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Nadine Argo

Nadine works primarily to produce bronze sculpture, but also works in ceramics, wood and cloth. While she uses a variety of materials in her work, bronzes and the process of mould making and casting remain her passion. After finishing her BFA at York University in Toronto (1997), Nadine has lived, worked, exhibited and taught in Whitehorse YT, Edmonton AB, Mont-Tremblant QC and Ottawa. Nadine has always enjoyed teaching art and has done so for over 10 years with artist in the school program and galleries, as well as teaching for home schooling children and private classes. She has been with the OSA as a teacher, technician and student for over 24 years.

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Helen Beauchamp

Helen Beauchamp is a recognized and versatile integrated arts educator, art consultant, designer, and multisciplinary artist. Over the last eighteen years she has designed, implemented and facilitated thousands of visual arts, multicultural and multi-disciplinary workshops. She has designed programs and lectures for adults, teachers, and children through the Canadian National Children’s Museum, Ottawa Montessori School, Ottawa School of Art, National Aviation Museum, National Postal Museum, and many more. She has also constructed costumes, props and puppets for numerous museums, with the National Art Centre and businesses in the greater capital region. She is a graduate from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts and Visual Arts Specialist. For the last eighteen years, Helen has also worked at McMaster Catholic School as an Integrated Arts Teacher.

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Gérard Bélec

Gérard Bélec has been interested in drawing since a very young age, but only started painting and drawing seriously in 1981. He has a BFA (1988) and a teacher’s certificate (1994) from the Université du Québec à Hull. Between 1986 and 2003, he worked for the City of Gatineau’s Cultural Programs as their specialist for adult and teen oil painting classes. During this time, he also taught courses for seniors at a community centre and was the technical assistant for the municipal art gallery (until 1993). He began teaching at the Ottawa School of Art in 1994, and later coordinated the Children and Teens Program and the Animation Certificate. His time is now split between his personal and commercial projects and coordinating the OSA Outreach Program.

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Samia Ben Salah


Samia Ben Salah est une artiste d’origine tunisienne spécialisée en arts visuels et en design. Elle possède un doctorat de l’École supérieure des sciences et technologies du design de Tunis de même qu’une maîtrise en enseignement des arts visuels de l’Institut technologique d’art, d’architecture et d’urbanisme de Tunis. Ayant vécu son enfance et sa jeunesse à Tunis, elle a très tôt découvert la beauté architecturale de cette ville méditerranéenne fascinante considérée comme le berceau artistique de nombreux peintres. Tout au long de sa carrière, elle s’est engagée à faire de l’enseignement des techniques artistiques une occasion pour transmettre à ses étudiants le désir de développer leurs talents par le biais de l’aquarelle, de la peinture à l’huile et de l’acrylique. Samia a participé à plusieurs expositions internationales notamment à Tunis, à Lavalette, à Paris et dans la région de la capitale nationale. Ses œuvres témoignent de son talent et de sa maîtrise des nombreuses techniques d’expression et font appel tant à la figuration qu’à l’abstraction et au surréalisme.


Juan Bohorquez (Cynosure Jewelry)

Juan Bohorquez is an award-winning jewelry designer and sculptor. He has been an active member of the arts community in the Waterloo Region since launching his business Cynosure Jewelry with his partner in 2000. Juan’s work is represented at private collections and at galleries and stores across North America. www.cynosure-jewelry.com

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Gail Bourgeois

Gail Bourgeois holds an MFA from Concordia University and has been shown professionally since 1985. Her studio practice is drawing based and, in 2011, she began an investigation of moving images in the form of experimental videos. Her chosen themes and methods of working express the tension between academic knowledge and more experimental forms of knowledge based on her interest in collective practices, community engagement and a self-managed art practice. Gail has been purchased for the City of Ottawa’s Fine Art Collection and for the Collection Loto-Québec. She has developed and taught university lecture courses in addition to courses in painting and drawing. At the Ottawa School of Art, she has taught drawing, seminar courses and she mentors in drawing and 2-d design. Gail has held the position of Diploma Program Advisor since 2006. www.gailbourgeois.ca  | drawingthelinecollective.blogspot.ca | www.vimeo.com/gailbourgeois

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Rosemary Breault-Landry


Rosemary studied visual arts and design at Académie des Beaux-Arts Sylvia-Araya in Quebec City and at the Ontario College of Art and Design. She has been working as a professional artist and instructor ever since, and became president of the National Capital Network of Sculptors in 2009. In her artwork, she is mainly concerned with celebrating the human figure by means of three dimensional representations. She believes that drawing and sculpting fellow human beings in both familiar and unfamiliar poses allows her to explore the complexity that binds our common planes: the physical, the emotional, the intellectual and the spiritual. According to her, each gesture, each movement of the human form stands as an attempt to communicate something which touches us all.

