Archive | Events RSS feed for this section


Season 2016-2017

September 20, 2016   “The Jean Ford Memorial Lecture”
Rita Briansky, Well Known Montreal Artist
Title of Presentation: “I was Born with a Pencil in my Hand”
Bio below:
I consider myself lucky in that I did not have to agonize as to what I would do with my life, as I knew forever that art was my calling.
At age 16 I began studying with Alexander Bercovitch, and at the same time in Baron Byng High School we had Anne Savage as the art teacher. In Montreal I then continued one year with Jacques de Tonnancour at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and subsequently went to The Art Student’s League in New York.
I have exhibited in group shows and privately since the 50′s,  have taught at the Visual Arts Centre, the Saidye Bronfman Centre and am currently teaching at the Cummings Centre here in Montreal.
I will talk about my life in art and show my earliest artworks and on up to the present.

Art Show 2016

We held our last event of the 2015-2016 WASM year  the weekend of May 28th and 29th with our annual art show. It was a great success with many in attendance and a great gathering of artists and society members. The prize winners and three honourable mentions of this year’s vernissage were:

1st Prize: Roxanne Dyer for “Cracked” (oil on canvas)

2nd Prize: Diane Robinson for “Winter Tracks” (textile)

3rd Prize: Deena Dlusy Apel for “Orphan Black” (mixed media)

Honourable Mention: Heather Dubreuil for “Open Window- Cesis” (fibre)

Honourable Mention: Michèle Breuel for “A Winter Windy Walk” (mixed media)

Honourable Mention: Jackie Rae Wloski for “Toad Hiding” (oil on canvas)

Check out and Like our Facebook page for more photos and news over the summer as we plan the next wonderful WASM year!

IMG_0292Cathy Keays, Peggy Ann Turner (judge), Roxanne Dyer (First prize), Deena Dlusy Apel (Third prize), Jackie Rae Wloski (Honourable Mention)

IMG_0379Cathy Keays and Peggy Ann Turner announcing winners


IMG_0406Deena Dlusy Apel, Peggy Ann Turner, and Roxanne Dyer

IMG_4694Vernissage within Concordia’s Grey Nuns Residence




IMG_4706_winner_DyerRoxRoxanne Dyer, “Cracked” (First prize)


Diane Robinson, “Winter tracks” (2nd prize)


IMG_4707Deena Dlusy Apel, “Orphan Black” (Third prize)


IMG_4705Jackie Rae Wloski for “Toad Hiding” (Honourable mention)

IMG_4709Heather Dubreuil, “Open Window- Cesis” (Honourable mention)


Michèle Breuel, “A Winter Windy Walk” (Honourable mention)



Deborah Margo

On March 15 2016, landscape artist Deborah Margo presented at the McCord Museum with her theme “Tending Asphalt Oasis”. She transformed several blah areas into very natural and organic environments. She enjoys showing the whole cycle of plantlife from blossom to decay. “There is beauty in decay,” she says. It was a very inspiring presentation.


WASM#9_WCCM#7 trees_winter painting 050



D’Or et D’Azur, Susan Stromberg, & Musee des maitres et artisans du Quebec

Below is an account of the cultural outing that took place on March 17th, 2016 to a rare book collection, written by WASM member Elaine Bacal:

On March 17th, 2016, 13 members of WASM attended a wonderful guided tour of D’Or et D’Azur, an exhibit of very old books and illuminated manuscripts dating from medieval to early renaissance. The exhibit was in the Bibliothèque des livres rares et collections spéciales (BLRCS), located in the Samuel Bronfman Pavilion on the campus of Université de Montréal. Our guide, Nicholas Herman, PhD student in art history and curator, expertly explained the exhibit and showed his passion for this ancient art form.

2 group pic at rare books exhibit with EBUpon entering the exhibit space, there was a collection of old books belonging to the BLRCS with intricately carved covers, all hand-lettered and illuminated on vellum pages. Opposite this cabinet was a display of writing tools, including feather quills, ground lapis and cobalt for pigments, saffron, gold-leaf and eggs, the whites of which were used as binders for the pigments.

