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February 2020

Great events in the Region of Durham and the GTA in February

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All 2020 PRAC memberships are NOW due.

Reading and RemembranceBlack History Month


2 ~ Happy Groundhog Day ~ Wiarton Willie
14 ~ Happy Valentine's Day
18 ~ Happy Ontario Family Day

February 2020

All 2020 PRAC memberships are NOW due.


to Feb. 22 ~ Ajax Creative Arts

Ajax Creative ArtsSunnybrooke Gift Shop
Ajax Creative Arts is a fine arts association based in Ajax, Ontario. They are unique among most art associations in that they are based in a permanent building with two activity rooms which enables their members to paint together and share ideas in an open studio atmosphere. 
57 of 83 paintings were photographed for online sale.

to Feb. 23 ~ Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery

GeorginaEncounter - The Sculptor and the Painter
Exhibition Dates: Jan.26 - Feb. 23.
Reception: Sunday February 2 at 1pm.
Established and accomplished artists, Paula Coop McCrory (painting) and Wayne Smile (sculpture) moved to Georgina not long ago, and met at our gallery. This is their first joint exhibition.
149 High Street
Sutton, L0E 1R0

to March 29 ~ Visual Arts Centre of Clarington

VACPete Smith: Stein's Law
Pete Smith is an artist, critic and curator who lives in Bowmanville, ON. Smith’s painting practice often reflects his interests, concerns, and experiences. His solo exhibition at the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington will show a series of recent paintings that explore notions of climate change, pollution, urbanization, domesticity, light and darkness. The exhibition titled Stein’s Law, references the popular American economist’s theory, that if something cannot go forever, it will stop, and poses questions about sustainability in our current economic models. The exhibition will also include works of local abandoned sites in the Clarington region and will be shown at the VAC galleries as well as the Clarington Town Hall and Library. ​
143 Simpson Avenue, Bowmanville, L1C 3K8

to April 15 ~ Scugog Arts

Scugog Arts returns with three categories, Fiction, Poetry and Creative Non-fiction. We are accepting short fiction stories and creative non-fiction of up to 2,500 words and poems of up to 40 lines.
Youth 12-20 & Adults 21+
Enter in one of two age groups, either Youth 12-20 or Adult 21+. Each entrant can enter 1-3 pieces of writing. There are Poetry and Fiction categories for Youth and the added category of Creative Non-Fiction for Adults.
The cost to enter is $20 for adults and $15 for youth.
$2,500 in Cash Prizes!
Youth and Adult Poetry: 1st Prize: $300 2nd Prize: $150 3rd Prize: $50
Youth and Adult Fiction: 1st Prize: $300 2nd Prize: $150 3rd Prize: $50
Adult Creative Non-fiction: 1st Prize: $300 2nd Prize: $150 3rd Prize: $50
Contest opens January 2, 2020. Contest closes Friday April 15, 2020   
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1 ~ St. Francis Centre

St. FrancisBeatles Go Brass
by the Weston Silver Band
Saturday, February 1, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm $35
78 Church St., Ajax
905-619-2529 x 2787

1 ~ Station Gallery

Station GalleryOpening Reception for Noni Kaur: Microbial Feasts 1-3pm
Noni Kaur’s practice explores her cultural history and how particular materials are adapted or transformed through use in different spaces/ environments. This winter, she will present an immersive, multi-sensory, dyed-coconut installation that bridges the gaps between gender, culture, the body, and the non-human world. As a Singaporean woman of Punjabi descent, the artist’s identity is by its own nature, intersectional. The works she creates, explore her cultural history and how particular materials are adapted or transformed through use in different spaces/
environments. A cultural practice in India and Singapore is rangoli: the act of using coloured materials to decorate floors in domestic and public spaces. Traditionally made from powder pigments, flowers, rice, or sand, rangoli designs are a revelation of beauty and the acquisition of auspiciousness around significant events and festivals.
1450 Henry St, City: Whitby L1N 0A8

