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As of the latest provincial announcement MERA will remain closed until at least June 2nd.   Rest assured the events and weekly groups are ready to go when we get permission to do so.   Below are some of the events & activities we have planned.
Stay safe and see you soon!
Welcome to all of our new members!   In these crazy times, we know you haven't had a chance to experience the true community spirit of MERA, but once the doors are open again we all look forward to welcoming you properly!   Thanks again for your support!
With the uncertainty of how long the shut down will last, we ask that you let Trina know if you are interested in a workshop by emailing, and once we get the go ahead, payment will then be due.   Dates change as needed.  Please note, we will post the new date for the Silhouette Workshop with Jan & Heather as soon as its know.  More example pictures can be found on the MERA website and the Facebook page.

Tree of Life Beads and Wire

June 5th, 2021, 10 AM – 3 PM

Member price: $50 Non-member price: $60

To register and to send e transfer please use

Supplies included for two trees

Bring pliers

minimum age: 14 years

minimum participants: 5 people

instructor: Patti Jo Wilson

Painted Wooden Garden Signs

June 12th, 2021, 9 am – Noon

Member price: $40 Non-member price: $48

To register and to send e transfer please use

Materials fee on the day: $15

minimum age 14 years

minimum participants 6 people

INSTRUCTOR: Monica Pope 613-390-2296

Bent metal sculptures

June 19th, 2021 from 10 am to 3 pm

Member price: $40
Non-Member price: $48

To register and to send e transfer

please use

Description: A one-day workshop taking you from paper pattern to finished sculpture, using aluminum flashing and acrylic paints. Some supplies and tools needed.   Art history reference: Picasso’s cut metal sculptures


MERA is proud to be offering Arts Camp for this upcoming summer. This of course is contingent on the provincial restrictions for children’s summer camps.
That being said we wanted to move forward hoping that indeed our plans will come to fruition. We all need something to look forward to.
We are offering 2 Arts Camps this year.  The first is the week of July 19-23 for children ages 5-10. The second week will be August 23-27 for children ages 10-14. Each week we can accommodate 10 children realizing the need to follow all safe protocols especially inside. Starting time each day is 9am until 3pm.
The cost remains the same: $160 for MERA members, this includes grandchildren and $180 for non-MERA members.   To register, please email   For this summer only, MERA will keep a list of interested campers and once we get the go ahead from the province the payments and registration forms will be due.  
Once again, the Arts Camp will be led by Jan Griffiths and her granddaughters Phoenix and Finnlee who work as a solid team with lots of experience working with children. There will be time for outdoor physical activity with the emphasis on team building.
“Our focus this year is to explore Art styles and various materials from around the world. We would like to inspire curiosity for a more diverse outlook and appreciation of Art from different cultures.”
Some of the projects planned for this summer are:
  1. Australia- Aboriginal Symbolic Art
  2. Canada- First Nation and Inuit Art
  3. Canada- Current Female Artist - Sara Cwynar
  4. Africa – Kente Cloth Patterns
  5. Netherlands – Tessellation - MC Escher
This promises to be an amazing creative, fun filled 2 weeks with plenty of opportunity to make new friends and reconnect with each other.
Please come prepared for messy activities, including outside water play. Bring drinking water, lunch, snacks, masks and sunscreen.  Hand sanitizer and other cleaning supplies will be provided.   This is a no tech zone so be prepared to leave your tech at home.
The last Friday of both weeks at pick up time we will be displaying our creations for you to ohh and ahhh.
Be assured that our intention is to make the creative environment safe as well as sanitized as indicated by the Health Department of Lanark County.
Let’s make this happen…looking forward to another awesome Art Camp!!

Masks and Art at MERA in June

Spring is here, summer is coming, and MERA is optimistically planning another outdoor art show for June 26. This is a call for entry for local artists and artisans to join the outdoor show.

A special event will be the “cruise and reuse show” by the MERA art circle. They have made art using found objects from the reuse.

Another special feature will be the optional ‘masquerade’. Visitors and exhibitors will be invited to come to the exhibition wearing a mask’. Large or small, a face or head covering, but it must conform to the health rules and cover the mouth and nose. 

There is also a children’s event planned, to paint a large mural.

MERA will comply with all health rules and social distancing

For more information about the exhibition, and how to register please visit the MERA website.


Masks and Art at MERA in June Registration
Please send your registration email to Wayne



Phone number:


Your Art Medium:

How will you display your art? (table, hanging etc) 


Please bring your art to the school house on Friday, June 25 in the morning between 10AM and noon and help us set up the exhibition. Let us know ahead if you need a table. You may need to bring your own easels or stands for hanging things.

Every thing will be put in the school house overnight for safety.

The exhibition hours will be 10 AM until 3:30 PM. You will be responsible for sales, and there is a 20% commission for MERA.

We are inviting exhibitors and visitors to wear a decorative mask if possible.  Anything goes...but it must conform to health regulations.

Our rain date is Sunday, June 27th.   

For more information telephone Ankaret at 613 278 1875 or Wayne at 613 259 5433.  Please send your registration email to Wayne

Award of Excellence 2021
The winner has been chosen and all artists have been contacted.   
The ceremony will be held on June 18th from 4 to 5:30.
Stay tuned for more information.
Company of Fools
Sadly, but not surprisingly, I received an email from Nicholas that the Company of Fools are not able to perform this summer by the advice of the local health units.   I asked him to send MERAs best wishes to all of the Fools and that we look forward to seeing them next summer.
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