Marion Anderson is a multidisciplinary artist whose work combines natural influences in a wide spectrum of studio art. She enjoys exploring the universal idea of creating from lived experience through texture and colour. Marion is that rare combination of a practicing artist who can actually teach. Website Instagram Facebook
Hi-Sook Barker is a full time teacher known for her floral and landscape paintings in an impressionistic style. She is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour. Currently Hi-Sook teaches at several locations throughout Durham Region. Her original works can be found in collections all over the world.
Morag is a silversmith who developed her loyal clientele through markets and shows in Ontario. She is a past manager of the Owen Sound Artists Co - Op, created and managed the Fine Art & Craft Christmas Craft Sale held annually in Owen Sound and is currently the manager of the Owen Sound Farmer’s Market.
Alan McIntosh began Acme Anvil in 1994, travelling Canada selling his distinctive stainless steel steels utensils, blending form, fashion and function into everyday objects.
Together. Alan and Morag are the creative force between the new Georgian Bay Centre for the Arts. Located in Downtown Owen Sound, the Centre hosts workshops and classes in its generously appointed, professional studios while also being home to The Palette Cafe.
Chelsea Campbell is an artist and arts educator who had been instructing youth art classes for more than 10 years. Preferring an 'undisciplined', multi media, cross disciplinary exploration fo the visual arts, she has had the opportunity to work with a number of professional artists and gain skills in various mediums. During her years working at the Elora Centre for the Arts, along with art instruction, Chelsea assisted in leading the Youth Arts and Entertainment Council, the Rural Youth Artists Project, and the Tutu in You program for young sewers. Chelsea studied at Algonquin College and has received an Online Certificate in Youth Engagement from MoMa (Museum of Modern Art - NYC).
Kate is a graduate of the Glass Program at the Sheridan College School of Craft and Design. She has exhibited her work in galleries in Canada and the USA, operates a thriving home studio gallery, online shop, wholesales and teaches classes in glassblowing and metalsmithing. Kate’s love of the handmade world has extended to celebrating rural makers through her book “backroad craft”, written with Becky Comber as well as website and branding design for craft shows, arts organizations and artists/artisans. Kate has experience with accessing business and government supports top start, grow and pivot your handmade business. Website Instagram Facebook
Laura Culic is an award-winning painter, based in Toronto. She studied fine art and illustration at the Ontario College of Art, completing her studies in 1985. A professional painter for over 30 years, Laura’s work resides internationally in many corporate, private and government collections including the Art Collection of the Government of Ontario. Laura is represented by several fine galleries throughout Ontario, she is an elected member of the Ontario Society of Artists and a recipient of an Ontario Arts Council Grant.
Awards include Best in Show at the Ontario Society of Artists 139th Open Juried Exhibition, Best in Painting at the 51st Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and the David B Milne Award of Best in Show at the Art Gallery of Bancroft’s Annual Juried Show
Laura paints full-time in her Toronto studio. Whenever possible, she ventures away on long motorcycle rides or out canoeing and camping in Algonquin Park.
Jan is an internationally published illustrator and character designer. From picture books, commercial illustrations to advertising and clothing merchandise, Jan has worked on a variety of projects.She grew up in many towns and cities throughout Ontario, worked in Toronto and now lives in Aurora with her husband and two kids.
Her first Canadian picture book, ‘Gabby’ written by Joyce Grant won the Rainforest of Reading Festival Award – Montserrat in 2015. Since then she has illustrated Gabby: Drama Queen, Gabby: Wonder Girl, Lucky Me, The Cold Little Voice and releasing soon But Why? A Virus Story About Feelings.
She has illustrated children’s books with Joyce Grant, Alison Hughes, Jackie Azua Kramer, Lora Rozler, Cassie St. Amand, Katherine James to name a few.
Interesting facts about Jan: born on an island, kissed by a famous author, cottage on a Great Lake
Clients include: BookLife UK, Save the Children (Sweden), Happiness Is Inc., Ontario Arts Council, Clockwise Press, GAPC Entertainment, MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing, Rubicon Publishing, LifeWay Kids, Ransom Publishing UK, Scholastic Canada, Fitzhenry and Whiteside Publishers, To Know is To Know, Women’s Health Foundation, Below Your Belt, Farfaria, LilyLu & TT2 Publishing, Magic World Media, and Crayola Canada.