Feb 1 ~ Capitol Theatre

Capitol Fine ArtsThe Met: Live in HD
Porgy and Bess

J ames Robinson’s stylish production transports audiences to Catfish Row on the Charleston waterfront, vibrant with the music, dancing, emotion, and heartbreak of its inhabitants. MET OPERA on the Big Screen at the Capitol
Capitol Theatre (Main Stage)
20 Queen Street
Port Hope

Feb. 2 to January 3, 2021 ~ Visual Arts Centre of Clarington

VACThe Loft Gallery Commission: Hissing Folly by Cole Swanson
Reception: Sun., Feb. 2, 2020, 2 PM - 4 PM
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

Feb 4 ~ Capitol Theatre

Capitol Fine Artstiff. Ask Dr. Ruth
A documentary portrait chronicling the incredible life of Dr.Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America's most famous sex therapist. As her 90th birthday approaches, Dr. Ruth revisits her painful past and her career at the forefront of the sexual revolution.
Capitol Theatre (Main Stage)
20 Queen Street
Port Hope


Pickering Recreation Complex
1867 Valley Farm Rd. Room #1


6 ~ Paint and Palate with Sarah Shaw

Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 5 PM – 9:30 PM
Bistro '67
1604 Champlain Avenue, Whitby, Ontario L1N 6A7

Feb 6, 2020 - Feb 22, 2020 ~ Whitby Courthouse Theatre

Whitby Courthouse TheatreLittle Women The Broadway Musical
The timeless, captivating story is now a multi-award winning Broadway musical filled with personal discovery, heartache, hope, and everlasting love.
Based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic 1869 semi-autobiographical novel, it focuses on the four March sisters — traditional Meg, wild, aspiring writer Jo, timid Beth, and romantic Amy at home in Concord, Massachusetts.
Struggling while their father is away serving as a Union Army chaplain during the Civil War, the young March women’s lives unfold through several recreations of melodramatic short stories Jo writes in her attic studio.

Feb 6 ~ Ajax Community Theatre

Ajax Community TheatreA Few Good Men
This Broadway hit about the trial of two Marines for complicity in the death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay sizzles on stage. The naïve young Navy lawyer expects a plea bargain and a cover-up of what really happened. Prodded by a female member of his defense team, the lawyer eventually makes a valiant effort to defend his clients – challenging the Marine code of honor.
St.Francis Centre
78 Church St., Ajax |
905-619-2529 x 2787

Feb 6 ~ Capitol Theatre

Capitol Fine Artstiff. Pain and Glory
"Pain and Glory" follows the life of a film director, Salvador Mallo (Antonio Banderas), through two main narrative threads.
Capitol Theatre (Main Stage)
20 Queen Street
Port Hope

7 to March 21 Herongate Barn Dinner Theatre

HerongateThe Love List – 6:00 pm
2885 Altona Rd., Pickering 905-472-3085

8 ~ Cathedral Bluffs Orchestra

Concert #4 – 8 pm
Chinese Cultural Centre
5183 Sheppard Ave. E, Toronto 416-879-5566

8 to 29 ~ Scugog Arts

Scugog ArtsPulp Fiction: An Exhibition of Paper-mache by Erika Takacs & Lino-prints by Erin LePage
“The human form allows me to tell visual stories that combine fiction and reality through a sculptural language that draws from personal experience, but literary and mythical narratives as well.” Erica Takacs “My work focuses on small moments of tenderness. ” Erin Le Page
Opening Reception Sat. Feb 8 1-3 pm
181 Perry Street, Unit G-1,
Port Perry L9L 1A7

9 ~ Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery

GeorginaWords and Images
Our new project! Our painters and sculptors have been inspired by literary woks by local writers.
Everyone is welcome to our big event on Sunday Feb. 9 at 1pm.
Exhibition starts on Jan. 26 in the Alcove Gallery.

