Women's Art Association of Canada

Inspiring and Promoting the Arts for 132 Years

1887─2019

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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September 2019

Town and Country Photography & Paintings Judith Davidson-Palmer

September 1 @ 9:00 am - September 30 @ 4:00 pm
Dignam Gallery, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, ON M4L 2Z4

Town and Country Photography and Paintings by Judith Davidson-Palmer September 2019 Ruth Uphohn Gallery Open Culture Days Sept 28-29 from 11am-4pm Call for more Gallery Hours 416-922-2060  

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The Artist’s Choice Exhibiiton

September 10 - October 15
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Dignam Gallery, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, ON M4L 2Z4

The Dignam Gallery Presents... The Artist's Choice Exhibition September 10 - October 15  2019 Opening Reception September 12: 5-8 pm Gallery open 11am to 4pm on Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29 during Culture Days weekend Gallery open 11am to 4pm on Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13 during Thanksgiving weekend Please call 416-922-2060 for other Gallery viewing hours   Click here for larger image  

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Kaleidoscope A New Way of Learning

September 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Dignam Gallery, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, ON M4L 2Z4

Kaleidoscope A New Way of Learning presents its Fall and Spring program: Course Registration required. Open to the public The following courses are available at the Women's Art Association of Canada. CLICK HERE to see the program brochure for other locations and courses Fall 2019 Course D: Jazz 101: The History, The Artists, The Music with  Dr. Mike Daley Mondays 1-3pm  September 9 – Way Down Yonder in New Orleans: The Genesis of Jazz September 16 – The Jazz Age…

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Literary Nites 2019-2020 Assay the Essay: Where Art and Intellect Meet!

September 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Dignam Gallery, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, ON M4L 2Z4

Literary Nites 2019-20 Assay the Essay: Where Art and Intellect Meet! September 24 Garry Leonard: "But That’s When I was Jung and Easily Freudened": Becoming James Joyce, In His Words Texts: Readings to be posted from James Joyce Garry Leonard, Professor of English at U of T, is widely published on James Joyce, Comp Lit, and Cultural Studies. His current project is Making it Now: Modernism, Modernity and Cinema. With his wife Deirdre Flynn, he has coauthored Where All the Ladders Start: 20th Century Western Culture in Literature…

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October 2019

The Artist’s Hand Fall 2019 Workshop Series

October 2 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on November 8, 2019 at 1:00 pm

One event on November 15, 2019 at 11:00 am

One event on November 29, 2019 at 1:00 pm

One event on December 4, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Dignam Gallery, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, ON M4L 2Z4

The Artist's Hand Fall 2019 Workshop Series ADVANCED REGISTRATION to 416-922-2060 or waac@womensartofcanada.ca Friday, September 20 with Judith Davidson-Palmer 1-4pm Creative Photography Explore capturing and creating unique images that challenge and delight you and the viewer. Discover easy to use Apps/Software that take your photography in new directions. All you need is a curious mind, and a camera, smartphone, or an iPad to join in this workshop and enhance your skills as a creative photographer. Cost: $15 for members, $20…

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The Artist’s Voice Fall 2019 Lecture Series

October 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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One event on November 14, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Dignam Gallery, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, ON M4L 2Z4

The Artist's Voice Fall 2019 Lecture Series Cost per lecture: WAAC members $10, non-members $15 RSVP to 416-922-2060 or cal@womensartofcanada.ca September 19 - Jack Gilbert The Power of Photoshop Photoshop has developed into one of the most important software programs of our era, even becoming a verb. Gilbert, photographer and member of the Society of Canadian Artists, will demonstrate its power through slides and samples.   October 17 - Judith Tinkl Wild Tinkls For fifty-two years Viktor and Judith Tinkl…

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WHERE IS WILD Opening Reception Oct 22

October 21 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Dignam Gallery, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, ON M4L 2Z4

Susan Farquhar presents an exhibit of layered paper collages asking the question "What is the reality of animals in the digitized world?" The first recipient of the Women's Art Association of Canada Artist in Residence 2018 to 2019, Susan produced these works amidst a community supportive of Women in the Arts for over 100 years. WHERE IS WILD OCT 21 TO 27, 2019 Opening reception     TUES OCT 22  5:30 TO 8:00 PM GALLERY HOURS MON      OCT 21 …

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