2023 SCA Holiday Party
We’ve heard your feedback loud and clear, and we’re excited to announce that our new venue for our upcoming Holiday Party will be at The Lakehouse, Pickering, Ontario. The goal was to secure a central location within the Greater Toronto Area that will be easily accessible and convenient for everyone to reach. We are committed to making this year’s celebration the best one yet!
Date: Friday, November 24, 2023
Time: 6 – 9 pm
Guest Speaker: Michael Dumas
Tickets: Will be available soon
Please RSVP with our Communications Director: Mary Gartlan at email@example.com
Michael Dumas was born September 20, 1950, in the village of Whitney, Ontario, situated on the eastern entrance to the 7,725 square kilometres 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, 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 has 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.
2022 Annual General Meeting
Saturday, June 11, 2022
We thank all who attended the AGM!
We appreciated the special presentation our Guest Speaker – Katerina Atanassova prepared for us. It was truly interesting and enlightening!
To the staff of The Arts and Letters Club, we thank you for your hospitality, professionalism and service given to all of us. Special thanks to the technical staff who helped make our presentation run smoothly.
A video link of the AGM and Guest Speaker will be sent to you shortly, and will be posted on our YouTube Channel. Stay tuned!