There are two areas for posting information. The Front Door display area is limited to advertising Gallery Shows and Programs. The bulletin board in the kitchen is available to display any art related information that would be of interest to our members. All forms are available on line for downloading and can also be found in our kitchen on the display racks.
Forms include Membership Form, Classes Registration Form, Member Gallery Show Agreement and Waiver, Group Show Agreement and Waiver and Workshop Registration Form.
Visit our Photo Gallery to see photos from our Gallery Shows, Demos, Workshops, and other special events.
Open Studio Mondays and Fridays
Members who wish to paint in the back room on Mondays from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm or Fridays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm are welcome to let themselves into the gallery. Please note: when there is a Demo night or event the gallery may not be available for Open Studio on a Monday evening.
Please contact us if you would like to learn how to open/close the gallery.
All members are welcome to come in and paint in our bright studio/workshop space.
The RHGA has a collection of art related material housed in the kitchen in the black cupboard.
Members are welcome borrow books to enjoy at home.
The RHGA is a non-profit organization and relies wholly upon its members to assist with the Group’s operations. Every member is encouraged to be active and help maintain the Mill Pond Gallery and our facilities. Let us know where you feel you can be of most assistance to the Group by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
RHGA Annual General Meeting
Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Due to COVID 19 we will not be able to hold our Annual General meeting in person at our gallery. However, we will go ahead with a Virtual AGM using Zoom
Greg Chiykowski will be hosting the meeting and you will be sent an invitation email with a link to join the meeting. You will need to download the free Zoom program onto your computer, tablet or phone. When you enter the “meeting” you will select with “video” and with “internet audio”.
Your attendance is requested at this very important meeting. Please plan to attend. The 2020-21 Executive/Board will be nominated and voted on by you, the membership. Make your vote count. Let us know how important the RHGA is to you!
The 2020-21 Executive /Board will be made up of the following positions. Three positions are Board positions. The remaining 6 positions are Executive positions. Together, the Board and Executive will meet approximately once a month on a Monday evening.
Sets meeting dates and agenda, monitors RHGA gmail account, communication including Weekly Update to members, Town Liaison, facilitate recruiting volunteers for various one time jobs or projects, update Website
Tracks income and expenses, balances bank statements monthly, payments to teachers/demo artists/workshop artists/reimburse expenses, provide updates at Board/Executive meetings, Income/Expense summary (year end) and file Tax Return.
Secretary/Membership Director (Board)
Take minutes at meetings, collect membership forms keep membership list current, send welcome letter to new members, issue and mail membership cards and update contacts in Gmail account
Teacher Liaison (This Director may not be a teacher at the gallery)
Collect class info from teachers, course descriptions, cost, etc., schedule classes for Fall, Summer, Winter/Spring ahead of each season, update Calendar of Events regularly, organize Annual Student/Teacher show in June, keep track of teacher holidays or sessions ended and update calendar accordingly. Provide an update at Board/Executive meetings.
Book visiting artists for Monday evening Demo night followed by a one day Saturday or Sunday Workshop, work with Saturday/Sunday Instructor(s) to ensure a workable schedule for both classes and workshops, register attendees, collect fees and submit to the Treasurer, be present, or arrange with an assistant to be present for all Demo and Workshops.
Publicity/Special Events Director
Head the organizing of special events including Culture Days, AGM BBQ, and Holiday Party. Work with Social Media Director to promote RHGA on social media as well as several Richmond Hill and York Region online Calendars. Create or organize with member volunteers the creation of print material to promote group and Juried Shows. Co ordinate volunteers to help.
Works with Chair to schedule Member(s) Gallery Shows. Ensures all artists are familiar with gallery show procedure, goes over payment methods and receipt process with artists, provides artists with publicity ideas document.
Social Media Director
Promote our group on Facebook, Twitter, Snap, Yorkscene, as well as other online platforms. Work with Show Director and Publicity Director so efforts are not duplicated.
A member without a specific job willing to help various Directors with tasks, willing to contribute a few hours outside of meetings, interested in learning more about the administration of the RHGA
Please contact us if you have any questions about these positions. You can nominate yourself for any one of these positions by completing the Self-Nomination Form and emailing it to Andrea End – email@example.com.
