, 2021

NEW Performance Date: Tuesday, December 22, 2020, 8:00 pm was April 25,
NEW Performance Date: Monday, December 20, 2021
Regent Theatre
50 King Street E, Oshawa
905.721.3399 x2

Dec 31 ~ Capitol Theatre

Capitol Fine ArtsSee December Schedule >>>
Capitol Theatre
20 Queen Street
Port Hope




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Juried Art Show

Virtual concerts & exhibitions:

Please join us on our Simcoe Street United Church YouTube channel HERE starting December 13
for our annual musical celebration of Christmas
Glory to the New-born King
Simcoe Street United Church | Durham Philharmonic Choir | Heartstrings Ensemble

Station Gallery On-Line

Station GalleryStation Gallery On-Line
Dream Logic Awards Ceremony 7 pm
HERE 1450 Henry St., Whitby


A Gift of ArtKids Saturday Art Club with Cordelia Adams

Saturdays October 24- December 18 2020
10AM - 12:00 PM, 8 week session
Each morning the children will learn skills in colouring, painting, drawing and of course will create a craft. Limited to children ages 4-10 and attending school. There will be no sharing of common items. Each child will have their own kit. Register online or in-person.
All 8 weeks:
Member Cost: $180 + $10 ,Non-member Cost: $200 + $10
Individual sessions:
Member Cost: $30 + $5 ,Non-member Cost: $35 + $5

Acrylic Classes with Stephen Snider

Thursdays, November 12 – December 17 2020
2:30PM - 5PM, 6 week session
Stephen is welcoming new students into his Acrylic class. This is a small class where you will receive individual attention, so you can learn whether you are new to painting or experienced.
Member Cost: $155 + $10 ,Non-member Cost: $185 + $10

Adult Drawing with Todd Tremeer

Wednesdays, November 4-25 2020, 6:00PM – 9:00PM, 4 week series
Learn to draw and enrich your imagination. Spend four weeks drawing with professional artist Todd Tremeer. Learn new techniques, how to draw with light/shade and perspective drawing. Experiment with new materials. Build your art school portfolio or just try something new. No experience required. Bring your creativity.
Member Cost: $140 + $10 ,Non-member Cost: $165 + $10

Adult Watercolour with Todd Tremeer

Fridays, November 20 – December 11 2020
9:30AM – 12:30PM, 4 week series
Watercolour painting is a great medium for describing form, details, light and shade. Watercolour paintings can be bold and colourful, meticulously detailed or monochromatic. Paint from your own photos, sketchbook ideas or a still life set up in class. Painting classes can be the most fun when adults come with a range of ability. Those new to watercolour will learn new techniques. Todd looks forward to working with more advanced watercolourists and sharing with them more technical interests related to pigments, paper, art history and techniques. Bring your own materials. See suggested materials list.
Member Cost: $105 + $10 , Non-member Cost: $130 + $10

Alcohol Ink Workshop with Margaret Brackley

Saturday November 28 2020, 10:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Margaret will teach you about alcohol inks – and acid free, highly pigmented and fast drying medium used on non-porous surfaces. This holiday themed workshop will feature creating unique glass ornaments using Alcohol Ink. You will not want to miss very popular class. This class is suitable for novices as well as seasoned artists who want to try something new.
Each workshop – Member cost: $50 + $5 , Non-member cost: $75 + $5 , Material Cost: $20 paid directly to the instructor.

Holiday Soapstone Carving Workshop for Adults
with Peter Martin Ages 13+

Sunday, December 5 2020, 10:00AM – 4:00PM
Peter Martin will help you gain a better understanding of the beauty and techniques used in the ancient Inuit art form of soapstone carving. Join Peter for a relaxing Saturday of carving, shaping and finishing a Soapstone figure of your choice (four options). Your creation could be a special gift for someone who appreciates nature and the longevity of stone. Soapstone carvings often become a family treasure, passed down through the generation. Figure options art the Atlantic Puffin, Mother Loon and Chick, Innukshuk Hockey Player “Faceoff” or “He shoots”. There is no requirement to know how to carve, but some hand strength is advisable in order to complete your piece in the required time.
A material cost of $25 to be paid directly to the instructor. Please indicate your figure choice on your registration form.
Members: $45 + $5 , Non-member: $70 + $5

Capitol Fine ArtsTHE NUTCRACKER Film screening from the National Ballet of Canada Sunday December
20th @ 2pm & Thursday December 24th @ 2pm

A CELTIC CHRISTMAS Christmas Celtics
songs with Saskia Tomkins and Steáfán Hannigan Monday December 20 @ 2pm

SEASONAL SONGS Brighton's Annual Holiday Concert comes to Port Hope Tuesday, December 22nd @ 2pm

Saskia Tomkins, Sean Carthew and Susan Ferley
Wednesday December 23rd @ 2pm
With safety being the highest priority, The Capitol Theatre will adapt

Capitol Christmas Virtual House
Sit back and relax as Artistic Director and Holiday Enthusiast, Susan Ferley, takes you on a one-hour virtual tour of six distinctive Port Hope homes beautifully dressed up for the holidays. Get into the holiday spirit by taking a look at all the red, green, and sparkle.  When you book your Virtual
Holiday House Tour you will be emailed a link and password the day of the performance that will be active as of 2pm of the day of your tour and will be available for your viewing pleasure until 8 pm that day.

to see the stunning creations for this year's Festival of Lights & Tress?
Above is just a glimpse at 3 of our 71 raffle items that are up for grabs.
Thank you to our generous sponsors! NOTICE - Tree Viewing Schedule Change

Box Office 905.885.1071 Visit our Website Cameco Capitol Arts Centre | 20
Queen Street, Port Hope, Ontario L1A 2Y7

If you are a PRAC member your event
SHOULD be listed on this page!

PineRidge Arts Council members are invited to list their events in ArtScene and on the website. Please send plain text, do not send attachments, word documents, pdfs or jpegs to Cathy and Mary or click HERE to enter the info on-line.

ArtScene deadlines HERE

Art in Public PlacesOPG Info Centre, Pickering

2020 postponed
January & February ~ Kaitlin Sabean-Untermann
March & April ~ Robert Hinves

McLean Community Centre, Ajax

2020 postponed
January 6 to February 10 ~ Allan's Artists
Opening Reception ~ January 10 from 7-9 pm
February 10 - March 16 ~ Pickering Recreation Seniors 55+ Art Class
Opening Reception ~ February 14 from 7-9 pm
March 18 - April 22 ~ Lemonville Group of Artists
April 27 to May 30 ~ Juried Photography Exhibition
June 1 - July 6 ~ Ajax Creative Arts
July 6 - August 10 ~ Artists of Uxbridge
August 10 - September 14 ~ Ramona Marquez-Ramraj and Norman Smith
September 14 to October 26 ~ Ingrid McDonald and Inese Poga
October 26 - November 28 ~ PRAC Juried Art Show
November 30 - January 4, 2021 ~ Ajax Photography Club



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