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Dana Brezina

Adept in classical drawing and a painter in oils, Dana Brezina teaches Artistic Anatomy and Composition at the OSA. Born in Czechoslovakia, she graduated from the Classical Spanish School of Painting in Madrid. Dana is a founding member of the International Society of Academic Classical Artists. Her paintings and drawings can be found in private collections in Canada, Spain and the Czech Republic.

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Fabio Cattelan

Fabio Cattelan has taught art in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. He is presently with the OCDSB as an Art, Design & Technology instructor. Fabio has acted as art director for seven stage productions and has taught painting, animation, sculpture, web design, as well as stage and lighting design. Fabio spent several years working as a commercial artist in Toronto. There he worked on many national accounts as both a designer and illustrator. Fabio’s recent works include sculpture in both wood and stone. Fabio received an Honors B.F.A. from York University in 1985. He holds a teaching diploma from McGill University and is certified to teach special education. Fabio has been with the Ottawa School of Art since 1997.

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Chikonzero (Chiko) Chazunguza

Chikonzero (Chiko) Chazunguza studied at the Institute of Pictorial Arts in Sofia Bulgaria, where he earned his MFA majoring in the classical modes of printmaking, drawing and painting, later turning to memories of indigenous Zimbabwean art as a source of inspiration for experiment. Investigating indigenous knowledge systems, Chiko’s works exist as models for individual thought and action that are sensitive to the needs of the collective. Amongst his most compelling works are those that reinstate for the viewer a sense of ritual order and of life’s deeper mysteries, alongside proffering incisive, yet subtle social analysis.

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David Clendining

Born in Canada, David has pursued and developed his art throughout Europe, Canada and the US for over 25 years. While studying bronze casting and commercial art at the Ontario College of Art, he also audited animation classes at Sheridan College. He worked in the field of animation at Dick Williams Disney Studio in London, England, Nelvana Studios in Toronto, and in the television and film industry in Canada, the US and England. His art can be found in many public and private collections, and his illustrations have graced the pages of a variety of children’s books.

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Bryna Cohen

Bryna Cohen holds B.F.A. degrees from McGill University and the University of Ottawa in addition to studies at the Rhode Island School of Design. For the past 11 years, Bryna was Educator/Guide in the Education & Public Programs Division at the National Gallery of Canada. Her broad experience with various media has enabled her to deliver high quality educational programming in an effective manner to audiences of all ages. Since 1986, Bryna’s work has been featured in numerous exhibitions in Ottawa and throughout Canada. Bryna’s work can found in several private and public collections, among them the Canada Council Art Bank and the City of Ottawa.

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Pamela Cockcroft-Lasserre


Pamela Cockcroft-Lasserre studied Fine Art at the Byam Shaw School of Drawing and Painting (St Martin’s Central, University of the Arts, London) and graduated with merit distinction. Subsequent experience included gallery custodianship, teaching Art History and being an Art Critic for the Cape Times in South Africa. Widely traveled in Africa and Europe, she has settled in the Gatineau Hills where she has a studio, creating predominantly figure paintings and drawings; she teaches at the Ottawa School of Art and exhibits regularly in Ottawa and South Africa. Her work can be found in private collections in Canada, USA, France and South Africa.

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Erika Connor

Erika Connor is an artist and writer from the Gatineau Hills in Quebec, with a BFA in Studio Art and Creative Writing from Concordia University, where she won “The Irving Layton Award” for best fiction in 1991. She has published several times with the US travel anthology “Travelers’ Tales”: Best Travel Writing. Her writing and mixed-media paintings are inspired by her many experiences: journeys by horse in Africa and Mongolia, work as an observer of the Przewalksi horses, work in Ottawa with wild birds and wildlife at rehabilitation centres and at the Humane Society with the “Brightening Lives” Program, healing people with animals, work with street dogs in India, as well as studies in tracking and bushcraft and a lifelong connection to nature. This is brought extensively into her mixed-media classes for children and adults at the OSA where she has taught since 1999.

