Monday, February 26, 2018

Newsletter of Feb. 26th, 2018

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018: Welcome back to our first lecture after the Off Season of Jan. and Feb. 2018. We are pleased to present guitarist and singer, MICHAEL MARTINO, at the Unitarian Church / 5035 de Maisonneuve W. from 1:30 to 2:30pm. Check out Michael's Bio on our WASM website under "Events". Hope to see you there!
St. Patrick's Day Parade, March 18, 2018 and the Canada Day Parade, July 1, 2018: Urgent need for participants to walk in these 2 parades. Please RSVP to Cathy Keays if you are interested in walking in one or both parades.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for an exhibit which will be held in June 2018 called "Inside Out" with curator Claudine Ascher at the "Galerie de la Ville" at the Dollard Centre for the Arts / 12001 boul. de la Salaberry. Please refer to WASM members’ Newsletter of Feb. 26th for details. All the best to every participant! 
Sunday Matinée Outing until March 24, 2018: Would anyone like to go to the Puppet Show called "The Daisy Theatre" by master puppeteer, Ronnie Burkett, at the Centaur Theatre / 453 St. Francois Xavier in Old Montreal. The matinée is at 2pm. The regular price for a matinée ticket is $40. For Seniors (65+) = $38.50. It's easiest to pay by phone at the box office #: 514-288-3161. If anyone is interested in a group outing, call Cathy Keays and we can arrange for the best suited Sunday. Here are 3 links about this show:

Free Thursday Seniors Workshop at the MMFA from 2 to 4pm: The theme for March is: "Quilling: The Art of Rolled Paper" Learn how to roll, fold and glue strips of paper on a ground to form floral art pieces.
THURSDAY, March 1 — 12:30 to 1:30 pm
For the Atwater Library Lunchtime Series, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Torill Kove presents her latest animated short, Threads, and discusses the process of making it.

Fellow member, Diane Cardill, will fascinate you with her Rabbit snow sculpture installation. Images: "Rabbit Sculpture 1 by Diane Cardill" and "Rabbit Sculpture 2 by Diane Cardill". Enjoy! Below is what Diane wrote about her installation:
" I have attached a pic of my latest snow sculpture from the last thaw.  I try to take any opportunity to create public art in my yard for our community to enjoy.  Sometimes must be seen as strange, but residents young and older love passing by to see the latest installation.  Lovely that art can give a community a sense of belonging, start discussions and bring art into the suburban”.  

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Sean Murphy Exhibit at the MMFA

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018: Outing for the Sean Murphy exhibit at the MMFA attended by Maura, Marilyn, Joan Suzanne, Annette, and Cathy. Only one of the artworks in the show was by Sean Murphy. The rest were gifts by him to the MMFA from his private collection. Most were etchings. There were some pieces by Henry Moore and Jean Paul Riopelle. The silk screen with the bird and line of sheets is by Pratt. The ocean scene is by Murphy.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Announcements for the week of February 19th, 2018

St. Patrick's Day Parade & Canada Day Parade: Urgent need for members to participate in these two parades. Please contact Cathy right away to say which parade you are interested in walking in. We really need to get our name out there.
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018: Gathering for Coffee/Treats from 2 to 3:30pm at the Alexis Nihon Plaza outside Winners and the food court on the 2nd floor. Hope to see you there!
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018: Outing to see "Sean Murphy" exhibit at the MMFA from 2pm to 3pm. Sean Murphy was the President of the MMFA in the 1990's. The MMFA was English at one point. Murphy made the MMFA bilingual. He was also on the board of the WASM in 1998 and maybe longer. He published his book "Dare to Draw" in 2010. He died in 2017. Please RSVP to Cathy if you are interested in going.
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. Make cheque out to "Montreal Council of Women" and call Shirley Gyles for the mailing address: 450-672-7081 or 514-516-9023 or email More than 70 of 150 tickets have been sold. They're selling fast!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Bookbinding Workshop at the MMFA, Feb. 15th, 2018

Cathy and Elaine attended this workshop at the MMFA and learned how to make a small book using scrap papers, card, hole-punches, and yarn. We opted for the Japanese Stab Binding method, although a folded folio-style option was also available to learn. We were then encouraged to be creative and decorate the covers of our handmade books. This workshop is still ongoing on Thursdays in February, free for seniors, at the MMFA. It's a great way to use up scrap paper.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Notices for the 2nd week of February

