The Places and Faces of Ontario

Paint Ontario is an art show and sale featuring original paintings that bring to life the beauty, character and diversity of Ontario – our home. The art depicts our life in Ontario – the people, landscape, architecture, flora and fauna, waterscapes, and urbanscapes. 

Jurying is partly done on the basis of saleable qualities such as the subject matter, matting and framing. Paint Ontario relies on sales to be successful and most artists agree that one of the best compliments is the sale of a painting. See Paint Ontario Framework – Jurying to Awards.

Paintings that will sell at this show are paintings that appeal to many types of people. Add your own unique touch and flair, and at the same time think about submitting a piece that anyone would love.   (See the gallery below)

Keep in mind to set a price that anyone can afford. Keeping your price reasonable will open you up to a larger group of buyers.

Any or all mediums of paint, pencil, pastel, mixed or encaustic (but not photography) can be used.

The Places of Ontario

A juried competition for representational art seeks paintings that depict the diversity of the Ontario landscape, architecture, flora and fauna, waterscapes, and urbanscapes. We’re looking for scenes, including still life and objects, which depict life in Ontario. In its simplest definition, ‘representational’ means that the subject of the work is recognizable; (by ‘recognizable’ we mean that if the subject is a waterfall, garden, bowl of fruit or farmyard the viewer must be able to recognize it as such – purely abstract works will not be considered).  It is not required that the exact site in Ontario is recognized.

We choose to use the most encompassing definition to provide a variety of work for purchase and help to include more artists, leaving a great range for artistic interpretation. Our goal is always to offer works for sale that range from realism through traditional representational to impressionism. Patrons who have purchased art have often positively commented on the show’s more modern representational style. Please be sure to view the examples of work from previous shows further down on this page, and take a look at the past winners (link found in menu).

The Faces of Ontario

The Faces of Ontario showcases juried portrait style paintings that realistically depict people. Portraits can be head and shoulders, three quarter length or full length. Technique and expression are important.

Portraits may include either one or two people. The focus is on the face; however, the setting and overall painting could be a real asset if they are within the theme of Paint Ontario.

Now in its third year this portrait category is a great addition to the show. For more information visit this page if you are entering the Faces of Ontario category.

Examples – the Places of Ontario


Examples – the Faces of Ontario

Please be sure to read the terms and conditions of entry carefully!

Terms and Conditions for Entry.

  1. All entry forms to the show are completed onlineContact us if this is not possible. You may enter up to 3 pieces. Depending on the category there are options to submit by digital image upload or directly to the museum.
  2. Media can be oil, watercolour, pastel, acrylic, pencil, charcoal, mixed media encaustic; no sculpture, furniture. photography, computer art or textile art.
  3. Size of artwork submitted – including frame. The minimum size is 8″x10″. The largest can be a total of 2300 square inches (e.g. 48″x48″ or 23″x100″). Please be advised that we take into consideration the presentation of the entire show and are working with a set amount of wall space. Submitting three very large pieces will most likely mean that not all three will be accepted.
  4. All work must be original. No copies from other artists or from published material, including stock photography, no supervised work, no reproductions or prints, will be allowed. All painting and reference material, including photographs, must be the original work of the artist and may be requested by jurors.
  5. No repeat entries to Paint Ontario. An original work shown in other shows is allowed. Works received, after acceptance, that were submitted as a digital image must match the image (meet the expectations and standards for the show).
  6. All work must be for sale. The minimum is $200 and the maximum price for a painting is $4,500.
    Your painting may not be accepted based on price point related to size or saleability.
  7. The Artwork’s Price. The price you enter on the entry form must include the commission payable to Paint Ontario(35%) and any HST that you, the artist, must pay from the amount we pay you after we have taken the commission payable to Paint Ontario.
  8. To be accepted, all work must be ready to hang.
    This means framed, unless the work is designed to hang unframed. If the latter, the sides must be painted for a tailored, finished look. The piece must be properly wired.
  9. By signing the Entry Form and Exhibit Labels:
    With respect to the attached image and any submitted artwork for the Paint Ontario competition, I hereby represent that I am the owner of the artwork. I hereby grant to Paint Ontario & the Grand Bend Art Centre, their designees, affiliates and licensees the following worldwide, irrevocable rights:
    To use and re-use, publish and re-publish the image of the artwork, in whole or in part, individually or in conjunction with printed matter, or in composite form, and in any medium, for editorial, commercial, promotional, and/or trade purposes in connection with the Paint Ontario competition.
    I hereby waive any right to inspect or approve any copy that is used in connection with the competition. Paint Ontario hereby agrees that any proceeds derived from the sale, publication or use of the artwork(s) shall become the property of Paint Ontario and the Grand Bend Art Centre.
  10. Entering this competition automatically constitutes your acceptance of all published rules and these terms and conditions. Further; Paint Ontario and Lambton Heritage Museum shall not be responsible for loss of or damage to any artwork, no matter what the cause.
  11. Fees and Commissions: 
    1. The entry fee for entering online is $25 and includes the first work entered. The second and third pieces are $10 each.
      Fees are non-refundable.
      Not entering online is more expensive. The cost for not entering online will be provided when we are contacted.
    2. A sales commission of 35% is payable to Paint Ontario. See 7 above.
  12. The Places of Ontario Category
    1. The majority of the paintings are submitted in this category. Entries default to this category. If submitting a Faces of Ontario portrait see 13.
    2. Animal paintings done in a Portrait style without an Ontario setting or context will not be accepted.
  13. The Faces of Ontario Category
    1. Entry to this category must be by digital image upload and paid for online.
    2. You must select this category when entering online or it defaults to the Places of Ontario category. To enter this category choose it when completing the online entry form for each artwork entered.
    3. You must have the permission of the person you have painted. Please do not submit your work unless you have confirmed this and can demonstrate it to us if asked.