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The Mindful Project Mental Health Exhibit: Roots|Routes 

Newmarket Old Town Hall, Serpa Galleries (460 Botsford Street) Group Art Exhibit | 

April 5 to May 25, 2019 | Click here for gallery hours 

Public Open House | April 13, 2019 | 4 to 6:30 p.m.

In an effort to end stigma and promote progressive, positive conversations around Mental Health and wellness, The Mindful Project is organizing its 3rd Annual exhibition: Roots|Routes. The exhibition also recognizes Canadian Mental Health Association's Mental Health Week (May 6 - 12) and the National Youth Week (May 1 - 7).

This group art exhibition aims to spark positive conversations and ignite change in social attitudes. Through these featured works, artists and makers express their roots or routes in relation to Mental Health. Roots are personal to each of our own past and self-identity. Roots can lead someone to follow certain routes or charter new ones along a personal journey.  These experiences are important and meaningful because they can transform and affect one's mental well-being. 

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Inside our Community Gallery, Ocutherapy will offer virtual reality demonstrations to show how technology can help patients with brain injuries rehabilitate and recover.

April 13, 2019 Roots|Routes Mood Walk & Public Reception

Mood Walks

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.| Free Admission | Suitable for all ages

Meet at Newmarket Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street) or register by email to

For inquiries, call 905-953-5300 ext. 2844

Mood Walks is an Ontario-wide initiative to promote physical activity in nature to improve physical and mental wellness. This walk is suitable for easy and intermediate physical activity levels, but is not wheelchair accessible. Mood Walks is generously supported by the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division.

Presented with support of:

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Public Reception
4 to 6 p.m.| FREE Admission | For all ages
Newmarket Old Town Hall, Serpa Galleries (460 Botsford Street)

Everyone is welcome to join us for a casual afternoon to view, explore and engage in Mental Health and Wellness.  View the Roots|Routes group art currently on display.  Listen to speakers from the Canadian Mental Health Association York Region and South Simcoe and personal stories from special guest(s) about their journeys. Enjoy live performances of dance, painting and singing. Light refreshments will be served.


Related Programming

Mindful Printmaking

May 3 | 1 to 3 p.m. | Free Admission (Space is limited) | Suitable for all ages

Newmarket Old Town Hall, Serpa Galleries (460 Botsford Street)

Register by email to or Call 905-953-5300 ext. 2844


In this workshop, participants will learn to practice mindfulness and apply healing strategies while practicing lino printmaking, where participants will cut designs into linoleum blocks to make art prints. All materials are provided and participants will go home with their artworks. Prior art experience not required.  All skill levels are welcome. Facilitated by Artist, Sharlene Wong.

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Mixed Media Sculptures in Nature - CANCELLED

2 to 4 p.m. | May 18, 2019. 

Creating Your Personal Mandala of Possibilities

June 8, 2019 | 1 to 3:30 pm | $100/person | Code: 121314

August 17, 2019* | 1 to 3:30 pm | $100/person | Code: 121313

Newmarket Old Town Hall, Serpa Galleries (460 Botsford Street)

Course code 121942 | Register at

In this workshop, we will guide participants through a series of writing prompts and creative art making to explore the notion of wholeness and mindfulness.  Using the form of the mandala, participants will draw and collage to express their thoughts, feelings and ideas as they delve into their boundless potential as creative beings. No art or writing experiences required.  Just an open spirit and sense of adventure to create in a safe and supportive environment. Participants will receive a resource package. All materials provided.  Facilitated by Artists Angelika Aitken and Clare Bolton.

*Summer registration opens Wednesday, May 22, 2019. 


 image of Angelika AitkenAngelika Aitken is a visual artist and an expressive arts facilitator with post-grad certificates in EXA (expressive arts practice) and CAP (community arts practice). Expressive arts invites participants to express their ideas, thoughts and emotions through a variety of artistic processes with the core belief that we are all creative beings.

image of Clare BoltonClare Bolton is a writer and an experienced workshop facilitator in the Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) method. As an  AWA Affiliate, (  Clare understands the importance of creating a safe and supportive space for participants to express themselves and the AWA philosophy resonates strongly with her. Clare is a sensitive and empathetic facilitator who uses a variety of creative writing exercises and expressive arts activities to create an enjoyable experience for participants. Immersed in the arts since 1995, Clare enjoys connecting with other creative thinkers and admits to having a fascination with all things Celtic, including music, the writings of John O'Donohue and Sacred Stone Circles.   

image of Linda Ruscio McIntoshLinda Ruscio McIntosh is an award-winning visual artist with over thirty years of experience in the art field. Since graduating with a BFA from Guelph University, she has exhibited in Canada and abroad in both solo and group shows. She caught the creative bug at an early age and is passionate about sharing the joy it brings to others, believing that the purpose of art is to inform, inspire and delight. She has been actively involved with the Markham Group of Artists since 2008, and is currently President of the group (2017-2019).

image of Sharlene WongSharlene Wong is an artist and Occupational Therapist working in the Community Connections Program of the Canadian Mental Health Association York Region and South Simcoe.  She draws her energy and inspiration across these seemingly different but absolutely related disciplines as she is fascinated by people, the activities and details that fill their days, and ideas and strategies that heal including mindfulness and mindful art. She is a printmaker who has participated in the 2014 Midland and 2017 Richmond Hill Burr House Steamroller Print events, and various other exhibitions hosted by Quest Art School and Gallery and Burr House Craft Gallery and Tea Room.  Her other artistic passions include the simple and natural subjects of Chinese ink and wash painting, bookbinding, knitting and crocheting, and capturing the human form through drawing from life (including public transit drawings).  

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