October 2020 newsletter

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MGA Members' Meeting, Milne Park — a wonderful start to a new season! 

We certainly had perfect weather last Wednesday while launching our first Members' Day of the season. Members old and new were able to safely connect with each other and take part in an enjoyable drawing exercise led by John and Laurel Martin. 

Click below to see more photos from the afternoon (photography by member Linda Walesch) :


We've Been SNAP'D!  Snapd Markham was on hand  during our Open Meeting held September 23rd.
Click the link to view more images on their site:  https://markham.snapd.com/events/view/1330791


Thursday October 8th,  Unionville


“There is no bad weather for painting en plein air, only bad painting clothes.”
Barbara Jablonski

 I invite you to paint in anywhere Unionville. Choose a historic house on a side street, a storefront on Main Street, or beautiful fall trees at Toogood Pond. You choose the time to start and the place to paint. We will meet at 12 noon in the backyard of the McKay House for a sharing of the days work and a good bye to our fellow artists. 


Celebrating Our First Year of Plein Air Painting :

MGA Virtual Art Show
October 17— November 14

MGA's first year of Plein Air painting was a resounding success! After weeks of isolation, it was a joy to meet safely with other artists, enjoy nature and stretch our creative muscles. MGA is celebrating this popular new initiative with an online art show featuring the wonderful work from this year's outdoor sessions. The show will be featured on our website from Oct. 17 to Nov. 14.  Our Plein Air artists' work will also be shown on MGA Facebook and Instagram sites.


COMING UP ROSES: Morgan Park Pool Mosaic Now Installed!
Project Coordinator/Art Director:  Linda McIntosh 

Last Friday the Morgan Pool collaborative mosaic 'COMING UP ROSES' was finally installed in its’ permanent home. The 60 panels that make up the artwork were created by 20 different members from the Markham Group of Artists. The various styles were woven together to create an image that pays homage to  Markham's historical past. The ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly renovated facility has been deferred to Spring 2021 and although the building is now closed for the season, you can view the piece from the glass doors in front and the side window. Thank you to all the participating artists who  contributed to enlightening Markham residents of their past and enriching their future!


FIGURE DRAWING  (Oct. 28, 7-9 pm) - Learn to draw the human body or practice skills you already have. During this Zoom workshop, we will use proportions to draw the human body in various poses. We will also include gesture drawing & simple clothing. All you need are drawing supplies or an IPad/drawing tablet; optional: photos of people you would like to draw.  https://markhamartists.org/courses/view/id/2214 


PORTRAITURE (Nov. 4, 7-9 pm) - Learn to draw the human face or practice skills you already have. During this Zoom workshop, we will use proportions to draw the face in realistic representation, cartoons and caricatures. You will need drawing supplies or an IPad/drawing tablet. A mirror and/or photos of people you would like to draw are optional.  https://markhamartists.org/courses/view/id/2215 

Members: $10  |  Non-Members: $15

Instructor Ruth Toy has spent many years teaching art in schools and community classes. 
Many of her illustrations in published literature are drawings of people . 
ruthARToy.com   ruthatoy@gmail.com





Born in Czechoslovakia Vera Walton has lived most of her life in the Toronto area, studying architecture and taking art courses. She produced hand drawn and computerized architectural drawings for years, but turned to painting in her 40s, starting with watercolours. Vera eventually fell in love with acrylics and developed her colourful, bold style while taking workshops with various accomplished artists. Alot of movement can be found in her works, often leaving an emotional response. Some of her influences are the masters Klimt and Van Gogh.

Vera has been exhibiting locally for about 14 years and some of her paintings are in collections in the United States, UK, Czech Rebublic as well as in Canada. 



Way back in the seventies I went to Humber College to study Fine Art. In the decades to follow I worked in the "real world" mostly in vocations related to Accounting,  Inventory Management and Insurance.  I have two wonderfully artistic children who are following their heart.  In the past few decades I've managed to follow my artistic dream, having paintings accepted in various shows, events and public galleries as an individual artist and as a member of Painters 6. I think this is my 5th season as MGA Treasurer. I like numbers and the "art world" and I'm proud to be an MGA member. 



President: Robin Potter

Vice-President: Carmela Casuccio

Secretary: Pat Durst

Treasurer: Lynda Warne

Programs Director: Vera Walton
Critiques Coordinators:  Lynn Ross and Susan Weisz
Plein Air Coordinator:  Pat Durst

Shows: Carmela Casuccio
On Site Show Coordinators:  Laurel Martin, Shirley Turchet, Susan Weisz

Social Media Coordinator: Ruth Toy
Website Manager: Linda McIntosh
Newsletter and MailChimp blasts: Linda McIntosh

Special thanks to: Jean Rennie (Director) and Jessie Chin (Hearts and Flowers) 


Membership Director | Communications Director | Website Manager |  Publicity Coordinator

Get involved with the MGA — volunteering has so many benefits! Contact  markhamartists@gmail.com  for more details on volunteer roles —you'll receive lots of team support  to  get you started.

We welcome feedback and encourage you to contact any artist. Forms will be at the bottom of each webpage. It is not necessary to purchase. Ask us questions; we look forward to hearing from you. The juried members of the tour work in an eclectic range of media; we know there is something for every taste and interest!

Our website will launch on Saturday and will remain active until next year. October 17th and 18th 2020Please join us for our Virtual Tour, the weekend after Thanksgiving, Since 2000 the members of the Whitchurch-Stouffville Studio Tour have shared their art and have enjoyed meeting the public. Although 2020 has been different in every way, we are pleased to announce that we will continue to share our work with our community. 


More information can be found at: 
Website: WSStudioTour.com
Email:    WSStudioTour@gmail.com
Phone:   905 640 2279 

We are on Social Media - Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter 
Follow/ like us for updates and more information. Links can be found on our website.


When many businesses have stopped membership discounts during the pandemic, Bordered Image continues to offer the usual artist’s discount of 50% and a further 10% discount for MGA members depending on the volume of work brought in. Considering these tough times for business, this is a very generous offer.  Currently, framing consultations are by appointment only.  
Peter Moon  |  BORDERED IMAGE  
145 Royal Crest Court, Unit 46, Markham
P: 905-474-9593   C: 416-315-9593   E:  peter@borderedimage.ca    www.borderedimage.ca

50% artist’s discount, plus further 10% MGA discount (depending on volume)

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