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Members' News - SEPTEMBER 2017

Michael Albano will be honoured at the the Opera Canada Awards: The Rubies on October 30 for stage direction and education of opera singers.
Named after Ruby Mercer, The Rubies recognize and honour outstanding individual achievements on stage and behind the scenes. 

Peter Aykroyd’s father, artist Woodruff Aykroyd and his family (“Woody’s” etchings hang in the Club) were frequent visitors at the Canoe Lake log cabin of Jack Ridpath in Algonquin Park. Peter recalls “fabulous carvings of animals” as well as “relief carvings right into the logs of the interior walls.” Members know the Ridpath talent from our Round Table in the lounge. Archives would be pleased to learn the whereabouts of Jack’s carvings, photographs of the cabin and other relevant information (

Gayle Demspey’s Muskoka Place Gallery in Port Carling hosted work by artists-in-residence at the Muskoka Chautauqua program held over the summer at Clevelands House in Minett. The pieces are on display until September 1.

Jean Edwards played a small comedic role as a senior dancer in the upcoming film Don’t Talk to Irene, which will be released in September as part of TIFF,  

Pat Fairhead’s next show, Watermark, opens at the Chancery Art Gallery, Bracebridge, on Thursday, September 14, 5:00–8:00 p.m. and continues until October 7. Please e-mail for its opening hours. In addition, Pat has had work accepted for Open Water, the CSPWC 2017 show at the John B. Aird Gallery. The opening reception is on September 19 from 5:00–7:00 p.m. and the show continues until Friday, October 13.

Forty-five framed photographs donated from Jack Gilbert’s collection are on display throughout the Toronto Rehab Hospital, where they will be enjoyed by patients and visitors. 

Rings, an acrylic-on-canvas painting of intense blues and yellow tones by Janet Hendershot, appeared in a recent juried show at the John B. Aird Gallery from July 25–August 18.

Thomas Gough will appear as the irritating Uncle Benjamin in Marion Abbott’s adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s novel The Blue Castle. There will be only three performances in Toronto: Friday, September 22, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, September 23, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., at Kensington Hall, 56 Kensington St. Tickets are available at

John Inglis will participate in the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour show at the John B. Aird Gallery from September 19–October 13.

Judy Raymer Ivkoff will be participating in Our Canada, the Sculptors Society of Canada’s annual show at the John B. Aird Gallery, August 23 through September 16.

Marvyne Jenoff’s mixed media collage, Widening, Green, previously shown at the Club, is in the Society of Canadian Artists’ 49th Open International Juried Exhibition, at the Papermill Gallery, Todmorden Mills Heritage Centre.
The opening reception is Thursday, September 7, 7:00–9:00 p.m. and the show runs until September 17.

Peter G.S. Large’s drawing Road Warrior won Best of Show and the accompanying $1,000 prize on June 10, at the First Annual Bay of Quinte Art and Wine Festival in Belleville.

Peter Doig designed, from an original painting, the 2015 poster for the Vintage Film Festival. Rebecca Last is honoured to have been asked to design this year’s VFF poster based on an original painting. Posters are available for purchase for Festival attendees:

Anna Leggatt received the 2017 GWA (Association for Garden Communicators) Media Awards Silver Medal of Achievement for her article “Anna’s Plant Pick: Taraxacum Officinale Dandelion—Is It a Weed?” published in the summer 2016 issue of Trellis, the magazine of the Toronto Botanical Garden.

In May, Ellen Michelson, a Professional Writers Association of Canada member, attended PWAC’s conference in Fredericton, N.B., as a Toronto Chapter delegate to the organization’s 41st AGM. Her perspective on the three-day meeting, at which the past, present, and future of freelancing were thoroughly considered, is at this link: pwac-fredericton-agmconference-riverside-reflections (which also features a photo of Fredericton’s Saint John River by Bill Michelson).

Ulla Nystrom is always on the lookout for artifacts to use in her collages, installations and mixed media paintings—old clothing (especially children’s, 1950s or older), baby shoes, old photographs, linens, watches that don’t work anymore, etc. Rips, stains and rust are welcome. Please don’t toss them into garbage, email Ulla, send pictures if you can. She is happy to pick them up:

Dorene Seltzer invites members to the annual John Seltzer and Mark Seltzer Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, Septebmer 27 at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, U of T. Professor Andrew Pettegree of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland will speak on “Print and the Reformation: A Drama in Three Acts.” Please confirm your attendance with the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library (416-978-5285).

George Walker is exhibiting "Streams of Ink" at the Fisher Small and Fine Press Fair, Saturday Setpember 9, 2017 from 10 am to 5 pm. at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, U of T., 120 St. George Street,


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