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018: Gathering for Coffee / Treats at the Alexis Nihon from 2pm to 3:30pm outside Winners and the Food Court. Hope to see you there!
RSVP Cathy Keays to say if you are interested in the St. Patrick's Day Parade and/or the Canada Day Parade. It's one of the things we will discuss on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 at the Alexis Nihon.
Following are the 3 judges for our May 2018 Annual Members' Juried Art Show and Sale: 
(1) Caroline Lindsay Hart: Concordia Professor of Painting and Drawing; (2) Dorota Kozinska: Art Critic; (3) Jaber Lutfi: Artist and Art Teacher /
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018: Outing to the MMFA Free Seniors' Workshop from 2pm to 4pm. Theme: "Bookbinding". RSVP Cathy if you are interested in going. We would be meeting at the front desk of the MMFA at 1:50pm.
Fellow member, Joan Suzanne Salter, is part of a showcase of prints, sculptures, jewellery, ceramics, fine crafts, at the Gallery Plus 1 / 448 Main Road / Hudson QC for 3 months. Click on the following link for more details. 
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. For more info, call Shirley Gyles: 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!
THURSDAY, February 15 — 12:30 to 1:30 pm
For the Atwater Library Lunchtime Series, writer and publisher Linda Leith marks the fourth anniversary of Mavis Gallant’s death by screening the film Paris Stories: The Writing of Mavis Gallant with Q and A.
*Attendees have the option of taking part in a free writing activity led by Linda Leith starting at 2:00 pm. To register, email
Funded by the Community Cultural Action Fund (CCAF) of Canadian Heritage. 

Monday, February 5, 2018

Events, first week of February, 2018

We hope you can join us on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2018 for Coffee and Treats at the Alexis Nihon from 2pm to 3:30pm. We would be just outside the food court and Winners on the second floor of Alexis Nihon. Hope to see you there! Maybe we could see a cheapie Tuesday movie as well.
We filled out an application for WASM to walk in the St. Patrick's Parade for 2018. The parade is on Sunday, March 18, 2018, starting at noon. We would have to get there by 12:30pm. The walk for us would be about 40 minutes. It won't be on St. Catherine street this year as there will be construction. It may possibly be from De Maisonneuve and Bleury to Mackay, then turn on Mackay and end on Mackay and René Lévesque. We are really counting on some of you to participate. It would be great if we had at least 20 members in the parade. We could probably squeak by if we had 10. Please, would you tell me if you are interested. Thanks so much. Maybe you could show up at the Alexis Nihon tomorrow at 2pm and we could discuss details. Walking in the parade would be a great way to get our WASM club known to the public and it should be a lot of fun! 

In addition, we will also be filling out an application the end of March for the Canada Day Parade. Who would be interested in walking in that one? All you have to do if you are interested is reply to me with the parade you are interested in okay! Thanks so much! 
THURSDAY, February 8 — 12:30 to 1:30 pm
For the Atwater Library Lunchtime Series, Robert N. Wilkins, historian and author of Montreal 1909, brings us back in time for fascinating glimpses into Montreal life just over a hundred years ago.
Fellow member, Newsha Hamidi, is having a Vernissage today, Feb. 5, 2018 from 4pm to 7pm at the Cummings Centre Gallery. Her exhibit goes from Feb. 5 to March 19, 2018. Look at her announcement for more details: "Newsha Hamidi Art Expo". Image: "Newsha Hamidi at Work". 
Carole Frève - CONNECTIVITY exhibit at Espace Verre, a glass art creativity and diffusion centre located at 1200 Mill Street. From Feb 15th to Mar 30th.
Vernissage on February 15, 2018, at 6 p.m.
The gallery is open from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as the last Sunday of every month from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free of charge.
At the McCord Museum: Gabor Szilasi: The Art World in Montreal, 1960 – 1980, from
December 7, 2017 to April 29, 2018. This exhibition of unpublished photographs by Gabor Szilasi (born 1928) features images from art openings and other artistic events held in Montreal between 1960 and 1980. Shot in a spontaneous documentary style, they immortalize the people, places and vitality of Montreal's art scene at a time of social and cultural upheaval.  Although Szilasi is one of Quebec's best-known living photographers, this significant aspect of his work has never been publicly displayed.  

Saturday, February 3, 2018

At the MMFA, "Once Upon a Time: The Western in Art & Film"

Some WASM members attended the MMFA's comprehensive exhibit about the "Western" in art and film. Carol, Jennifer, Jackie, Cathy, Ann, Joan, and Elaine thoroughly enjoyed this exhibit.