In 1990, the
Guild held a contest to choose a Guild logo for our new name
- MONTREAL AREA DECORATIVE PAINTERS. The winner was Joanna Olson.
Law incorporated the logo into a Guild banner, hand-painted
and quilted by her. It appeared at monthly meetings and on other
For four years
(1990-93) several members submitted pieces for sale in the Montreal
General Hospital's Early Bird Sale with a percentage of proceeds
donated to the hospital.
You were required to make your apron – cost per package (which
included fabric and instructions) was about $20. In the
1993 newsletter, it notes that Debbie Addison had volunteered
to sew them at $10 per apron. The MADP logo was painted
onto the bib using JoSonja paints in Burgundy, Moss Green, Prussian
Blue Hue and a little Warm White.
seminar - May 1990
Anderson's Seminar - 1991
Interest in decorative painting continued to grow and so did
our membership. At first it was limited and we added an Associate
membership. However, in 1991 we voted to open up the membership
which then totalled almost 70 full-time members.
Cockshutt's Seminar - 1991
In 1991 the
Montreal Chest Hospital requested a few volunteers to paint
tables for their newly acquired coffee shop, a room made available
for those who wanted a more quiet place to relax. It had existed
since the 1970's but was a rather cold and uninviting place
to go - the usual greenish painted walls, no windows. Louise
Melling, a volunteer at the hospital, had the idea to reopen
this little room - but to recreate it in the style of a little
café typical of those found in France. Ambience
Café was the result. Walls were repainted in a
soft faux-fini style and a window, complete with shutters and
flowerboxes overflowing with plants was added. Tables and chairs
were repainted, with games such as checkers, Chinese checkers
and backgammon painted onto some of the table-tops. Wreaths
and dried flower decorations were added, as well as a variety
of articles painted by local decorative artists.
professionals who participated in this adventure were members
of our Guild - Jackie Nadeau, Susan Shaw, Nancy McDougall and
at the Museum
of Fine Arts
Year of the
In 1992, the Guild
felt that we were large enough to hold our own annual sale.
We rented half of the grand hall at the Pierrefonds Cultural
Centre and were now responsible for advertising, printing invitations
and handling all the cash. Our first MADP Annual Exhibition
and Sale in November 1992 was extremely successful, with sales
beyond our dreams.
1992 Christmas Meeting - Pointe Claire Chalet
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