Women's Art Association of Canada

Inspiring and Promoting the Arts since 1887

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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February 2020

Creative Spirit member exhibition

February 3 @ 8:00 am - March 2 @ 5:00 pm
DIGNAM GALLERY, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M5R 1B2 Canada

DIGNAM GALLERY PRESENTS
CREATIVE SPIRIT
Opening Reception February 6, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Also Open Saturday, February 22, 12:00 - 4:00 PM

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‘Familia Threads’ a portraiture Exhibit by Karen Buck-Mackintosh

February 10 - March 2
Ruth Upjohn Gallery, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, ON M4L 2Z4
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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

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Artist Voice Winter/Spring 2020 Speakers’ Series

February 20 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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One event on February 20, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on March 19, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on April 16, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on May 21, 2020 at 1:00 pm

Featuring WAAC artist in residence Heather Gentleman, Janne Reuss, Steven Frank, Olex Wlasenko, and Anne O’Callaghan

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Painting the Yorkville Hippies Luncheon and Lecture

February 26 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
DIGNAM GALLERY, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M5R 1B2 Canada

Lecture by Joan Chiarandini Tadier on the work of Albert Chiarandini O.SA, FIAL. $30 inclusive for luncheon and lecture. RSVP by February 20.

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Celebrating the life of legendary actress Anilarla Yildiz Kenter

February 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
DIGNAM GALLERY, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M5R 1B2 Canada

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.

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March 2020

I Want a Beehive Hairdo and Other Desires by Stella Walker

March 3 - March 14
Ruth Upjohn Gallery, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, ON M4L 2Z4

Opening Party March 5, 5:30-7:30. Artist also in attendance March 7, 1-4, March 9, 1-4 and March 14, 5-8

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Art Critique with Steve Rose

March 4 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 1:00 pm on day First of the month, repeating until May 6, 2020

DIGNAM GALLERY, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M5R 1B2 Canada

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 Gerold

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Artist Hand Winter/Spring 2020 Workshop Series

March 13 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on February 14, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on March 13, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on April 17, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on May 8, 2020 at 1:00 pm

Featuring WAAC artists Susan Farquhar & Eva Gerold - printing, Valentina Hotz - egg tempura, Antony MacGinnis - coloured pencil, Jocelyn Shaw - sculpture, and Judith Davidson Palmer - photography

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SPLASH: Twelve Friends Painting

March 23 - March 29
DIGNAM GALLERY, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M5R 1B2 Canada

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

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April 2020

Paintings by Carolyn & Toba

April 24 @ 8:00 am - April 29 @ 5:00 pm
DIGNAM GALLERY, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M5R 1B2 Canada

Opening Reception Friday, April 24, 5-8pm. Artists also present Sunday, April 26, 1-4pm

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