Archive | November, 2012

WASM’s X-mas Tree at the MMFA

Our tree is up and ready for viewing at the MMFA.

Ann, Shirley, and Sharron busy decorating our tree.
Stanley and Josette at work.
Stanley, Josette, Shirley, and Sharron.

Posted by Jackie Rae Wloski


Woman of the Year! Shirley Rind Cohen

Shirley Cohen

Press Release from the Montreal Council of Women:

The Montreal Council of Women (MCW) is delighted to announce its Woman of the Year Award winner for 2012.  Shirley Rind Cohen, former President of the Women’s Art Society of Montreal and the American Women’s Club of Montreal, was chosen for her leadership in volunteerism in community services and support of the arts, and her many accomplishments spanning a period of over 40 years.  Shirley has also been an active member of the MCW and contributed to the making of its 100th Anniversary Tapestry.

Please join us to celebrate the 26thanniversary of this gala event at a luncheon on Friday, December 7, 2012 at the recently fully renovated Omni Hotel, 1050 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC H3A 2R6 (corner Peel), from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Tickets at $55.00 are available by registering online at or calling Shirley Gyles at 450-672-7081.



Music: Marianopolis Trio

Three students from the Marianopolis / Mcgill music program entertained us last week with a beautiful rendition of the Mozart Divertimento in E flat major, K. 563. They are Qian Li on violin, Jacob Wald on cello, and Philip Guntermann on viola.  It was so interesting to watch the interplay between the three musicians, and the clarity of their instruments carried so well in the intimate setting of our lecture theatre. 


Members’ Day: Tania Shamy

This year’s Members’ Day talk was given by Tania Shamy to a crowded lecture hall. Beginning with Frederick the Great’s gift of a 1000+ piece porcelain service to Catherine the Great, Dr. Shamy led us through the ins and outs of history and porcelain’s place in it. Her slides, taken during research trips to Russia, showed us porcelain figurines, table decorations, plans for elaborate banquet settings, rooms whose every surface were covered with porcelain plates, the renowned cabinets de curiositiés, and more.

After the talk, new members were welcomed and had a chance to introduce themselves and then everyone got down to the serious business of coffee and cookies and enjoyable conversation.

Annette Wolfstein-Joseph and Tania Shamy
Shirley Cohen busy with tickets for the Holiday Luncheon
Carol Donoghue at the Reception desk

Photos: Judith Pickard

More photos (of Dr. Shamy’s slides) from Jackie Wloski: