Art Society of 
Strathcona County

The Art Society of Strathcona County is an organization whose aims and objectives are to bring together local artists, to encourage growth and development of artists and to promote a greater awareness of art in the community.  The office of the ASSC and the Ottewell Centre  is open 12 to 4 pm, Mondays and Wednesdays.


Membership is open to all levels of artists working in painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, glass, photography and fibre arts.

A member must be 18 years of age or over.
The membership year is from January 1st to December 31st with an annual fee of $40.  Pay at a General Meeting, in the ASSC office, or on line!

Membership includes:
a)  general meetings which often include demonstrations, speakers, critiques, exhibitions, etc. 
b)  reduced rates on workshops and lessons.
c)  opportunities to learn from accomplished artists
d)  June potluck after the meeting
e)  December potluck after the meeting & elections
f)  Drop in time to paint with other artists
g) Mothers' Day and Christmas Market events
h) Discounts at other art stores.
i)  Appreciation Fun Night with other artists, and much more!!!

To join our society, please provide the following information:
  • Name
  • Address
  • Postal Code
  • Phone Number
  • Email address
Send the information to:

Art Society of Strathcona County
PO Box 3061
Sherwood Park, AB T8H 2T1
Or send us an email at:

The Board of Directors meets  every first Tuesday of the month (September to June) at 6:30 pm.  Everyone Welcome.

The General membership meets  the second Tuesday of every month (September to June) at 7:00 pm. Everyone Welcome.

There are speakers or Demonstrations at most meetings by various artists. All meetings are held the the
A.J. Ottewell Centre in Sherwood Park.

The ASSC welcomes members and non-members to participate in workshops and classes. All classes are held at the A.J. Ottewell Centre in Sherwood Park. For registration and further information call 780-449-4443.

Art Instructors - If you are interested in teaching with the ASSC please call 780-449-4443. We are always interested in new classes and workshops and would love to hear from you.


One evening in 1984 Ena Campbell, Doris Corbin, Annette Chace and Donna Jaque stopped at Sherwood Centre for a coffee. There they launched into their favorite subject, forming an Art Society in the County. After much arm twisting Donna Jaque was persuaded to act as the chairperson of a steering committee for the much needed Art Society in Strathcona. Donna suggested Esther Danielson, Nell Dunn of Cooking Lake, and Tom Woods of Sherwood Park, would be three excellent artists that would compliment their Group of Seven. They accepted and everything fell into place.

So, in 1984, another Group of Seven artists made history in Strathcona County, Alberta, Canada. Like true pioneers, they broke new sod and hewed out new trails with perseverance and dedication. Their goal was to lay a strong foundation on which to build an art society. Their year long commitment was a challenge of implementing a great dream with wisdom and integrity, which had to be right for all members, including themselves, and for all who came after. Their agenda was endless meetings of research, intense discussions and deliberations, and finally making a number of very important decisions. They each considered it a privilege to serve on the Steering Committee and be founding members of the Art Society of Strathcona County - incorporated on August 28th, 1985.

The Founding Members were:

Donna Jaque - President
Tom Woods - Vice President
Esther Danielson - Secretary
Ena Campbell -Treasurer
Nell Dunn - Social Convener/Art Show director
Doris Corbin - Director
Annette Chase - Director

Over the years the ASSC (Art Society of Strathcona) progressed, and evolved to become a vibrant part of the community of Strathcona County. The ASSC continued to hold meetings, workshops and art shows but there was an ongoing problem of not having a "home" of its own, as all space was rented on a monthly basis. Meetings, shows, etc. at first were held at the Glen Allen Recreation Center, then the new Festival Place, then the old RCMP building, and then the Old Legion. However, in each of these cases, storage was a problem, and the ASSC would have to move.

An opportunity came in the year 2000 when, in discussions with the County of Strathcona Parks, Recreation and Culture, the A.J. Ottewell Center became an option. A proposal was made and presented to the County for the ASSC to take over the A. J. Ottewell Center on a lease basis. This was eventually accepted by the County, and the Art Society moved into the Center in April of 2002. The ASSC has become the operator of the facility, which was then rented out to various groups on an hourly basis.

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