In the fall of 1982 a group of local artists started discussing the possibility of forming an Art Association within the Rideau Valley area.  A book was placed in the Manotick Public Library where interested individuals could sign to express their interest.  By the end of the year enough people had signed the book for the next step to be taken.  Over twenty people attended a meeting at the library in February 1983, and it was agreed that a small subcommittee would draft bylaws for the Manotick Art Association (MAA). 

At a subsequent meeting in March 1983, the bylaws were discussed and approved. The founding executive was elected consisting of :

Founding Executive Members

President Zenon Sametz
Vice-President Arthur Powell
Secretary Paddy O-Brien
Treasurer Lynne Horne
Exhibition & Program Kay Horne
Social Rae Smith
Publicity Roxanne Moiser
Membership Cecilia Powell

The first group show was held in the Walk in Manotick on Dickinson Day in 1983, and a small show was held in the Arena during the Manotick Fair.  A winter show was held in the Take Five Gallery in December 1983.

In subsequent years, the Association held Spring and Fall Shows titled “Scenes of Rideau Township”.  These shows were held at the Manotick Legion and sponsored by the Mayor and  Council of Rideau Township.  A third juried exhibition and sale “The Dam Art Show” was regularly held in early September at Watson’s Mill in Manotick. 

Over time the branding and venues for exhibitions have evolved; many Manotick residents may recall “A Brush with Art” spring shows held at the Manotick Curling Center.  Recently the Association’s signature event was rebranded to the “Inspirations” Art Show and Sale. This popular event is now a highlight of the spring season in Manotick.

The Manotick Art Association has a proud history of raising and donating money to local charitable groups and initiatives. MAA has a strong and enthusiastic membership which will continue to participate in and contribute to community events for many years to come.

Supporting the visual arts in the surrounding Rideau Area

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