Monday, December 25, 2017

Upcoming events of interest, January 2018

Check out what's going on at the Atwater Library!

THURSDAY, January 11 — 12:30 to 1:30 pm
For the Atwater Library Lunchtime Series, journalist and author Kristian Gravenor shares some of the nostalgic and little-known true stories in his book, Montreal 375: Tales of Eating, Drinking, Living and Loving.
The MMFA (Montreal Museum of Fine Arts) continues with its Free Thursday Workshops for Seniors (60+) from 2pm to 4pm downstairs. You just have to go to the front desk to put your name in to the class just before it starts. The theme for this month is: "Abstract Painting - Hard Edge". 
Fellow member, Deena Dlusy-Apel, and husband, Max Beer, are producers of an upcoming film called "Nobody was Interested, Nobody Asked" at the Gelber Centre / 5151 Cote Ste. Catherine Road at 7:30pm on Monday, Jan.8, 2018.

Member Avy Loftus is sending info re. the 2018 St. Patrick's Day Parade with an opportunity to submit candidates for selection of the queen: 

"Please forward this message to your contacts (family and friends) who have sisters/daughters/granddaughters of Irish descent to join the Queen Selection for the 2018 St. Patrick's Day Parade."

For more info, here are the links:

Congratulations to Mary-Lynne Loftus, 2017 St. Patrick's Day Queen:

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

WASM's last event of 2017 - The Klezmerized Trio

The Klezmerized trio includes Roslyn, Eric and Julie Abramovitz. Roslyn is a mother of four, with Eric and Julie being two of her children. She has a Master’s degree in piano performance and is a Fr.-Eng. translator and copy editor, piano teacher/accompanist, substitute teacher and seniors’ choir director. Eric Abramovitz, 24, has a Bachelor of Music in performance from McGill University and is pursuing a graduate certificate at USC in Los Angeles. He recently won the position of Associate Principal, 2nd and Eb clarinet in the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, where he will be starting in January 2018. Julie Abramovitz, 20, is a university student at Concordia in Human Relations and has been playing the violin since the age of four.

The Klezmerized trio performs at weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, house parties, marketing events and seniors’ residences.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Peace, Love & Hope, 10th Anniversary - Vernissage

The Quebec’s Masters and Artisans Museum (Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec) presents the Peace, Love and Hope 10th Anniversary exhibition from December 9th, 2017 to January 7th, 2018. The vernissage was held on Saturday, December 9th at 2 p.m, attended by invited guests, friends of the museum and project supporters. Avy Loftus, the founder of Peace, Love & Hope, and Francesco Miele, Councilor of the City of Saint-Laurent, gave speeches, followed by Pierre Wilson who read the bilingual messages from the Governor General of Canada, Julie Payette, and announced the launching of the publication entitled "Kindness is Contagious"/"La gentillesse est contagieuse". This bilingual book was dedicated to any child who was ever been bullied and those who wish to change their ways. The book was written by Mary Lynne Loftus, illustrated by Avy Loftus and translated into French by Jules Chicoine-Wilson. For more information about Peace, Love & Hope:
Thanks for your support!

2017 WASM Holiday Luncheon - Slide Show Video

Turn on your speakers to hear Ariana Nasr and Curtis Thorpe perform "Sous le ciel de Paris"

Monday, December 4, 2017

Outings, exhibits, and events for December, 2017

Fellow member, Rosemary Sullivan, invites you! 

A womens' sewing coop using recycled materials.  Come for unique
hand made crafts, jewellery, and home made holiday delights...two days only.
For more info, 450-248-2524    Rosemary
Rosemary Sullivan and Sappho Morissette

Atwater Library Lunchtime Series: Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 from 12:30 to 1:30pm. Members of the Orpheus Singers, conducted by Peter Schubert, perform a Bach motet and some Christmas carols. Hope to see you there! 

Fellow member, Martha Markowsky, has 5 paintings in a Small Format Art Show called "Exposition Petits Formats" from Dec. 2 to 22, 2017. Vernissage Dec. 2, 2017 from 1pm to 5pm.
Address: 1385 Notre Dame / Lachine QC. 

