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Join Us on Saturday March 4th for Our Snowcastles Event
A Gift of Art is pleased to announce the Snowcastles of Newcastle contest! Taking place on Saturday March 4th at the Clarington Public Library (Newcastle branch.) Individuals and teams will create…

February Happenings at A Gift of Art
Upcoming Classes and Workshops: Alcohol Ink with Shree Bellur – in studio. Sunday, Feb 26, 2023. 11:00 am – 2:30 pm. Learn how to use alcohol inks to create a wonderful piece of art and…

January Happenings at A Gift of Art
Upcoming Classes and Workshops: Junior Art – Gr. 4 – 8 with Todd Tremeer. January 21 – February 11, 2023. Saturdays, Noon – 2:00 pm
4 week session. Recommended for Junior-Intermediate kids, grades 4-8…


December Happenings at A Gift of Art
Upcoming Classes and Workshops: Screen Printing with David Gillespie. Thursday, December 8, 2022
1:00 – 3:00 pm. Create brilliant abstract silkscreen printed greeting/Christmas cards with your instructor, David B. Gillespie. Using this simple technique you will complete…

A Gift of Christmas This December
Shop & Celebrate Local This Holiday Season. CORRECTION NOTE…Our email of November 1st had a few dates that needed adjusting, please note new dates below for our Christmas Event…

November Happenings at A Gift of Art
Upcoming Classes and Workshops: Pen and Ink with Dianne Darch on Zoom, November 8 – 22, 2022. Dianne will show you how to enhance a drawing by inking beautiful texture…

October Happenings at A Gift of Art
Upcoming Classes and Workshops. No matter what art form you’re interested in working with, there is something for everyone…

September Happenings at A Gift of Art
Upcoming Classes and Workshops. No matter what art form you’re interested in working with, there is something for everyone…

August Happenings at A Gift of Art
Register Online for Summer Art Camp. Great discounts are offered to members, there is a 5% discount when summer art camp registrations are for more than 2 weeks if siblings are attending camp the second child receives a 10% discount. But to receive that discount you have to register through the office…

June Happenings at A Gift of Art
We are now offering a 5% discount for all member registrations paid in full by June 21! Siblings who are members receive a discount for the second child. If you would like to take advantage of the sibling discount you must register offline, by emailing A Gift of Art or calling us at 905-987-2264…

Early May Happenings at A Gift of Art
Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so stop in and pick up something special from our fine selection of hand-crafted works in the Gallery at A Gift of Art. Not your average gift store, the gallery is packed with fine quality giftware and artwork that any Mom would love. Think of us when you’re picking out special birthday or celebration giftware…

A Gift of Art – April 2022 Newsletter
Thank you to everyone who read our last newsletter and engaged with our content. We are looking forward to spring weather and for you to join us at the gallery as things get warmer this year…

Welcome to A Gift of Art
Introducing our New Email! We have moved to a new email editing program, so we can more simply showcase our upcoming events, classes and show you what’s new…

A Gift of Art March 2022 Newsletter
Come Join us for a talk and discussion this International Women’s Day, Tuesday March 8th on the topic of the World War 1 Nursing Sisters of Durham County with Sher Leetooze…

A Gift of Art February 2022 Newsletter
• Here is Adam Wilkinson with a special message.
• Store Items
• Upcoming February to March Classes & Workshops

A Gift of Art January 2022 Newsletter
Happy New Year! Perhaps there won’t be huge parties, but it is still the beginning of a New Year with new hopes, new dreams and new and improving health news. It will be different whether that is better numbers, a ‘cure’ or a more effective pill or injection. So let’s take heart – celebrate the little things, a cardinal on a branch, a special walk or a tune that brings a cherished memory…


A Gift of Art December 2021 Newsletter
Special greetings are due for this time of year whether Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Season’s Greetings or even “My, it’s cold outside”. Here we offer you the warmest of greetings, filled with gratitude for your continued support and excitement for all the possibilities ahead…

A Gift of Art November 2021 Newsletter
We are now open to visitors to the gallery. Please respect the visitor limit and
COVID-19 procedures. A mask and gloves are required while inside the gallery
and your temperature will be taken when you enter. Proof of vaccination for in class workshops/programs, as mandated by the province. Thank you for your cooperation…

A Gift of Art October 2021 Newsletter
Fall is a winding up time of year, packing up the summer stuff and starting to think about the festive months to come. In a similar spirit we have a winding up here and new ideas are coming along. Judy our program manager who has done such a terrific job of building the number of classes to be a real ‘school’ of art is leaving October 1, 2021. She is moving to Saskatchewan where her husband has been working for the last many months. It will be hard to lose her…