1 exhibit areaThe next section of the exhibit contained beautiful reproductions of liturgical books which were used by clergy for mass, as well as examples from the Lindisfarne Gospels and Book of Hours, which also contained prayers. Nicholas explained that there are many versions of the Book of Hours for they were customized for each wealthy and literate owner, often including portraits of the owners themselves. Very small books, no larger than the palm of the hand, were made for women so that they could read the prayers any time they wished throughout the day. An interesting fact regarding these replicas is that they are very valuable, sometimes ranging in the tens-of-thousands of dollars as opposed to millions for the originals.

4 book of hours and small book

The following part of the exhibit included single pages from old books, for at some time in the past, the pages of the books were separated and sold or given away as gifts. Some of the pages were musical scores. Nicholas has done some research on trying to find pages from a single book, but because these pages are scattered in museums, universities and estates throughout the world, finding more than two or three pages from one book is a difficult task indeed.

8 single sheet music page

7 single book page2We then moved on to the final section which included printed pages, on paper. Examples from Albrecht Durer were on view here as well as a small collection of old, finely scripted documents found in various departments of the Université de Montréal, including an order for oatmeal!

5 MARS replica

9 A Durer woodcut

All-in-all, we thoroughly enjoyed the exhibit and learned very much about this ancient and very beautiful art form. We thank Nicholas Herman and the BLRCS for D’Or et D’Azur.

On April 12, 2016 well-known sculptor Susan Stromberg presented, “Living in 3 Dimensions” at McCord Museum.




On April 19th 2016, a cultural outing, organized by Josette Wecsu, was made to the Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec. Avy Loftus greeted the group of 12 WASM members at the Musée des maîtres et artisans that afternoon.  She was pleased to guide us through her exhibition on Indonesian batik in which are displayed her beautiful batik dresses and shawl creations. Avy  took time to explain the ancient origins of these intricate batiks and how they are part of the national soul of Indonesia and tied to its cultural identity.  She instructed us on the batik technique and all the processes involved in the creation of batik artistry. It was a most enjoyable afternoon and a good learning experience.

Avi's show_Papier16_Sharron's show_etc 005

Avi's show_Papier16_Sharron's show_etc 013

Avi's show_Papier16_Sharron's show_etc 015

Avi's show_Papier16_Sharron's show_etc 044



Louis Babin presentation

On March 29th 2016, Louis Babin, composer and speaker, joined us at the McCord Museum to present his orchestral music dedicated to Antoine de St. Exupery, the author of several books, including the famous “Le Petit Prince”. He then explained to us how the piece was created. For more information on Babin, visit his website at



Deanne Habeeb presentation

Kicking off the spring portion of this year’s WASM’s events was Deanne Habeeb, presenting “My Montreal – fantasy in collage”.  On March 1 2016 at McCord Museum, Deanne Hall-Habeeb presented a slide show featuring her fabric collages. Deanne showed more than 90 slides of fabric collages which depicted street scenes of Montreal and environments. She spoke of her love of Montreal and its eclectic architecture. Her works depicted Montreal as a visually exciting world verging on fantasy and a city of unbelievable colours.


WASM Members' Day March 1 2016


WASM Holiday Lunch & Message from our President

WASM xmas collage 5x7 - elaine bacal

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.


Jaber Lutfi & Allyna Harris

On November 10th 2015,  Jaber Lutfi joined WASM at the McCord Museum. Lutfi is a thought-provoking artist and creator who came to discuss several of his paintings and sources of influences. Photos were taken by his friend Jean Tremblay, a dear friend of Lutfi.

010Comments from members who attended the lecture remarked that they could have listened to Lutfi for hours and that his creations were wonderfully original with no presence of “copying/pasting”.



On November 24th 2015, Allyna Harris, painter, photographer, musician and composer, came to McCord to speak about her art. She discussed how nature heavily influenced her. Having always grown up around nature, it is reflected in the paintings and music that Allyna creates. Her intricate video productions incorporate natural sounds like rushing water and birds to enhance her themes of nature and music.




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

On October 27th 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 a 10 out of 10.”


“Come dance with me” (Sandra Wong) & Viewing of film, “Suffragette”

On October 12th 2015, Sandra Wong of Ensemble-Karel joined us at the McCord Museum to demonstrate and explain Balinese dancing. In addition to dancing, she also brought and discussed traditional dance clothing and head dresses.



