Welcome to the Markham Group of Artists.
We are a vibrant and evolving group of visual artists that has thrived in Markham, Ontario since 1981. Incorporated as a non-profit in 2012, our group supports artists and the community through workshops and demonstrations led by invited professional artists and speakers, in-gallery and online shows, professional and member-led critiques, art history talks, and other events in and around the City of Markham, Ontario.
We are known for our annual collaborative painting mosaic created by members and donated to various public buildings and affordable housing residences. And our spring, summer, and fall en plein air painting sessions have recently expanded to include online and gallery-cafe exhibitions. Our juried shows are vetted by professional artists and are also displayed online and in galleries. Members also look forward to our annual Small is Beautiful holiday show and sale held at the McKay Art Centre in Unionville.
We are a welcoming, inclusive organization and encourage membership and art show submissions from equity-seeking individuals and groups, including those from 2SLGBTQ+, Indigenous, Black, and racialized communities.
Learn more about becoming a member here.
Next Members Meeting March 6th, 6:30PM
Appreciating Abstract Painting With Michael J Black
Markham Public Library
Michael graduated from the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD U), in 1984 and holds a Doctorate in Education from the University of Toronto (2003). For 30 years, he worked in education. Michael has shown his work in Toronto, Charlottetown, Port Perry, Uxbridge, Alliston, Creemore, Thornhill, Port Hope, Ottawa, Peterborough, Thornbury and Meaford. His work is held in many collections.
SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL Holiday Art and Gift Sale
Metamorphosis: a painting mosaic created by the Markham Group of Artists for the residents of Tony Wong Place.
Made possible by a grant from Celebrate Markham Fund and the Ontario Trillium Foundation
Many hands make light work - John Heywood
MGA is a non-profit organization run solely by dedicated volunteers. Each individuals’ talents and skills, contribute to an enthusiastic and fun group of people, who come together to execute a shared vision of finding ways to elevate the arts in our community.
Do you love the arts? Are you looking to make a difference in your community? Are you looking to join a group with creative and fun activities? Do you have a skill that you would like to share?
We have opportunities for all levels of commitment.
To apply to volunteer with the MGA, click here.
If you are a High School Student who would like to volunteer click here.
Members can rent a canopy tent or display grids from us by filling out an easy online form. Learn more about renting gear at our Shopping page.