9 ~ Scugog Arts

Sunday Feb 9 at 7 p.m.
Stu Harrison: Keyboard,  George Koller: Bass Morgan Childs: Drums, Lynn sings Loves Songs!!!
Location Jester’s Court Upstairs
Music Charge $20 per person

Feb 11 ~ Capitol Theatre

Capitol Fine Artstiff. Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind
In 's history, there are few people who signified the nation's modern confidence in its arts more than Gordon Lightfoot.TIFF On The Big Screen Capitol Theatre (Main Stage)
20 Queen Street
Port Hope

12 ~ Oshawa Art Association

OAAMonthly Meeting – 7:00 pm to 9 pm
Guest Speaker: John Di Leonardo is a Canadian visual artist/poet and a graduate of McMaster University. He has published two award-winning chapbooks Book of Hours (2014), and Starry Nights (2015).
Membership meetings take place on the second Wednesday of the month, excepting July.
Arts Resource Centre
45 Queen St, Oshawa, ON L1H 3Z3

Feb. 9, 2020 ~ Station Gallery

Station GalleryPaint Like The Masters: Cubism
Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 10 AM – 4 PM
Station Gallery
1450 Henry Street,
Whitby, Ontario L1N 0A8

12 ~ Shuttlebug Weavers & Spinners

Monthly Meeting – 1:00 pm
Guild meetings are the second Wednesday of the month, from 1pm to 3pm, at the Greenwood Community Centre, 3551 Greenwood Road, Greenwood ON

Feb 13 ~ Capitol Theatre

Capitol Fine Artstiff. Judy – February 13
Legendary performer Judy Garland arrives in London in the wintero f 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts. Principal cast: Renee Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Bella Ramsey. JUDY • TIFF On The Big Screen
Capitol Theatre (Main Stage)
20 Queen Street
Port Hope


14 ~ Cameco Capital Arts Centre

Capitol Fine ArtsCreedence Clearwater Tribute
GreenRiver Revival
– 8 pm
With over 20 sold-out theatre shows in the last 2 years alone, GREEN RIVER REVIVAL is North Americs's foremost tribute to CCR.
20 Queen St., Port Hope

14 ~ Pickering Recreation Seniors 55+ Class

Allan O'Marra and PRAC present an exhibition of works of art by Pickering Recreation Seniors 55+ Class
Show run from February 10 - March 16
Opening Reception
February 14 from 7-9 pm

McLean Community Centre
95 Magill Drive, Ajax


OpenStudioBrian Richardson - Sat Special Feature
7-10 pm
OpenStudio Art Café
617 Liverpool Road, Pickering


Feb. 18 ~ Westben

WestbenChocolate Voices Experience
February 15th at 7:00pm at
the Clock Tower Cultural Centre, downtown Campbellford.


FEB 18 ~ Pickering Township Historical Society

PTHSFebruary Speaker Series: Digging the Underground Railroad
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Pickering Public Library
Digging the Underground Railroad: Archaeology and African Canadian History with Karolyn Smardz Frost.
Award-winning author, Karolyn Smardz Frost, will talk about the life of freedom-seeker Cecelia Jane Reynolds who fled Kentucky slavery by way of Niagara Falls in 1846. Twin excavations in Toronto and upstate New York help show her last days in slavery and her new life in freedom. Free Event From 7:00 pm to 7:30 there will be a social for all members and guests.

20 ~ Station Gallery

Station GalleryArt Talk: Art Interrupted
Station Gallery
1450 Henry Street,
Whitby, Ontario L1N 0A8

21 ~ St. Francis Centre

St. FrancisTIFF Film Circuit – 8 pm
“The Tomorrow Man”
78 Church St., Ajax

21 to March 1 ~ Northumberland Players

Capitol Fine ArtsChicago
The Northumberland Players present "Chicago" one of the sexiest and entertaining shows in Broadway history.
Cameco Capital Arts Centre
20 Queen St., Port Hope

22 ~ Oshawa Art Association

FEBRUARY 22 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
LOCATION Centennial Albert United Church
19 Rosehill Blvd., Oshawa
Between King and Bond, near Oshawa Centre Parking lot available.
Enjoy a great time experimenting with colour. Go Wild!
Betty will instruct and focus on the basic principles of
abstract painting. This is a half day workshop. Each
artist will be supplied their own table space. List of
supplies will be emailed to artists attending.
FEE Members: $50 Non-members: $60 Cheque to
OAA or electronic payment to
The workshop will run when we reach our total of 8
people. At that time, there will be no refunds. No carry
over to other workshops. Should the workshop be
canceled due to lack of people, then payment will be
Centennial Albert United Church
19 Rosehill Blvd., Oshawa Between King
and Bond, near Oshawa Centre


