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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November 2019

Friends in the RUG

November 1, 2019 - November 30, 2019

Ruth UpJohn Gallery (RUG) features Friends in the RUG exhibit during November 2019. Participating WAAC Artists (In alphabetical order) Nina Amin, Maggie Broda, Ulla Djelweh, Rheta Fines, Susan Farquhar, Gretchen Jeens, Stephanie Ledger,  Anthony McGinnis, Karen Perlmutter, janet f potter, Deniz Seker and Anna Zinato

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December 2019

Between Darkness and Light by Christine Lynett

December 3, 2019 - December 31, 2019
Ruth Upjohn Gallery, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, ON M4L 2Z4

Works on Mylar & Paper by Christine Lynett. Opening Reception Friday, December 6, 6-9pm, Artist also present Saturday, December 14, 1-4pm

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January 2020

FLOW a members exhibition and event curated by Heather Gentleman

January 6 - February 3

Flow is a members exhibition of work created by Heather Gentleman, created with intrinsic joy, free of self-judgment, in a state of flow. Opening and Live Drawing Event; January 9th, 5:30 to 8:00pm. Artist Talk: Sunday, January 19th, 1:00 to 3:00pm

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Spontaneous Diversity: Brenda Brown – Solo Exhibition

January 20 - February 10
Ruth Upjohn Gallery, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, ON M4L 2Z4

Brenda Brown presents her new solo exhibition Spontaneous Diversity. Opening Reception February 6th, 5:30-7:30pm

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Mozart’s Menu

January 26 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
DIGNAM GALLERY, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M5R 1B2 Canada

Celebrate Wolfie's 252nd birthday with his beautiful music and some of his favourite treats!

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February 2020

Art Critique with Steve Rose

February 5 @ 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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Pink Hat Lifelong Learning

February 10 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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One event on January 30, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on February 6, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on February 10, 2020 at 1:00 pm

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

Pink Hat Lifelong Learning is the meeting place of expert speakers and the intellectually curious to learn, discuss and discover.

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The Story Behind Major Art Prizes: Julian Brown

February 12 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
DIGNAM GALLERY, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M5R 1B2 Canada

Judgement of the quality of a piece of art is based on its beauty, emotional effects on audiences, skill in execution, and insight into the human experience. Julian Brown will discuss some of the effects of important art prizes, with special reference to the visual arts in Canada, and particularly to the national portrait competition he and his wife Kaaren began.

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Artist Hand Winter/Spring 2020 Workshop Series

February 14 @ 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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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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