I took my first class at the DVSA in 1971, from the then director, Mario Polidori, and like countless other students, fell in love with him, and the school.
All these years later, I still take classes there and consider it a familiar and welcoming haven. You'd think, after all the classes I've taken that I'd be Monet by now, but no, I never have learned enough or practiced enough. Besides, the school has become one of my favourite places to be.
This weekend, the school will unveil its newly renovated self - and I think everyone, including past and present students will be thrilled with the results. The spaces are larger, the light has increased, and there will now be air conditioning! The reno has made the necesssary improvements without destroying the charm.
This weekend marks the 41st Art Auction, held annually to raise money for the school. Teachers, students and national and international artists contribute work to the aution.
There's a silent auction and a live auction, with the action starting at 7 pm Saturday, April 30th. Previews started on Thursday and run until 6 pm on Saturday.
Even if you don't scoop up an art bargain, the evening is a blast. It's always crowded, always noisy, and the auctioneer, Nello Romagnoli, is one of the wittiest men I have encountered. The live auction is exciting spectator sport.
Come out and enjoy a great night of art and conversation with like minded art lovers, and support one of the best little art schools in Canada.
When: April 30, 2011, 7 pm.
Where : Dundas Valley School of Art, 21 Ogilvie St., Dundas, 905.628.6357, www.dvsa.ca
Cost: $25 advance, $30 at the door.