020On October 22nd 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.


photoThe above 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 & 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.


“Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition” and Shari Blaukopf Watercolours

Last Friday September 25th 2015 a small group of WASM members got together to visit “Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition” at the Palais de Congres. While the audio tour lasted an hour and a half, many members stayed for almost three hours. Since people stayed at the exhibit for varying durations, they did not meet for coffee afterwards, but did enjoy the time together as they admired the intricate replicates of Michelangelo’s famous frescoes. The exhibition is in Montreal until October 24th and is definitely worth a visit!


This past Tuesday September 29th 2015 was our second event held at McCord Museum: Shari Blaukopf, a water colour artist of Montreal. She discussed Urban Sketchers Montreal, a non-profit organization that aims to foster a community of artists who appreciate and participate in on-location sketching. Their mission is to promote the value of on-location sketching and to connect those within its community. Urban Sketching Montreal meets on the fourth Sunday to draw and welcomes everybody to join. Urban Sketching Montreal has taken places in locations such as Atwater market, Little Italy, and Mont Royal.

photo 1

photo 3


WASM’s first Event and Cultural Outing of the 2015 – 2016 year

On September 15th 2015 WASM held their first event with a viewing of the documentary, Celesta Found, at the McCord Museum. Marco Fraticelli discussed his involvement with the film, having found the original diaries that prompted the exploration into Celesta’s life, as well as the creation of the documentary. David’s Tea offered samples of tea before and after the film, pairing well with the multitude of snacks brought in by board members.  Dozens of new and returning members were at this event, kicking off WASM’s 2015 – 2016 year to a great start.

The following Tuesday on September 22nd 2015 was our first cultural outing to the Château Ramezay, a historic site and museum of Montréal.  15 members went on a guided tour and afterwards had lunch together in one of the many cafes of Old Montreal. The Museum is a rare remaining building going back to New France and is a classified historic monument. Their exhibit spans 500 years and included first settlers, their pottery, paintings, mahogany furniture, ovens, costumes as well as the Governor’s Gardens.

Chateau Ramsey Guide

WASM tour group



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






September 17, Tuesday. McCord Museum 1.30 – 2.30 Surkalen – Chilean Folk Music Group

PRESENTING  ‘ESSENCE DE LUMIÈRE’ – “Always look upwards towards the light”   1.30 – 2.30 pm

We are opening our season with a magical journey – a musical performance by the trio of  native Chileans Sandra Ulloa, Claudio Rojas Dávila and Rony  who will lead you on a poetic voyage of ancestral and modern rhythms recognizable in many cultures today.     SURKALÉN merges the musical inheritance of the South American culture with African, Asian, European and Middle Eastern music. Such a musical mixture gives rise to a unique and eloquent music that they call ethno-fusion.

The group’s members  met in 1995 in Valparaíso, Chile.      They travelled separately in Europe for some years and finally met up in Montreal, Canada.    In 2008, they formed the group “SURKALÉN TRIO“.     In 2009, the Russian-Canadian violinist, Maria Demacheva, joined the trio to form the current quartet.   The group was renamed “SURKALÉN“.

In 2012, they were nominated for the Canadian Folk Music Awards as the best in the World Group and won the Best 2012 CD for Essence de Lumière.     The instruments you will hear today are the cuatro, guitar, tabla, violin, bass, percussions, darbouka, cajon and more.

The name of the group “SURKALÉN” was not randomly chosen;   “Sur” stands for the South American roots of three of the members of the band and “Kalén” means «different» in the Selknam language. (Selknams are the ancient inhabitants of Tierra del Fuego, a small Native American community, which disappeared in the middle of the 20th century).
Most of the band’s music is strongly influenced by different kinds of world music with  South American rhythms being very present in their compositions.

Check out their website HERE.


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.

Templates art canvas easel for wasm
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.

