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At NPCCApril 24 - April 30, 2017

Speaker Series 2017

Neilson Park Creative Centre welcomes members and community members alike to experience our upcoming Speakers Series events. This spring, NPCC will host free public talks in partnership with its Resident Groups and Artists . We hope you will join us in learning from these talented creators and appreciators of art.

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ROM’s Cloth Cultures with Sarah Fee 

In partnership with Etobicoke Handweavers and Spinners Guild

Sunday, April 30, 2017

2:00pm – 4:00pm


The Etobicoke Handweavers and Spinners Guild invite you to a speaking engagement in celebration of the Royal Ontario Museum’s upcoming conference in November entitled Cloth Cultures: Future Legacies of Dorothy K. Burnham, which will commemorate their 1971 exhibition, Keep Me Warm One Night. The exhibition was the culmination of decades of research and collecting by curatorial powerhouse duo ‘Burnham and Burnham’ and featured over 500 pieces of Canadian handweaving. Dr. Fee joined the ROM in 2009, as Associate Curator of Eastern Hemisphere Textiles and Costume. Dr. Fee is responsible for the ROM's renowned collection of ca. 15,000 textile-related pieces that come from Asia, Africa, and the Islamic world.

RSVP on our Facebook Page  or Call the office at 416-622-5294


Painting Portraits with Panache with Jacintha Krish


Tuesdays May 2 – Jun. 6, 2017 6 weeks

1:00pm – 4:00pm

$215 member, $235 non-member (with HST: $242.95, $265.55)

Whether a beginner or intermediate painter, this course will help you to expand on your portrait painting skills. Start with the basic principles of drawing faces and features and then experiment with varied colours and interesting techniques. Explore the adventure of obtaining a likeness. Learn how to be comfortable with painting people progressing from basics to a whole different level of objective abstract painting. Materials list available.

Introduction to Fair Isle Knitting with Diane Martin


Saturday May 13, 2017

9:30am – 4:00pm

$70 member, $80 non-member (with HST: $79.10, $90.40)

An invitation to play and practice! This workshop is an introduction to the Fair Isle technique. Join Diane as she guides you through demonstrations, samples of work and a discussion about technique. Diane is a member of the Toronto Knitters Guild, the Toronto Guild of Spinners and Weavers and the Etobicoke Hand Weavers and Spinners Guild. Materials list available.


Drop in

Life Drawing & Painting Studio

Fridays Apr. 21 – Jun. 23, 2017 9 weeks (no class Jun. 9) 

9:30am -12:30pm (short poses)

1:00pm - 4:00pm (long poses)

Drop-In: $20 member, $25 non-member (with HST: $22.60, $28.25)

No instructor. For independent and/or experienced artists. Expand your repertoire and explore the joys of designing with the figure. Drawing and water-based media (no oils).

Knit Knight 
All are welcome. Bring your latest project and chat with your fellow knitters.

Wednesdays Apr. 26, 2017

6:30pm – 9:30pm

$4.22 (with HST: $5.00) 



Main Gallery

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Imagining Peace: Walking Labyrinths

Exhibition Duration: April 10th – April 30th, 2017

Imagining Peace: Walking Labyrinths is a solo exhibition featuring work by Bruce Parsons. This exhibition which came together starting in 2012 focuses on the use of wide range of materials, mural paintings, objects, watercolour on paper, video and installation.  In the last five years, he has worked around the idea of accelerated time related to communication, and the way human perceives the world in our everyday life. He has used the image of the labyrinth in the context of facing the chaos in the world at the present time.  

Hallway Gallery


The Sound of Life

Exhibition Duration: April 10th – April 30, 2017

Exhibition Reception: Tuesday, April 11th 6 pm – 9 pm

The Sound of Life features oil paintings by Oleg Churylov that is an artistic expression about individual events, episodes, scenes of life, our spiritual experiences, dreams, nature around us.

The inspirations for Churylov’s pieces started as a child in the distant city of Baku. He has been seeking these experiences through different facets of his life as an engineer, businessman, an author and finally as an artist. 

NPCC Resident Groups 

HVACHumber Valley Art ClubHVAC April 24

Jane Geard - Printmaking/Collage & Beyond  -Wednesday, May 3, 10, 17  ($120)  10 - 3:30 p.m.

Jane Geard 's work is influenced and inspired by patterns in nature. You will use found materials, oriental paper or old artworks, create your personal collage, then enhance your work further with printmaking.  This workshop will include plate building & mono print making.  If available, students may bring their own collage materials, acrylic plates, paper, paint, printing inks, pens and crayons, brayer, marking tools, UHU glue stick etc.  

Jane is an elected member of the Ontario Society of Artists, the Society of Canadian Artists and the Colour and Form Society. She is a popular instructor and welcomes students at all levels.  

Pauline Holancin - Watercolour  -  Wednesday, May 24 & 31  ($80)  10 - 3:30 p.m.

Pauline will demonstrate her love of the Canadian landscape and spring flowers, in her easy and relaxed manner.  The workshop will focus on composition, simplification of subject matter and the bold use of colour and design elements.  

Pauline is an elected member of the CSPWC, a signature members of the TWS and a founding member of the Vodka Painters of Ontario.  This workshop is suitable for students at all levels.

Please contact our Registrar, Karyn Sturtridge by email -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - or by phone  - (905 510-0529) to register.


In The Community 

From Haliburton School of Art + Design

HSAD logo RGB 300dpiWe’ve long admired Neilson Park Creative Centre and are very pleased to have the opportunity to offer Haliburton School of Art + Design courses there this year. Our hope is to provide additional, more convenient access for our students, as well as attract new people to NPCC.

Today, April 24, marks the beginning of our first course – Portrait Sketching & Development with Brian Smith. Eleven students are working with Brian for the week.

Steve Rose will teach Expressionism – Power, Passion & Paint at Neilson Park the week of July 10 to 14. Utilizing an Expressionistic approach, content will range from portraits to landscape, human and animal forms, to still life – all supercharged with profound energy and impact. Registrations are being accepted for this course online at or by calling 1.866.353.6464 ext. 3.

Haliburton School of Art + Design is celebrating 50 years in 2017. What began as a handful of workshops and 53 students in 1967 has become a thriving summer arts program with 2500+ registrations and a full-time art school. HSAD is known for providing unique and flexible programs taught by professionals who have shaped art, craft, design and heritage studies in Canada. 




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