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Kinza Moumal Rajper, a Graduate of York University with honors in Studio Arts and a minor in Psychology. Experienced Artist who dominantly works with metal, wood, ceramics, stone carving, printmaking and mixed medium. She dominantly focuses on sculptural practice and in 2016 she was part of a team of artists that worked with Inuit Artist on a monumental size granite sculpture at York University funded by Inuit Art Foundation.
Toronto born artist Marco Bertuzzo creates large, highly colourful, and seemingly allegorical paintings. These pieces, historically inspired, blur the line between sensuous and grotesque, beautiful and tacky, possible and impossible, meaning and meaningless. Each piece invites the viewer to decipher it’s message and in doing so, fill the piece with the meaning that each viewer creates. Marco was trained at Parsons Paris, OCAD University and most recently completed a Masters of Fine Arts from Central Saint Martins in London, England. Although Marco’s current practice involves painting with contemporary media Marco’s practice is highly multidisciplinary and includes drawing, painting, graphic design, printmaking, Digital media, photography and much more. Marco has always had a passion for arts education and has the opportunity to teach at the McMichael Gallery, and at multiple during and after-school art classes as well as being a Professor’s assistant in multiple classes at OCAD and Central Saint Martins.
Csilla Perenyi is a graduate of the Hungarian University of Applied Arts in Budapest. She is an artist, crafts person, and industrial designer in porcelain and has participated in many exhibitions and shows. Over the past 10 years, Csilla has led numerous classes in ceramics at institutions and organizations such as Academy of Artisans, Pickering Potters Studio, and the City of Toronto Parks and Recreation. In 2003, she joined the Living Arts Centre as a ceramics Instructor and, currently, is conducting school and community workshops for all age groups.
Marisa Picard is professionally trained in Mississauga and has been working with clay since 1995. As a locally recognized artist, her work has been on display across the Western GTA at various art and craft exhibits, as well as in Central Ontario specialty craft shops. An active member of the local crafts community, Marisa instructs pottery classes for children and adults.
Wendy Heagney-Bakewell received an HBFA from the University of Toronto / Sheridan Collage Art & Art History program and an MFA from the University of Victoria, British Columbia. She is Artist, aspiring children’s book Illustrator and Art Educator whose passion is connecting children with art-making opportunities. In addition to teaching at the Living Arts Centre, Wendy is an Artist Entrepreneur through Tiny Brushstrokes, her business focused on custom paintings and small batch creative products. She is also a Preschool and Visual Arts Instructor for the City of Mississauga’s Recreation and Cultural programs.
Andrew Gaboury’s roots lie in collective creation and playwriting while, in recent years, they have spread to include community engagement in the arts and physical performance (specifically clown and contemporary dance). His work focuses on performer/audience intimacy, durational improvisation, myth and story. Andrew produces work with his company, a field of crowns, as a member of the [elephants] collective, and is one of three co-Artistic Directors of studio and self-sustaining performance incubator hub14 in Toronto. He has taught theatre arts classes out of studios, Toronto District school classrooms, York University, at artist residencies and various day camps. He is an alumni of both the Creative Ensemble (now Devised Theatre) and Playwriting streams at York University and continues his education whenever he can by studying with current industry leaders.
Emily Egleston received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Education from OISE/University of Toronto. Emily is a practising artist as well as an educator with York Region District School Board. Emily works in a range of media but her primary focus is painting in oils. Her work has been shown in exhibitions throughout North America and is also held in numerous private collections.