Cheryl Braganza, painter, writer, pianist, was born in India, studied art and music in Italy & the UK 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 downtown 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). Her acrylic paintings with vibrant colors and imagery echo peace, hope and infinite renewal as she collaborates closely with human rights organizations both in the city and internationally. Images of her work are on front covers of recently published Canadian & international books & magazines and our own Montreal Gazette ( September 4, 2012.) She is Convenor for Culture & Heritage for the National Council of Women of Canada. She paints every day, loves to cook Indian food and in whatever spare time is left, you’ll see her at the movies or pouncing on any piano she can find in the city, grâce à la Ville de Montréal.
Teri Druick was born in the United States and has studied dance, including ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary. While still in her teens she performed in musical theatre and TV. She has enjoyed her teaching career and has choreographed many charity events both in Canada and the U.S. After she retired from Municipal Government, she became a volunteer and continues to be active in several organizations. She enjoys the arts and is happy to be a member of the Women’s Art Society of Montreal where she served on the Board previously as Press Liaison. Now a widow, Teri has a beautiful daughter, a charming son-in-law and two amazing grandchildren.
- Sharron Gallagher Recording Secretary
Sharron Gallagher B.A, B.N (UNB), M.Ed (McGill), is a native Montrealer who has been involved with women’s associations over the years. Following a career teaching Nursing at Dawson College, she began her dream of becoming a painter of pictures. Sharron has studied art at the Visual Arts Center for over 10 years as well as with individual mentors. She is active in several art and women’s associations like the Women’s Art Studio of Montreal, the Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal and has been a member of WASM since 2007. A wife and mother, she was a leader in Montreal West Scouts, an infant massage teacher and Therapeutic Touch Practitioner. Sharron was active on the Board of Garderie Narnia when her son attended. She was also 2nd VP of Career Women’s Network of Montreal. Active in fitness, Sharron co-founded Ski de fonds Ville Marie almost 30 years ago. She loves to see the ‘little kid’ in things and aspires to write an illustrated book of children’s stories one day.
Ann Mallette was born in Montreal and was an elementary school teacher for many years until her children were born. She then decided to become a stay-at-home mom and took up oil painting as one of her hobbies. Later in life, she took care of her mother who suffered from Alzheimer’s and her ailing father. She and her husband love going on cruises to different countries. In her spare time she designs personalized cards on her computer for friends’ birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, or for whatever needs arise. She has been a member of the Women’s Art Society of Montreal for the past 10 years and is happy to be serving on the Board. Ann is presently ill (2014) and has taken a leave of absence until she recovers. We miss her at the McCord. BOARD - STANDING COMMITTEE CHAIR PERSONS
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 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 so she went back to Concordia in 2011 in the Art Education program. When she finishes in April 2015, 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.
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.
Josette Wecsu is a graduate of Concordia University, B.A. in Psychology. She is a teacher and author of several English as a Second Language grammar workbooks for ESL-learners. Josette is presently enrolled in a Bachelor of Fine Arts program at Concordia University. As a lover of the arts, she has been a member of the Women’s Art Society of Montreal since 2004.
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DEANNE HALL-HABEEB – Deanne 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. For more information on Deanne’s work, please visit her website at www.deannehabeeb.wordpress.com.
Born in Montreal, Annette was always drawn to printmaking. She attended Concordia University, in Art Education and Printmaking, studying there with Barry Wainwright and Yves Gaucher. Graduating with a BFA, she moved to New York City, teaching art at DeWitt Clinton High School and joining the Pratt Institute Printing Workshop, where she continued working in etching. Returning to Montreal after two years, she became a member of the Printmaking Atelier of the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts School of Fine Arts where she continued to be an active printmaker for thirty-three years until the closing of the Centre in 2007. Her last nine years there she served as Head of Printmaking and teacher of etching. She now continues to print in her own studio and exhibits widely both locally and internationally. She is in many collections including Bibliotheque Nationale du Quebec and the National Bank of Canada.