In 2008, a small group of Newmarket artists and art enthusiasts saw an opportunity to grow visual arts in Newmarket. They came together and organized the first annual studio tour. It allowed local visual artists show their work and gain visibility in their hometown. It also help foster a community and network of artists. Right from the beginning, it would never have been possible without the support of local businesses, the staff and councillors of the town. Together, they worked in partnership with the NGA to create opportunities and exposure. The community of Newmarket embraced the studio tour and the artists by participating in the tour, sharing it with their friends and neighbors, and purchasing art.
This marked the beginning of the NGA (Newmarket Group of Artists), and our signature event – The Art Walk & Studio Tour. This annual, juried art tour is now a walkable event located at the Old Town Hall & Community Centre, Main Street restaurants & businesses, and artist home studios. This year we celebrate a decade of countless artists, volunteers, sponsors, and art enthusiasts coming together to promote arts & culture in our town. This October 13th & 14th, join the NGA and this year’s 36 juried artists at the 10th Annual Newmarket Art Walk & Studio Tour.