Meet & Greet - McGill Volunteers - October 1, 2013    Meet & Greet, Oct. 1, 2013

Meet & Greet, October 1, 2013    Meet & Greet October 1st, 2013

Meet & Greet participants    Meet & Greet October 1, 2013

Meet & Greet Nov. 1, 2103


October 15, Tuesday. McCord Museum 1.30 – 2.30 David Sherman – Playwright


David Sherman has enjoyed a career in journalism, going back to when papers were actually newspapers. He has also worked as a documentary filmmaker – his film on Mordecai Richler won a Gemini Award.  He was playwright-in residence of Centaur theatre under Gordon McCall, where they produced his play Have a Heart and is now playwright-in-residence at Infinitheatre.  Artistic director Guy Sprung has produced three of his plays: The Daily Miracle, a dark comedy about the destruction of the newspaper industry, a story culled from his nights working the news desk at The Gazette; Joe Louis: An American Romance, a story of celebrity and race in America, and Lost & Found, a musical with his partner Nancy Lee, about how two older folk musicians meet and fall in love through music.

Their slogan: Old folkies folk better. Today David performs in and around Montreal and out of town with Nancy, playing their original songs – David has a recording contract with Montreal label Big Fat Truck Records, who produced his first CD, If I Could Run, and is now working on a CD with Nancy, called Lost & Found.    He writes often for the Ottawa Citizen, the Gazette, Toronto Star and National Post and is leading a playwright workshop at the Quebec Writers Federation this fall.



October 29 – The Sweet Adelines – Women’s Barbershop 1.30 – 2.30 pm & DAVIDs TEA until 3.30 pm

We are delighted to welcome The West Island Sweet Adelines, a choral group  dedicated to the promotion of women’s barbershop harmony through education and quality performance. Together its members aspire to achieve musical excellence while creating a spirit of unity, enthusiasm and fun, in which each individual can realize her greatest potential within the organization.

Wondering about barbershop, well,  it’s  a unique four-part close harmony style, most often performed a cappella, based on performance practices common in the American south during the late 1800s and early 1900s.    Today, the word ‘barbershop ‘   covers many different musical forms and repertoire but still adheres to key  characteristics of harmony, structure and style.   The Sweet Adelines are dedicated to the preservation and promotion of this wonderful art form.

For more information and if you wish to audition to join the group:

After the  performance, instead of meeting for coffee at Van Houtte as we usually do,   DAVIDsTEA will be on hand in the theatre, offering free cups of their delicious teas.   Stay awhile and feel free to go up and talk to the singers who will be happy to share their musical stories with you.  The McCord is extending our time in the theatre to 3.30 just for this event.

DAVIDsTEA (or “David’s Tea” as we’re often searched) is a premium tea retailer devoted to uncompromising customer service and the proliferation of the world’s finest teas.

The latest count puts us past 150 different teas, with more popping up all the time whenever we find something new. We are here to bring the best teas from all over the world into your life, one delicious cup at a time. 



November 12 – Doreen Lindsay – J’existe – my life in images. 1.30 -2.30 pm

DOREEN LINDSAY – J’existe – my life in Images


The London, Ontario native first came to Montreal in the late 1950s to study painting at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts under the tutelage of Group of Seven painter Arthur Lismer, and earned her Masters’ degree in Fine arts at Sir George Williams University.

After meeting and marrying her husband, Hungarian photographer Gabor Szilasi, the couple settled in Westmount, where Lindsay quickly became a fixture in the artistic community.

Lindsay helped to run a women’s art gallery, the POWERHOUSE GALLERY on St. Lawrence Blvd in the 1970s, and from 1983-1993 she was one of the directors of ARTSWESTMOUNT, a group which brought artistic productions to the city.  She also served on a cultural committee that encouraged the city to create a permanent art gallery, hire a cultural administrator, and renovate Victoria Hall.

Today, Doreen specializes in combining painting with photographs and early photography processes.



