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McLean Community Centre Exhibitions

McLean Community Centre, Ajax


McLean Community Centre
95 Magill Drive 
Ajax, Ontario
L1T 3K7

Open to the public
Monday to Friday  
6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
and on Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Admission is free.


Exhibitions are part of
"Art in Public Places"


We thank the Town of Ajax for their support.

Town of Ajax

Ajax2016 Hanging space at the McLean Community Centre
95 Magill Drive, Ajax
DEADLINE NOV. 22, 2015
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2017 Exhibitions

Jan. 3 - Feb. 6
Allan's Artists

Feb. 6 - Mar. 20
Lemonville Group

Mar. 20 - Apr. 24
Jeanette Hay
Mirek Bialy

Apr. 24 - May 29

May 29 - June. 26
ACA Juried Art Show

Jun. 26 - Aug. 7
David Robinson & Erum Irtaza

Aug. 7 - Sept. 11
Kim Johnson & Denise Gracias

Sept. 11 - Oct. 16 -
Heather Nicholson & Kay Hubbard

Oct. 17 - Nov. 27

Nov. 27 - Jan. 8
Ajax Photo show (not ours)



Jeanette Hay and Mirek Bialy

Opening Night celebration - are being held on the evening of Tuesday March 21, 2017

Jeanette Hay

Jeannette Hay is an award winning Canadian born fine artist who specializes in depicting animals - both wild and domestic.

She studied Fine Arts at the Chantry School of Art on Devonshire, England and later Graphic Design here in Toronto. She specializes in creating privately commissioned pet pawtraits rendered in graphite pencil, watercolour, acrylic or coloured pencil.

She has had the cover of the Canadian Arabian News Magazine and is a past winner of the Toronto Library competition.

Her work can be found in collections both locally and internationally.

Opening Night celebration - are being held on the evening of Tuesday March 21, 2017


Mirek Bialy

Artist Statement – Copper Series

Mirek’s work is intuitive, he uses form, shape, texture, and colour to express his emotions. In this series Mirek takes all of his intuition and incorporates copper, which has been a traditional material used by artists for decades. He creates beautifully hand shaped pieces to fit perfectly in each of his paintings These copper shapes provide a unique touch to each individual painting - from far away the copper blends in with the whole painting, but from up close the viewer can see the detail of the copper elements. Over time these copper details with change colour and tone, and will provide the paintings with even more interest and individuality. The subject matter in this series originates from God’s creations.


Mirek Bialy is a full-time Ajax / GTA based artist. His artistic practice focuses on the effects paintings have on individual’s emotions. He has been surrounded by art his entire life, where through his family and childhood his passion for the arts began. He attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, Poland where he spent six extensive years studying all areas of both art and design. After travelling across Europe for many years, he came to Canada to settle down and begin his life. Thirty years later, Mirek continues to be deeply passionate about both art and design.

For many years Mirek experimented with a variety of different styles, including portraits, still lives and landscapes. Now, committed to abstract painting his work is heavily influenced by many great artists such as Michael Goldberg, Fredensreich Hundertwasser and Gustav Klimt.

Artist Statement - General

Mirek’s work is intuitive, using form, shape, texture and color to express my emotions. He creates texture by using both oils and acrylics applied to the canvas by using different tools including scrapers, brushes, found objects and even his hands. What he enjoys most about painting is that it can provide the viewer with a sense of emotion, a sort of comfort for the viewer, regardless of what emotion that may be. In today’s busy technology centered world; people can still come home and enjoy the simple things in life. By looking at Mirek’s paintings people can relax, they can bring a sense of imagination to the viewer that’s very personally to each individual.

Rola Jaber is a visual artist who has been shaped by the colours and textures of the Middle East. She holds a bachelor degree in Fine Arts and Graphic Design. She held a career as an art teacher and a freelance graphic designer and is an exhibiting member of the Ajax Creative Arts.

Rola’s inspiration comes from connecting with the creative power of
the heart and oneness with the universe. She achieves that through her daily meditation.

Each one of her artworks is inspired by a “word” which is an expression of the soul’s vision. Fused this with the artistic expression and the spiritual energy of the artist, and a unique artwork comes to life.
Rola hopes that her works will stimulate the senses of those who view it, so they can too experience the beauty of creation and artistic



Featured Artists that have supported PRAC's
Art in Public Places Programme.

Thanks to Kim Michele, harpist for music on this video of our
Opening Reception.

Enid Roberts, Anne Labelle-Johnson and Tony Johnson, and Hi Sook Barker

Enid Roberts | Anne Labelle-Johnson and Tony Johnson | Hi-Sook Barker

Jocelyn Ball, Bob Thackeray and Hanneke Koonstra

Jocelyn Ball | Bob Thackeray | Hanneke Koonstra

Michael Peech, Don Hewitt, Hi Sook Barker, Nancy Howell, Angela Hennessey, Jessen Sheridan, Robert Hinves

Michael Peech | Don Hewitt | Hi-Sook Barker | Nancy Howell
Angela Hennessey | Jessen Sheridan | Bob Hinves


The PineRidge Arts Council is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to enhance the quality of life
within the community by developing widespread appreciation, support and involvement in the arts since 1989.

PineRidge Arts Council
650 Kingston Road
P.O. Box 18258 Steeple Hill Postal Outlet
Pickering, Ontario L1V 1A0


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