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A Community of Creatives

Live Monthly Meetings!

As a member of SOYRA, you will enjoy the benefit of being able to attend in-person monthly meetings. This is a great opportunity for you to meet and network with other artists.


Members Meetings are organized so you can find out all the latest SOYRA news including everything you need to know about upcoming shows and exhibitions.


SOYRA works hard to bring you engaging learning opportunities presented by a variety of qualified art professionals. Every month, you will have the opportunity to listen to a presentation from a guest speaker or watch a guest artist demo their techniques.

Your SOYRA Members Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month in the Aurora Armoury located at 89 Mosley Street, Aurora, Ontario. Doors open at 6:30pm and the meetings start at 7:00pm sharp.


SOYRA operates on a calendar basis from January 1 to December 31 with a break from monthly meetings during the months of July and August.

Previous Guest Artists


Speakers, Demos and Workshops

Here is a list of the exciting artists and speakers we have booked in for

Tuesday Members Meetings!

Up Next: June 11

An Evening of Critique with D.D.Gadjanski

June 11, 2024

Presenter: D.D. Gadjanski

Topic: An Evening of Critique


An exceptional opportunity to understand the importance of the elements of design. When properly considered, they make a world of difference in one's work. She will discuss what is good, what isn't working and how to fix it. 


May 14, 2024

Presenter: Roslyn Levin

Topic: Japanese Brushstroke Painting


Roslyn Levin is an internationally accomplished

artist who has practiced sumi-e or Japanese

brushstroke painting for more than 30 years. 


                                               Sumi-e is a form of spontaneous ink                                                       painting where the artist depicts the                                                       essence of what he or she is trying to                                                     portray with as few brushstrokes as                                                       possible—simply and elegantly, but                                                       with strength in each line or shade.

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April 9, 2024

Back by popular demand!

Presenter: Susan Lahey, MA, ISA CAPPPresident, Eastern Art Consultants Inc.

Topic: Understanding Chinese Calligraphy:  The Art of Words

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Susan Lahey will discuss the evolution of Chinese characters, styles of brush strokes, and how to “read” a painting, while sharing the beauty and philosophy behind examples of famous calligraphy that captures the essence of “writing an idea” this

is unique to the visual form of the

Chinese written language.


March 12, 2024

Presenter: Vicki Carruthers

Topic: An Artist's Journey


Experience the world through a child's eyes as Vicki presents bold, imaginative landscapes captured in whimsy shapes and vibrant colours. Discover how her passion for art shaped her journey, emphasizing themes of perseverance, love for sharing, and contributing positively. 

February 13, 2024

Presenter: Zorica Miric

Topic: The Mathematics

         of Reflection



Geometric reflection refers to how light interacts with surfaces and how those surfaces reflect light. Understanding these principles allow artists to accurately represent the play of light and shadow in their work.  Benefit from the expertise of an artist with a solid mathematical background!

December 12, 2023

Presenter: Geoff Taylor, author of 'Tom Thomson's Last Bonfire' 


Topic: An evening filled with lively and engaging entertainment as the author shares his creative version the events surrounding Tom Thomson's mysterious disappearance.

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This is also a much anticipated and well attended end of the year social event for SOYRA members. Enjoy an evening of art talk, connect with fellow artist and get your holiday season off to a great start!

November 14, 2023

Presenter: Kenneth Kirsch

Acclaimed realist artist will present a

portfolio of his famous Canadian landscape


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October 10, 2023

Presenter: Blake Fletcher


Co-owner of Cloud Gallery, a successful gallery in Orillia. Blake will discuss the business side of the art world and what the gallerists are looking for when evaluating artists for gallery representation. Be ready to ask questions!   


September 12, 2023

Presenter: Linda Welch

Creating a Sense of Place 

Linda Welch is a York Region photographer and

artist and the current President of SOYRA.


Her work captures timeless moments which trigger a memory or tell a story.


This evening's presentation reveals how she creates a sense of place in her work to freeze a moment in time, prompt a response to a feeling about place or a compelling desire to communicate an idea.

May 9, 2023

Artist: Andrew Hamilton

Medium: Multidisciplinary Artist

Topic: Paint like the Group of Seven

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April 11, 2023

Presenter: Susan Lahey, MA, ISA CAPP
President, Eastern Art Consultants Inc.



March 14, 2023

Artist: David Rheaume

Medium: Oil

Images from the demo!

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