Member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
Honours & Awards
Winning entry “Car Art” Minted X Pottery Barn Kids X PBTeen contest
Below Your Belt, How To Be Queen of Your Pelvic Region Gold Medalist – Independent Publisher Book Award, Recognizing Excellence in Independent Publishing, Award for Juvenile-Young Adult Non-Fiction Gold Medalist – Nautilus Book Award, Better Books for a Better Word, Juvenile-Young Adult Non-Fiction Silver Medalist – Independent Book Publishers Association, Ben Franklin Award for Editorial and Design
Gabby picture book Winner – Rainforest of Reading Festival, Montserrat 2015 Nominee – Rainforest of Reading Festival, Grenada and St. Lucia 2014 Ontario Library Association’s Best Bets Top 10 2014 Featured in: Canadian Toy Testing Council Toy Report 2014 Award Winning Books Canadian Living Magazine’s Family Fun Guide summer 2013 – Great Summer Reads The Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids and Teens 2013 – Picture Books for kids ages 3 and up
Elizabeth Forrest is an artist print-maker whose career has encompassed three-dimensional installation, printmaking, drawing, artist books, teaching, and curatorial work. After earning a B.A, she graduated from Ontario College of Art and later taught there for seven years. Elizabeth went to Kyoto Japan in 1988 to learn colour woodcut printing or mokuhanga. She has specialized in mokuhanga printmaking since 1999 and has taught many workshops in the medium. She now permanently resides in Waterloo Ontario.
Elizabeth's work has been included in several survey exhibitions of Canadian woodblock printmaking; Memorial University, Newfoundland (1988);Stewart Hall, Pointe Claire, Quebec (2010); and Open Studio, Toronto’s 40th Anniversary Exhibition, 40 x 40, 2011. Elizabeth’s work was also included in all three International Mokuhanga Conference Exhibitions, most recently held in Honolulu where she received a purchase award from the Hawaii State Foundation of Culture and Arts.
While living in Japan Forrest was accepted five times to the prestigious CWAJ Exhibition and Sale, Tokyo. Her work has been collected by The University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, The National Library, and Toronto Public Library, Special Collections, and many corporate and private collections. Elizabeth Forrest’s work is also represented in April Vollmer's book on Woodblock Studios (2015), The Woodcut Artist’s Handbook, by George Walker, (Firefly Books, 2005) and Japanese Woodblock Printing, reprinted 2013 by Rebecca Salter, Thames Books.
Marianne Gibson earned her Honours B.A. in Fine Art from University of Guelph and has worked in various mediums, with a focus in encaustic since 2009. Her work displays a spontaneity and energy, be it the sensual curves of a life drawing or textural brushstrokes of encaustic. Website Instagram Facebook
Shannon Kennedy has been exploring the cutting edge of design using digital manufacturing technologies like 3D printing for years, integrating the skills of the craft artist and the technologies of manufacturing. 3D modelling, rapid prototyping, and 3D printing advanced techniques have created a new way for her to realize her designs as a jeweller. She graduated in 1996 from the Ontario College of Art and Design and furthered her jewellery making skills by attending George Brown College's Jewellery Art Program. She is an award-winning designer, a Saul Bell finalist, and published PMC artist. In recognition of her PMC work, she was invited to give a PMC demonstration at the SNAG Conference in Toronto, 2013. Shannon is a passionate instructor at several colleges and galleries, as well as at her studio. She and her partner are currently running their own jewellery business, Cynosure Jewelry.
Art has been an ever present part of my life. My formal education in fine art began in art school in my younger years years and continued at Algonquin University and at the Ottawa School Of Art. While working full time in office management and accounting, I maintained in parallel a career as an artist and art instructor. Painting makes me whole, and is an intrinsic part of who I am.
My paintings capture the world around me in vivid splashes of colour. I let my spirit soar with my paints as I paint what I see, whatever stirs my soul. After a career in business spanning many decades (yes, both sides of the coin!) living and working in Ottawa, Calgary, China and Europe I am currently back home in Toronto immersed in teaching and painting full time. My travels and experiences in different countries greatly influence my artwork.
I try to keep abreast with art and its ever-burgeoning world. I am an active participant throughout the year in many art shows and exhibitions as well as teaching art courses and workshops in art organizations. On invitation, I hold drawing and painting demonstrations in various cultural and art groups in Toronto. I participate in juried as well as solo shows both here in Toronto and in Ottawa, where my husband and I lived for several years while raising our family. Back home in Toronto now, I belong to a few select art groups in and around the GTA and find it enormously stimulating and deeply satisfying to be a part of the cultural art mosaic of this vibrant city.
As a member of Saatchi Art International and Artfinder, I currently sell my work in Canada, USA., UK and Asia.
"When I moved to Toronto to study at the Ontario College of Art and Design, I discovered that being half Swiss, half Egyptian, francophone and at the time newly bilingual, was the perfect way to blend into this amazing city.
