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The Canadian Society of Decorative Arts/ Cercle canadien des arts décoratifs was formed, with the generous support of the Macdonald Stewart Foundation, to provide a forum for all those interested in the decorative arts.

CSDA/CCAD events

Your CSDA/CCAD membership offers you the opportunity to attend lectures, symposia and events of interest, locally and nationally.

Upcoming Events

33rd Annual CSDA Symposium and General Meeting

Our 33rd Annual Symposium and General Meeting is entitled ‘St. Andrew’s, NB: Canada’s First Seaside Resort’ and will take place in St. Andrew’s-by-the-sea, October 1-4, 2015

To see the complete itinerary, and download the registration card, please click below.

Print brochures and registration cards are currently on their way to members in the mail, and we will also be launching an online registration system in June, with details to follow.

Our official symposium hotel is the newly-renovated Algonquin Resort. A reduced rate for symposium registrants has been negotiated with the hotel at $189/night CAD (plus applicable taxes). Several events throughout the symposium program, including the AGM and gala dinner will take place at the Algonquin. Should you wish to extend your stay in St. Andrews with additional dates before or after the conference, the reduced rate will be offered (based on availability). A limited number of confirmed rooms are reserved for our group and multiple events will be taking place at the hotel over our conference weekend, so please make your arrangements as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Please contact the resort directly to book your stay and quote the CSDA symposium group rate 1-877-231-1731 (toll free) or 506-529-8823 (local) www.algonquinresort.com . The deadline to reserve the rooms that have been set aside for our group is August 3, 2015.

For alternative accommodation suggestions and more information on St. Andrews by-the-sea, please visit the town website www.standrewsbythesea.ca

The symposium registration deadline is September 18, 2015. We look forward to seeing you in St. Andrew’s and hope that you will be able to join us.


Thursday, October 1

1:30-3:00 pm

Algonquin Resort—Symposium Registration

Decorative Art & Jewellery Appraisal Clinic, featuring Liz Isaac of Liz Isaac’s Appraisals, St. John, NB & Donald McLean of Waddington’s Auction House, Toronto, ON
Advance registration required, and limited number of spaces available with each specialist. Please indicate your interest to participate on your registration card.

3:30-4:30 pm

Drewhaven Fine Dinnerware—special presentation by ‘the Etiquette Guy’ Jay Remer on collecting and caring for antique tableware, and a table setting demonstration for ideas on incorporating antique china with modern place settings

5:00-6:00 pm

Sunbury Shores Art & Nature Centre—CSDA Public Lecture: Steven McNeil, PhD Candidate in Art History, Queen’s University

Summer Studios: Inside the Artist’s Colony at St. Andrew’s-by-the-Sea, c.1890-1925

The town of St. Andrew’s, New Brunswick served as both host and inspiration to a number of prominent artists during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Several artists, including Sir William Van Horne, George Horne Russell, William Hope and Kate Reed, chose to spend their summers in St. Andrew’s, where they built and maintained studios. This presentation will focus on the spaces these artists worked within and adorned with their own art. It will include furniture, architectural drawings, murals, porcelain and interior designs. The studios, private homes and public spaces shaped by these artists reveal a rich period in Canadian art history centered on activity in New Brunswick.

6:15 pm

Welcome reception at the nearby home of Ms. Joan Irving (address details & directions will be provided in the registration package)

Friday, October 2

Breakfast on your own

9:00 am

Algonquin Resort—Annual General Meeting

10:15 am

Coffee/Tea Break

10:30-11:15 am

Lecture: Rosalind Pepall, retired Senior Curator of Decorative Arts, Montreal Museum of Fine Art

A Collaboration of Architect and Artisan in St. Andrews

The architectural firm of Edward & W.S Maxwell began their long association with St. Andrew’s, NB, early in the 20th century. St. Andrew’s became a refuge from the summer heat of the city for many Montrealers who chose the Maxwells to design their country houses. These Montreal architects brought to their work a strong belief in the integration of the arts, and they collaborated with the finest Canadian artisans for the interior architectural elements and furnishings of their houses. The lecture will look at the interior design of a number of the St. Andrew’s homes by the Maxwells, designed in the spirit of the English Arts and Crafts movement.

