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March 2021

Please check the event BEFORE you go. We are receiving many, many closure notices and I have probabily missed some.

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

Please confirm dates before booking
* by performances means matinees

1 ~ Happy Commonwealth Day

Early BirdMarch, 2022 Early Bird Listings



March, 2021 continuing from last month

to March 21 ~ Station Gallery

Station GalleryBeyond the Carnival 4 | CCPAC
February 1 to March 21, 2021Facebook Live Tour: February 4 @ 7:00 PM
S G celebrates Black History Month... and beyond. This photographic exhibition brings together a group of photographers whose mission is to capture and present images that focus on the Pan-Caribbean culture and to create a legacy that highlights the excellent work of Canadian Caribbean photographers.


March, 2021

What is SPARK!?

SPARK! is an annual juried art show and competition for Ajax children from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. We encourage all types of art media, including pen, pencil, paint, crayon, pastels, markers, or any combination of these. This year, SPARK! will be a virtual art show and competition.

Important Dates: • Artwork drop off at branches or electronic submission by email: March 2 to 27. • Virtual Art Show: April 5 to 21. • Online Reception: Saturday, April 24 at 2:00 p.m.
• Artwork pickup: April 27 to May 1 ENTRY FORM HERE

St. Francis Centre


The St. Francis Centre is pleased to present a variety of virtual shows/concerts in partnership with The Oakville Centre and Ontario Presents The performance line-up is amazing and tickets can be purchased from The Oakville Centre by clicking on the links listed below for the particular show you want to see. Make sure you type AJAX when asked for the pre-sale code.If you run into any issues or need technical assistance, please contact the Oakville Centre box office at 905-815-2021.  Box office hours are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.

4 ~ Station Gallery

Station GalleryAbout Face Exhibition Walk-Through @ 7pm
A radiant smile. Graceful contours in profile. An expression of human dignity. These are some things face masks have concealed for almost a year. Introduced as a personal and public health control measure, face masks have impacted our daily personal encounters. "About Face" reclaims and celebrates identities, facial and artistic expressions. This exhibition takes stock of portraiture from Station Gallery’s permanent collection. Explore personal likeness and subtle moods—come face-to-face with our prints.
Join SG Curator Olex for an exhibition walk-through on Facebook Live: Thursday, March 4 at 7PM FACEBOOK EVENT

5 ~ St. Francis Centre
St. Francis

The Spoons – Friday, March 5, 2021 8 p.m.
The SpoonsThe Spoons helped to define the sound of pop and New Wave throughout the 80’s. Their album, Arias & Symphonies, has been named one of the 20 Most Influential Albums of The 80’s by Chart Magazine, and their song, Nova Heart, was recently listed in the Top 100 Canadian Singles of All Time. They have continued to perform and record over the years, with “New Day New World” being their 9th album release.
Tickets for this Live Stream event are only $15 and can be purchased from The Oakville Centre by clicking HERE. Don’t forget to type AJAX for the Pre-sale Code.

12 ~ St. Francis Centre
St. Francis

Royal Wood – Friday, March 12~ 8 p.m.
Royal WoodJuno Award-nominated singer/songwriter, Royal Wood, has established himself as a true musical talent. Since being proclaimed “Songwriter of the Year” by iTunes, Wood has continued to evolve and hone his musical craft. His classic pop style has drawn comparisons to Ron Sexsmith, Randy Newman and Rufus Wainwright. Royal has recently released his latest and highly anticipated album - “Live at Massey Hall”.
Tickets for this Live Stream event are only $20 and can be purchased from The Oakville Centre by clicking HERE. Don’t forget to type AJAX for the Pre-sale Code.


OAAOshawa Art Association Inc.
53rd Annual Juried Art Exhibition
April 29th – May 16th 2021.
Robert McLaughlin Gallery - Oshawa.

Deadline for entry: april 10, 2021.
Guidelines and Entry forms can be obtained at:
RMG, Curry’s, Meta4, Station Gallery, all Libraries or contact: Sandy Mackenzie 905 435 0976
Open to OAA Inc. members & Durham Region residents.

Call for artists for Artfest

ArtfestWelcome to Virtual Artfest! 
Artfest Virtual Arts Market will host Artists, Artisans, Independent Authors, Entertainment, and Activities. The Virtual Arts Market will give vendors and performers an opportunity to promote and exhibit their talents.  Members of the public can participate in activities, entertainment and explore the Virtual Arts Market virtual booths while staying safe at home. 
The UN has declared 2021, the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables. We have used this as the inspiration for this year’s theme which will explore “The Roots of Art” with activities exploring the emergence of all art forms. 
Check back for activities and programming, as we launch Virtual Artfest on May 1st.
Celebrating All Month Long! May 1 to 31, 2021
Apply to be a Virtual Art Market Vendor
Free to participate. 
Applications are due on or before April 1, 2021.


A Gift of Art A Gift of Art

Beginner Watercolour with Julieta Cortes
starts March 3 (4 weeks)

Soapstone Carving with Peter Martin starts
March 8 (3 weeks)

Welcome to Hi Sook Barker on March 27 for her Intermediate and Advanced Watercolour Workshop!

Visit the website for further details and costs


27 ~ ResoundChoir

As Above, So Below

DATE:  Saturday, March 27, 7:00 pm
(only ticket holders will be emailed the concert link)




Have you checked our Workshops and Auditions |
Juried Art Show

check workshops page here for exciting new events

something different an art retreat in france here

Check out Theatre On The Ridge and Durham Improv's
upcoming classes on our workshops page!

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 complete our on-line form HERE or send plain text, do not send attachments, word documents, pdfs or jpegs to Cathy and Mary.

speaker's series AND art TALKS

Please check our members' websites and PRAC's facebook event listings.

A Gift of Art | Station Gallery

ArtScene deadlines HERE

Art in Public PlacesOPG 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


ArtfestRegistration details soon on-line for Artfest 2020
and start looking for signage for your outdoor art show tents.

Something Different

Val Kent

The France Art Retreat in Terrasson Lavilledieu was postponed to May/June 2021 when it became clear that there was no way that this year would allow us to go anywhere and remain safe. This situation will not last forever and we have great faith that in 2021 we will be able to return to doing and being what we had every intention to do for this year.

For those individuals who had committed to the Trip to paint in the village and along the Vezere River and visit the Lascaux Museum, the Chocolate Factory, the wonderful restaurants, the Jardin Imaginaire, take little boat trips, see the outdoor markets and allow the lovely locations in the Dordogne region fill us with creativity and excitement, we hope you will join us again next year and all will be wonderful and well again.

The Trip funds were promptly returned upon postponement. I hope you will consider joining us again next year.  It will be a different year and a different time. As always every effort will be made to put together the best painting trip ever. Please be well and happy.

Find out more Call 705 944 9444
See website brochure on |

March Break


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