March 22

ART HISTORY TALK  Thursday, March 3rd, 7-8:30 pm
Art Through the Ages 
with Ewa Chwojko

Thursday, March 3rd, 7 pm

In this art talk Ewa examines how the ancient Roman artists ‘borrowed’ from the Greeks, put their own twist on it, and thus achieved immortality! Their architecture, sculpture and painting has been inspiring artists ever since.
Ewa Chwojko is an art historian, with Masters degrees in medieval history and art history from the University of Toronto. She regularly gives public audiovisual shows on art and artists, and has created a series of DVDs from these presentations. 
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MEMBERS' MEETING + PRESENTATIONS: Wednesday, March 9th, 7 pm

Stay connected, informed and enlightened: 
Join us for monthly Membership updates on current and upcoming events, followed by two short presentations by Eva Folks and Linda McIntosh.

For the past two years, Eva and her woodworker husband have been developing a new design for an H-frame easel and are excited to share this with our group. They will demonstrate how this easel differs from the traditional H-frames as well as share information on dimensions, weight and price and will be happy to answer any other questions members have for them.

Linda, a mixed media artist, art educator and MGA Communications Manager shares her transformational experience with the Art2Life Creative Visionary Program in Mallorca, Spain for a week-long painting workshop in a beautiful, remote retreat. 
Free to all MGA Members. A zoom link to the meeting will be sent out next week.


Recording for Momin Khan Demo (February Members' Meeting )

In this demo Momin painted a cityscape, demonstrating geometrical drawing skills, perspective, proportions, composition and figure drawing.

Monthly demos following our Members Meeting are recorded and available on our website


Carolyne Pascoe TWS 

 As a total beginner, Carolyne, started painting 40 years ago in a watercolour workshop by the ocean in Rockport Mass.   She has continued to be a very enthusiastic “en plein air” painter!  On location painting, Carolyne tries to capture not only the mood of the day but also her inner feelings towards the beauty of the landscape, sea and town that make it a unique moment in time and place. Most of Carolyne’s paintings are inspired from her travels to Europe, , New England-USA, and across Canada where she continues to paint on location. 

As well as painting representationally in her watercolour paintings, Carolyne has enjoyed venturing into the world of abstraction, print making monotypes, acrylic and mixed-media studio work. She has studied with many renown artists, has taken numerous workshops as well as organizing them for many art organizations. 

She is a Gold Level of Distinction Signature Member (TWS), Director and Past President of the Toronto Watercolour Society as well as a member of the PIne Ridge Arts Council, Don Valley Art Club, Art Guild of Scarborough, MGA, ECOAA and COAA art groups in Ontario. She is also an associate of the CSPWC (Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour) 

Her paintings, which have received many awards, have been exhibited and sold at numerous juried shows in Toronto and throughout Ontario and can be found in private and corporate collections in Canada, USA., Europe, Asia and Australia.  

Winter Peace 18"x22" Watercolour

September's Delicate Beauty 22"x18"
Watercolour Monotype (original hand pulled print)

Navaho Inspiration 34"x26" Abstract Acrylic

Linda Picerno Kalianteris 

Welcome to the adventures of #thepaintinggreek! It all began 4 years ago when lightning struck and I woke up seeing the world completely differently. I knew I had to follow my heart and paint. I started with portraits… and in an effort to advance my skills quickly, I painted a portrait every day. By the spring, commissions had started rolling in. 

Once summer arrived and my two boys were out of school, I knew I had to keep the momentum going, so I bought a pochade box and started oil painting at the go kart track. It wasn’t long before word spread amongst the Go Karting community, and so began the "motorsport" commissions. 

In the meantime,  I began weekly plein air painting adventures with a small team of talented artists and started selling my landscapes on Instagram. 

I paint a lot of things, and I see every painting as an opportunity to learn and grow and improve.  Portraits/ Landscapes/ Still lifes / Motorsport... the subjects change, but my goal is always to find the light, and to use colour and brushstrokes to tell a story within my painting. 

You can find more of my work on Instagram: @thepaintinggreek and at the Westland Gallery, London.   

Porch Pumkins
oil on wood panel 

 detail of family commission: 20"x20" oil on wood

commission, 6"x8", oil on wood panel

work in progress, 16"x20", oil on wood
MARCH CHALLENGE: Let in the Light


"As we work to create light for others
 we naturally light our own way."

