Fall 2007 Meeting Report


Art and Books Featured at Fall Meeting

Thanks to all of you who travelled to McMaster University in  Hamilton for our fall meeting. A special thanks to vice-chair, Lesley Bell, who organized a full and enriching day of tours and talks. It’s always a little more daunting when the planning is not around your own institution.

As we gathered in the student centre enjoying the delicious scones and coffee, Margaret ran the 50/50 draw and Kalan, our student rep was on hand to show the display she recently designed for the student lunch at UofT FIS. Congratulations to Margaret who was the winner of the draw and good for us, as $60.00 was added to the chapter coffers.

We welcomed a few new members and a guest visitor, Donna Thomson, the Fine Art Librarian at McMaster. Thank you to Michele for passing along her name. Our Canadian Rep, Marilyn Nasserden also joined us from Calgary with the latest from ARLIS/NA including news about Canadian Representation on the board, French translation, and the possibility of a meeting of Canadian chapters in Quebec in August.

The 2008 executive was voted in and I would like to welcome Margaret English as the vice-chair and Tammy Moorse as treasurer. Randall Speller will continue as our secretary. Thank you all for stepping forward. A number of changes to committee structure were agreed to at the meeting. This should help share some of the tasks – “many hands make light work” so please lend a hand where you can.

Some issues required some background information and this was true for the discussions around the proposal for the Ontario chapter to host the 2012 Conference. The conference steering committee of Karen, Jill and Margaret emailed 2 documents to the membership previous to the meeting, allowing for informed discussion and the decision that an email vote would take place following the meeting. This should happen within the next few weeks.

Last but not least, Barb Duff of the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa informed us of the cancellation of the Exhibition Transportation Service by Canadian Heritage. She requested that we take action on this matter and since the meeting, Barb outlined the details of the issue and drafted of a letter that you have all received by email. Please make the letter your own and forward it to your MP. Thanks Barb for alerting us to this issue and helping us to perhaps make a difference. http://www.cci-icc.gc.ca/services/exhibit_e.aspx

Please take a look at the minutes for some of the decisions that were taken and upcoming activities being planned. If you have not received the minutes please contact janet_muise@cbc.ca

Behind-the-scenes Tour

Following lunch at the East West restaurant we made our way across the lovely campus to McMaster University Art Gallery for a behind the scenes tour including the Paper Centre where the art on paper is stored. There was much discussion as we viewed a display that included works by Schiele, Picasso and Matisse.

We moved to the main gallery space to view the group show titled Quantal Strife” and a photographic exhibition of moving works about Afghan journalists, writers, filmmakers, activists and photographers. The range of works within the 2 rooms was stunning. Overhearing a young student comment on a very early painting on display, it was apparent what an asset the gallery is to all students of the university.

On to the archives of the Mills Memorial Library, where medieval scholar Dr. Kathleen Garay, treated us to a gripping presentation printed books and manuscripts from the collection. It was a privilege to experience these books up close and personal with a teacher so profoundly knowledgeable and passionate about her subject matter.

The afternoon concluded with yet another truly impassioned talk by archivist and research collections Librarian, Dr. Carl Spadoni who assembled an array of materials from the Bertrand Russell Archive. The range of material was as broad and fascinating as the life of the man himself. What a treasure to behold.

Following the meeting we made our way to the east end of downtown Hamilton to conclude the day with dinner and conversation.

Plans for the “Mid-winter” fundraiser took shape and details will be made available soon. With a concerted effort we can plan a fun and interesting evening. Please consider lending your talents.

All the best to the members of the 2008 executive.

Janet Muise, Chair

ARLIS/NA Ontario Chapter