Aims and Objectives of the Art Society of Strathcona County

  To bring Together Local Artists,

  To Encourage Growth and Development of Artists and

  To Promote a Greater Awareness of Art in the Community.


Membership is open to all levels of artists who are 18 years of age or over, working in painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, glass, photography and fibre arts. The membership year is from January 1st to December 31st with an annual fee of $40.

Membership includes:

a)  General meetings which often include demonstrations, speakers, exhibitions, etc. 
b)  Reduced rates on workshops and lessons, discounts at art stores. 
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)  Art Shows and Christmas Market events. 
h)  Member run Loft Gallery and Gift Gallery. 
i)   Appreciation Fun Night with other artists, and much more!!!

To join our society, please print and fill in our form or supply your contact details including name, address, phone and email address: 

ASSC Membership Form.pdf

Membership Fee - if sending by mail include your cheque, If attending in person we also accept Debit and Credit card payment. Credit card payment can be done by phone. Renewal of existing memberships can be done online!

    1. By Mail to:

    Art Society of Strathcona County
    PO Box 3061
    Sherwood Park, AB T8H 2T1

    2. At a General Meeting:

    Guests are always Welcome. Dates for Upcoming General Meetings are posted on our Home Page.

    3. Drop by or call our Office:

    Please see the  Contact Us  Page for Location, Office Hours, Email and Phone Number.


    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 at the  A. J. Ottewell Centre ( Red Barn ) at 590 Broadmoor Blvd., Sherwood Park.

    Workshops and Drop In Studio Time

    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 click here  Workshops  

    For further information call our Office at 780-449-4443.

    Art Instructors

    We are always interested in new classes and workshops and would love to hear from you!

    If you are interested in teaching with the Art Society of Strathcona County

    please call our Office at 780-449-4443. or email us at


    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 that Esther Danielson, Nell Dunn of Cooking Lake, and Tom Woods of Sherwood Park, would be three excellent artists who 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 is now rented out to various groups on an hourly or daily basis.

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