June 1962 seven people broke away from a now defunct Scarborough
art group to form the art Guild of York-Scarborough. They
all agreed to meet each week in a small room at the Cedarbrook
Community Centre to paint and exchange ideas. These meetings
were so successful that within seven months the membership
had increased to 46 and they had twice moved to larger
areas in the Community Centre. During the years since
then the Guild has continued to grow in size ro reach
its present restricted total of 150 members.
In the beginning, funds were scarce. At a Christmas party
in December 1963 members were obliged to band together
to have an auction sale to raise money. The proceeds of
that sale went to hire instructors. 1968 marked a significant
turning point for the Guild when paintings were hung in
both Scarborough Hospitals and proceeds from sales began
to augment the operating funds. Nowadays, the financial
state of the Guild is excellent and members are treated
to a wide variety of lectures, critiques and demonstrations
throughout the year.
The Spring and Fall Shows started as a tradition in 1963
and have continued throughout the years without fail.
As well, each Spring, the Arthur Show is held at a prestigious
location in Scarborough. During January 1972 the word
"York" was dropped from the name of the Guild
and it then became known as The Art Guild of Scarborough.
This change was effected largely for the sake of brevity
but also to allow closer identification with Scarborough
as a whole. In fact, through good publicity and regular
exposure, the Guild has since become recognized as a definite
cultural asset to the community.
The year 2012 marked the 50th anniversary of the Art
Guild of Scarborough - proud to have celebrated it's fiftieth
year of providing fine art in this community.