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Spark Juried Art Show

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What is Spark?

Spark! is an annual Juried Art Show for children in Kindergarten to Grade 8. We encourage all types of mediums including pen, pencil, paint, crayon, pastel and markers or an even a combination. Submitted works will be organized in three categories based on current grade level of the artist:

  • Kindergarten to Grade 2
  • Grades 3 to 5
  • Grades 6 to 8

Works will be juried by a panel which includes members of the PineRidge Arts Council. First, second, third place awards will be given in each of the three grade levels.

The People’s Choice Award will be given to the overall best in show. Voting will take place the week prior to the Reception. The Awards Reception will take place Saturday, April 6th.

Download the entry form.

Important Dates

  • Drop off works, entry form and label between March 16th and March 30th by 4 pm at front (no exceptions)
  • Awards Reception Saturday, April 6th, 2 pm
  • Pick up artwork between April 8th and 20th during open hours


This year’s theme or inspiration for young artists entering the show is ‘Around the World’.
Artwork that is inspired by your favourite places in the world, your family’s own story, or a story about a place you’ve never been is encouraged. Get creative and help us explore the world around through your submission!

Entry Rules

  1. Artists must be residents of Pickering.
  2. One piece of artwork can be submitted per child.
  3. Works must be created solely by the child.
  4. Works must be two dimensional and can include pen/pencil, paint, crayons/pastels, markers or a combination of these media.
  5. Works must be submitted on 8.5” x 11” paper.
  6. Works must be matted using an 11” x 14” mat, which can be picked up at the front desk of the Library when work is dropped off for submission.
  7. Works must be dropped off, along with entry form and label, at the Central Library location by Saturday, March 30th at 4 pm. Sorry, no exceptions!
  8. Works must stay at the Library for the duration of the show and can be picked up from the Central Library location between April 8th and 20th during open hours. Any works not picked up may be subject to disposal. Sorry, no exceptions!
  9. The Library assumes no liability for loss, theft or damage of artwork.
  10. The Library assumes the right to remove any work at any time and will contact the artist so they may pick up the removed work.
  11. Works must have guardian approval and authorization must be given to allow images to be used for Library promotional purposes.

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