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Chayle Cook

Chayle Cook is a Canadian artist from Ottawa, Ontario. She completed her BFA at NSCAD University (2010); specializing in jewellery, printmaking, and book arts. Her interdisciplinary approach to her studies has led to an art practice that balances her interest in the fine arts with her love of craft. Currently, Chayle works as a goldsmith and design in Ottawa, Ontario.

“I work to distill the elements of natural forms, searching for the chaotic traces of their growth patterns. My current work has become a playful exploration of these forms and their improbable geometry.”

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Vanessa Coplan

Dernièrement, l’ art de Vanessa est concentré plus particullièrement a travailler avec du tissus. Son travail a pris un virage de la pratique  dans un studio vers une approche plus communautaire, collaborative et outreach. Vanessa était une artiste résidentielle à l’ école secondaire de Canterbury en 2016-17 lors de sa préparation pour l’ exposition au musée  du tissus de Mississippi pour les célébrations du 150ième du Canada.. Le projet  I Canada fut une collection de 17  couvertures faite à la main de pieces attachées. La moitié des couvertures furent crées par un artiste et l’ autre moitié fut faite en partenariat avec 100 élèves de la quatrième année à la douzième année. Il y avait une composante lors de l’ exposition ou les visiteurs étaient demandés  de confectioner leur propre pièce qui à son tour était cousu pour faire une couverture séparée en collaboration pour marquer la fin de l’ exposition.

Le processus de travailler en collaboration sur le projet I Canada a donné naissance à des partenariats plus récent tel que la sériede scultures sur des tissus appelés: NID et CANOT et un groupe de scultures flexibles appelés: Pièce repas.

Vanessa travaille présentement sur le projet à la main de pieces attachées qui se nomme: Sucre et épice avec sa  co-créatriceMarianne Weeks de la Nouvelle Ecosse et plus particulièrement de Port Medway.

Cette série représente l’ amitié entre les femmes, la correspondence, la communication et comment ses concepts ont changé avec le temps.

Vanessa aspire a créer dans la classe une atmosphère qui contiendra de la direction, du plaisir et de l’ exploration. Le ciel est la limite de la créativité, le travail de Vanessa a pour objectif de vous  amenez le plus proche possible. Vanessa enseigne les 4 expressions créatives avec des tissus et un mélange des média exploratifs à OAS.

SVP consulter le site web de Vanessa pour la connaitre d’ avantage et aussi y voir ses projets.


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André Coutu

André is a graduate of La Cité Collégiale who has nurtured his passion for photography since relocating to the Ottawa Region. He is an instructor for La Cité Collégiale in continuing education full-time studies, and for Henry’s School of Imaging. André shoots film by choice, but is equally at home using digital photography when required. Possessing a diverse portfolio, he gets his greatest enjoyment from product shots, creative cuisine and style driven portraits.

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Dawn Dale

Dawn Dale has been an instructor at the Ottawa School of Art since 1990, teaching sculpture, in both the General and Diploma Progams (Basic Sculpture, Modeling the Figure in Wax and Clay, The Classical and Comtemporary Bust, Sculptures I, II, Intermediate Sculpture and Advanced Studio). A BFA graduate from the University of Ottawa, she has exhibited across Canada and abroad. She is an active member of the arts community and has been in the classroom with MASC, ArtSmarts and Les Artistes à l’école. Her work can be found at www.dawndale.com and www.aregeebee.net/dawndale

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Adam Fraser Davidson

He developed his talents early. At the age of 15 he began to become fascinated with Abstraction, Odd Illustrations, Native Art and Symbols. All of his post secondary education and extra curricular with other artists has been in his hometown of Ottawa, the Ottawa Region and via the Internet. The Ottawa School of Art has allowed him to take the roll of Student then to Technician, now Teacher and Instructor for General Interest Courses, Teens Courses and Outreach Programs. As for his instruction, he has trimmed a formula to teach composition and demonstrate visual art material properties. Above and beyond all that is the idea, which is the initial work and takes the most time. Through mistakes, trials and studies he thinks that art thrives in those thoughts before the true works of art can even begin. At this time, he is bridging his talents and styles to push in a new direction, the pursuit continues.

