Brush and Palette Club

Welcome to the Brush and Palette Club Website!


Auke “Oak” van Holst, husband, father, father-in-law, uncle, grandfather and friend, passed peacefully surrounded by his loving family on February 28, 2022 after a battle with cancer that took him far sooner than any of us had hoped. After retiring as a Professor of Education from Western University in 1997, Auke spent his years crafting his skills as an artist with the Brush and Palette Club, London participating in many aspects of the Club since 1997.  Auke was loved and respected by all members of the Club; he was always willing to lend a hand.  

It was Auke's wish that in lieu of flowers, donations would be made to the Brush and Palette Club, London by e-transfer to londonbrushandpalette@gmailcom or by cheque, mailed or delivered to - Brush and Palette Club, c/o Gail Gifford (Treasurer), 175 Doon Drive, London, Ontario.  N5X 3S3 









VISIT THE EVENTS PAGE to see current and upcoming member Shows & Sales




On September 25, 2020 our club member Nick Jaco celebrated

his 100th birthday. 

Together with him we celebrate this very special day and we wish

him and his wife healthy and productive years to come.   













"Beach in Tasmania" "Tasmanian Beach"

Nicholas Jaco


A ribbon was awarded to Nick's painting "Rocks and Water in French River"






1972 - 2022


The Brush and Palette Club marks its 50th anniversary this year.  The Club originated when Dorothy Heaven, an artist and teacher, started painting sessions for a few interested women.  When the instruction ended, the group decided to stay together and formed the Brush and Palette Club.

At first, they met in the home of Wyn Slemon who continues to be a very active member of the group.  By 1989, the original group had grown to 50 and the need for increased space led them to meet in St. Aidan’s Church Hall.  This remained their home till 2016, when they moved to Riverside United Church. The membership is now at 110 members with 9 honorary members and a substantial waiting list.

The goals of the Club continue to be the same as when it started: to be a not-for-profit organization that provides a supportive environment for its members.  To that end, the Club is dedicated to offering a positive social atmosphere that encourages interaction and sharing of ideas.  The Club meets monthly (except for July and August) and has a potluck luncheon in September and a Christmas luncheon in December.  The Club provides opportunities for its members to learn more about art and artists through presentations by invited speakers or through excursions to visit art exhibitions.  A very important aspect of the Club is the program of seven one to three day hands-on workshops with distinguished artists on a wide variety of topics and in various media.  Some monthly meetings are devoted to having the members' works critiqued by a talented local artist.

 In addition to furthering the artistic talents of its members, the Club also strives to promote and encourage the visual arts in the community.  One such initiative is the granting of a $500 scholarship to a Secondary School student who will be continuing in the study of art after graduation.

Because of the Covid 19 virus the club has suspended the monthly meetings, workshops and shows.