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Carole Staveley Invites You to Our Unsung Sheroes’ Lunch & Learn Event

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11th March

Scarborough Arts welcomes Carole Staveley, author of the book Not Lying Down, on Friday, March 13, from 12 noon to 2 pm for a Lunch & Learn event at The Bluffs Gallery. Carole will inspire and share with us her personal wisdom and successes as illustrated in her book, Not Lying Down — a motivational story about successfully navigating through chronic pain and significant challenges to accomplish great, sometimes unimaginable things.

Here’s Carole giving us a brief summary of her book:

Listen to Carole Staveley talk about her Unsung Shero:

Here is Carole personally inviting you to join us at our Lunch & Learn event! Now there is no excuse for you not to come.

Everyone is welcome at this event! There will be a FREE buffet lunch and refreshments, plus a chance to win a Scarborough Arts Gift Bag with a signed copy of Carole Staveley’s book.

ALSO: We will be … Read More »

Celebrate International Women’s Day with Unsung Sheroes

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3rd March

This March, in line with International Women’s Day, Scarborough Arts will recognize and celebrate all the amazing women among us who continuously make extraordinary things happen from the ordinary whether in their own industries, their local community in Scarborough, or in the many lives that they touch. “Unsung Sheroes” is a series of free events that will feature strong, talented and truly inspirational women, empowering artworks and performances, and of course, wonderful food and conversations.

Here are the event highlights:

March 9 to 30, 2015
The Bluffs Gallery
Thirteen local artists will showcase visual arts pieces that recognize and celebrate the “Unsung Shero” in their lives. Exhibiting artists include: Dania Ansari, Joylyn Chai, Margaret Chown, Tara Dorey, Samira El-Kassis, Irit Epstein, Patricia Goudie, Luanne Maskell, Afsaneh Shafai, Patrice Stephen-Bourgeault, Virginia Tran, Marilyn Walsh, and Marnie White.

Winter Gallery Hours: 10 am to 5 … Read More »

Unsung Sheroes: Call for Visual and Literary Art Submissions

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17th February

We are One Woman. You cry and I hear you.
We are One Woman. You hurt, and I hurt, too.
We are One Woman. Your hopes are mine.
We shall shine.  
     – Official song of UN Women, 2015


Who is YOUR “Unsung Shero”? Are there any amazing women in your life who have had a tremendous impact on who you are today? Is it your mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, teacher, or best friend? Is there someone who does not often get recognized for her contributions to the world around her?

In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2015, Scarborough Arts is pleased to recognize and celebrate the amazing women among us throughout the month of March with a series of events that are informative, motivational, and exciting, including a collection of literary pieces and visual artworks with the theme, “Unsung Sheroes.”

Open to Scarborough Arts members and non-members, we invite you … Read More »

Commemorate! Black History Month with Scarborough Arts!

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4th February

In commemoration of Black History Month, Scarborough Arts presents Commemorate!, a series of free and open-to-all events that encourage the remembrance and honouring of the significant contributions of Black Canadians and of the African Diaspora to our city, country, and to the rest of the world. Happening on several Tuesdays throughout the month of February, these events will feature evocative artists and their works, plus great conversations and great food.

Drop by one or all of these events! Here are the details:

Commemorate! A Visual Arts Exhibition
February 9 to March 4, 2015
Works that honour the legacies of Black Canadians and explore the diverse creative expressions of the African Diaspora and its identities and cultures will be showcased. Exhibiting artists include: Mitzy Blair, Wendy Carmichael Bauld, Janice Hardacre, Karen Harkins, Gabrielle Lasporte, Charmaine Lurch, Danilo McCallum, and Petrose Tesfai.

Gallery Winter Hours: Monday to … Read More »

February 2015 Member of the Month: Barbara Laplante

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29th January

How long have you been a member of Scarborough Arts?
I believe I have been a member of Scarborough Arts for more than 15 years. I cannot recall exactly when I enrolled. I continue to be impressed with Scarborough Arts’ community approach, and their efforts to promote and help further the growth of new and emerging artists. I also really appreciate the opportunities provided by Scarborough Arts to display works several times each year, and accept works at the gallery on a consignment basis.

What kind of art do you practice, and how long have you been practicing it?
I began painting in earnest after my retirement from teaching in 1996. My initial studies were in watercolour. I also took classes in pastels and later pursued Japanese Brush painting. I received my “seal” – the mark of graduation in that art form. My … Read More »

Commemorate! Black History Month: Call for Submissions — Deadline Extended!

