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2015 Annual Juried Art Show Opening Reception, Friday, October 23

2015 JAS

2015 Sponsors:
Town of Ajax; Ontario Power Generation; Enbridge Pipelines Inc.; Rotary Club of Pickering; Veridian; Optimist Club of Ajax; Debbie's Boutique Café; Ajax Creative Arts, Rotary Club of Ajax

Catering by Chartwell Pickering City Centre


• Maximum width, including any frame is 102 cm (40")
• Maximum weight, including glass, frame, etc. 9.1 kg (20 lbs.)
• Each must have .635 cm (1/4") minimum O or D-rings or screw eyes (no sawhooks) on both sides at the back of the entry, placed not more than one third down from the top of the frame. Our hooks go through these rings or eyes, not the wire. Gallery canvas must have finished edges.
• Wet art and those with only sawhooks, will not be accepted for entry.
• No artwork will be accepted at the McLean Community Centre desk.
Digital art accepted as long as it meets the above conditions.


The Annual PineRidge Arts Council Juried Art Show is open to all members
of PRAC and/or residents of Durham Region.
• Due to limitations of space, a maximum of two pieces of work will be
accepted from each artist – explanations of the piece cannot be displayed.
• Insurance coverage for the work submitted is the responsibility of the
artist, PRAC or Town of Ajax are not responsible for loss or damage.
• Artwork should not be entered unless the artist can arrange for it to be
delivered and picked up on the required dates and times.


• Art previously exhibited at a PRAC Juried Art Show will not be accepted.
• Only original work (no copies of works by other visual artists, whether
paintings, illustrations or classroom works which have been demonstrated
on by instructors) may be submitted.
No photography for 2015.
• Artwork must remain in the McLean Community Centre until Sunday,
November 22, 2015 when the show is complete.


The PineRidge Arts Council reserves the right to photograph the artists and
artwork for publicity, web posting and other not-for-profit purposes.

Entry for JAS 2015 now closed!

GREAT NEWS! we have a Juror for 2015 ~ Phil Richards

Identification labels for artwork and deadlines

• All entry fees are non-refundable.
• All cheques will be deposited mid to late October.
• Entry changes or substitutions will not be accepted after Friday, September 18, 2015.


Deliveries will be accepted on Sunday, October 18 – from 12 to 4 P M. at McLean Community Centre, 95 Magill Drive, Ajax.


Only artists whose work has been selected to hang will be notified by phone on Monday, October 19, between 4 and 9 P.M. Names and titles of pieces selected to be posted to website.


Artist to arrange for pickup of artwork that will not be in the show on Wednesday, October 21, from 1 to 3 P.M. and from 5 to 7 P.M.


Artist to arrange for pickup of artwork on Sunday, November 22, from 1 to 3 P.M. There is no secure storage after the pickup dates and times.


Friday, October 23, from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M., awards at 7:15 P.M., Banquet Hall in the McLean Community Centre, 95 Magill Drive, Ajax, L1T 3K7


Thanks to our 2015 sponsors

OPG| ENBRIDGE | Town of Ajax

Rotary Club | Verdian | Optimist Club of Ajax

Ajax Creative Arts | Chartwell Pickering City Centre
Debbie's Boutique Café | Rotary Clubs of Pickering and Ajax


About our Juror for 2015

Phil Richards

pHIL rICHARDSPhil Richards is a Canadian artist born in Toronto, Ontario in 1951. Richards studied at the Ontario College of Art, graduating with his AOCA in 1973. Since then, he has worked full-time as a visual artist.

Richards has exhibited commercially since 1969, with numerous one-man and group shows both in Canada, the United States and Europe. Since 1981, the Mira Godard Gallery in Toronto has been his principal dealer. Richards works in a variety of genres including largescale murals, figure paintings, landscapes, still life, and portraiture. He also works in a variety of media: acrylic, casein, watercolour, graphite and sculpted relief.

Throughout his career, Richards has been involved in numerous commissioned projects. His large-scale works include The Congress Centre (Ottawa); a multi-faceted three dimensional installation for the Toronto Eaton Centre (Toronto); and a large scale mural for Cinedom Media Complex (Cologne, Germany), a work that included 187 celebrity portraits.

Richards is an experienced portrait artist with commissions that include the official Diamond Jubilee portrait of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II for the Government of Canada. He has painted the official portrait of the former Premier of Ontario, The Honourable Bob Rae as well as numerous leaders in education (J. Robert S. Prichard, former president of the University of Toronto; Paul Davenport, former president of the University of Western Ontario), and businessmen (Peter Godsoe, former CEO of Scotiabank; Earl Orser, former CEO of London Life).

Over the course of his career, Richards has been featured in a number of documentaries, the first being a full length NFB film, Off the Wall, by Derek May in 1980. Three films were completed in 2012 concerning the painting of the Diamond Jubilee portrait. The NFB film, The Portrait, is a short documentary and was an Official Selection at the 2013 International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) in Montreal and won awards for Best Arts and Culture Documentary and Best Director at the 2013 Yorkton Film Festival, in Saskatchewan.

Montreal based film maker Ninon Larochelle’s full length documentary, Elizabeth II and Canada, a portrait, and her short documentary, A Royal Commission, both feature Richards and was an Official Selection at the 2013 Reel Shorts Film Festival held in Grande Prairie, Alberta. The film also won Best Documentary at the 2013 Canada International Film Festival in Vancouver.

A fifth documentary, Patron Saint, by independent film maker Michael Kainer, features Richards’ work and relationship with long-time art patron, Janusz Dukszta. It is due to be released in 2015.

We are pleased to be able to welcome back Kim Michele

Guest Performer ~ Kim Michele, harpist

Kim Michele



If you would like to sponsor an award OR an award in your name, for 2015 please contact us.

OPG| ENBRIDGE | Town of Ajax | Rotary Club| Verdian

Ajax Creative Arts | Debbie's Boutique Café | Dentistry on Liverpool

Thank you to all 96 artists for entering in 2014.


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2014 Juror ~ Sam Paonessa


Sam Paonessa was born in Niagara Falls, Canada and graduated from the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. Showing early promise, Sam was awarded a studio scholarship upon graduation, which enabled him to further develop his talents in commercial art. He was then hired by an advertising studio for the next two and a half years. In 1983 Sam was offered employment at Hallmark Canada and has been on staff creating paintings and artwork for a variety of products over the past 27 years.

For many years Sam has traveled and painted plein air landscapes in North America and Italy. He is a founding member of Plein Air Canada and recently became a member of the Ontario Society of Artists. Over the past seven years he has been sharing his talent by conducting demonstrations and teaching oil painting workshops in the GTA. His pursuit of excellence is being rewarded, as he has gained the attention of fine art collectors, both corporate and private across North America.

Other notable recognition includes a Quick Draw 1st prize in 2007 and 2nd prize in the 2006 International Plein Air Painters Annual Paint Out and an honourable mention in the oil category in 2005.

Guest Performer ~ Kim Michele, harpist

Kim Michele







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within the community by developing widespread appreciation, support and involvement in the arts since 1989.

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P.O. Box 18258 Steeple Hill Postal Outlet
Pickering, Ontario L1V 1A0


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