PRESIDENT CATHY KEAYS
Cathy Keays grew up in McMasterville on Montreal’s south shore but has lived in Montreal now for 40 years. She studied illustration and Design at Dawson College and completed a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts at Concordia University. She is a stay at home mom who enjoys drawing and painting in her spare time. She enjoyed teaching art to her daughter and friends over the years. She plans to teach part time in community centers and women’s shelters. She enjoys volunteering. She has been a member of WASM since April 2014 and joined the board not long after. She is excited to be a member of such an inspiring association.
VICE PRESIDENT ELAINE BACAL
Elaine graduated from Sir George Williams (Concordia) University with a BSc and has always worked in the health sciences field. She recently retired from the Department of Pathology at the Jewish General hospital after 25 years of service. Her interest in arts and culture began early in life with music and dance and a love of visual arts as well. Photography is her passion, with a twist: Elaine’s photography is not straightforward – she likes to “play” with her photos by manipulating them in Photoshop, by printing them on unusual substrates such as foil, thin papers, and gold-leaf, or by making photo-collages using transparencies and cut-outs. She also creates traditional photo books via Blurb and Photo-In-Press, and books in other unusual 3D forms using her very own photographs. After retiring on her birthday in January 2015, she joined the Women’s Art Society of Montreal (WASM) and has been inspired by the quality and expertise of invited lecturers and the creativity of all its members. As the newly-appointed Vice President, she hopes to be able to contribute to the continuing success of WASM.
TREASURER VERONICA DRAGNEF
RECORDING SECRETARY VERONICA DE LA COLINA
ART EXHIBIT DEANNE HABEEB
Fabric artist, Deanne Habeeb has returned to Montréal after a long stint teaching art overseas. During this 30-year period in Bahrain, Deanne practiced her art and taught high school and elementary students. While in Bahrain she turned to indigenous subjects in various media such as etchings, woodcuts,pen & ink and pencil drawings as well as oil painting, watercolor and collage. Deanne has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in USA, Bahrain, Turkey and now Montréal. As a Fabric Artist, Deanne has taken to the streets of Montreal. She enjoys doing colored pencil drawings of the distinctive architecture of her beloved city. She then turns these drawings into fantasy collages using the textures, patterns and colours of carefully chosen fabric pieces. For more information on Deanne’s work, please visit her website www.deannehabeeb.wordpress.com.
ART EXHIBIT MARGO GODIN
Margo Godin is a Canadian artist of Acadian origin working and living in Montreal. She spends her winters in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where she studies art at Bellas Artes and paints every day. She has exhibited in San Miguel de Allende, Puerto Rico, Montreal and many places in the Province of Quebec. After a career in the International Corporate world and studying art at Concordia, the Visual Art Center and the Saydie Bronfman, she settled in the picturesque village of North Hatley in the Eastern Townships. Her studio was opened to the public, therefore her work was bought by vacationers from many parts of the World.
HOSPITALITY EILEEN MILLER
Eileen has lived in Montreal Canada all her life, married, a mother of two daughters and 5 grandchildren. Her formal education in art began in the mid 70’s under the guidance of two renowned Hungarian artists, Herman Heimlich and Leslie Schalk . Although she has been painting for over 30 years with notable artists, she feels was self taught. Never leaving the passion for art and painting , she simultaneously began “Creations Elin”, designing and hand painting children’s room décor, selling across Canada and the US. Her work tends to be free and painterly with contrasts of color. For her, painting should have an intimacy, a mystery, a sensuality. At its best, her work also has an edge; something in it that takes a moment, a second look, an effort to comprehend. As with all art, what you pull from her paintings depends on your own experiences – but what a wonderful opportunity to explore emotions in the sometimes bold and sometimes subtle colors. Painting helps keep her grounded. It enables her to refocus and adjust her perspective towards life’s ups and downs.
HOSPITALITY CO-CHAIR BONNIE HILL
RECEPTION CAROL DONOGHUE
Carol Donoghue was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and was fortunate enough to grow up near the ocean with its beautiful rugged coastline. She moved to Montreal and worked for Bell Canada for many years, retiring in 1992 when she took up watercolors as she had always enjoyed art as a child. To relax, she crochets, knits and quilts and belongs to the St. Patrick’s painting group which she has been attending for the past 10 years. She also belongs to the Montreal West Travel Group and “New Hope”, an organization for seniors. She has 5 grandchildren. FORMER PRESIDENT – 2013 – 2016 CHERYL BRAGANZA
Cheryl Braganza, President
Cheryl Braganza, painter, writer, pianist, was born in India, studied art and music in Rome and London before arriving in Montreal in 1966. Her work was exhibited in Lac St. Jean in the 70’s, the West Island in the 80’s, 90’s and in Montreal in the new millennium. In 2008, she was selected Montreal Woman of the Year by the Montreal Council of Women; in 2010 ELAN (English Language Arts Network) selected her as one of their RAEV artists (Recognizing Artists: Enfin Visibles) and in June 2015, she received an Art Activism Award from the Living Kindness Foundation, USA. Her paintings with daring colors and imagery echo peace, hope and infinite renewal as she collaborates closely with human rights organizations globally. She self-published “The Persistent Painter, Poet, Pianist” in April 2015. Images of her work are on front covers of several books, magazines and our own Montreal Gazette (May 27/Aug. 15/2015) She paints or writes every day, loves to cook Indian food and in whatever spare time is left, you’ll spot her at the movies or pouncing on any piano she can find in the city, grâce à la Ville de Montréal. www.cherylbraganza.com