August 2020 newsletter


"The practice of art isn't to make a living.
It's to make your soul grow"

Kurt Vonnegut 
The fall season for members is shaping up to be an exciting one with many activities and opportunities planned. We have a Plan A and a Plan B in effect so we can adjust quickly to changing COVID 19 restrictions, while offering members a full slate of options. Join now on our website to take advantage of the early bird price of $70. Check the website for a more complete list of membership advantages.

Upcoming meetings and events will be posted on our website and members will receive regular emails and newsletters with detailed information. Our initial members meeting will be on Wednesday, September 9 at 6:30 pm.

MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION AND FALL ACTIVITIES: The MGA Planning Committee is an ad hoc group of volunteer current members, Directors and past Executive members who have been meeting since early spring to plan the MGA’s online shows and activities that have taken place throughout the summer. The Plein Air painting sessions have been well-attended and all the artists have enjoyed the opportunity to be in the company of other artists once again and paint together at a safe distance. New members are invited to join the group at any time and the meetings will continue until the Thanksgiving weekend. The very popular bi-weekly online peer critiques will continue during the year for members. The two online art shows received a good number of entries and each artist received individual promotion of their work on Instagram and Facebook in addition to the MGA website gallery.

2020-21 Membership now open
EARLY BIRD membership fee for the 2020/21 season: $70 (register by September 30th)


Registration for the Open Call now closed and the selection process begins... 

For the first time in MGA history, we are hosting a juried show this summer that is open to ALL artists in Toronto and the GTA. The show will be featured on our website’s online gallery and promoted on our Instagram and Facebook sites. We’re honoured to have juror Suzanne Metz to select the show pieces and award winners. 

JURYING:   August 15-19
accepted artists will be notified by email August 21
Check out our website and see the prize winners at 

We are pleased to offer our members the opportunity to display large abstract artwork in an expansive showroom.  You will have a unique opportunity to display large works in a diversified contemporary furniture setting. This business has trade, realtor, and design networks, along with a residential clientele. As we work to establish our partnership with this venue, we ask that you send us photographs of up to four paintings between August 23 and September 1 using our website's online submission tool. Large diptychs and triptychs along with individual works of a minimum of 3 x 4 feet  (36 x 48 inches) would display well on expansive showroom walls, so please send photos of that size or larger set at 1500 pixels for the shorter edge of the painting. Only those paintings selected by our partner will be displayed. If you have no large works to submit at this time, consider submitting at a later date as we are hoping to develop a long term relationship with this partner.

PLEIN AIR: Weekly Sessions Continue
Next session: Thursday August 20, Stouffville

The Plein Air group meets every Thursday at 9 am. and weather permitting we plan to continue until Thanksgiving.  We have visited 10 different locations in  Markham, Stouffville, Whitevale and Richmond Hill. Our favourites so far have been a sheep farm in Lemonville, the side streets of Unionville, and Heritage Estates.  

Painting outdoors is a very rewarding experience,  especially during this time of social isolation. We look for places where we can safely paint at a social distance.  Start a painting or sketch outdoors and finish at home, or aim to complete it in one sitting. The focus is on enjoying the process and not worrying about the result.  Come out and join us —everyone is welcome!


PEERING IN: Bi-Weekly Zoom Peer Critique
Next critique: Wednesday, August 19 @ 7:30pm

Every other Wednesday night artists are invited to join in the Peer Zoom critique. They will share art that they’ve been working on and will get supportive and constructive feedback! Let us know you plan to attend by the Sunday before and submit your one painting to Lynn Ross at  by the Monday before the critique (late artists will be added
to the next critique in the following two weeks.)


The opening ceremony for the newly renovated Morgan Park Pool has been postponed to early September 2020. The City is hoping to have a ribbon cutting ceremony when all facility amenities are completed in order to highlight its great accessibility features and design, including a virtual  guided tour.  The MGA is hoping to have the artwork installed the last week of August so that this beautiful piece can be included in the ceremony. Fingers crossed!

My mother painted in oils and watercolours especially when she retired, and my younger sister  went to OCAD. They were considered the “artists” in the family, so I stuck to crafts doing macrame, pottery, mosaics etc until I retired from teaching. 
When I retired, a friend convinced me to take watercolour classes with  Susan Chater in Richmond Hill. Then about 15 years ago I signed up for Monday morning classes at the Varley with Judy Livingston. I have taken almost every Fall and Spring class since then and participated in our shows.  Judy is a wonderful teacher and we tried our hand at everything from watercolour painting to printmaking to mixed media, collage, abstract, botanical and you name it. It was through those classes that I found mixed media and collage was my favourite way to create. 


Honours BFA Studio , York U, B Ed. U of Toronto

Creating art through a wide variety of media has become an integral part of my life. A paint brush or pencil placed within reach cannot remain static. I must reach out, experiment and create, always challenging myself to push the boundaries. Along with painting and drawing in every media I enjoy working in clay, carving, and printmaking. Photography enables me to create my own references and inspirations.

Teaching art in a high school for over 30 years gave me the opportunity to hone my skills in a wide variety of media and never stop learning. The more experience I gain, the more I want to challenge myself with my own creative ideas. The workshops that have been offered by the Markham Group of Artists have enabled me to meet like minded artists and inspired me to try new things. I am still exploring and working towards developing my own unique voice.

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