2023 Winter Holiday Party

*** Let's Celebrate! ***

SCA Members and Guests are invited to 

Annual Winter Holiday Party 

on Friday November 24th at The Lakehouse 

600 Liverpool Road, Pickering, Ontario 

Tickets are $52 per person.  Doors open at 5:00 pm and dinner will be served at 6:30 pm.

Let’s catch up with friends, enjoy art conversations, meet our guest speaker, and welcome our newly-elected artists, with great food, the atmosphere of The Lakehouse, our 21st annual miniature art exchange, and most especially, hearing our guest speaker, International and Award Winning Artist Michael Dumas.

Please use the form at the bottom of this page to register and pay for your tickets. The Buy Now button will take you to PayPal

Please join in on our Art Exchange!  


Michael Dumas

Michael Dumas was born September 20, 1950, in the village of Whitney, Ontario, situated on the eastern entrance to the 7,725 square kilometers of wilderness that is Algonquin Park. As a young man, he worked as a ranger in the interior of the park, honing his skills as a woodsman and earning the necessary funds to pay for his studies at Humber College of Art in Toronto.

During his time at Humber, he met master artist Lewis Parker and spent his post-graduate year studying solely under him. Following this he served an apprenticeship under Parker at Lazare and Parker studios in Toronto and later worked as a staff illustrator at Ginn and Company educational publishers.

Michael began his full-time career as an independent artist in 1974 with Edwin Matthews as his agent. Through this arrangement, his art found its way into many corporate collections such as Molson’s of Canada, Quaker Oats, and the Outboard Marine Corporation, and was used in promotional campaigns nationwide.

Canada Post commissioned Michael to create artwork featured on Canadian postage stamps, and the Royal Canadian Mint produced four platinum-edition coins designed

by him. He was issued a Canadian Exploration Grant from the Canada Council for a five-year project depicting Canadian Endangered Species. This collection of thirty original works was exhibited at the McMichael Canadian Collection and was reproduced in an exclusive limited edition portfolio.

Further projects focusing on conservation included Canadian Endangered Birds of Prey for The Art of Survival campaign, Project Panda and the Swift Fox Recovery Project for the World Wildlife Fund Canada, Save the World’s Birds and Albatross 1000 sponsored by the Suntory Corporation, Tokyo, Japan. He was the first artist to receive the Professional Conservationist Award sponsored by Molson Canada and the Wildlife ’87 Award sponsored by the Province of Ontario. At the time it was estimated that he was instrumental in raising over five million dollars for conservation causes worldwide.

Michael’s artistic accomplishments and charitable efforts have resulted in recognition from organizations, celebrities, and notable personages on an international basis. In 1990 he was the special guest artist at the International Conservation Summit in Osaka, Japan, where he was introduced to Prince and Princess Hitachi of the Japanese Imperial Family and HRH Prince Bernhardt. His first solo show in Japan, in 1989, received the attention of Prince MiaDenka of the Japanese Imperial Family resulting in a royal request for a private tour of the exhibition accompanied by the artist. In conjunction with the World Wildlife Fund events, he has enjoyed the company of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, actors James Stuart, Lorne Greene, Loretta Switt, and Patrick Duffy. He has also collaborated with Dr. Richard Leakey in his conservation efforts in Kenya.

Michael is listed in Who’s Who in Canada, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and the International Register of Profiles. He is a Life Fellow of the International Biographical Association – Cambridge, England, Member of the Society of Animal Artists – New York, and S.W.A.N. in association with the International Museum of Art Inspired by Nature – Gloucester, England.

Although Michael’s primary focus for much of his career has been nature oriented themes, he is also recognized for his sensitive portrayals of people and reflections on human influences, both rural and urban.

Dinner Menu


Butternut Squash Soup
Stuffed Chicken with Spinach, Roasted Red
Pepper & Asiago Cheese
Roasted Hern Potatoes
Grilled Californian Vegetables
Assorted Market Breads and Rolls
Warm Apple Blossom
Coffee and Tea

Note: Food sensitivities and dietary restrictions
please send email to Mary Gartlan at [email protected]

21th Annual Art Exchange

The Art Exchange is a great way to start or continue your collection of other members’ work.

Did you know that as a Member or Associate Member of SCA you have a unique opportunity to collect original works of art from some of Canada’s top artists at no cost? Yes! Every year at the Annual Winter Holiday Party, all SCA members and associate members are invited to participate in the “Mini Art Exchange” which takes place at the event. You don’t necessarily have to attend (after all we come from all across Canada!), but are welcome to mail in your 3.25″x 3.25″ entry, which will then qualify you for a piece of art in return. Pieces are drawn at random and yours will be mailed to you. (Of course, we make sure that everyone gets a new piece, i.e.: not their own back!). The works are even mounted into a 9″ x 9″ matt.

“But I don’t have anything new/that size/appropriate/etc..” you may be saying. No problem, if you don’t want to create a new work – look around your studio – surely there are plenty of works that never quite seemed complete, or satisfactory……check out a 4″ square area anywhere, I’m sure you’ll find little treasures hiding in plain sight! Cut it out, et voila!

Mail your Art Exchange to 22 Gibbs Street, Cannington, Ontario L0E 1E0 (Deadline: November 15, 2023)

We invite you to consider being part of this enjoyable experience and acquire a fabulous miniature artwork! Imagine the joy of receiving an original artwork from a fellow member. It’s a wonderful way to connect and appreciate the talent within our SCA community. Don’t miss out on this chance to add something special to your collection!

Angela Hennessey SCA
Art Exchange Coordinator

Register and Buy Your Tickets

Please use the form below to register and pay for your tickets. Once your payment is processed by PayPal you will receive a receipt and a copy of this form via email. 

Winter Party Ticket Order Form

Price: $ 52.00 CAD
Payment Method
Supported Credit Cards: MasterCard, Visa