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Live judging for art exhibition

Live judging took place on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 2700 Rufus Rockhead, to select works for the upcoming art exhibition. Artists who wished to submit works brought them in and were judged by Jean-Michel Pollak and Peggy Ann Turner. Jean-Michel is a former gallery owner, curator and publisher of fine art, and Peggy Ann is a well known Montreal artist. They did a very conscientious and devoted judging of our members’ artworks.

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WASM Holiday Lunch & Message from our President

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To all of you 72 members and friends who added to our WASM holiday celebration on Wednesday, December 9 at le Nouvel Hotel, thank you for your participation, good spirits and vibrant energy which lit up the Dorchester Room last week. We had over 50 door prizes all generously donated by many of you. Those on lucky Table 9 had a special reason to celebrate !

We are grateful to Barbara Lewis who entertained us with her beautiful solos and singalongs and of course to the Nouvel Hotel administration who provided really excellent food at such short notice.

New member and photographer Elaine Bacal, ( went out of her way to take pictures during the event and very graciously put together this collage souvenir for you. (She apologizes if not everyone is in the photo but did her best to include everyone.)

Lots to be grateful for in this 123rd year of WASM. At this special time, as artists and art lovers, we know we don’t need more ‘stuff’, but we do crave for things that can’t always be bought like new ideas, flashes of inspiration, special friendships, momentous memories, good health – precious things that we can cherish and carry with us into the new year and beyond.

In that spirit, the Board of the Women’s Art Society of Montreal wishes you, our members a happy holiday season as we look forward to seeing you ‘replenished’ in the new year…….. March 1st 2016 precisely.


November 2015 Bulletin

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: We encourage you to attend our Holiday Lunch on December 9. If you don’t know anyone in WASM yet, you will be invited to sit on a table headed by a Board member who will be happy to introduce you around and make you feel welcome. In the early days, women joined WASM for friendship, kinship and support. We hope we can continue that tradition now. (Mention you are a new member when you buy your ticket or you may respond to this email.)

HOLIDAY LUNCH DOOR PRIZES: We are looking for donations for door prizes for our Holiday Lunch – wine, chocolates, art-cards etc. anything over $12 – $15 and up to $50 would be much appreciated. If you can offer a gift, please let us know. It’s fun when almost everyone goes home with a prize !

TREE DECORATIONS: The Tree decoration initiative at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts which we have been invited to participate in for many years, has sadly been cancelled this year as they are doing major renovations. It’s a bit late already, but if any of our members know of a tree in a public area ( library, school, community center, atrium, lobby) which WASM could offer to decorate (we have left-over decorations), let us know as this would be a creative way to publicize our Society.

MEMBER EXHIBITS NOW: Many of our members are represented in the Stewart Hall Art Gallery Rentals – the vernissage is today, Sunday November 1st, from 2 – 4.30.

The Square Affair exhibit and sale at the Visual Arts Center, Westmount is open now until November 11th with the GALA on November 5th. You will see artwork done on wooden squares 12×12 or 24×24 given freely to the artists by Avenue des Arts on Victoria. Over 400 very creative and unusual pieces on display and again done by many WASM members and some of our previous presenters at the McCord. Well worth a visit especially if you are looking for a nice holiday gift.

SUGGESTION BOX: Starting next week at the McCord Reception desk, there will be a Suggestion Box for members to offer comments and ideas to improve your experience at WASM. Please participate.



Meet and Greet & Art Exhibit

On Tuesday October 6th 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.

Art gallery of members' art



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.


December 3, Tuesday – HOLIDAY LUNCH

Jennifer Gasoi, singer-songwriter

Jennifer Gasoi, singer-songwriter


Board Members at the holiday lunch

Board Members at the holiday lunch

Contributed by Barbara Silverman…..

On December 3rd, 2013 over eighty members of WASM, along with friends and family,  gathered at the Holiday Inn on Sherbrooke Street for our annual Christmas luncheon.