Voix-ci, Voix-la Vocal Ensemble; Sebastien Ouellet, Director

WASM member and choir member,Veronica McDermott, sang in a concert given by Voix-ci, Voix-la Vocal Ensemble at the George-Vanier Cultural Centre on December 3rd, 2017.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Holiday Greetings

Turn on your speakers to hear the chickadee's message !

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Announcements for December 2017

Make your own glass ornament or paper weight at the Glass Blowing Company, Espace Verre / 1200 Mill St. Cost: $35 (includes tax). Register in person or by phone: 514-933-6849. Your non-refundable payment will confirm your registration. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your appointment time. Because the ornaments must be annealed overnight, they will be available for pick-up the following Tuesday. Espace Verre also has a Boutique with great gift buys (even glass jewellery). Here are the days and hours for the activity:
Nov. 25, 26 and Dec. 2-3, 8-9-10, 15-16-17. For Friday evenings: 4pm to 10pm and weekends from 10am to 4:30pm. 

Candlelight Christmas 2017 

Bob Bachelor and The Lyric Theatre Singers return to Concordia University’s beautiful Loyola Chapel to perform fresh, unique arrangements of carols, holiday standards and rare gems, ranging in styles from Calypso, Celtic, and Gospel to Pop, Broadway medleys, and Chanukah favourites. To further enrich the magical experience are the talented instrumentalists: Sheila Hannigan (cello), Tim Malloch (flute), Robin Best (harp), and Peter Colantonio (percussion, keyboard) who join forces with Benjamin Kwong (piano) to serve up a family concert to kick off the season with festive enthusiasm.

Four performances... 
Thurs. December 7    8PM
Fri. December 8    8PM
Sat. December 9    4PM
Sun. December 10    1:30PM


Hi Everyone,I'd like to invite you to my vernissage this Sunday and to my Open House on Sunday, December the 3rd. Hope you can make it.
Donna Davidson
VERNISSAGE - Sun. Nov. 26
14 - 18 hrs. 2017
New Goods from Indonesia
wood carvings, weavings, jewelry,
small metal and bead objects
Christmas Open House Sale
Sun., Dec. 3, 2017, 14-18 hrs.
4710 Queen-Mary Rd. Apt. 9
[Snowdon Metro], Busses # 51, 166, 124


Sunday, November 26, 2017

WASM 's Public Fundraiser

This public fundraiser was held November 8-9, 2017, in the atrium of 1000 La Gauchetière. We raised $300 in sales of raffle tickets and art works. We thank Jean-Coutu and DeSerres for their lovely gift baskets donated for the raffle. 

A big thank you to all the ones who volunteered at the fundraiser:
Elaine Bacal (WASM VP), Veronica Dragnef (Treasurer and Web Admin), Veronica de la Colina (Secretary), Bonnie Hill (Hospitality Chairperson), Eileen Miller (Hospitality Chairperson), Deanne Hall-Habeeb (Art Exhibit Chairperson), Teresa Maglietta (WASM Artist Member), Barbara Salonen Fox (WASM Artist Member). 

Thank you to all the Artist Members who brought in their artworks enriching the fundraiser:
Elaine Bacal, Veneranda Kreipans Wilson (WASM 2nd VP), Veronica Dragnef, Eileen Miller, Deanne Hall-Habeeb, Teresa Maglietta, Barbara Salonen Fox, Elke Attal, Ilse Martin, Caroline Jarvis, Jackie Rae Wloski, Jad Alnasrallah, Stanley Wasilewski, Marielle Robichaud, Bonnie Frankel, Avy Loftus, Marianna Newkirk and Leslie Fehler. Thanks again.

Cultural Outings in 2017

More Speaker Presentations of the 2017-2018 Season

Annual Meet and Greet at 2700 Rufus Rockhead

First Three Speaker Presentations of the 2017-2018 Season

Congratulations to all our winners of the 2017 WASM Art Exhibit and Sale

Turn on your speakers to listen to the music accompanying this video.

