Small Gems 2023: Annual Fundraising Holiday Show & Sale

Women’s Art Association of Canada

For Love by Leigh Nelson, Digital Art, 1″ x 12″ x 12″

Annual Fundraising Holiday Show & Sale

December 9, 2023 – January 13, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 9, 1 – 4pm
Dignam Gallery, Toronto

Women’s Art Association of Canada presents SMALL GEMS 2023, its most anticipated annual show and sale inside the beautiful Dignam Gallery, celebrating the works of more than 30 Artist Members of the Association.

Artist members from across the country will present an assortment of artistic styles and mediums, including painting, drawing, sculpture, and mixed media, showcasing the incredible talent and diversity of the artists involved.

SMALL GEMS 2023 holiday fundraising exhibition & sale runs from December 9, 2023 through January 13, 2024 (closed December 23 – January 2). Dignam Gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, and is FREE.

Whether you are a seasoned art connoisseur or a newcomer to the art world, SMALL GEMS exhibition promises to be a truly enriching and inspirational experience.

SMALL GEMS exhibition takes place in the Dignam Gallery, inside the beautiful and historical Women’s Art Association of Canada building at 23 Prince Arthur Ave., in Yorkville.

Leitchcroft Commons by Narenhua, Oil painting on composite board, 3⅞ × 3⅞″

Dignam Gallery Artists Exhibiting in SMALL GEMS 2023 Include:
Adele D’Arcy | Anahita Jakibchuk | Ayla Larzabal Zavitz | Barb Symons | Barbara Andersen | Brenda Brown | Brenda Sherwood | Carol Cormier | Catharina Goldnau | Deniz Seker | Elena Pope | Gretchen Jeens | Irene YK Cha | Iwona Kmiec | Jan Kraus | Janet F Potter | Janis Wade | Jessica Volpe | Joanne Nelson | Joanne Shenfeld | Karen Perlmutter | Kate Greenway | Kelly Kirkpatrick | Kemi Sijuwade | Kyungmin Kate Lee | Laura Nashman | Laura Petronzi | Leigh Nelson | Lena Shugar | Lenore Carr-Smith | Libby Hunter | Lin Duperron | Margaret Kittel Canale | Marjorie Moeser | Marsha Brown | Myra Evans | Narenhua | Neema Lakin-Dainow | Sharon MacLennan | Shinae Kim | Susan Farquhar | Susan Lappin | Suzanne Forgang Miller | Ted Scott | Thelma Rosner | Ulla Djelweh | Win Keenan-Kuplowsky | Yafang Shi

Women’s Art Association of Canada presents HOLIDAY COCKTAIL PARTY FUNDRAISER
Friday, December 15, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
$35 per person
Dignam Gallery, Toronto


  • Appetizers
  • Cash Bar
  • Door Prizes
  • Holiday Boutique
  • SMALL GEMS 2023

Click here to register on Eventbrite or contact WAAC Office at

Hanging In by Margaret Kittel Canale, Photograph on metal, 12″ x 12″ x 0.5″

Holiday Boutique
December 9, 2023 – January 13, 2024
Ruth Upjohn Gallery, Toronto

The adjacent Ruth Upjohn Gallery, also in the Women Art Association of Canada is delighted to present the Holiday Boutique, a one-of-a-kind shopping experience that coincides with the SMALL GEMS exhibition. This boutique will feature a selection of art-inspired and vintage gifts, perfect for the holiday season. Visitors have the opportunity to purchase jewelry, prints, home decor, and more. All proceeds of the sales go to the Women’s Art Association of Canada.

About the Women’s Art Association of Canada
Women’s Art Association of Canada (WAAC) is a volunteer-led, not-for-profit, charitable organization with over 250 members. Through our long-running scholarship program, we provide public education in the arts, support artists and the education of students in the arts. In keeping with our charitable mandate, WAAC offers arts-based educational programs and art workshops that are open to the public. Our community is important to us and play an active role, and work in partnership in arts-related initiatives. Located in Toronto’s historical Yorkville neighbourhood, the heart of WAAC is a 19th century house that backs onto a formal garden. The main entrance opens up into the Dignam Gallery, a large room that hosts art exhibitions, members’ shows, juried and partnership exhibitions, receptions, luncheons, and also educational lectures by prominent guest speakers. The WAAC venue is also a popular rental site for book launches, private exhibitions, garden parties, weddings, and corporate meetings. Founded in 1887, and after 135 years, Women’s Art continues to nurture artistic talent and interests within a welcoming environment. The Association is committed to fostering an inclusive, equitable, and diverse culture. To register for our newsletter, or to inquire about membership, please contact the office (

Land Acknowledgement
We wish to acknowledge this land on which the Women’s Art Association of Canada operates. For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and the Mississaugas of the Credit. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.

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23 Prince Arthur Avenue
Toronto, ON M5R 1B2

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 5pm
* Closed December 23, 2023 – January 2, 2024

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