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John Alexander Day

Nature is a wonderful teacher who continues to surprise and inspire John while working plein-air. The experience of working on location and seeing everything “first hand” helps keep his work fresh. This is mainly why John continues to work only from his outdoor sketches and not work based on photos. Back home in his studio, he will use these paintings done on location to produce work of a more substantial nature. ” I try to put more into these studio works while at the same time retaining the same feeling as the smaller works. By doing this, it is my hope to convey in each of my paintings a real “sense of place” to the viewer.” John is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Artists (SCA) and Ontario Society of Artists (OSA). www.johnday.ca

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Lucia De Marinis

Lucia De Marinis graduated from a five-year Bachelor of Fine Arts program at the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1984, where she majored in painting. She was given advanced standing to third year upon admission to the program, and was selected for the National Dean’s List in 1984. She was a finalist for the prestigious Gund Award competition at graduation. Lucia also has a Bachelor of Arts in Italian Literature from Carleton University, and studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome with the assistance of a scholarship from the Italian government. Lucia has been teaching at the Ottawa School of Art since 1988 and in the Department of Part-Time Studies at Algonquin College since 1994. She was a faculty member in the Department of Visual and Creative Arts at St. Lawrence College from 1988 to 1991. In 2006 she was the recipient of the first Instructor of the Year Award at the Ottawa School of Art. She has exhibited her work in numerous solo, group and juried shows in Canada and the USA and is represented in corporate, public and private collections.

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Martin Deschatelets


Martin Deschatelets is a professional Illustrator, 3D Artist and author of comic books and children’s books.

Martin has diplomas in both Classical Animation and 3D Animation. He has worked on 3D modeling and animation on feature films, illustrated for national magazines and illustrated storyboards for over 300 television commercials. He has also worked on concept designs for animated television series and taught adult and children art workshops and classes.

In 2012, Martin co-founded Expired Comics, a publication company that specializes in creating and publishing comic books and children’s books. Expired Comics’ first release made the top selling spot on iBooks Canada. In 2013, Martin was nominated for the Premiere’s Awards, in the Creative Arts and Design category, which recognizes the tremendous contribution Ontario’s college graduates make to the success of the province.

Martin is currently focusing on mobile game design and illustration. He continues to broaden his skills and enjoys working on more than a few projects at once.


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Mahshid Farhoudi

Born in Iran (1971) Mahshid Farhoudi immigrated to Canada in 1987. She attended York University and the Ontario College of Art and Design. Upon completion of the Drawing and Painting program, she then studied traditional methods of drawing and painting in Florence, Italy. Mahshid is a Canadian figurative painter who addresses issues of identity and belonging. Her work has been published alongside the poetry of Canadian writer and Trent university professor Kelly Young. Mahshid is a recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts and teaches at the Ottawa School of Art. She is one of the founding members of Propeller Gallery and AWOL Gallery in Toronto. Mahshids’ work was featured on Canoe Live Television (2007). Her work can be found in private collections in Canada, Europe, Australia and the United States. www.mahshidfarhoudi.com

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Andrew Fay

Andrew Fay was raised and educated in Ottawa and received his training at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Knowledgable in both acrylic and oil paints, his paintings centre on the human form. The figures are often nude, examining a gamut of physical and emotional drives. The narrative of his paintings in intentionally ambiguous. He creates a surreal atmosphere which invites the viewer to interact with the work of their own terms. Andrew has participated in numerous exhibitions, including shows at the Karsh-Masson Gallery, the Ottawa Art Gallery, and the Ottawa School of Art Gallery. His paintings can be found in civic and private collections.

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Alex Fichera

Alex Fichera graduated form Ottawa University with a BFA. Her interests include psychology, feminism and identity, which she explores in her work using a variety of mediums to create images and sculptures. Alex has been working at the Ottawa School of Art for 8 years now and is currently teaching in the children’s department.

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Cezary Gesikowski

Cezary Gesikowski is a digital media expert, photo editor and photojournalist who has worked with clients in Canada, Europe and Asia. He has taught digital media courses and workshops, photographed portraits, special events and weddings, and provided digital photography and multimedia consulting to government and private sector clients. He is currently actively engaged in numerous photographic and digital media projects across Canada.

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Tami Galili Ellis

Tami Galili Ellis was born in Israel and immigrated to Canada in 1986. She graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Shortly thereafter, she joined the Ottawa of School of Art as an Instructor in the Children’s Program. From 1995 to 1998, she returned to Israel with her family where she designed and delivered a very successful multimedia arts program to children in an alternative school. Her main passion is painting in oils. Since graduation, she has exhibited mostly in group exhibits and various galleries both in Israel and Ottawa.