This was also when I discovered that silkscreen printing is my passion. After graduation, and a three year residency at the Harbourfront Craft Studios, I opened my own silkscreen printing studio in the Queen West District of Toronto. It was during this time that I developed a line of silkscreen printed pillows. This was just the beginning of a great printing adventure. From pillows to clothing to commissioned work to limited edition artwork and print installations – I have printed on every possible fabric and surface, participated in some of the biggest art and craft shows in Canada and the U.S, attended international artists residencies, and collaborated with great artists and designers. I was also commissioned four times by the Art Gallery of Ontario and 13 of my prints on paper are in the City of Toronto Art Collection.
Printing printing printing, what a great way to spend all these years. And I can’t wait for more!"
I paint things that are important to me. Things that have an impact on my life, like my family, my history, and the landscape around me. I've lived in Ontario, Britain, and Quebec, and these places and experiences come out in different ways in the work that I do. Regardless of my subject matter or medium, I strive to create an atmosphere and mood in each piece that viewers can connect with.
I work from my own studio in Guelph and teach courses in both painting and dry pastel. My work is held in private and corporate collections throughout Canada, United States, Austalia and NewZealand. I also show my work in several galleries in Toronto, Oakville, Waterloo and in Guelph.
Krystyne develops simple recipes using natural and wholesome ingredients. Through her passion for cooking, Krystyne created the annual Kidz Cuisine classes. Her personal business “Krystyne’s Kitchen” offers private and group lessons and will be releasing a cookbook in the near future.
Jenna grew up and still resides on the North Bruce Peninsula. She went to
high-school at Bruce Peninsula District school. She has a degree in
Wildlife Biology from the University of Guelph and a graduate
certificate in Science Illustration from California State Monterey Bay.
She has spent over a decade working for Parks Canada in Tobermory
in ecological research and nature interpretation. She is passionate
about learning about, teaching, and preserving traditional skills and
knowledge. She likes to use her illustration and communication skills to
record knowledge and teach others about nature and history.
Sue’s work is informed by a collective imprint of landscape that has influenced her life since childhood. Growing up in rural Ontario, Canada, Sue spent most of her time exploring the natural environment with a keen sense of the signifigance and wonder of the often overlooked magic.
Sue studied Fine Art at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario graduating in 1986. Since then she has continuously worked from her studio developing a strong body of work. An extensive teaching career has included her work with First Nations in Newfoundland/Labrador and Nova Scotia, programming workshops for Autism Ontario, facilitating art retreats in Newfoundland and is part time summer faculty at Sir Sanford Fleming College, Haliburton Campus. Her work is represented by In2Art Gallery in Oakville Ontario, and is held in private collections across North America, Europe and Japan.
John Novak is an Artist living in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. His art includes photographic prints of nature, wildlife, and textures along with sculptures of songbirds, waterfowl, santas and whimsical cottages. John's preferred choice of medium for his art includes digital imaging for his fine art and canvas prints along with wood, soapstone, cottonwood bark and wire for his sculptures. John has a passionate interest in the beauty of nature and the hidden beauty of everyday images. John's artistic life, which started in sculpting songbirds and waterfowl in wood and now soapstone, has expanded to include the mediums of cottonwood bark and digital imaging where he can further his avid observation of nature and the hidden beauty of everyday images. John's work captures nature in several forms; woodcarving, bark carving, soapstone carving wire sculpture and photographic art. Website
Chantal Rousseau’s practice brings together popular culture, sex, death, and technology. Playing off fleeting internet obsessions and subcultures, she intertwines humour and the macabre and makes feminism sexy.
Her work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally, including Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Centre, Buffalo; the wrong biennale; Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris; Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston; The New Gallery, Calgary; Latitude 53, Edmonton; Mercer Union, Toronto; and La Centrale, Montreal.
Her videos have been screened in numerous venues and festivals including the Festival Polyphonix, Bologna, Italy. Her work was featured as GIF of the Day on Art F City in 2014.
Rousseau currently has a temporary public artwork on display in Erindale Park in Mississauga, Ontario. The project We are all here is administered by Mississauga Culture Division in partnership with Mississauga Parks, Forestry, and Environment Division. The series of flags features species found in the Credit River Watershed, and will be exhibited until October 2021. She also recently completed a series of billboards for the City of Kingston’s Paved Paradise temporary public art series, that were on display from July to December 2020. In the fall of 2020 she had a solo show at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Tap Dancing Seagull and Other Stories, which featured a series of animated GIFs.
Chantal Rousseau has been involved in multiple artist collectives. She was a member of Agitated Plover Salon, a group of six Kingston-based artists, who exhibited from 2013 to 2014. She was also a member of Toronto-based Personal Volare, eleven artists who exhibited together from 2000 to 2009.