Mary Anne Radmacher

Join the March Challenge!  
Daylight Savings Time begins March 13th followed by the arrival of spring a week later.  Use your art to show us the inward or outward light you experience.  Sketch in your journal or paint at your easel; tis may be an idea to pursue or a finished project. Don’t be afraid to post online - shine your light and share your creativity! No submission fees for MGA members.

Submissions accepted March 3rd —28th 

      February Challenge: 
     View Here

FOR EARS AND EYES: Podcasts and Books for Visual Artists
Art for All: The Curious Sketchbook with best selling author Danny Gregory  Creative inspiration and advice to help you stop procrastinating and start making stuff.
The Jealous Curator: Art for Your Ear with Danielle You'll hear first-hand from talented, successful, full-time artists (who also happen to be regular people with hilarious stories) BEFORE they’re in the Art History books.
How to Sell Art: The Abundant Artist with Cory Huff  Cory Huff is committed to dispelling the myth of the starving artist and has excellent podcasts on the subject. His podcasts feature interviews with successful artists who impart valuable advice on the business of art.
The Art History Babes:  Corrie, Nat, Ginny, & Jen  A discussion of all things in visual culture where topics outside the realm of established art history are discussed.

Learn To Paint with Kelly Ann Powers  Interviews with a different artist each episode. Discussions of all aspects of painting from composition, to colour mixing to materials and more. Very helpful if you’re interested in painting techniques.

Talking With Painters with Maria Stoljar   Australian Painters talk with Maria about their life and their art.  I find this podcast very enjoyable. It’s relaxing and fun to listen to other artists talk about their lives.

Savvy Painter Podcast with Antrese Wood  Listen to top artists, authors, and visionaries share their insights, nitty gritty details about their creative process, and what really goes on behind the scenes. Ranked among the top 30 educational podcasts in the world, with more than 840 five-star reviews worldwide.

 by Rita Isaac
Get creative with acrylic, the world's most versatile paint

Packed with over 40 essential techniques and creative ideas, this practical guide reveals how to get the most out of acrylic paint, in all its forms. Easy-to-follow instructions and examples by some of the best artists working today, Acrylic is guaranteed to inspire, whatever your ability.

Available at Markham Public Library

Explorations for Creating Art that Nourishes the Soul 
by Tesia Blackburn

Creative ideas (including painting parties)  plus some DO's and DON'Ts of creative play:

  • Forget the rules and have fun
  • Do find like-minded folks to play with
  • Do play without caring about the outcome
  • Do play often
  • Do make mistakes (lots of them!)
  • Don't worry about what anyone says
  • Don't show your treasures to folks who don't get it
  • Don't tell yourself you're too busy, old, unschooled, untalented, etc.

Available at Markham Public Library



Wednesday, March 02 
PEERING IN Members' Critique
with Susan Weiss 7:30 PM

Thursday, March 03       
ART TALK with Ewa Chwojko
zoom 7-8pm

Wednesday, March 09      

  •  Eva Folks demonstrates a new design for
    an H-frame easel developed at home
  • Linda McIntosh shares her experience 
    at a Destination Workshop in 2021

zoom 7pm

Wednesday, March 16
PEERING IN Members' Critique
with Lynn Ross 7:30pm 

Tuesday, March 22      
PAINT LOUNGE: paint with a group         
easels available for use 1-4pm

Thursday, March 24      
ART TALK with Ewa Chwojko
zoom 7-8pm

Wednesday, March 30 
PEERING IN Members' Critique
with Susan Weiss 


Wednesday, April 06      
 with Ernestine Tahedl (Abstract)         
Grace Anglican Church, 7pm

Thursday, April 07      
ART TALK with Ewa Chwojko
zoom 7-8pm

Tuesday, April 12      
PAINT LOUNGE - paint with a group         
easels available for use 1-4pm

Wednesday, April 13      
PEERING IN Members' Critique
with Lynn Ross 7:30pm

Thursday, April 21      
ART TALK with Ewa Chwojko
zoom 7-8pm

Saturday, April 23     
WORKSHOP with Ernestine Tahedl
Grace Anglican Church, 10am-2pm

Wednesday, April 27     
PEERING IN Members' Critique
with Susan Weiss 7:30pm


Wednesday, May 04     

zoom 7pm

Wednesday, May 11    
PEERING IN Members' Critique
with Lynn Ross 7:30pm

Thursday, May 12    
ART TALK with Ewa Chwojko
zoom 7-8pm

Tuesday, May 17    
PAINT LOUNGE - paint with a group 
Easels available 1-4pm

Wednesday, May 25
PEERING IN Members' Critique
with Susan Weiss 

Saturday, May 28    


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