Bio & Exhibits

Darlene was born in Montreal and attended Concordia University, graduating with a B.F.A, major in Graphic Design. She spent the next 40 years developing a successful career in business. However she recognized it was time to turn back to her art, so in 2005 Darlene began to work towards creating both a vocation and business, painting in whatever spare time she had from her full time career. Continuing to take courses and working with other artists – thru art groups, classes and dedicated paint weeks.  She entered emerging artist shows to gain experience, starting in 2006.  Then entered her first non-emerging show -” Fresh Air, Fresh Art, Free Parking” in 2007 and sold both paintings! Darlene continued to show locally primarily with Headwaters Art Group at the Alton Mill. In 2012 Darlene Hassall became a full time artist. She has branched out, showing her work in the Dufferin Region and the GTA. Her work has been featured in Style At Home Magazine, quite exciting! She has also travelled to Mexico to supervise the hanging of some of her works.

Darlene has sat on the Board and Executive Committees of local art groups. She is part of the Art in the School Program with Dufferin Arts Council. She has also assisted in jurying for SSAC. Darlene played a key role in the formation of a critique group in the area in order to help fellow artists develop or enhance their skills in evaluating their work, and the work of others.

Darlene loves to have people visit her studio – in Shelburne, or Orangeville.  Please call her to set up a time.

Juried, or Invitation Only, Exhibitions:

  • All About Me Show, Etoicoke Art Centre (Sept. 2017)
  • Riverdale Juried Art Walk (Toronto, June 2017)
  • “20th Annual Art Show & Sale” (By invitation, Kingsway Lambton United Church, Toronto April 2017)
  • “Nature Show”, Blue Rain Gallery (By invitation, Tottenham, Sept 2017)
  • Riverdale Juried Art Walk (Toronto, June 2016)
  • “19th Annual Art Show & Sale” (By invitation, Kingsway Lambton United Church, Toronto April 2016)
  • Kame & Kettle Artists (Invite, Orangeville Theatre, Dec.2015 – Feb. 2016)
  • “Orangeville Harvest of Colour Juried Show” (Orangeville, October 2015)
  • “BIZBAZ” (Caledon, July 2015)
  • Barnfest 2015  (Mulmur, for “Food and Water First”, June 2015)
  • “18th Annual Art Show & Sale” (By invitation, Kingsway-Lambton United Church, Toronto, April 2015)
  • Beaux Arts Juried Show (Brampton, April 2014)
  • “17th Annual Art Show & Sale” (By invitation, Kingsway-Lambton United Church, Toronto, April 2014)
  • Headwaters Arts Gallery – several Juried Shows, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • “Headwaters Art Festival Juried Show”- Sept 2013, Sept 2014, Sept 2015, Sept 2016 (Alton, Ontario)
  • Annual Juried Exhibition, Etobicoke Art Group (Etobicoke, 2013)
  • Art Aurora Juried Art Show & Sale 2013
  • South Simcoe First Juried Show, (Orangeville, Ontario March 2012)
  • Orangeville Art Group Juried Fall Show (Orangeville Sept. 2013)


  • “North Meets South” Group Show, Art Square Gallery (Toronto, August 2016)
  • “Art By 9 – The Fire from Within” Show (HA Gallery, Alton Mill, Oct-Nov 2015)
  • “Critical Mass Show 4” (HA Gallery Alton Mill)
  • “Critical Mass Show VII” (Liberty Village Toronto)
  • “North of 89, Artists of Mulmur Open Studio Tour” Sept, 2013 (Home studio, Shelburne), Guest -Sept 2014, Guest 2015, Guest 2016
  • “Painters Abroad Show”(Headwaters Art Gallery, Alton Mill, Ont. Sept. 2013)
  • “Critical Mass lll Show” (The Twist Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, July 2013 )
  • “TGIF Show” (Neilson Park Creative Centre Gallery June 2013)
  • “Critical Mass ll Show” (Holcim Gallery, Milton Centre for the Arts, Feb 2013)
  • Galleria Isa, May 2012 (Monticostello de Vibio, Italy)
  • Kame & Kettle Art Show “Awakenings”(Pond Gallery, Alton Mill, May 2010 )
  • Kame & Kettle Art Show “20 year Anniversary Show”(Dufferin County Museum & Archives, Rosemount, On. March 2010 )
  • Orangeville Art Group hangings – 2012, 2013
  • The Dam Gallery hangings-  2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 (Alton, Ontario)
  • Headwaters Art Gallery hangings- 2008, 2009 (Alton, Ontario)


  • In The Hills Magazine – Featured Artist In Residence, Summer 2016 Edition
  • In The Hills Magazine, Spring 2016
  • In The Hills Magazine, Autumn 2015
  • In The Hills Magazine, Autumn 2014
  • In The Hills Magazine, Spring 2011
  • Cityline TV, March 2010
  • Style At Home Magazine, March 2010 Issue


  • Spark Box Studio, Picton, Ontario. June 2017.
Her works are held in private collections in Canada, USA and Mexico.