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60th Annual Art Aurora Art Show & Sale


Saturday May 4 and Sunday May 5, 2024

Aurora Town Hall

100 John West Way, Aurora ON  L4G 6J1

This year marked the 60th Anniversary of this popular annual show and it did not disappoint! Over 160 artists from York Region and beyond took part. More than 300 works of art were displayed and available for sale and sales, we are pleased to announce, were excellent! We were thrilled to welcome the over 850 people who attended the sale on the weekend.

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Congratulations to these SOYRA members for being honoured in the 60th Annual Aurora Art Show! In total, 15 ribbons were awarded with cheques to follow. Two hundred and seventy-five adult entries were judged with awards presented in each of the following categories: Oils. Acrylic, Watercolours, Mixed/alternative media, and Photography. 



Honourable Mention - Hetty Veldkamp for Georgian Bay Vista



1st Place - Catherine Falconer for Harbinger

Honourable Mention - Joanne Toth for Amongst the Leaves

Honourable Mention - Kristine Toms for Hope Fading



Honourable Mention - Nancy Newman for Cutwork Cloth and Orchids


Mixed/Alternate Media

Honourable Mention - Christine Valentini for Superior Sunset

Honourable Mention - Donna Greenstein for Primeval



1st Place - Tom Wray for Killbear Windswept Tree


Add the cake. Mayor Tom Mrakas and President Linda Welch at the Art Aurora 60th Gala Opening on May 3, 2024.



five unforgettable days in

New York

for artists and art lovers

Monday November 6 to Friday November 10, 2023

59th Annual Art Aurora Art Show & Sale


Saturday May 6 and Sunday May 7

Aurora Town Hall

100 John West Way, Aurora ON  L4G 6J1

Over 140 artists from York Region and beyond took part in this annual juried art show. More than 300 works of art were displayed and available for sale.

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This year's Art Aurora was particularly exciting. Artworks sales were way up and out of the 15 awards given out in the show's five categories, 10 were awarded to SOYRA members!


1st Place - Lucy Quin

Honourable Mention - Catherine Fairs



1st Place Val Brubacher

Honourable Mention - Kathryn Christensen



1st Place - Nancy Newman

Honourable Mention - Karen Levert


Mixed/Alternate Media

1st Place - Zoe Perrin

Honourable Mention - Eva Folks



Honourable Mention - Kevin McBean

Honourable Mention - Linda Welch

Hillary House
"Inspirations from a Space of Healing"

December 10, 2022 to January 28, 2023

Hillary House ‘Inspiration from a Space of Healing’, was a multisite exhibition on display at Hillary House National Historic Site and the Aurora Town Hall. The exhibition was curated in collaboration with the Aurora Historical Society, the Aurora Cultural Centre and sixteen Society of York Region (SOYRA) member artists.

'Inspirations from a Space of Healing' was a process-based exhibition inspired by Hillary House National Historic Site. Built in 1862, Hillary House was used as a doctor’s practice and family residence for over 100 years.


Showcasing a significant collection of medical instruments, books, household furnishings, as well as a collection of personal objects from the historical families in residence, Hillary House is full of artifacts that trigger reflection and inspire deep contemplation.   

Leading up to the exhibition, members from SOYRA were invited to Hillary House to engage with the space, its artifacts, and the stories of its past inhabitants. Meditating on the intersectional history of medicine and domestic life, artists were asked to respond to Hillary House’s unique position as a space of healing.  

Participating SOYRA member artists included: George Keltika, Bill Lunshof, Karin Adams, Sharon NielsenLucy Quin, Melinda Schnalzer, Linda Welch, Vikki Mikkola, Catherine Fairs, Christine Valentini, Kevin McBean, Hans Backer, and Carol Walthers. 

Plein Air Painting
Members Events

Curious Minds
Members Only Juried Show

Each year, SOYRA promotes members through various members only shows and exhibitions. 


Mulock Farm
'Artists Preserve History'
November 23, 1018 to January 23, 2019

Mulock Farm  ‘Artists Preserve History’ was hosted by the Serpa Galleries at Old Town Hall in Newmarket, Ontario.

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