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Adrian Gor

Adrian Gor’s work combines writing, egg-tempera painting, relief printing, and hand crafted organic materials. His medieval-inspired multi-processed techniques of line making and gilding, drives him to question todays symbols of human desire and containers of truth in our visual culture. For details of his artistic vision see his latest essay, “Reimagining the iconic in New Media Art,” published in Theory, Culture, and Society, SAGE Journals (2019). Adrian has completed his PhD in the Humanities (Interdisciplinary) Program at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada (2015) combining studies in Theology/Philosophy, Art History, and Studio Arts. He also has an MFA in Drawing/Painting from the School of Visual Arts, University of Windsor (2010).


Nathalie Grice

Nathalie Grice holds a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. She is a painter, mould maker and sculptor and has worked as a commercial artist for over 12 years. Currently, Nathalie works as an instructor at the Ottawa School of Art Orleans Campus, and the Outreach Program. She is also pursuing the Ontario College of Teacher’s certification in order to teach arts at the high school level.

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Diana R. Guy

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Diana earned her Fine Arts degree from the Surrey Institute of Art and Design in England after studying at the Wimbledon School of Art, London and here, at home, at the University of Ottawa. Her chosen medium is a combination of printmaking and watercolour, supported by a variety of drawing techniques. She enjoys working directly from nature with paint and graphite, then translating these works into print-based pieces.  Qualified as an adult education teacher, Diana has enjoyed teaching art to adults in various British and Canadian institutions. In England, she taught college-level credit and non credit courses in a wide variety of art disciplines. Later, she taught in private and public institutions in Edmonton and Ottawa. Diana has participated in multiple group and solo exhibitions and is represented in both private and public collections in Canada and abroad.


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Deidre Hierlihy

Deidre received her B.A. and Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University. Upon completion of her studies, she received a bursary from Graff Centre de Conception Graphique in Montreal where she worked as an artist in residence for one year. She continued her printmaking studies in Japan, learning Japanese wood art from Akiru Kurosake. She has exhibited her prints in Japan, Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa. Deidre has been teaching for 16 years, 13 of which have been at at the Ottawa School of Art in the Diploma, General, and Children’s Program. She is currently the Coordinator of the Children’s Department.

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Robert Hinchley

Robert Hinchley is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art. His paintings and prints have been shown in many exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Painting trips in Canada and especially the Ottawa Valley offer Rob an endless source of inspiration.His unique approach to printmaking combines painterly and experimental methods to this timeless graphic form. A selection of his prints was presented as gifts from Canada to the world leaders that attended the APEC summit in Vancouver.

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Stephen Hutchings

Stephen Hutchings lives in Ottawa. He frequently works on large-scale projects such as billboard-sized drawings, outdoor sculptures, and both site-specific and gallery installations. His work has been extensively exhibited in public and commercial venues across Canada and is in many important corporate, public and private collections throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. His art practice includes painting, printmaking, photography, and video work. More information can be found on his website: www.stephenhutchings.com

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Naz Ikramullah

Born in London, England, Naz holds a Fine Arts degree from Byam Shaw School, with post-graduation studies in Lithography from Slade in London. She studied etching with Michael Ponce de Leon, visiting Artist from Pratt Institute NY in Karachi. Her work is part of many collections both nationally and internationnally, and has also been exhibited worldwide. Naz designed and wrote a filmstrip for the NFB film “Making Faces” which won 1st prize for Art Education in Oakland California in 1989. She has recently completed a film regarding Cultural Life of Muslim Women of the Indian Sub-Continent. Naz teaches painting and printmaking at the Ottawa School of Art.

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Agnes Ivan

Agnes Ivan was born in Budapest, Hungary. She has achieved recognition throughout Canada and Europe as an innovative modern artist. She creates colourful acrylic paintings with themes of modern women/men relationships, love, neighbours, and multicultural ideology. Her stories are told through acrylic paints on canvas and paper, her talent mirrored through every brush stroke. She is currently represented by Calligrammes Gallery on Murray Street in Ottawa’s Bywark Market.