A Gift of Art September 2021 Newsletter
As summer winds down, the kids are preparing to go back to school after a long time away. For the month of September the weather will cool slightly but we hope for many sunny days ahead as Fall approaches. Fall, for some of us it is a time to prepare to cocoon or hibernate, for others it is a time to re-emerge after…

A Gift of Art August 2021 Newsletter
The last month of the height of summer is a chance to reflect and relax. Beat the heat and stay cool before the colours of autumn arrive. Cherish the moments you have with family and friends as you begin to plan for the fall. Schedules begin to change – going back to work after a holiday, returning to school, preparing for the end of the year, and starting a new one. August is a time to start new beginnings, new hobbies, past times and activities…

A Gift of Art July 2021 Newsletter
July is the month that truly starts summer. But July 2021 is different, for example school did not just finish. School as we knew it finished some time ago and is now a daily schedule on the laptop. Canada Day celebrations are being cancelled throughout the province…

A Gift of Art June 2021 Newsletter
In this month of June, we celebrate the fathers in our lives. Fathers should share themselves with their children. Whether it is being in nature, playing sports or teaching a skill, good parents share their talents which add immeasurably to our lives…

A Gift of Art Newsletter – May 2021
For the duration of the province wide lockdown, the gallery is closed to visitors. We are more than happy to accept orders for curbside pickup. Classes via Zoom
are continuing as scheduled. Thank you for your patience and your patronage. May – The Month for Mothers. Hello everyone! We have been through a lot in the past few months…

April 2021 Newsletter from A Gift of Art
We are open! A Gift of Art is Open by appointment. Call and book an appointment to visit the gallery, have a relaxing time absorbing the art, perhaps shop for a gift for that special someone or peruse the card racks for something to suit an occasion. Face Masks and gloves are supplied if you need them. Spend an interesting hour or so…

Online Acrylic Painting with Stephen Snider – March 26th
Online or In Studio, Stephen Snider’s very popular Acrylics class is back! Stephen is welcoming returning and new students to this fun and relaxed class. A limited number of students will be able to attend the In Studio class with all Covid protocols in place. Whether you are eager to paint at home or in our studio here is the perfect opportunity…

A Gift of Art – March 2021 Newsletter
We are open! A Gift of Art is Open by appointment. Call and book an appointment to visit the gallery, have a relaxing time absorbing the art, perhaps shop for a gift for that special someone or peruse the card racks for something to suit an occasion. Face Masks and gloves are supplied if you need them…

Express your love with these gifts! ❤
A special gift for that special someone. We couldn’t help but share some of our new arrivals that might be perfect for expressing how you feel on this special occasion. Check out what our local artists crafted with dedication and love to bring meaning to your Valentine’s gift…

February 2021 Newsletter
A Big Thank you to so many of you who have donated as a result of our fundraising campaign just before Christmas. We know that many of you, like us, are operating behind closed doors, with multiple restrictions in place, trying to keep your employees and trying to maintain some semblance of a normal business…

January 2021 Newsletter
THANK YOU! 2020 is behind us. It was a rough year navigating through the pandemic to keep our events going, events which were vital to keeping the local art community alive. We would like to thank everyone who supported A Gift of Art through volunteer work, donations, purchases and participation…


Holiday and COVID Closure News
At A Gift of Art we are taking the current COVID numbers very seriously. We will be locking down from 2:00 pm Tuesday Dec 22 until Monday 9:00am January 11. We feel that it is the responsible thing to do…

A Gift of Art – December Newsletter: Gift ideas for Holidays!
Still looking for gift ideas for Christmas? We suggest giving the gift of art this holiday season. We are pleased to announce that our online store is open where you can purchase…

November Newsletter: New online classes available!
In the month of October, we successfully launched our first online class with Catherine Fairbank teaching ASL for beginners. During this pivotal time, we will continue to follow COVID-19 restriction orders and offer online classes in November…

October 2020 Newsletter: Halloween, Online Classes and more!
Hope you had a wonderful September! The Fall season has returned and along with it our art classes and workshops. We have a variety of art classes that you can take starting with Adult drawing and watercolour with Todd Tremeer and Encaustic with Linda Viro. Visit our website for the full list…

September 2020 Newsletter
August just blew past us! We had some amazing moments last month with a summer camp for kids … they got to enjoy various art activities all part of the summer fun. We had challenges to face with the current COVID-19 situation but with careful planning and active involvement, we were able to have a safe, healthy, and fun-filled summer camp for all our campers…