Consisting of fine dining and pleasant conversations, the weatherman cooperated by withholding a gift of rain, freezing rain, snow, or sleet – thus allowing everyone to descend on the meeting place in fine spirits.  The majority arrived early to be expertly guided by waiting members to the upstairs restaurant. Quickly divesting ourselves of heavy winter coats and boots many decided to partake in an extra glass of cheer, from the cash bar, before settling into their places. A nice large room had been reserved in which round tables, each seating eight, had been set up awaiting our arrival.

On each chair we found a bright red tote bag, gaily printed with the name of The Women’s Art Society of Montreal. As Cheryl Braganza pointed out – this way we can identify other members on the bus or Metro.   Once we were all seated Jennifer Gasoi, Juno and Grammy nominated singer/songwriter, proceed to give us an inspirational talk about her life and her own climb up the difficult ladder of success.   To our delight she entertained us with a couple of lovely songs and several members added her CD to their collections, thus being able to enjoy her singing in the years to come.

Afterwards we settled down to enjoy a fine meal, which included a glass of wine (extremely important), soup, main course, dessert (very important), and coffee or tea.   The staff was efficient, pleasant and polite, preventing us from having any complaints. After one last song from Jennifer, we said our parting wishes which leaves only this to add – we all enjoyed
ourselves and to all a Happy New Year!


BREAKING NEWS:  Jennifer Gasoi has been nominated for a Grammy after all !!  Congratulations…..


THE HOLIDAY INN IS ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF SHERBROOKE WEST near Durocher, City Councillors and Aylmer .  No cross street.


We have over 85 members signed up – plenty of door prizes, inspirational speaker and good cheer…………….

FEATURING:  JENNIFER GASOI,  twice Juno-nominated singer/songwriter for Children’s Album of the Year , nominated for a Grammy,  Canadian Children’s Artist for the Year, will be there to energize us and  provide a 15 minute  inspirational story about her life (from 12.15 – 12.30 pm)  with a song or two thrown in .  Jennifer  is making a name for herself as one of Canada’s hottest children’s performers and recording artists.     You may have heard her interviewed by Sonali Karnick on CBC radio recently.   Bring some extra cash to purchase her new CD for your children or grandchildren which she will even autograph for you.  $15 each.  2 for $25.

Here are the details:  

11.30 am – 2.30 pm:   (We have the room from 11 am to 3 pm).   Join us for some holiday cheer on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2013 at the  Holiday Inn,  420  Sherbrooke West (east from University, just past Loto Québec).  A great way to  celebrate with your friends, meet our members and art lovers in a lovely ambience  ……  There are 8 to a table so gather together your friends and reserve your table soon.  

Take the escalator to the first floor to LES VERRIÈRES.  There will be a cash bar (and a place to hang your coats)   at the entrance to the hall.  Drinks available at your expense  ($5.50 – $7.50)  

MENU – Only $35  for a 3 course meal which includes a  glass of red or white wine.    

You will be asked to make your choice when you purchase your ticket


MAIN COURSE.  Your choice of:

Poached Filet of Salmon with lemon sauce served with rice & vegetables
Chicken Supreme with mushroom sauce
Stuffed Pepper with rice & vegetables  (vegetarian option if requested)


DESSERT:  Chef’s Choice







L’Opéra de Montréal is bringing PORGY & BESS, the musical to the stage and we will be there.     You will go home humming “Summertime”, “I loves you Porgy” and “Bess, you is my woman now”……….guaranteed.

Here are the details:


TIME:  7.30 PM         Meet between 6.30 and 6.45 pm in the main lobby.   RED SCARVES !





INDOOR PARKING AVAILABLE TO BOOK IN ADVANCE:  $13   Call 514-985-2222 to book this directly.


Make your $24 cheque  (no cash please) payable to Cheryl Braganza.  Hand over or mail  to Cheryl Braganza, 1070 St. Mathieu, Suite 1101, Montreal H3H-2S8 as soon as possible.