2016-2017 Season

2015-2016 Season

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Some Events of 2015

On November 4, 2015, a group of 19 WASM members and friends gathered at the Musée des Hospitalières de l’Hôtel Dieu de Montréal at 201 Pine Avenue West to enjoy a 1.5-hour guided tour in English conducted by Caroline Grant.

They were warmly welcomed by Museum staff and their guide was very well-informed and attentive. During the tour they learned a lot about the beginnings of Montreal and the important role the European French, the Catholic Church, Founder of the Hospital, Jeanne Mance, and the arrival in 1659 of The Hospitallers of St. Joseph, an order of nursing sisters who played such a crucial role in caring for the first settlers. They learned about their struggles, the daily lives of the nuns and about the early evolution of medicine and nursing, which made them all very thankful for modern medical discoveries and treatments!

Dr. Mary Hunter on Toulouse-Lautrec’s, “Rue des Moulins, 1894″

On October 27, 2015, WASM held another event at the McCord Museum where Dr. Mary Hunter, Associate Professor of Art History and Communications at McGill University, discussed Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec‘s painting, Rue des Moulins, 1894. Although Dr. Hunter focused on that particular painting, she also discussed his other fascinations and depictions with Parisian prostitutes and their relationships with STIs, particularly syphilis. She explored the troubled ties between bodily and painterly surfaces, medical penetration and artistic encounters, as well as the tensions between the ‘slow time’ of waiting and the desire for speed and efficiency in modern medical life. The lecture was fascinating and Dr. Hunter’s in-depth knowledge of the topic facilitated interesting discussion.

Some reviews on the event:

“Thoroughly enjoyed Mary Hunter and her lecture. One can never learn too much about the relevance of visual art in society. I wish every meeting would focus on artists in our field. Thank you for a well spent afternoon. “

“I give this an A+ and I am looking forward to reading Dr. Hunter’s book which is coming out in December.”

“The lecture was fascinating, especially so for me because I worked in gynaecologic pathology for many years at McGill and Jewish General Hospital. As a matter of fact, I have enjoyed all the lectures so far; inspiring, informative and thought-provoking. Thank you!”

“Very interesting. The art/medicine angle intriguing.”

“Thank you for a wonderful lecture by Dr. Mary Hunter, a very interesting topic and so well presented. I give this 10 out of 10.”

Viewing of film, “Suffragette” 

On October 22, 2015, some WASM members attended a screening of the film Suffragette, a movie portraying working class feminists fighting for equality in the early days of the feminist movement. Although the film focuses on the initial fights for equality, it implies the continued fight that exists to this day.

The above right picture was taken with the Suffragette phone app. At there’s more information on how to get involved with the current day fight of women for equality.

Meet and Greet 2015

On Tuesday October 6, 2015 WASM had our annual Meet and Greet & Art Exhibit at 2700 Rufus Rockhead right beside the Atwater market which was a great success. Dozens of new and returning members attended, bringing their art for sale and getting to know each other. Additionally, decorations from last year’s tree ornament activity (which we will be doing again this year with the Museum of Fine Arts) were available for members to take home with them. Members and prospective members mingled, enjoying tea/coffee and chips and dip. A delicious lunch was prepared by Board member Bonnie Hill, including but not limited to: chicken satay skewers; egg and tuna salad sandwiches; cheese and crackers; and spring rolls. Following lunch, every member briefly introduced themselves and mentioned what their passion was. This allowed WASM members to become better acquainted with each other, creating a closeness that other events are not always able to. In response to the event, many members contacted WASM to mention how much they appreciated this aspect of the Meet and Greet. All in all, the day was a great success and we’re already looking forward to next year’s. Visit our Facebook page to see the rest of the pictures from the event and for reminders/follow ups of future events. If you weren’t able to make it to this event, we hope you can make the next one!

​Thank-you for your gracious welcome! I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the Meet and Greet. So many lovely interesting women who all have a special talent and a story to tell. I look forward to participating in the group’s events.