Station GalleryWaterscapes in Watercolour Workshop ~ HiSook Barker
Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 12 PM – 4 PM
Station Gallery
1450 Henry Street, Whitby, Ontario L1N 0A8


Station GallerySuper Sunday at Station Gallery
Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 1 PM – 3 PM
Station Gallery
1450 Henry Street, Whitby, Ontario L1N 0A8

23 ~ Scugog Arts

Scugog ArtsAt Long Last A Crooner!
Alex Bird and the Young Mavericks
Feb 23, 7 pm 
Location Jester’s Court Upstairs
Music Charge $20 per person

Feb. 27 ~ Capitol Theatre

Capitol Fine ArtsThursdays @ the Sculthorpe
Rick Fines CD Release Party
Rick Fines crafts a unique blend of warm-hearted blues, juke joint folk, and dockside soul that both embraces and defies the genres that influence him. A veteran of the North American blues and folk circuits. You can’t help but clap your hands together to the beat of Rick Fines, a multiple award-winning artist with a signature vocal growl and diverse guitar styling. Come celebrate his new CD, Solar Powered Too, with us on February 20.
The Sculthorpe Theatre (2nd floor Cameco Capitol Arts Centre)
20 Queen Street
Port Hope, ON Canada L1A 2Y7

27 thru March 12 ~ Pickering Rotary Music Festival

Pickering Rotary Festival33rd Annual Stars of the Festival Concert & Awards 2020
This year, the festival is schedule:
Start February 27th – March 12th
Play-offs March 31st
Stars Festival April 18th
The festival will take place at St. George's Anglican Church, 77 Randall Drive, Ajax, Ontario unless otherwise specified.

PRAC is a proud sponsor

28 ~ Theartre on the Ridge

Theatre On The RidgeMary's Wedding by Stephen Massicotte for one special staged reading. | 905 431-0977
Scugog Memorial Public Library
231 Water St., Port Perry

Feb 29 ~ PineRidge Arts Council

JPEdeadline to enter Juried Photography Exhibition
Entry Form PDF HERE | JotForm Entry Form HERE


Feb. 29 to March 28 ~ SPARK

SPARKAjax Public Library
TAKE IN: Saturday, Feb. 29 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
RECEPTION: Saturday, March 28 from 2 to 3 pm
PICK UP OF ALL ARTWORK: March 31st to April 7th during library hours
Ajax Public Library
55 Harwood Ave. S. Ajax, ON L1S 2H8
PRAC is a proud partner in this event

29 ~ Latcham Art Centre

Latcham Art CentreBig Night Out – 7:00 pm
Whitchurch-Stouffville Centre
2 Park Dr., Stouffville

Feb 29th – Mar 26 ~ Janice Brown

Opening Reception: Feb 29 @ 2pm
Light, Mood and Silence – Janice Brown, Anita Stevenson and Jennifer Stevenson
Show and Sale will be open to the public during regular Library hours 29th
Kent Farndale Gallery
Scugog Memorial Public Library
Box 1049, 231 Water Street
Port Perry, ON L9L 1A8



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OPG Info Centre, Pickering

January 7 to March 3 ~ Kaitlin Sabean-Untermann
March 3 to April 28 ~ Robert Hinves
May 4 to July 7 ~ Bonnie Arnason
July 7 to August 31 ~ Victoria Froats

McLean Community Centre, Ajax
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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Something Different

Val Kent

What could be more lovely than springtime in France?  Valerie, an award-winning multimedia artist who specializes in painting ‘en plain air’ , is offering very tempting art holidays with the chance to “live in a beautiful home in a French Village, slow down, enjoy leisurely two-hour lunches, shop at the local market, visit the Lascaus Caves and paint the life around you in Dordogne, France” this May or June.  For more information, please visit or

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