GENERAL MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION
Welcome to the St. Catharines Art Association! We are an entirely self-supporting, non-profit corporation, and are happy to have you join our special group. Membership begins in July and ends in June of each year.
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEES
Initial Membership: $35 Full-time Student: $20
Extra info and images on website*: $10
Early Bird Renewal Rate (from July 1 - Sept. 30): $35
Full-time Student: $20
Late Renewal Rate (After Sept. 30 until May 31): $40
Full-time Student: $25
MEMBER PAGES ON THE WEBSITE MEMBERS DIRECTORY
Everyone gets their own page! This is one of the many benefits of being a member of the SCAA.
Having a complete Members Directory allows us to show the public the size of our group. To complete the Members Page, you are expected to send Marvyn a “selfie” image (headshot, self-portrait, line portrait, etc.) via email that he can insert above your name and will also include on your own page. Consider sending additional contact information, such as your phone number, website, social media, etc. to have him include on your own page as well. We do not include personal addresses on these pages.
* For an additional $10, you can also send Marvyn your Artist Bio, Statement, and any other information you wish to include, and up to 10 photos of your art, each with the following information: Title, Size, Medium, and Price (optional). Once these photos are placed on your page, they are fed randomly into the slide show on the opening Home page of the website.
You have the opportunity to refresh your information and photos each year, and you must renew your $10 payment to keep the extra information and photos visible.
As a service to both the public and the members, we place members in categories according to their art form, mediums of choice, etc. Please help us choose the categories by listing which categories apply to you. If you wish us to promote your art classes or commissions by posting schedules and fees, you must pay the additional $10 website charge. These can be changed throughout the year as the schedules change. Please send PDF files to upload onto your page.
If you need help with photographing your art, managing your photos on your computer, sending a photo of yourself or your art, or any other step in this process, do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please submit your renewal payment via Interact E-transfer® to email@example.com; or mail cheque to PO Box 5016, St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 7T4 (indicate Membership renewal); or bring your payment to a Monthly General Meeting.
Membership Cards and receipts (for cash payments) will be available at the September meeting.
Our meetings are held at the First Grantham United Church, 415 Linwell Rd (near Niagara St.) in St. Catharines, on the 4th Tuesday of each month from September to June (except December and January) from 6:30 – 9:30 pm.
We meet and mingle over coffee, tea, and treats, buy 50/50 tickets, and hear the updates from the Board of Directors. There is always a featured presentation which may include guest speakers, movies, art demonstrations, workshops, critiques, and more. Each month there is an Art Challenge and everyone is encouraged to bring in the piece that they have completed to meet that challenge. These are displayed at the meeting for all members to view and discuss, and photos of all of the pieces are placed in an album on the website gallery as a permanent archive.
The schedule of presentations and art challenges for the rest of the year can be found on our website:
The monthly meetings give the members a unique opportunity to meet socially, get to know each other better, make new friends, share stories, and learn about each others art. We look forward to seeing you there!
MONTHLY NEWSLETTERS AND NEWS UPDATES
You will receive a newsletter every month, approximately one week before the Monthly Meeting, which will give you the latest updates on the upcoming meeting, as well as upcoming exhibits, bus trips, and more. If you feel you have missed any, or wish to read older issues, go to Newsletters on the website.
As a member, you are welcome to post information in these monthly newsletters. Send your news to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 3rd Monday of each month, bearing in mind that the newsletter goes out in the third week of each month, just ahead of our monthly meetings, and a news update might be sent midway between newsletters as necessary.
The St. Catharines Art Association holds several events through the year. You are encouraged to enter the shows, which are opportunities to display and sell your art, and to join in on bus trips and other fundraising activities. Proceeds go to our Scholarship Fund and also help to maintain our operating funds. Information about upcoming events are posted on the website and in the monthly newsletters and news updates.
THE GIVE-AND-TAKE OF MEMBERSHIP
There are many benefits to being a member of the SCAA. In addition to having your own page on the website, you are entitled to participate in all member-only shows and will have reduced prices for bus trips and workshops. As well, you will receive a discount at Curry’s Artists’ Materials when you shop in person (not online). Just show your membership card at check out.
It is true for every organization that it depends on its members and volunteers to keep things running smoothly and productively. There are many ways that you can be involved in helping the SCAA to be as effective for its membership as possible:
• stay current and active by attending Monthly General Meetings, reading newsletters and news updates, and frequently visiting the SCAA website and social media channels
• promote SCAA events and activities through personal connections (gallery owners, businesses, professionals, etc.), as well as your own personal websites and social media channels
• help secure business sponsors for our exhibits and shows, or just help connect the SCAA to potential business sponsors; go to Sponsors on the website for guidelines
• become an active volunteer:
• find out how you can help at Monthly General Meetings
• lend a hand at SCAA events, even if not a participant
• join a committee and help with general operations
• consider joining the Board and help at the leadership level
Please feel free to contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions or suggestions to offer. We are always striving to improve the SCAA.