The Women’s Art Association of Canada
Located in Toronto’s beautiful Annex neighbourhood, Women’s Art Association of Canada (WAAC) is a not-for-profit, member-supported, charitable organization dedicated to assisting and encouraging Canadian artists. (Membership).
Over its 132-year history WAAC has served as a haven for visual artists, musicians, writers and devotees of the arts — a place where like-minded people can meet in a welcoming environment.
The mandate at WAAC is to advance education in the visual, musical and performance arts through the funding of scholarships, offering arts education to the public, and the provision of space for artists to present their artistic work.
Since 1948 WAAC has offered a scholarship program to students in the arts. Currently WAAC funds 14 scholarships at six leading arts organizations that include OCADU, U of T Faculty of Music, Royal Conservatory’s GGS, Sheridan College, George Brown College, Ryerson U, Canada’s National Ballet. (Scholarships).
The heart of WAAC is a charming 19th century house that backs onto a lovely formal garden. The main entrance opens up into the Mary Dignam Gallery, a large, attractive room that hosts openings, receptions and, of course, members’ art exhibitions. It is also the venue for our lectures on the arts and concerts. Many of these events are open to the public.
Interested in booking our galleries, rooms, garden, for an exhibition, event or wedding, please see Rentals and we look forward to seeing you around the house.
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DIGNAM GALLERY PRESENTS
Opening Reception February 6, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Also Open Saturday, February 22, 12:00 - 4:00 PM
RECEPTION Saturday, February 22, 1:00 - 3:30 pm
'Familia Threads' a portraiture exhibit with a thematic focus, this exhibit explores the multi-layered relationships between family members
Featuring WAAC artist in residence Heather Gentleman, Janne Reuss, Steven Frank, Olex Wlasenko, and Anne O’CallaghanFind out more »
Lecture by Joan Chiarandini Tadier on the work of Albert Chiarandini O.SA, FIAL. $30 inclusive for luncheon and lecture. RSVP by February 20.Find out more »
Join friends for a celebration of the great Yildiz Kenter. Jass vocals by Fuat Tuaç, accompanied by Peter Hill on piano and Chris Banks on double bass.Find out more »
Opening Party March 5, 5:30-7:30. Artist also in attendance March 7, 1-4, March 9, 1-4 and March 14, 5-8Find out more »
Steve’s critique sessions were very impactful for me. With his input on my initial concept, my vision of the project expanded and I felt inspired and motivated. I also enjoyed and learned from critiques on the works of others in the group. I highly recommend working with Steve Rose. Eva GeroldFind out more »
Featuring WAAC artists Susan Farquhar & Eva Gerold - printing, Valentina Hotz - egg tempura, Antony MacGinnis - coloured pencil, Jocelyn Shaw - sculpture, and Judith Davidson Palmer - photographyFind out more »
This exhibition brings together the exceptional work in watercolour painting produced by a group of women who have studied together for many years as students at Avenue Road Arts School in Toronto.
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 26, 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Public Viewing: Saturday, March 28, 2 – 5 pm