Instructor Bios - Painting and Drawing
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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.
Mark Dudiak lives and works in Toronto. He holds a BFA from Emily Carr University (2003) and an MFA from Concordia University (2017). His recent solo exhibitions include Parrot & Crow at Projet Pangee (Montreal 2017) and Set On Stone at the Forest City Gallery (London, 2016). He has also presented his work across Canada, Germany and the United States in numerous group exhibitions and conferences.
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.
Jo Yetter is an interdisciplinary artist using text as the driving force for installations that combine woodworking, found objects and printmaking. Jo’s practice unpacks identity in relation to dualities of comfort and pain, as well as, growth and loss. Jo presents growth narratives as an alternative for recovery narratives to reconstruct recovery as non-linear. Memory and the innate desire to document our lives is explored as a means of understanding one’s identity. Jo studied at OCAD U and University of The Arts in Philadelphia and continues to learn through participating in artist residencies both local and international. Jo teaches all age ranges at The Living Arts Centre and workshops with the TDSB, and previously taught at The Harbourfront Centre and OCAD U.