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WASM newsletter for November 15, 2021

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Community Events:

The Arts / Exhibits:

Art news from The World:

Hundreds of naked people — painted white like pillars of salt — stood like statues near the Dead Sea on Sunday as part of a photo project by American artist Spencer Tunick. Tunick was brought to Israel to help raise awareness about the uncertain future of the Dead Sea. The World's host Marco Werman speaks with Ari Leon Fruchter, founder of the Dead Sea Museum, and a close collaborator with Tunick on this project.

Visit the artist’s web site:


Westmount history - The Art for Healing Foundation has teamed up with local photographer and former Director of the Westmount Historical Association, Doreen Lindsay, to display fourteen photographs of important buildings in Westmount. The images are accompanied by historical information about each site and displayed in Manoir Westmount. Thanks to Doreen Lindsay, the Westmount Historical Association and the estate of Elli Jarvis for making this project possible.


Mary Riter Hamilton, Canada's 1st female battlefield artist, helped the country 'grieve mass loss' - The painter produced the largest known collection of First World War art - from CBC Ideas:


From November 26 to 28, the 14th edition of the Papier Fair will happen in a hybrid format. The physical part of the fair will take place at the Grand Quay of the Port of Montreal while the virtual component will take place on our brand-new platform


OPEN STUDIO - Holly Friesen will be hosting an open studio featuring some the smaller works done during Covid. These works will include rug hooking, watercolors, and small acrylics.

At 4710 rue St. Ambroise, studio 349, Montreal. December 11, 2021, 10am to 4pm.

RSVP: (Masks required


Meet the Artists - Open Studio:

For three days my studio (Shaune Thompson) will be open for you to visit. I will be joined with fellow artists Thomas Thompson, my Dad, who does watercolour and Kathryn Gabinet-Kroo, another St-Henri artist, who specializes in oil and oil pastels on canvas and wood panel. Their art will be on display along with some of my latest prints. We will also be joined by the local pretzel baker, Patrick, who will have his famous "Original" and "Choco" Patzels available for tasting and for sale.

DATE AND TIMES: November 19, 20 and 21, from 11am to 4pm daily

LOCATION: 4710 St-Ambroise, Studio 168, Montreal, QC H4C 2C7

Complexe Canal Lachine is open to the public during the week, and you can access the building through the main entrance. On Saturday and Sunday, please come to Door "C" and call 514-941-3855 and someone will let you in.


Online Workshops and Lectures:

ROAAr of McGill - Virtual Event Description:

Courtesy of Michelle Walker

Join ROAAr and special guest artist and print-maker George Walker for a conversation and printing demonstration in McGill’s Book Arts Lab. Hear about wood type, wood engraving, and McGill’s 200-year-old Columbian printing press at this meeting of the ROAAr Book Club. Note, this will be a virtual event.


Mindscape Workshop

Friday, November 19th, 2021, 9:30 am - 12.30 pm EDT time

-This is an online free event-

Mindscape is an interactive method and graphic mapping tool that offers an exploration into the construction of our intuitive thoughts. Creating a Mindscape individually is a process of self-inquiry, a mindfulness practice that directs attention to a place of observation, a position of inner awareness. Mindscape can also be used to explore interpersonal/ social dynamics, where the schematic visualization of Mindscape allows us to explore the relationships, patterns, and puzzles in the everyday thoughts that impact how we engage with one another. Both applications of the Mindscape tool will be pursued in this immersive interactive three-hour workshop.


For the holidays:

The Artwrk Holiday Gift Guide is now open:


Art Etc. is back this year!


⭐ Les marchés de Noël sont de retour ⭐

Les visiteurs les plus assidus des marchés Jean-Talon et Atwater auront sûrement remarqué que les petites cabanes de Noël pointaient déjà le bout de leur nez. L'emblématique pick-up rouge du Marché Jean-Talon est lui aussi sur place. Tous les petits lutins s'affairent afin de vous préparer de beaux marchés de Noël ! C'est le 25 novembre à 16h à Atwater et le 27 novembre à 10h à Jean-Talon que la magie débutera - on vous attend en grand nombre ! -------------------------------------------------------------------



Click on the link below to see a great video about the Toronto Symphony Orchestra returning to the stage. Sent in by Eric Abramovitz who has just been appointed Principal Clarinet for the orchestra. Congratulations, Eric!


Quebec City singer-songwriter Aurian Haller is turning art into music. He talks about what an Alex Colville painting sounds like, to him, as well as other Canadian artworks, on his band's new album.

Interview from CBC’s All in a Weekend:

The Aurian Haller Band:


News from the WAAC:


The John B. Aird Gallery is delighted to present its 33rd edition of MISTLETOE MAGIC where artists are invited to participate and sell their works as part of this popular holiday function. Deadline for submission is November 22.


“Afterimage” invites visual art submissions from emerging artists in acrylic, oil, digital, mixed media. “Afterimage” is a Canada Council for the Arts funded musical company composition project of bassist Artie Roth and Guitarist Mackenzie Perrault. Interested artists can submit up to four paintings, one jpeg per painting, to with a description of the painting. Deadline for submissions: 5PM December 31, 2021.


The Lost Leonardo - Now playing at Hot Docs Cinema believed to be a long-forgotten masterwork by Leonardo Da Vinci, the Salvator Mundi is the most expensive painting ever sold at $450 million. But is it really by Leonardo, or do certain players simply want it to be? This gripping art-world thriller uncovers the fascinating, stranger than fiction story of how the painting went from a bargain basement replication to a pawn in a geopolitical game of fame, money, and power. Watch in Cinema: $15 (Hot Docs member pricing starting at $10) Details: Trailer:


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