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Marika Jemma

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Marika Jemma has been a visual artist in professional practice for more than 20 years, beginning with her first solo show: Journey To The Temple (Victoria, B.C.) in 1991. Marika works primarily in the mediums of sculptural installation and video, combining natural and manufactured objects to create culturally astute statements that cut to the heart of what matters. 

Born 1963 in West Toronto, enduring a non-descript Catholic childhood and surviving the banality of a whitewashed suburban existence in the pursuit of modest personal debt, Marika left home at 17 to experience the joys of minimum wage, public transportation and a series of rooming houses in various dissociated communities in southern Ontario.

An independent learner, Marika has explored the public libraries of most of the major cities in Canada.

On a rainy day in 1982, Marika moved to Vancouver Island where she spent the next 11 years pursuing a series of odd-jobs (including theatrical production, sound and lighting), training as a carpenter and finally graduating from art school in 1991.

In 1993, Marika drove back across the country in a 1973 Toyota Corolla, dropped the muffler on a raised railway bed in southern Saskatchewan and ran out of gas in Ottawa and has been here ever since.

Marika teaches teen sculpture and mixed media, as well various summer camps at the Ottawa School of Art.

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Aline Joanis

Aline grew up in a rural area and gets her inspiration from nature and from trips around the world. Attracted by the colours, she chose oil and acrylics as her media. She enrolled herself in classes at the Ottawa School of Art and kept improving her abilities through personal experiences, special workshops and plein-air painting sessions. Many exhibitions, solo and in group, were done successfully, and her work is shown in many galleries and also part of private collections in Canada, the USA and Europe. She is recognized by a few Art Associations of which she is member. “Working in the arts and developing my talents as an artist is my dream coming true.”

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Farouk Kaspaules

Farouk Kaspaules is an Iraqi-born Canadian artist with a BFA in Studio Arts and Art History & Theory from the University of Ottawa. Farouk has been exhibiting since 1989, and the events shaping the political and social situation in the Middle East has strongly influenced his work. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally including prestigious locations such as the 9th International Biennial in Cairo, the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, London, England, France, Hungary, Brazil, Chile and of course Canada and Ottawa. He has also been the recipient of numerous grants over the yeas.

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David Kearn

David was born in the U.K., and from an early age showed interest in both arts and sciences. Choosing a career first in Aerospace Engineering and then in business, he returned a few years ago to his love of art full time. From the outset, he was drawn to portraiture and the capture of something of the human condition. David has completed portrait commissions for clients in Montreal, the NCR and the U.K.. He is a recipient of the Ted Marshall Memorial Scholarship from the Ottawa Art Association and one of his portraits won second prize in the oil painting category at the Ottawa Art Association 2009 Annual Juried Awards Show. His watercolour portrait studies have been widely acclaimed and he was invited to demonstrate portraiture with the Ottawa Watercolour Society. www.davidkearn.com

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Shannon Kennedy (Cynosure Jewelry)

Shannon graduated in 1996 from the Ontario College of Art and Design and furthered her jewelry making skills by attending George Brown’s Jewelry Arts Program from 1996 to 1998. She and her partner launched Cynosure Jewelry at Globe Studios in 2000. Recognition for her artwork has come in the form of several awards and nominations. Shannon finds the most enjoyment from designing her uniquely expressive pieces and exhibiting at galleries. www.cynosure-jewelry.com

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Mary Kritz


Mary Kritz est une artiste qui travaille avec divers produits du papier pour créer des ouvrages reliés à la main, des boîtes et des chambres à histoires.
En s’inspirant de la nature, de l’architecture et de l’art, elle crée des pièces intimistes développées de façon magistrale en faisant appel aux règles et omissions, à l’exploration et au jeu, en invitant le spectateur à caresser l’extérieur des livres et à oser regarder à l’intérieur pour y découvrir leur contenu.

Ses livres d’art sont remarquables tant par leur finition unique que par leur nature tactile. Ils témoignent d’une grande maîtrise technique. En se concentrant sur les méthodes apprises et en favorisant une large gamme de matériaux, elle considère la création de livres comme un domaine artistique à part entière. Par l’utilisation de techniques traditionnelles et via une exploration autodirigée, elle fusionne les pratiques du passé et du présent dans son travail.


Cet amalgame de techniques provenant de différentes époques confère un style alliant tradition et modernité à ses créations. En choisissant une variété de matériaux, des papiers classiques aux objets trouvés, elle développe des ouvrages reliés à la main qui ne suivent pas les notions conventionnelles de ce qui définit un livre, laissant aux spectateurs le loisir d’effectuer leurs propres associations et interprétations en fonction de leur bagage personnel.