11:30-12:30 pm

Wine reception and private collection tour at the nearby home of Mrs. Lucinda Flemer

12:30-2:00 pm

Kingsbrae Garden—private lunch (and executive lunch meeting) at the garden restaurant adjacent to Mrs. Flemer’s property

2:00-3:30 pm

St. Andrew’s—Historic Architectural Walking Tour: John Leroux, Architect, Art Historian and PhD Candidate in History, University of New Brunswick

Taking in the scenic and historic sights of this very walkable National Historic District, we'll be visiting a number of Loyalist homes, some Edward & William Maxwell-designed late 19th and early 20th century buildings, and several National Historic Sites, such as Greenock Presbyterian Church (1824).

3:45-4:00 pm

Return to Algonquin Resort—coffee/tea break

4:00-4:45 pm

Lecture: Peter J. Larocque, Curator of New Brunswick Cultural History and Art, New Brunswick Museum

"…the ornament which fortune bestows…": 18th-century fine and decorative art from the collection of the New Brunswick Museum.

This talk will feature a selection of cherished possessions that were brought, made or acquired during the late 18th century by United Empire Loyalists and other early immigrants to New Brunswick. Examples of furniture, paintings, textiles, silver and glass will provide fascinating access to life and expectations of settlers to the newly-established province during the late Georgian era.

5:00 pm

Dinner on your own

Saturday, October 3

Breakfast on your own

8:45 am

Meet in the Algonquin Resort Main Lobby—bus will depart for day trip to Fredericton

10:30-11:30 am

Old Government House—Tour & Reception with Their Honours, The Honourable Jocelyne Roy Vienneau and Mr. Ronald Vienneau

11:45-1:00 pm

Beaverbrook Art Gallery—private tour, including the Hosmer Pillow Vaughan Collection of Fine & Decorative Arts. Spanning over seven centuries, the collection includes paintings, European miniatures, British porcelain, tapestries, and furniture

1:00-2:00 pm

Private luncheon in the East Wing of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery

2:30-3:30 pm

New Brunswick College of Craft and Design—private tour and talk by Brigitte Clavette, BFA, RCA, Coordinating Instructor of Jewellery/Metal Arts


Bus departs Fredericton

5:00 pm

Bus arrives at the Algonquin Resort, St. Andrew’s

6:30 pm

Van Horne Ballroom—Tartan Night Cocktail Reception (passed appetizers and cash bar), featuring a live performance by New Brunswick Singer & Song Writer, Chambers McLean

7:30 pm

Traditional East Coast Lobster Supper (non-shell fish and vegetarian alternatives available—please indicate dietary restrictions on your registration card)

Sunday, October 4

Breakfast on your own

9:30 am

Meet in the Algonquin Resort Main Lobby—bus will depart for scenic tour around St. Andrew’s, accompanied by Local Historian Barbie Smith and featuring points of local and national significance; a boxed lunch will be provided to enjoy on Minister’s Island (alternate location at Algonquin Resort in case of inclement weather)

1:30 pm

1:45 pm

Bus returns to Algonquin; restrooms available at hotel

Depart hotel on foot for nearby museum

2:00-3:00 pm

Ross Memorial Museum—private tour, featuring the furniture and decorative arts collection of Henry Phipps Ross and Sarah Juliette Ross, who came to St. Andrew’s from America in early 1902. Their collection includes the work of 19th century New Brunswick cabinet makers (including Thomas Nisbet), American and Canadian artists, Oriental carpets, and objects d’art amassed on their world travels.

3:30-4:30 pm

Pansy Patch—closing reception hosted by Mr. Lee Wells and Mr. Andy Faas (address details & directions will be provided in the registration package); tour of Cory Cottage (adjacent property); conclusion of program

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