Centennial Museum hosts Northern Ontario Arts Association 58th Annual Juried Exhibition

Beth Bouffard’s ‘Shore Play’ was awarded an honourable mention in the NOAA Juried Exhibition. photos by Robin Burridge

SHEGUIANDAH—Six Manitoulin Fine Arts Association (MFAA) artists are being featured in the Northern Ontario Arts Association (NOAA) 58th Annual Juried Exhibition, on display at the Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah until Saturday, June 20.

“We (the MFAA) generally do quite well in the NOAA annual exhibition,” MFAA President Christie Best-Pearson told The Expositor at the show’s Manitoulin opening this past weekend. “This year we have four artists whose work was selected.”

The MFAA works selected for the show include Beth Bouffard’s ‘Shore Play’ (pastel) which received an honourable mention, Kathy Dolan’s ‘Top of the Mornin’ to You’ (pastel) which received the Desjardins Caisse Populaire Award, Richard Edwards’ ‘Northern Impressions #2’ (watercolour) that received the Manitoulin Transport Award and Christie Best-Pearson’s ‘Tired Tools’ (coloured pencil).

Manitoulin Fine Arts Association President Christie Best-Pearson’s ‘Tired Tools’ was one of the works selected for the show.
Manitoulin Fine Arts Association President Christie Best-Pearson’s ‘Tired Tools’ was one of the works selected for the show.

The NOAA selects 40 works of art out of 150 to 200 submissions from NOAA member artists across the North for the annual show. The 40 pieces of the juried exhibition travel for a year to communities throughout Northern Ontario.

This year’s jurors were Ona Kingdon of Richmond Hill and Joanne Blais of Sudbury.

The NOAA is comprised of a group of independent art clubs representing 400 artists from clubs as far north as Timmins to Sault St. Marie and Burks Falls in the south.

The organization formed in 1949 with a goal of furthering art education within remote Northern communities, as well as promoting the appreciation of their art.

The NOAA 58th Annual Juried Exhibition is on at the Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah until June 20.  The museum is open daily from 9 am to 4:30 pm and Thursdays from 9 am to 8 pm.