Monday, January 29, 2018

End of January Events

Instead of getting together at the Alexis Nihon for coffee this Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 from 2pm to 3:30pm, we are hoping to have an outing to go to the MMFA to see "Once Upon a Time.....the WESTERN". It is only on until Feb. 4, 2018. Hope to see you at the MMFA (Montreal Museum of Fine Arts) on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 at 2pm in the lobby of the main entrance. I'll be sitting on  the benches to the right in the lobby. Afterwards, maybe we could go for a quick coffee. If you're not a member of the MMFA, the price to get in to this exhibit is $23. However, I have a membership where I can bring a guest; so I could bring in someone who's not a member. Please RSVP me to say if you are coming. Thanks. 
Reminder about the "Woman of the Year", Margaret Trudeau: She will be speaking at a luncheon in her honor on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Starts 11:30am with lunch at noon at the Mount Stephen's Hotel / 1440 Drummond / Tickets $75. Payment should be made to  "Montreal Council of Women".  Formore info, please contact Shirley Gyles at 450-672-7081 or 514-516-9023 or email So far, about 60 tickets have been sold. There are 150 tickets. They're selling fast!
Reminder of Free Seniors Workshops on Thursdays at the MMFA from 2 to 4pm. You just have to register at the front desk just before attending the workshop. The theme for February is "Bookbinding".
FRIDAY, February 2 — 12:30 to 1:30 pm
For the Atwater Library Lunchtime Series and to celebrate BLACK HISTORY MONTH, the IMANI Gospel Singers, directed by Marcia Bailey, perform a program of spiritual music and discuss the evolution of Black gospel music.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

More January Events

We would like to continue the tradition of meeting at the Alexis Nihon for coffee & treats that was started by our Past President, Cheryl Braganza, in January 2016. Our first coffee gathering will be this Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018 from 2pm to 3:30pm at the same place, outside the food court and Winners on the second floor of Alexis Nihon. Maybe we can catch a "cheapie Tuesday" movie as well. Hope to see you there!
Atwater Library Lunchtime Series: Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30pm. To mark the anniversary of Robert Burns' birth, poet Rachel McCrum traces the radical lines of Scotland's poetry from Burns to today: "Scotland's Firebrand Poets: From Robbie Burns to Jackie Kay."
The next Urban Sketchers outing is Sunday, Jan. 28 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Here is the info from their site.  (Go to urban sketchers Montreal.)
Location: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
  • Arrival: 10:00 am
  • Meeting point2075  Bishop street, Montreal, QC H3G 2E8
  • Pricing: Free access to the permanent collection of the Museum (5 different pavilions)
  • Lunch: 12:30 noon  in the dining room reserved for groups, located in the basement of the museum.
  • Please note there is no food or drink for purchase on this lunch room, it is just tables and space for free. If required you can eat at the museum cafeteria on the 2nd floor.
  • Final meeting: 3:30 pm, meet to share designs and techniques in the same dining room in the basement.
Please note: Pencil drawing is permitted in the rooms of the Museum’s collection. The use of pen, pen, ink or watercolor is prohibited at all times.  If you wish to use paints and water, you can do so in the eating areas or the lobby to finish your sketches.
Invitation to WASM members from Patricia Belmar, fellow WASM member.
I am glad to announce that I am participating at the Exhibition “Entre Nous”,
from Jan 18th to March 18th, 2018. You are all welcomed to join. 

Invitation aux membres de "WASM" de Patricia Belmar.
Je suis heureuse de vous annoncer que je participe à l’exposition “Entre Nous”,
du 18 janvier au 18 mars 2018. Vous êtes tous des bienvenus.

La Maison Trestler: Exposition “Entre-Nous”,
Du jeudi 18 janvier au dimanche 18 mars 2018,

Vernissage: Jeudi 18 janvier entre 19h30 et 21h30 / Thursday, January 18 between 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm.
Atwater Library Lunchtime Lecture Series on Thursday, January 18-12:30 to 1:30 pm. For the Atwater Library Lunchtime Series, Geoff Dowd gives an illustrated presentation on his two-brother bicycle journey across the United States via the Southern Tier route from San Diego, California to St. Augustine, Florida, in early 2017.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Atwater Library Lunchtime Lecture Series and MMFA "Hard-Edge Abstract Workshop

Kristian Gravenor shares some of the nostalgic and little-known true stories in his book, "Montreal 375: Tales of Eating, Drinking, Living and Loving."  Cathy Keays and Maura McKeon enjoyed the lecture.
Free Seniors' Thursday Workshops at the MMFA from 2 to 4pm. January theme "Abstract Painting - Hard Edge". It was a lot of fun at this month's workshop. This example of hard edge is from Cathy Keays. Here are the materials and procedure. Materials: acrylic paint, medium, masking or painter's tape, brushes, container of water, rags or paper towels and illustration board or a good sturdy paper. Procedure: place your tape down on the paper any way you like. Then put a thin coat of medium on the edges of the tape, so the paint doesn't bleed underneath the tape. Then paint your colors in the spaces that you want. Then take off the tape and let paint dry before putting more tape down and painting. Repeat the procedure until you feel it is done. If you add medium to your paint the coat will be transparent. If not, then the coat will be opaque.