JOINT THREE-DAY PUBLIC ART AUCTION – October 28, 29, 30

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JOINT THREE-DAY PUBLIC ART AUCTION

Sunday October 30, 2016  –  2:30PM
To Be Held At The Women’s Art Association of Canada – 23 Prince Arthur Ave.

In support of
Women’s Art Association of Canada,
The Arts & Letters Club, and,
The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Foundation
Friday Oct 28 – 6pm-8:30pm – Public Preview Party | Silent Bidding
Tickets $20 per person, catalogue, wine and light refreshments
Reserve a spot by calling 416-922-2060 or email waac@womensartofcanada.ca

Saturday Oct 29 – 11:30am-4:30pm
Public Viewing | Silent Bidding continues – Free Admission

Sunday Oct 30 – 11:30am-1:30pm
Public Viewing | Silent Bidding continues – Free Admission
Live Auction Starts | 2:30pm – Free Admission
For the first time three of Toronto’s longest established art associations have joined forces to stage a JOINT PUBLIC ART AUCTION in order to auction a number of historical paintings and prints.

Some of the artists on auction include, Allan Collier, Walter Coucill, William Cruikshank, Dora De Pedery-Hunt, Albert Frank, Audrey Garwood, Wyly Grier, William Holgate, Bernice Fenwick Martin, Elizabeth McGillivray-Knowles, Doris McCarthy, Norval Morrisseau, Goodridge Roberts, Peter Sheppard, Dorothy Stevens, Harold Town, Frederick Varley, York Wilson.

Over 100 lots will be auctioned in the final bidding on Sunday, Oct. 30th.

A Friday night preview cocktail party at 23 Prince Arthur Avenue will kick-off this 3-day event. The public is invited. This evening is by ticket only with a limited number of tickets available.

Saturday and Sunday the viewing is free!  All are welcome to be part of the auction. The auctioneer for the Sunday live auction will be Rob Cowley, principal of CONSIGNORS AUCTIONS.

All three days of the auction will take place at the Women’s Art Association of Canada, who, next year, will celebrate 130 years as a non-profit arts organization.

For more info, and to purchase Friday night Preview Party Tickets, email waac@womensartofcanada.ca or call 416-922-2060.

About Women’s Art Association of Canada
The Women’s Art Association of Canada (WAAC) is the oldest arts organization of its kind in Canada. It was founded by Mary Ella Dignam in 1887 to support women artists by providing a forum for exchange of ideas and a venue to show their work. In 1893 the Association became affiliated with the National Council of Women founded by Lady Aberdeen, the wife of the Governor General. In 1907 the House of Commons passed Bill No. 30, an Act to incorporate the WAAC. Today the Association is a federally incorporated not-for-profit charitable organization. In 1948 the focus expanded to assist students, both male and female, at various arts institutions with scholarships. Currently WAAC funds a total of 14 scholarships to the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, Canada’s National Ballet School, The Royal Conservatory of Music, Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning Art/Art History, George Brown Theatre School and OCAD University. Past scholarship winners have included Karen Kain, Rex Harrington and Measha Brueggergosman. WAAC has 200 members, more than half of whom are artists. The historic building s at 21 and 23 Prince Arthur Avenue house 10 studios occupied by 12 member artists. One studio is designated for young, emerging artists. Member artists hold six group shows a year in the Dignam Gallery and throughout the year many individuals and groups from the broader community stage art and photography exhibits and musical performances in the Gallery. The WAAC’s collection of late 19th century women’s art and Group of Seven work is much admired.

About The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto
The Arts and Letters Club is a private club in Toronto, which brings together writers, architects, musicians, painters, graphic artists, actors, and others working in or with a love of the arts. The club has been located in a historic building (St. George’s Hall) at 14 Elm Street since 1920. Its premises were designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2007. The club was founded in 1908 by journalist Augustus Bridle.  The club has been an important part of Canadian cultural life since its founding. The Group of Seven were all members and regularly met for lunch at the Club, as did composers Healey Willan and Sir Ernest MacMillan. The club’s artistic life revolves around its “LAMPS disciplines”: Literature, Architecture, Music, Painting, and Theatre|Stage. These are very broadly defined and include sculpture, photography, film/radio and TV arts, screenwriting, urban planning and other related fields. The Club welcomes both professionals and non-professionals whose careers have been associated with one of more of these. The Club’s fine art collection and wealth of archival material relates to its rich history.

About The Arts and Letters Club Foundation
The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Foundation was established in the fall of 2014 as a registered charity to assist youth in the arts. “To advance education by providing scholarships and bursaries to Canadian youth pursuing a post-secondary education and to provide awards for demonstrated excellence in the arts to youth under 30 years of age from the Greater Toronto Area.” The Foundation now operates the annual Robert Beardsley Young Playwright’s Awards Program and a short story writing award for young authors. It is currently exploring other scholarships and/or awards for literature and music, and as an immediate goal, plans to develop similar programs for architecture and the visual arts.