November 26 – Joe Schwarcz on ART & HEALTH 1.30 – 2.30

Joe Schwarcz is Director of McGill University’s “Office for Science and Society.”  He is well known for his informative and entertaining public lectures on topics ranging from the chemistry of love to the science of aging.  Professor Schwarcz has received numerous awards for teaching chemistry and for interpreting science for the public and is the only non-American ever to win the American Chemical Society’s prestigious Grady-Stack Award for demystifying chemistry.  He hosts “The Dr. Joe Show” on Montreal’s CJAD and has appeared hundreds of times on The Discovery Channel, CTV, CBC, TV Ontario and Global Television.  Dr. Schwarcz also writes a newspaper column entitled “The Right Chemistry” and has authored a number of books, “Radar, Hula Hoops and Playful Pigs,” “The Genie in the Bottle,” “That’s The Way The Cookie Crumbles,” “Dr. Joe And What You Didn’t Know,” “The Fly In The Ointment” “Let Them Eat Flax” “An Apple A Day,” “Brain Fuel,” “Science, Sense and Nonsense,” “Dr. Joe’s Brain Sparks,” “Dr. Joe’s Health Lab” and his latest, “The Right Chemistry, ”all of which have made it on to the best seller list.  He is also an amateur conjurer and often spices up his presentations with a little magic.  Dr. Schwarcz has been awarded the 2010 “Montreal Medal” which is the Canadian Chemical Institute’s premier prize recognizing lifetime contributions to chemistry in Canada.  In the spring of 2011 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Cape Breton University.  He also hold a previous honorary degree from Athabasca University.  In November of 2011 the McGill Office for Science and Society received the largest gift ever in Canadian history ($5.5 million) from philanthropist Lorne Trottier to further its work in promoting scientific education and critical thinking.

Click here for more information.

With all Joe Schwarcz’s many titles after his name,  I was hesitant to invite him to present for the Women’s Art Society of Montreal until I remembered the excellent and provocative lecture he gave at McGill many years ago on artists, their paints and subsequently, their health.   When I asked if he would be willing to do a repeat performance for our Society,  he graciously and generously accepted.    We are very grateful.    Cheryl Braganza


December 10 – Deepali Lindblom – Indian Classical Dancer 1.30 – 2.30 pm

Deepali Lindblom performs “THE HALL OF SHAME”.    She is a Montreal based professional Bollywood and Bhangra dancer. Trained in Kathak, an Indian classical dance, she is also an Actor and a Choreographer.

Deepali’s artistic work consists of

- Theatrical production
- Dance class/ workshop for individual or a group.
- Dance performance with her troupe Mix Masala at weddings, festivals, corporate events etc.
- Creating or collaborating for projects that impact communities in a positive way.



February 11, 2014 – Katherine Waters – Literature Professor 1.30 – 2.30

TOPIC:  GERTRUDE BELL, “Queen” of the Arabian Desert & Shaper of Iraq

A Montrealer, KATHERINE WATERS has degrees from McGill and Oxford.  She has taught at Carleton University and as an Associate Professor for 35 years at Concordia where she specialized in Modern British Literature, in particular, Virginia Woolf.   For the last 7 years she has been involved teaching and learning at the McGill Centre for Lifelong Learning. 

She will speak about Gertrude Bell (1868-1926)  who made seven archaeological journeys to the Middle East before World War I,  became a British spy and established the borders and governance of Iraq, all the while dealing with the challenges of being a woman.   

February 25, 2014 – Stacey Zhang, Fashion Designer. “Art, Business & La Mode in Montreal – Fast Fashion vs. Local Design”

“Art, Business and La Mode in Montreal –  Fast Fashion vs. Local Design”

Born in bustling Shenzhen, raised in leafy-green Jamaica, schooled in frosty Montreal… Stacey completed a degree in Design and went to work for a large fashion company.

A short time later, Stacey became Head Designer for a renowned junior line, then finally Creative Director for a prestigious contemporary collection. But all along she had something else in mind.

So in 2007 she started her own company and launched the first Stacey Zhang collection: Silk, Linen, Organic Cotton… sustainable fabrics, ethical production and chic limited run clothing with a focus on beautiful coats for all seasons.



March 11, 2014 – Gabor Szilasi – Photographer 1.30 – 2.30 pm


Documentary photographer, GABOR SZILASI was born in Hungary but immigrated to Canada in 1957.  He is renowned for his humanitarian vision, social realism and exploration of the traces we leave on our environment, whether through photographs of people, urban cityscapes, architecture or interiors.  A self-taught photographer, he has had more than 30 one-man shows in various parts of Canada and Europe and participated in 60 Canadian and international group shows.  He has received grants from the Canada and Quebec arts councils.  He taught at the Cégep du Vieux-Montréal, Concordia University, the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow, Poland and Stanford University in California.  

“My main interest has always been people and their environment, including portraits, interiors and architecture, ”  says Szilasi.


Photos from the event:

IMG_3846   IMG_3848

IMG_3850   IMG_3851