I first learned of WAAC launching this program through a fellow artist and member of the Association who asked me to send out their call to submissions. One reply suggested I apply myself. July 2018 I was accepted as the first artist in residence of the Women’s Art Association. It was an unexpected surprise but what a wonderful experience it has been. It is my pleasure to share a brief summary.


I was given use of a studio for 10 months where I would produce an exhibit for WAAC. In return I was to engage with the artist members to encourage their artistic interests through activities I would design. I came up with the following:


Weekly visits to my studio allowed members discuss whatever about their work with me, ask questions and discuss suggestions I may have. These were usually one on one and allowed me to get to know some of the artist members.


November to March  we would met biweekly at a chosen gallery. Historical to contemporary works were seen followed by a friendly cup of java together.

U of T Arts Centre  I Continue To Shape   AGO  Anthropocene    Open Studio OS Shows and Tour of Studio

Nicolas Metevier Gallery  John Hartman People and Place      Gardiner Museum  Sir William Van Horne’s Japanese Ceramics

Corkin Gallery  Leopold Plotek: Throw Away The Lights       Ryerson Image Centre  True to the Eyes: Tanenbaum Photos

Textile Museum of Canada  Crosscurrents: Canada in the Making    Market Gallery Toronto Through the Eyes of Women Artists

The Market Gallery exhibit was of special interest as the founding member of WAAC Mary Dignam plus other past members were featured.


Two weekend workshops introduced printmaking to members using an automated etching press donated by a member a few years earlier. Colour relief prints made with  hand cut linocut plates on japanese papers were puzzling at first but everyone soon got hold of the process. Thereafter we shared weekly one day open print sessions allowing all to continue their experiments and explorations. Soon someone suggested a print show.


The genesis of the show was employing printmaking to generate new ideas or variations of the artist’s current artistic focus. Artist members were asked to present images that were print based but evolved through their choice of alternative techniques: collage, transfer, paper cut, painting, sewing to name a few. Printmaking mediums could include etching, relief, silkscreen, solar, original digital and more as was discovered. This experimental approach proved to be impetus for individuals to nurture new directions in their work. Eighteen artists prepared two images mounted on black display boards without framing. This simplified format unified the show and emphasized the unique approach of each artist’s work. Here are a couple of short videos  I took of the show – they are not professional but will give you some idea.



Nancy Jacobi founder of the Japanese Paper Place gave a stimulating talk about the history and current uses of washi. Nancy displayed  artists’ work on washi from her collection and offered sample selections of washi for sale. She was enthusiastically received and many planned to visit the store to see JPP’s exhaustive selection of washi and related products. Do visit the Japanese Paper Place at https://www.japanesepaperplace.com but also actually visit the store.

WHERE IS WILD  the Artist in Residence Exhibit

Throughout all the activity I was busy working on paper collages for my show. I developed 17 pieces various sizes largely on washi employing woodcut, soft pastel drawing, paper cut in layers creating some more 3D object like effects. I had the Dignam Gallery the flagship space of WAAC to inhabit with my animals in their digital environments. I appreciate the opportunity to show in this spacious inviting space that hosts luncheons, slideshow presentations, workshops as well as art exhibits regularly throughout the year.

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