The St. Catharines Art Association is a non-profit organization that has been operating since 1951. It is entirely self-supporting, and is open to all artists - amateur or professional, emerging or established - and to anyone with just an interest or love of art.
Each year, the SCAA Scholarship Fund donates to grade 12 students from St. Catharines and Niagara Region high schools who are pursuing post-secondary education in visual arts.
Monthly General Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month from September until June (except December), and offer a variety of presentations, which in the past have included art critiques, slide shows, painting demonstrations, product demos, interactive art presentations, and life drawing. They are also an opportunity for members and guests to socialize over coffee and light refreshments.
In addition to running bus trips and holding other fundraisers, the SCAA offers members an opportunity to show and sell their artwork:
1) The Art Lovers' Affair
a large, three-day art show, sale, and silent auction which is held in the middle of February at Hernder Estate Wines (8th Line, St. Catharines), free admission. The Saturday Evening Gala is a festive night including live music and a live art auction. Tickets include complimentary wine, food, gift bags, and more.
2) Art at Roma
a rotating exhibit of large pieces of work hung throughout the grand and spacious halls and event rooms of Club Roma, 125 Vansickle Road in St. Catharines.
The SCAA also sends out regular e-newsletters and information for members about upcoming meetings, events, member exhibits, and calls for art. Those not on e-mail are sent a printout of the e-newsletter.
Yearly membership runs from July 1st to the following June 30th.
Annual Membership fees:
Initial membership - $35, Full-time student - $20, Extra info and images on website - $10
Renewal rate from July 1 - Sept. 30 - $35, Renewal After Sept. 30 - $40