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Yves Larocque

Yves M. Larocque holds B.A.s in Visual Arts and Theory of Arts from the University of Ottawa, a M.A. in Art History from the Université de Montréal, a D.E.A. and a Doctorate in Art History from the Sorbonne (Université de Paris I). He is also a painter, a renowned art instructor and a guest professor. In the course of the last 28 years at the School, Yves learned how to get the best from his students, knowing that only passion, dedication and goodness are the sole instruments of success; may it be in painting or art history. Content, concept and context are the key elements of his teaching, closely knit together with technique and know how. His works have been shown in Spain, Italy, and Canada. To know more about Yves click: www.walkthearts.com or you can subscribe to his blog at walkthearts.wordpress.com

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Elizabeth Lees

Elizabeth Lees is a mixed-media artist who works in photography, acrylics and printmaking. She has a degree in Fine Arts (Honours) in Photography from the University of Ottawa and has photographed for the National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Her passion for the arts has also led her to teach Visual Arts in High School. Her work reflects her interest in nature and the surroundings she discovers in new places throughout Canada and foreign countries. Elizabeth has taught many multi-media courses to a variety of ages for the past four years, including Introduction to Cartooning and Animation at the Ottawa School of Art.

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Heather MacDonald

I began pursuing formal Western calligraphy & fine art courses in the late 1970’s in Montreal and I’ve been privileged to study with internationally known calligraphers & painters since that time. Travel and Eastern philosophies are a major influence on my artistic style and I often incorporate text, poetry or Asian elements into my work. My long-standing fascination with Asian art forms led me to study with both Japanese and Chinese Sumi-e painters. At the same time, I enjoy the discipline and the freedom that Western lettering offers from a formal as well as an abstract perspective. I love teaching the appreciation of calligraphy from both the Eastern and Western perspectives; I believe the most important attitude we should cultivate is “Beginner’s Mind” which allows us to approach learning without judgement. My artistic journey has taught me that, like yin and yang, each style can complement the other and both are necessary to unify understanding. My academic background includes diplomas in Computer Science and Museum science; however, art is what informs all aspects of my life. In turn, all aspects of life inform my art! www.yohaku.wetpaint.com

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Jenny McMaster

Jenny’s work combines painting, textiles and stitch work. Her recent work employs the media of handmade paper and encaustics, examining social and personal history through clothing. Her exhibits In Transit and Archways and Stitchlines depicted urban spaces and explored architecture and clothing as second skins. Another series, Retrievals and Alterations, recovered the stories and faces of artist models and other half remembered women, through mixed media works. Her interest in fabric, external encasements and feminist concerns lead to a collaboration with fellow Stables artist Karina Bergmans in the Cake Show. McMaster has exhibited her work at Galerie Dentaire, VAV Gallery (Concordia University) and Gallery Shodan in Montreal, the Toronto Alternative Fashion Week, Gallery 1313, Engine Gallery and AWOL in Toronto. She has shown her work at Blink, Pukka Gallery, Art Guise, 7A Studio, Hintonburg Arts Park and Philip Craig Studio in Ottawa.

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Don McVeigh

An accomplished watercolourist, printmaker and illustrator, Don McVeigh has lived and worked in Ottawa since 1985. His work is found in many public and private collections in Canada and abroad. He holds a B.F.A. fromt the University of Alberta, 1972 and an M.F.A. from the University of Regina, 1978. Don teaches Beginner’s Drawing at the Ottawa School of Art.

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Sharon Mintz

Her first career was as a registered nurse with a postgraduate diploma in psychiatry. She was always interested in art, and started her BFA at the University of Manitoba. She then completed her education at Concordia University with a BFA in Art Education, and an MA in Art Therapy. In Ottawa, she maintains a private practice, gives motivational talks and workshops, and teaches at the OSA.

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Andrea Mossop

A rich balance of experience as an artist and as a teacher, with her background in art history and her passion for painting, has shaped Andrea Mossop’s reputation for depth of knowledge and breadth of imagination in teaching and lecturing. Originally from Toronto, Andrea has a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario, followed by advanced studies in drawing and painting from the Ontario College of Art. Andrea teaches intensive two-day long workshops at the OSA Orleans Campus.