Thank You for Contributing to the Great Canadian Giving Challenge
The 2020 Great Canadian Giving challenge recently came to an end and we would like to send a huge thank you to those who participated and contributed this year. 2020 is our first year taking part and we not only met with success but also surpassed our goal by more than 10%. We are beyond proud…

Patio Art Show
Newcastle’s 13th Art Show Reinvented. Newcastle has had an annual art show for over 10 years, and we weren’t about to let that tradition go so easily. This year, to meet in accordance with the COVID-19 restrictions, the Artist and Artisan Show and Sale has become (drum roll please)…

Kid’s Summer Camp is Back!
That’s Right! Summer Camp 2020 is a GO! Summer Art Camp at A Gift of Art has become a tradition for many kids in Newcastle and the Durham Region. This camp gives them the opportunity to discover the world of creativity through the arts. We’d hate to break tradition… so registration is open and camp…

June Newsletter
In accordance with the provincial standard, the gallery is now open to all those practicing social distancing! We will be allowing groups of no more than 4 to come into the gallery wearing both masks and gloves. If you do not have masks or gloves, they will be available inside. Please take the necessary precautions to ensure…

May Newsletter
We hope everyone has been keeping safe during these uncertain times and we are glad to finally be having some nice weather!

Updates from the gallery
Dear Friends and Supporters of A Gift of Art, We miss you and we want to take this time to provide you with some important information regarding changes at the gallery…

March Newsletter
Hello hello! Hope you all have had an amazing month. We certainly have. Starting with the annual Clarington Mayor’s Gala, which was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who

February Newsletter
The first month of 2020 already over! The time has certainly flown by as we’ve been busy busy busy with our plans for this year…

January Newsletter
Happy New Year!!! It’s been quite the decade for A Gift of Art, and we want to thank all of you for making it so. With the help of our dedicated board members, our volunteers, and donations from the community and farther, our charity has grown…


Two day pre-Christmas member sale!
Have a busy Christmas shopping planned this weekend? Stop in the gallery to find that special gift…

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and what a year it’s been. We’ve had so many amazing classes, events, and experiences, but it’s not over yet!…

Halloween is over, which means it’s time for all things Christmas! Too soon? We get a little over-excited around this time, because there’s just so many things happening…

It’s the most wonderful time of the year … in our opinion anyways! Beautiful colours, the crisp autumn air, Halloween, pumpkin and apple pie – but most exciting for us, the fall program!

Summer vacation is over, and what a fantastic summer it’s been. From Canada Day to our Art Show, we’ve had lots of fun and hope you have too…

Summer is officially halfway over! The time has gone by so fast and the weather has been hot hot hot. As we finish out the vacation season there are a few things we think you’d like to know…

JULY 2019
Happy Belated Canada Day, and happy “middle of the year” day (there are exactly 182 days before and after July 2nd)…

JUNE 2019
Summer is almost here (sort of), and A Gift of Art has lots of new and exciting classes, events, and art pieces…

MAY 2019
The new website is up courtesy of Big Sky Design in Peterborough. What a change! It is very attractive, clean, clear and easy to use. If you have…

APRIL 2019
The snow is going. Daffodils are through the ground in some gardens. Two opossums were seen the other evening cavorting…

The grand finale of the Living Stories Project culminates in the play entitled “Time Changes…”, opening Friday, March 29, 2019…

MARCH 2019
March has arrived – as quietly as a lamb. Beautiful sunshine, warmish and lovely. What will happen now if it departs like the…

What happened to January? One minute it was just beginning and then it was February 1st. Of course, with the roller coaster weather ride…

Happy New Year and best wishes for good health, happiness and prosperity in all your endeavours this 2019. Here at the gallery we have…


Become a member!

A Gift of Art offers annual memberships with the following rates:

Individual: $25

Student: $10

Current student identification required for student membership

Family: $45

Any two people or family living at the same address with children under the age of 18 will qualify for the family membership
*The membership card will be sent to you in the mail when you purchase it online.
If you buy a membership with a class and the class takes place soon after purchase, we’ll give it in person.

Benefits of the Gift of Art membership:

• Reduced rate for art classes, lectures, and special events
• Invitation to exhibition opening receptions
• Invitation to private artist talk’s
• Invitation to member’s only events
• A personalized membership card
• 10% discount in art rental
• 10% discount in Gallery Gift Shop on select items
• Rental of studio space

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