* Consider your level of involvement this year with the RHGA
As a ‘not for profit’ group the very foundation of our group lies in the commitment of our volunteers. No one gets paid for their efforts but we all benefit from what the group has to offer. If you are thinking of nominating yourself for any of these positions and would like to have more info before making this decision please contact Andrea through our email. She will be happy to answer any questions you have.
Please consider any one of the Board/Executive positions and/or let us know how you can help.
* If you cannot attend, we ask that you attend by proxy.
To complete the Proxy Form print the form, fill it in including a member’s name that will be present, and sign it. You can scan the signed proxy or take a photo with your phone and email image of the filled in form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: This is a proxy to form quorum. It does not give a member present at the meeting more than one vote.
42 Annual RHGA Member Juried Exhibition and Sale
Postponed until further notice
This year marks the 42th year the the Richmond Hill Group of Artists will hold their annual member Juried Art Exhibition and Sale. All members are invited to submit up to 2 pieces of original, recently completed artwork for consideration. Drop off date for artwork is Monday, March 30 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Mill Pond Gallery.
Please read carefully the Juried Show Agreement and Waiver, following the framing and size requirements.
Opening Night Ceremonies will be held on Friday, April 3 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
The following 3 Awards and 4 Honourable mentions will be announced.
Best In Show
This award honours an artwork that is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also demonstrates technical skill, good composition, design and thoughtful application of the elements and principles of art colour, line, emphasis, balance, proportion, variety, etc.
Ruthe Caverley Rabinowitch Award
This award honours an artwork that demonstrates strong composition, innovation, creativity, and unique application of materials or subject matter to convey a mood.
Mill Pond Award
This award honours a landscape that captures the essence of a scene, or a figurative painting that captures the essence of the human spirit, or an abstract painting that is thought-provoking, or a three-dimensional work that makes dynamic use of space.
All participating artists will be asked to volunteer a shift during the show.
The RHGA provides its membership with a number of display opportunities in our gallery space.
The RHGA organizes 3 members’ group shows each year. To participate in a group show you must be a member of the RHGA. Each artist may submit up to 2 paintings. There is a small administration fee of $5.00/painting, $10.00 for 2 paintings. The drop off date is on Monday evening before the show and pick up date is on Monday after the show. The RHGA retains a 20% commission on all sales. Please read the Group Show Agreement and Waiver for complete instructions. Each artists must volunteer to sit a 3 1/2 hour shift during the show. Details for upcoming shows will be forwarded to the membership or refer to our Calendar of Events page for dates.
Individual Gallery Shows
Individual gallery show bookings take place once a year in June. You may book one show/calendar year, however if there are available weekends once sign up is completed you may participate in more then one show. You may have a solo show or invite other RHGA members to join your show. At the time of booking you must complete the Member Exhibition Agreement and Waiver and provide an image of your work as well as a short description of your show to be used for publicity. Gallery Shows are posted on several On-Line Calendars in the region. It is your responsibility to publicise your show beyond this, we can provide you with some ideas and suggestions. The RHGA retains a 20% commission on all sales.
RHGA Annual Juried Show
Our premier event of the year is our Annual RHGA Juried Show. There is a small administration fee of $5.00/painting, $10.00 for 2 paintings. Paintings are juried into the show by a panel of independent artists. The drop off date is on Monday or Tuesday evening before the show and pick up date is on Monday after the show. Please read the Juried Show Agreement and Waiver for complete instructions. Each artists must volunteer to sit a 3 1/2 hour shift during the show. The RHGA retains a 20% commission on all sales.
The RHGA participates in numerous community and national events throughout the year. We currently have 3 locations for displaying your work in the community.
Dr Reza Montazeri/Hill House Hospice Clinic Show
Sunnybrook Hospital Show
Show Coordinator, Annette Hansen email@example.com
Mackenzie Health Hospital
Year round show, paintings are changed every 3-4 months.
A call for submissions will be sent out.
Show Coordinator, Shazia Warsi – firstname.lastname@example.org