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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August 2019

Hortense Salvatore Art & Coat Collection by Hortensia Reyes

August 1 - August 31
Ruth Upjohn Gallery, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, ON M4L 2Z4

Hortense Salvatore August 1-August 31, 2019 Art & Coat Collection by WAAC member Hortensia Reyes Upjohn Gallery, Women's Art Association of Canada Monday to Thursday, 9am to 4pm or by appointment 416-909-2281 Reception Thursday, August 22, 2019 5:30-8pm Click here for pdf of the poster

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“WAAC Print Works 2019”

August 19 - August 29
Dignam Gallery, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, ON M4L 2Z4

“WAAC Print Works 2019" a member group exhibition 2019 saw Artist Members of the Women's Art Association revisiting the medium of printmaking to experiment and expand their artistic practice. This lively exhibit showcases the individual artist's interests freely expressed in a variety of combined techniques. August 19 to August 29, 2019 Opening Reception August 22nd, 2019, 5:30-8pm Gallery Hours Monday to Thursday 9-4pm Saturday August 24 1-5pm Sunday, August 25 1-5pm     click here for pdf

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September 2019

Kaleidoscope A New Way of Learning

September 9 @ 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. Check out the program brochure for other locations and courses Fall 2019 Course C: Conversations with Paula Citron Wednesdays 1-3pm  September 18 – Lata Pada October 2 – Roula Said October 16 – Andrea Donaldson October 30 – Judith John November 6 – John Coulbourn November 20 – Risa…

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The Artist’s Choice Exhibiiton

September 10 - October 15
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 Please call 416-922-2060 for Gallery viewing hours   Click here for larger image  

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Opening Reception “The Artist Choice”

September 12 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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 Please call 416-922-2060 for Gallery viewing hours   Click here for larger image  

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JumpStart Art Incubator

September 14 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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Dignam Gallery, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, ON M4L 2Z4

JumpStart Art Incubator Saturdays 1:30 to 3pm September 14, 21, October 5, 12, 19, 26 MISSION: Present quality Introductory level art instruction for youth who have demonstrated early talent and interest age 10 to 14, all materials are provided on site. Course description: This is an opportunity fo inspired youth to acquire and develop skills in sketching, watercolour and acrylic painting. Qualified experienced artists will deliver a program on Saturday afternoons for six consecutive weeks, running September to October. A…

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The Artist’s Voice Fall 2019 Lecture Series

September 19 @ 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

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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The Artist’s Hand Fall 2019 Workshop Series

September 20 @ 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

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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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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