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21st January

The deadline has been extended to tomorrow, Wednesday, January 28 at noon!

This year for Black History Month, Scarborough Arts is asking you to Commemorate!

For our February Bluffs Gallery exhibition, members and non-members are invited to submit visual art pieces that commemorate and honour the legacy of black Canadians, past and present, the African Diaspora, and its culture and traditions. Submit and Commemorate! Black History Month with Scarborough Arts.

We want to present an immersive, multi-media exhibition and so submissions in all visual arts mediums are eligible. Send us the most imaginative and potent expressions of your culture!

Here are the submission guidelines:

Scarborough Arts members and non-members of all ethnic backgrounds are invited to submit pieces that are sensitive to and relate to the theme, Commemorate!
As submissions will be juried, we ask that you send us digital images of your artworks in jpeg … Read More »

Word Lens Exhibition and Opening Reception

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14th January

January 15 to 30, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 15, 4 to 6 pm

Scarborough Arts is welcoming the new year with Word Lens, an exhibition that explores both the playful and complex relationships between words and images, and how meaning is created through these relationships. Featuring photographic works from 13 contemporary Ontario artists, Word Lens demonstrates the power of words through works that use text as either a supplement to the image or as the image itself.

Celebrate this exhibition with us at our opening reception on Thursday, January 15 from 4 to 6 pm at The Bluffs Gallery, 1859 Kingston Road. Refreshments will be served, plus there will be a chance to snag a Scarborough Arts’ Prize Pack!

Featuring works by:
Andrea Beiko
David Brandy
Janice Hardacre
Barry Hodgert
John Jansen in de Wal
Lila Karim
Ryan Louis
JC Olsthoorn
John Oughton
Patricia Stamp
Petrose Tesfai
Keith Vander Wees
Rick Vincil

Don’t forget to RSVP through our Facebook event … Read More »

EAST: Open seminars – Reserve now!

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11th December

With the third instalment of the EAST Music Collective and Project Management Collective assembled and ready to get creative, EAST workshops have begun, gearing for an eight month run.

Beginning in January 2015, EAST will be holding these weekly open seminars for young artists, aged 16-24. If you are a young professional and looking for advice or workshop opportunities, keep this page in your bookmarks for more details as they arise, or email Youth Programs Manager Dania Ansari via

Spots are limited, you must email to reserve!

Open seminars (more to be announced):

January 8, 2015: Resume Writing; learn how to write effective resumes, how to avoid common resume mistakes, and make an impact with your resume.

January 15, 2015: Cover Letter Writing; writing an impressive cover letter, things to avoid, etc.

January 29, 2015: Interview Techniques; interview tips for different interview formats (One on One, Panel, Telephone, Online), … Read More »

Word Lens Photography Exhibit:
Call for submissions!

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11th December

Yes, January 18, 2015 is Thesaurus Day and Scarborough Arts is celebrating this incredible resource used by people of all ages and stages as the inspiration for our next Bluffs Gallery exhibit, Word Lens.

The sky is the limit with Word Lens and we want a lively and thought-provoking exhibition. Words have power and so send us photographic images that explore both the subtle and obvious meanings of words. On the lighter end of things, we also want to see images that have fun with words.

Go ahead and think beyond the picture frame and send us your submissions – here are the submission guidelines:

Members and non-members alike are invited to submit up to two original pieces that must fit the theme Word Lens.
As submissions will be curated, we ask that you first submit images that are no larger than 72 dpi, … Read More »

December Member of the Month:
Patrick Connors

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10th December

Every month, we profile a different Scarborough Arts member. If you’re a member and would like to be profiled, send an email to news AT scarborougharts DOT com for more information.

Patrick Connors’ chapbook, Scarborough Songs, was released by Lyrical Myrical Press last year. He was also recently published in Belgium, India, and Timmins. He was the literary juror of Big Art Book 2013, a digital project of Scarborough Arts. He also recently performed at the Austin International Poetry Festival, our very own Bridging Arts Festival, Blue Coffee Reading Series, and, for the third time, at The Art Bar Poetry Series.  He is a manager for the Toronto chapter of 100,000 Poets for Change.

How long have you been a member of Scarborough Arts?

I have been around Scarborough Arts and related organizations, such as Scarborough Writers Group, for about 19 years. I have had the honour and joy of performing at … Read More »


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