Markham Group of Artists

Membership 2018/19

The Markham Group of Artists was founded in 1981 to facilitate and promote visual arts
in the Markham area. This vibrant group includes artists from beginners to professionals working
in a variety of media and styles. Make new friends and find community among like-minded people
who inspire one another in both solo and collaborative projects!




     •   monthly Members’ Day meetings with educational presentations and demonstrations by art professionals

       reduced fees for workshops with top-notch artists

       critiques by recognized artists 

       entrance to juried and non-juried shows

       a presence on our website + link to your artist website

       10% discount at Curry’s and DeSerres Art Supplies



We welcome all levels of experience!


SEASON MEMBERSHIP (September–May):  $80


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Greetings to all current and future members of the MGA. Hopefully youve been 
experiencing a restful summer and will be fully charged up for our exciting new season!

Our first Members’ Day Meeting commences Saturday, September 8th in the Varley Gallery’s
Room (off the lobby to the right). The pre-meeting gathering can get quite lively as
members catch up with each other and meet new faces, but we’ll still try to begin at 10am sharp
(Karen, you may need to bring your whistle ;) I
m excited about the 
venue change to the Varley
for our monthly meetings, and look forward to partnering up 
with them for collaborative projects
throughout the year.  Definitely a step forward for the group! 

Another huge shift this season is our monthly Members Meeting and Workshops will now be held
on Saturdays
A lot of thought went into this change; in order to secure quality presenters and
workshops, our 
membership needed to grow. Therefore, we needed to make the MGA more available
to those working during the week, opening up a larger base and broader spectrum of ideas.

We aim for an open line of communication within the group, and will keep you regularly informed
on what's happening via our website, through e-blasts, and our bi-monthly online newsletter 
MGA Communiqué. You can also keep connected through our Facebook Page to check out what
other members are up to.

This year’s lineup of Presenters and Workshops is looking pretty exciting, starting with our first
presenter, artist 
Bianka Guna, who will give an Acrylic Lecture/Demo using GOLDEN products. 
All participating MGA members will receive free product samples and colour charts at the end of
the lecture (woo hoo
!) so make sure your membership is paid up by September 8th to get the freebies!

Here’s a brief sample of upcoming projects/shows we've been working on for the new season:

•   Fall Non-Juried Show: Open to all members who want to exhibit their work in a group show
    in the local community

•  Collaborative Mosaic Project: a fun and inspiring group experience that has now become a
    popular annual event 
(see the website and our Facebook page for past mosaics the MGA has 
    created for the community)

•   Fundraiser/Charity Event: Raising awareness and/or funds for a community cause 
    (because YES, we DO care, Melania)

•   Annual Juried Spring Show: May, 2019 at the McKay Art Centre

This season’s focus be on expanding our creative family as well as our presence in the 
community. Minds, along with friendships, can grow; looking forward to a fruitful year
and s
ee you in September in our lovely new home!

Linda McIntosh
Markham Group of Artists 




Members’ Day Schedule 2018/2019:

SEPTEMBER 8  Bianka Guna: Acrylic Lecture/Demo using GOLDEN products
OCTOBER 13     Members Demo: Four of our own will demonstrate their unique
                            knowledge of various mediums at separate work stations. 
                            Members are free to walk around and view at their own leisure.
NOVEMBER 10  Alice Teichert: Alice is a multidisciplinary artist known for her use 
                            of bold colours and layered transparencies interspersed with
                            script-like line drawings, shares her process with the group
DECEMBER 1     Annual General Meeting + Luncheon
JANUARY 5         Members Critique with artist + art educator Kim Lee Kho
FEBRUARY 2      Kal Honey gives an interactive talk, "Composition Pointers with
                             some simple sketchbook exercises the group can do in their laps
MARCH 2            to be confirmed
APRIIL 6              to be confirmed
MAY 4                  MGA Luncheon 



Workshop Schedule 2018/2019:

NOTE: Most workshops begin at 10am-3pm unless specified. More detailed info. 
regarding fees, description and materials list to come.

SEPTEMBER 29  Photo Copy Transfers with Joan Holben

OCTOBER 27      Daytrip to Distillery District Studios (to be confirmed)   
NOVEMBER 24   Acrylic Bootcamp: All You Wanted To Know About Golden
                             Acrylics, Mediums, Gels and Grounds with Bianka Guna
JANUARY 19       Texture and Impasto in Acrylics with Kim Lee Kho
FEBRUARY 16    Art Alchemists with Kal Honey
MARCH 23          Colour Theory for the Figure Painter with Brian Smith

APRIL 20             to be confirmed  



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2018-2019 Workshops







Photo copy Transfers workshop with Joan Holben 

$55 Members


$65 Non Members


Ontario Trillium Foundation

        The Markham Group of Artists recognizes the support of The Ontario Trillium Foundation and
        is very
honoured to have been awarded a grant which will assist us with many initiatives.





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