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Marina Black

Marina Black is a photo-based artist, whose interests integrate photography, theatre, installation, and writing. She grew up in Moscow, Russia, where she originally studied History and Painting. Black completed her Masters degree in Visual Arts at York University, and received the W. Lawrence Heisey Graduate Award for outstanding achievement in scholarly and creative work. Black maintains an active art practice both independently and collaboratively. Her work has been shown in Canada, the United States, Spain, France, Australia, Ukraine, and Russia, among others, and has been published and reviewed in numerous Fine Art publications. It is included in the public collection of Heritage Municipal Museum of Malaga, Spain; in Alliance Francaise in Toronto; in IZOLYATSIA, a non-governmental arts foundation, and Ukraine. Outside of her personal practice, Black has taught visual art in several Canadian institutions including York University, OCADU and the University of Guelph-Humber. She currently resides in Toronto.

Gillian Foster

Gillian Foster is a graduate of the University of Guelph, Studio Arts Program where she specialized in photography. She is an active member in the local arts community as a practicing artist and freelance photographer. Gillian is the Artistic Director for Art City Toronto, where she designs and facilitates Visual Arts programming for children and youth in St. James Town. She is an enthusiastic Instructor that enjoys sharing in the creative arts process with children.

Richard Rallon

Richard Rallon has enjoyed 40 years within the photographic industry in various positions, including technician, artist and teacher. While attending Humber College’s Creative Photography Program, he worked in a local camera store as a darkroom technician and as a freelance photographer. As his knowledge expanded, he became a department Manager for a large camera store in Toronto and eventually became an owner of his own camera store. It was during this period that Richard started teaching continuing education in Photography at Humber College. Over twenty years later, he continues to share his love of photography at the Living Arts Centre.

Julie Vetro

Julie Vetro is an interdisciplinary artist and educator. She received a BA in Art & Art History from the University of Toronto/Sheridan College and a B.Ed from Brock University. Julie has earned awards for outstanding achievement in studio work and was featured in annual publications by the University of Toronto/Sheridan College.

Julie participated in the Resident Artist program at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, and has exhibited in several multi-media and fine art exhibitions in Toronto, the GTA and Ontario. Her work is primarily derived from sound or audio, and she is especially intrigued by the complex interrelationship between music and sounds, and their ability to evoke memory and emotions. Julie works in a variety of formats, which includes photography, painting, film, sculpture and installation and she is active in the local film community as an experimental filmmaker. She is a member of Gallery 44 and LIFT (Liaison of Independent Filmmakers) in Toronto and is currently working towards exhibiting new work in a solo exhibition this fall 2018. In addition to teaching at the Living Arts Centre, she is also an occasional teacher with the Peel District School Board.