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HISTORY OF THE MEDALLIC ART SOCIETY OF CANADA
In 1966, Del Newbigging, MASC’S president-to-be, began his study of medals with Canada’s foremost medallist, Dora de Pédery-Hunt. His continued involvement in the medallic arts through the British Art Medal Society, the American Medallic Sculpture Association, and the Fédération Internationale de la Médaille/International Medal Federation, inspired the foundation of the Medallic Art Society of Canada. On July 16, 2000, with a National Post reporter present, Del Newbigging, Dora de Pédery-Hunt and other notable medallists voted unanimously to form MASC.
With the adoption of its mission statement, pragmatic and tactical details being resolved, the founding members were established: Dora de Pédery-Hunt, Dr. Alexander Husveti, Geert Maas, Susan Taylor, Anne Lazare-Mirvish, Del Newbigging, Linda Mazur-Jack, and Carlo Tacalino, with the latter three holding the offices of president, secretary and treasurer respectively. Saulius Jaskus,Yoshiko Sunahara, and Alice Teichert were soon added to the MASC team.
The May 5, 2001 meeting established future MASC goals. Advice on means for MASC to establish connections with numismatic societies was offered by the Canadian Numismatic Association’s education chairman, Paul Johnson. In October of 2001, MASC’s initial newsletter “behind the MASC” was issued with MASC member John Carolan as editor, and in spring of 2002, plans began for the first MASC exhibition in Ottawa. The dates of October 19, 2002 to April 2003 were determined, with the Canadian War Museum as host, in partnership with the Royal Canadian Mint.
Currently the society consists of over 60 corporate, civic and private members, including galleries and the Royal Canadian Mint.
Newbigging’s “The Man behind the Masc’; The Medal, No. 39, 2001, and