She is a graduate of the University of Guelph (MFA), and Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (BFA).
Sara Sniderhan studied classical drawing and painting with American artist Jeremy Lipking. Her work is represented by Ingram Gallery in Yorkville, Toronto and has been exhibited in Toronto, New York, Calgary, Winnipeg and Hamilton. Sniderhan has been awarded by the Portrait Society of America, the Toronto and Ontario Arts Councils and was shortlisted for the Kingston Prize for Portraiture this year. In 2010 The National Portrait Gallery of Canada added her painting of Canadian actor Enrico Colantoni to their permanent collection. She lives on a farm, is a sessional professor at OCAD U and teaches workshops and weekly classes in her studio in Creemore, ON.
Michael Spillane has an eclectic background in the arts. He teaches art courses at his studio in Mississauga and workshops throughout Ontario. Recently Michael has finished writing a book on botanical art titled, Botanical Drawing & Painting – A Step-By-Step Tutorial in Graphite, Colored Pencils and Watercolour – available in early 2020. Website Facebook
Rob Stimpson works in the tourism world; he is an internationally published, award-winning photographer. He teaches photography part time at Fleming College as well as runs workshops throughout Ontario. His working in Basle Switzerland as a photographer’s assistant laid the foundation for his success today. His first commercial break through came from selling images to Canada’s prestigious National Film Board. Rob has photographed for Ontario Tourism, Ontario Parks and Parks Canada for many years. His work has appeared on the covers of Ontario Parks Guides, calendars, magazines and national ads for the province and Canada. He has garnered numerous awards, including a Northern Lights Award from the Canadian Tourism Commission and Best Travel Photography Award from the Ontario Tourism Summit. In October 2012 he was nominated and accepted into the College of Fellows in the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
He has co-authored An Artists and Photographers Guide to Wild Ontario as well as contributed to numerous books. His work has graced Canadian Geographic, Explore Magazine, Cathay Pacific, Japan Air in-flight magazines. His fine art prints hang in private homes around the world. Travels have taken him to many places but his favourite are Antarctica and the Arctic where he works as an expedition photographer for One Ocean Expeditions. In 2014 Rob was part of Ice Tracks Expedition’s centenary celebration of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 Trans Antarctic Expedition. July 2016 he was selected by the Globe and Mail and Lexus to be showcased with 9 others showcasing their professional lives.
Suzette Terry is a prolific painter, exhibiting spiritual, energetic and colourful large scale acrylic paintings at Matilda Swanson Gallery. She teaches children and adult classes at the Grand Bend Art Centre, Southampton School of Art and Paint Jam sessions across Ontario. Website Instagram
Heather Travis is a communications strategist, brand builder, and lover of all things creative. Heather works with small businesses and entrepreneurs in crafting their brand story, coaching them on building their business both online and off using strategic marketing tactics unified under their core brand values and business goals.Heather is also actively working as an artist and muralist selling her large scale, colourful abstracts, as well as creating unique murals for businesses and happy homes.
Michele Van Maurik was born into an artistic family and started painting at a very early age; her father was an accomplished painter from Utrecht in Holland and had a studio in their home. Michele’s early career was very successful as a commercial artist and muralist. Since moving to Oakville in 2010, she has been painting full time as a fine artist.
Proficient in both oils and pastels, she paints a variety of subjects from florals and still lifes, to landscapes and portraits. A love of nature and the outdoors has inspired her latest series of work, celebrating the art of florals. “Flowers are nature’s eye candy! I love to capture the translucency of light shining thru a petal, their organic shapes and vibrant colors.” Michele’s paintings were very well received at the McMichael Canadian art gallery, where she was named as one of the top ten artists for the third year in a row! One of the highlights of Michele’s career, was being invited to represent Canada at the Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts held at the Louvre this past December with her painting, “Dancing Orchids”. This is the second year in a row exhibiting in France; In 2013, “Tournesol” had garnered the attention of the president of the Arts Sciences and Lettres Academy of Paris. She was awarded the Medaille d’Argent (Silver Medal) for excellence in painting. While attending the awards ceremony this past June, Michele became inspired by the beautiful gardens on the grounds of the Rodin Museum and is busy creating paintings for her new series “Fleurs dans le jardin Rodin”. This past September, Michele’s painitngs, “Purple Rhapsody” and “Sundance” were juried into the Artistes du Monde Cannes by Marina Picasso, who she had the pleasure of meeting.
Michele’s painting, “Ballet of Petals” was selected as the grand prize winner of International Artist Magazine’s floral competition and her work will be featured in American Art Collector in 2015.