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

Magical Perceptions Reception

November 1, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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One event on November 2, 2019 at 5:00 pm

One event on November 3, 2019 at 1:00 pm

f8 Photography Collective presents: Magical Perceptions Oct 28 to Nov 3, 2019 In this exhibit, each member of the f8 Photography Collective directs their gaze to find the magical in the everyday and the monumental. Explorations of moments as small as a gesture or a reflection, as large as an ancient ruin or a grand landscape, lead to personal interpretations of the theme. Taken together, images of the ordinary and extraordinary invite the viewer to consider their own understanding of…

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If Paintings Could Talk

November 4, 2019 - November 9, 2019

If Paintings Could Talk Meet the Artists Tue Nov 5th 1 - 4 PM Thu Nov 7th 12 - 3 PM Reception 5 - 8 PM Sat Nov 9th Reception 1 - 4 PM See websites below for full hours Marilyn Brooks-Coles, O. Ont Marilyn Brooks presents a retrospective of her art as developed over the past sixteen years. During this period Brooks shifted her talents from the world of creating fashion for women to the creation of art. Marilyn's…

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LUMINANCE Foto Group Inaugural Exhibition

November 11, 2019 - November 16, 2019

LUMINANCE Foto Group is a newly formed group of photographers each with a personal touch and unique photographic vision. The Collective strives to challenge each member to produce and exhibit high-quality photographic images. Participating Photographers: Anthony Schatzky Catalin Sandu Jonathan Ward Luba Citrin Pat Zuest Receptions with photographers in attendance Thursday, November 14, 6-9pm Saturday, November 16, 1-4pm CLICK HERE FOR POSTER

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LUMINANCE Foto Group Reception

November 14, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on November 16, 2019 at 1:00 pm

LUMINANCE Foto Group is a newly formed group of photographers each with a personal touch and unique photographic vision. The Collective strives to challenge each member to produce and exhibit high-quality photographic images. Participating Photographers: Anthony Schatzky Catalin Sandu Jonathan Ward Luba Citrin Pat Zuest Receptions with photographers in attendance Thursday, November 14, 6-9pm Saturday, November 16, 1-4pm CLICK HERE FOR POSTER

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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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The Artist’s Hand Fall 2019 Workshop Series

December 4, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on November 1, 2019 at 11:00 am

One event on November 6, 2019 at 1:00 pm

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

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

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 for non-members Fridays, November 1 & 15…

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January 2020

Artist Hand Winter/Spring 2020 Workshop Series

January 10 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 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

January 16 @ 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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Pink Hat Lifelong Learning

January 20 @ 12:45 am - 2:15 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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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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