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CSDA Sundays: Makers Series - Transforming with Glass with Glass Artist Tanya Lyons

Please join us for a fascinating event in collaboration with the Sandra Ainsley Gallery and in celebration of The Year of Glass. The presentation and discussion will follow Glass Artist Tanya Lyons’ path with glass, detailing how she has grown and transformed with the material. from education to solo exhibitions, commissions, special projects, to her recent Canada Council for the Arts grant project and the new work that is coming out of all this.

Tanya says, “I have always found glass to be an incredible material to reflect the life around us. A lot of my work has been about how we have used clothing to express how you feel, who we are or who we want to be. Glass has been a wonderful material to process life. Ten years have passed since transforming into a mother, slowly my studio time has come back to me. Receiving a Canada Council grant to explore change with glass has given me the amazing opportunity to transition into a new phase of my artistic work.”

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Event time: 3:00-4:30pm (EDT)

Register on EventBrite (free): HERE

In collaboration with Sandra Ainsley Gallery in celebration of the Year of Glass.

Images: (left) Remaking, (right) We Bleed. Photo credits: Tanya Lyons.


Tanya Lyons graduated with honours from the Sheridan College glass program, studied at the University of Art and Design Helsinki, Finland and the Toyama Institute of Glass Art in Japan. She taught in the glass studio at Sheridan College, was a resident at the Harbourfront Centre and volunteered on the Board of Directors for the Glass Association of Canada.

After 14 years in Quebec, Tanya moved back to her hometown community to raise her daughter and continue her sculptural work with glass. She is a co-coordinator of the Madawaska Valley Studio Tour and continues to teach at the Haliburton School of Art and Design. Her work has been exhibited throughout North America, Finland and Japan. www.tanyalyons.com


Sandra Ainsley Gallery, in North York, Ontario, is one of North America’s leading contemporary glass galleries. The gallery represents over 60 artists, including Tanya Lyons and world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly. https://sandraainsleygallery.com/

Photo Credit: Ingenium, Radio E1466 0318 1935-1936.

Ornamentum Lecture Series: Retailing Radio: How the T. Eaton Company Sold the Idea of Radio in 1920s-1930s Canada

This lecture will consider the role of the T. Eaton Company in promoting and fostering radio culture in Canada. It will look especially at radio catalogues produced by the retailer as visual evidence of how the new medium was imagined and sold to Canadian publics.


Dr. Michael Windover is Associate Professor and Head of Art & Architectural History at Carleton University and Adjunct Curator of design at Ingenium: Canada's Museums of Science and Innovation. He is a historian of modern architecture, design, and material culture, with particular interests in the intersections of architecture with other media and intimate spaces of public culture.

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Event time: 7PM (EDT)

Register on Eventbrite (Non-member $10)  HERE

Note: This presentation is sponsored in part by: 

The book Seeing, Selling, and Situating Radio in Canada, 1922-1956 by Michael Windover and Anne MacLennan, DAP, Canadian Modern series, 9780929112701is available by order from any bookstore, though online retailers, or directly from distributor:https://www.ubcpress.ca/seeing-selling-and-situating-radio-in-canada-1922-1956

CSDA Sundays: The Sis Bunting Weld Private Collectors Series A Private Collector's Living Room - The Psychology of a Collector

*A Members Only Event*

Please join us for an engaging CSDA members-only, in-person event in Toronto. Through the presentation of his eclectic collection, the Collector will convey what he feels are some of the psychological processes involved in acquiring, displaying and selling art. The presentation will take the form of a small, guided tour through his living room and den. 

The collection includes: Mid Century Modern furniture, ceramics, glass and other MCM works; coconut shells carved by prisoners held in a notorious fortress complex on the Yucatan peninsula during the 19th and 20th centuries; miniature wooden and argillite First Nation totem poles; historical and contemporary Canadian art; and more. Attendees will be encouraged to ask questions during the tour and to examine more closely many of the objects forming the collection. 

Two sessions will be held on November 6th. The first tour runs from 10 am to 12 pm ET, the second runs from 3 pm to 5 pm ET. Participants are invited to meet after the later session to discuss the collection starting at 5:15 pm at The Abbott on Eglinton Ave. West.

Note, the addresses for the private viewing and the pub meet up will be provided to registrants in advance of the start date. 

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Event time: 10:00-12:00am and 3:00-5:00pm (EDT)

Event location: Will be sent after registration

Register on EventBrite (CSDA members only, suggested donation $10):

Register for 10:00am-12:00pm tour HERE

Register for 3:00pm-5:00pm tour HERE

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.
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