36 people have signed up as listed below.   

GOING:  Maria Roussakis,  Sylvia Ruby,  Diane Cannuli,  Birte Paul,  Chantal Beauregard,  Matilda Cheung,  Heather Dubreuil,  Karen Kennedy, Reine Goodrow, Mr. Goodrow,   Joy MacKay,  Judith Blin,   Pauline Shapiro,  Teri Druick,   Josette Wecsu,  Sharron Gallagher,  Deanne Habeeb,  Jane Barlow,  Martha Barrington,   Cheryl Braganza,  Moira Edwards,   Jocelyn Watson,   Linda Miller Eubank,  Huston Eubank, Jackie Rae Wloski, Brenda Parsons, Susan Mott, Celestine Segers, Maura McKeon, Francine Jutras, Lorie Jutras, Michel Martel, Odrie Coté, Chantal Coté, René Coté, Nicole Leconte


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Check the website:  PORGY & BESS AT PDA.





October 1 – MEET & GREET LUNCH for members, guests & friends UPDATE



2700 Rufus Rockhead, Montreal, across from the Atwater Market.  Free Parking available at the Super-C across the street.    Metro:  Lionel Groux    Bus: 108.

TIME:   11.30 – 3 pm

A light lunch of sandwiches will be available courtesy of the Women’s Art Society of Montreal.    Here’s your chance to meet other artists, some of our presenters and art lovers so come with your friends.


Everyone is  invited to take the microphone and speak for ONE MINUTE  to tell us what you do or to promote an upcoming activity.  Bring your cards or brochures to leave on a special table set up just for you.

Membership application forms and membership cards will be available so please bring your cheque book to join immediately.    No cash please.

Cardboard templates, shown below,  for the decoration which will go on the Christmas tree at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, will be handed out to paid- up members to be painted and returned with your own unique art creation in early November.   THREE  per member.  This year the templates are in the shape of a canvas on an easel to celebrate our very special 120th anniversary year of the Women’s Art Society of Montreal with the theme ENLIGHTEN, ENRICH, INSPIRE.   The tree will become a veritable miniature art gallery to be admired by visitors to the museum.

Here’s a sampling of the back and front on Arches watercolor paper.  You can cut your own too – canvas size 3.5 x 6 inches.  Use a hole-puncher as in the image.

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Here’s an update on our  successful MEET & GREET which was held on October lst :    In addition to the glorious sunshine, we had a record attendance of over 80 and were happy to welcome many new faces.

We had a membership table where new members signed up and collected their membership cards ( designed to serve for three years.) and templates for the Christmas tree decoration at the Museum of Fine Arts.

It was a first in the sense that everyone, new members, seasoned members and guests were invited to speak for a minute to share their stories and we salute the 34 women  who told us their capsuled stories.    We all sensed the wealth of talent in our midst and were inspired by each and every one.

McGill University’s department of Social Equity & Diversity Education offered their assistance with six students from their Community Engagement Group who helped us set up.

At 11 am,  the 6 students led by Co-ordinator Anurag Dhir conducted a  Round-table discussion with about 15 of our members.    The half-hour inter-generational dialogue was engaging, provocative and enlightening as we discussed the role of art in the lives of women in 2013 and how it has evolved within the Women’s Art Society of Montreal.    The insight from our members and from the students was especially helpful.  We hope we can continue the dialogue at a later date.

The McGill “Hidden Gems” project (where seniors are interviewed and their life stories recorded)  was mentioned and some of our members expressed an interest in participating.  The first meeting was to take place on October 18.    Martine MacDonald is the Co-ordinator.

A light lunch of sandwiches, samosas  and cookies accompanied by coffee and tea was served by our Hospitality Committee after which we  spent the next few hours chatting and getting to know each other better.

The event ended at 3 pm.  We thank everyone for their help and participation.

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