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Newmarket's Old Town Hall Art Gallery 

460 Botsford Street, Newmarket 

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Current Exhibits at Old Town Hall

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Upcoming Exhibits at Old Town Hall

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My Market - Photography Competition & Exhibit

Call for Submissions July to October 20, 2024

The Newmarket Farmers' Market is an integral part of our town's local growing season and has been for twenty-five years. Beyond being voted the best farmers' market in the province, it is a mainstay of our town itself,  with the original market housed at The Old Town Hall. Curating an exhibition in the very space that the market began would be a true full circle moment.

In honour of the Newmarket Farmers' Market's 25th anniversary we are inviting attendees to the market, using the subject/backdrop of the Market, to photograph various aspects for the day from setup to tear  down and submit their photos for competition. Based on the judging criteria a panel will select the top 50 photos for exhibition in November. 

Click here for the My Market Photography Competition & Exhibit Submission Form


Previous Exhibits at Newmarket's Old Town Hall 

Colour Maqams - Mwafaq Katt

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Exhibit June 18 to 27, 2024 
Life is like a musical sentence, gradual, harmonious, dissonant, and colourful, containing joy and sadness, peace, love, and hate. These paintings are part of this life, in colour, and in the art, they express some of these states. so, they are a warmly Colour Maqams.

This exhibition evokes part of the artist's memories in his homeland, during his time in Canada. The difference between the existence of fear, censorship, and deprivation of freedom of expression, even in colours. Today in Canada, he has complete freedom to think, draw, and colour. He evokes images of countries destroyed by war and presents us with the story of Cain and Abel, to say: Enough violence and hatred, let's move towards beauty, towards peace and freedom, it is the only way for a better humanity.

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Mwafaq Katt, a prominent Syrian Canadian artist, is recognized for his remarkable contributions to political cartooning, animation filmmaking, and painting. Born in Damascus, Katt made history by creating the first Syrian animated short film in 1990, marking the beginning of his illustrious career into filmmaking. Throughout his journey, his works have garnered numerous awards at esteemed international film festivals, including the Carthage and Cairo Film Festivals. His contributions to political satire, animation filmmaking, and painting have earned him widespread acclaim and recognition, solidifying his status as a trailblazer as an artist, educator, filmmaker in the broader artistic community.

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AmbiEssence
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Exhibit May 7 to 31, 2024

In the art exhibit at Old Town Hall in Newmarket, titled AmbiEssence: The Triplicate Flame, three remarkable artists—Sam McLeish, Ashley Wetmore-Caissie, and Lora Brownson—bring their unique visions to life, exploring profound themes of time, nature, and the human body through diverse artistic mediums.

 

AmbiEssence: The Triplicate Flame invites art lovers to immerse themselves in a transformative experience where the invisible and the immaterial are made tangible through art. McLeish, Wetmore-Caissie, and Brownson collectively illuminate the intricate connections that define our existence, challenging modern perceptions of separation and highlighting the cyclical nature of life, death, and rebirth.

About the Artists:

Sam McLeish, a Canadian artist and fifth-year BFA student at York University, delves into the immaterial elements of human existence through a variety of mediums, including sculpture, print, drawing, painting, watercolour, collage, and embroidery. McLeish's work is characterized by spiritual symbolism and automatic drawing, a surrealist technique, which allows her to create art that invites both self-discovery and viewer interpretation. Her work challenges the notion of pre-existing identity versus experiential shaping, offering a reflective space where the audience can explore the depths of their own consciousness.

Ashley Wetmore-Caissie, a multimedia artist from Barrie, Ontario, with advanced education in Fine Arts from Georgian College and a BFA from York University, utilizes an experimental, process-based approach to her art. Her creations, inspired by personal history, family origins, and monumental life events, explore themes of mortality and human presence. Wetmore-Caissie’s use of sculpture, print, and painting transforms traditional viewing spaces into immersive, humanistic experiences. Her installations, such as the bronze and plexiglass sculpture "Match Head," highlight the cyclical nature of death and rebirth, inviting viewers to navigate through the gallery space in a deeply personal way.

Lora Brownson, a multimedia artist who studied Fine Arts at York University and is currently enrolled in the Registered Massage Therapy program at Algonquin College, merges her artistic practice with her understanding of the human body. Brownson's work, which includes photography, digital collage, printmaking, painting, and drawing, explores the connections between anatomy, nature, and spirituality. Her "Tarot Series," featuring digital photo collages that combine elements of nature, human anatomy, and witchcraft, reveals the invisible connections between life and death, past and present. Brownson’s art bridges the gap between the seen and unseen, emphasizing the interconnectedness of all things.


Black History Month 2024 Art Exhibition: Telling Our Story
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February 3 to 29, 2024 


This year's exhibit interpreting the theme, "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now - Telling Our Story, Writing Our History" is a powerful showcase of Black Canadian history and experiences. The talented artists behind the pieces use their unique perspectives and artistic vision to convey the message of reclamation and empowerment. NACCA is proud to provide a platform for this incredible group of individuals and celebrate their exceptional contributions to the community.

The theme of the exhibit centers on the power of storytelling as a mode of resistance against systemic erasure, silencing, and marginalization of Black Canadian history and experiences. The purpose is to highlight how art can serve as a tool for cultural expression and advocacy for Black Canadians. 

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