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Paula Murray

Paula Murray RCA, studied at Sheridan College and the Banff School of Fine Arts. Exhibiting since 1980, her exquisite porcelain sculptures have been described by art critic Nancy Baele as “fusions of near rupture and serene beauty, echoing nature and the human body in their forms.” Living and working from Meech Lake, Quebec, she was elected to The Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts in 2006. Ottawa City Hall is home to her publically commissioned suspended sculpture “Nautilus”. Murray has had works selected into the 54th Premio Faenza-International Ceramic Art Competition Italy, the 5th World Ceramic Biennale Korea, and the Canadian Pavillion for the Cheonju International Craft Biennale, Korea. Represented in museums and collections around the world, Murray’s work is exhibited in the US, Germany, Italy and Canada. www.paulamurray.ca

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Lindy Nadarajah

Lindy Nadarajah was born in Ottawa. She has always had an afinity for art. She is a dedicated member of the Ottawa Art community who continuously thrives to bring artists and their work to the forefront. Lindy is knowlegdeable to work with many type of mediums including Acrylics, Oils, Digital, and Sculptures. Her current focus is Portraiture, Landscapes, and still lifes using Acrylic. Lindy has sat on the Board of Directors for Visual Arts Center, Orleans and is a current member of the Executive Committee for ArtEast and also a member of Arts Ottawa East. Lindy is currently an Art Curator of Promenade Arteast Gallery in the Shenkman Center as well as the Cumberland Public Library. Her own paintings have been exhibited at many galleries and special events in the Ottawa region. She is an official artist of the Ottawa Tulip festival and has hosted Arteast community events such as Queen Elizabeth Elementary Art Day.

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Patti Normand

Patti Normand has been a professional artist for over twenty years. She has worked professionally for many years as a sculptor and model maker for area museums, notably the Children’s Museum ad the Canadian Museum of Civilization where her creations can be seen throughout the museum. She has also maintained her own artistic practice of painting and sculpting, exhibiting in local galleries, and has a love of teaching and teaches on a regular basis for the Ottawa School of Art’s Outreach Program.

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ElBagir Osman

ElBagir Osman is a visual and media artist and educator. Originally from Sudan, he studied painting in the College of Fine Arts (Khartoum, Sudan), and earned a graduate degree in Scenic Design at the Academy of Arts (Cairo, Egypt). He has practiced art since many years and exhibited in several countries. Osman teaches art to students of all ages. ElBagir has also won several prizes for art and design. His works can be found in many institutes around the globe.

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Blair T. Paul

The artist was born in Almonte ON, 1951. In 1974 he graduated with honours from the four year fine art program at The Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto ON. An interest in education took him to Queen’s University, Kingston ON where he graduated with honours from the Technological Studies Program in 1984.

Since that time, he has worked as a professional artist and a fine art educator at various institutions. In 2008 he designed, introduced and co-ordinated the Introduction to Fine Art program, Algonquin College, Ottawa ON.

He has had numerous exhibitions in Canada and abroad, and as a result , his work is in many private and corporate collections world wide.

His work figures prominently in the collections of the Canada Council Art Bank, Carleton University and The Corporation of the City of Ottawa to name a few.

A book titled “On the Edge of Discovery: Contemporary Paintings in a Personal Context”, featuring the life and work of this versatile Canadian artist was released in 2009 through Penumbra Press, Manotick ON.

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Tom Pokinko

Tom Pokinko is an artist, illustrator and educator whose main interests are the artistic and narrative possibilities of sketches and sketchbooks. Tom is part of the global Urban Sketchers collective (www.urbansketchers.org) as well as a member of the International Association of Mobile Digital Artists (iamda.org). Tom studied painting, drawing and design at York University, Carleton University and the Ottawa School of Art. In addition to his art and design education, he also holds a Bachelor of Humanities degree from Carleton and an MA from McGill University. He has been teaching for over 20 years in both academic and non-academic settings and has exhibited various drawings including urban sketches in galleries across Canada and the US as well as online. www.tompokinko.com

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Gilles Rainville

An artist and illustrator, Gilles has a passion for producing imaginative ideas. For the last nine years, he has been inspiring children in his classroom with art history, drawing, painting and sculpting techniques, as well as animation, cartooning and illustration lessons. He is a self-published author and a published illustrator. He aspires to pass on his passion for art to everyone he teaches. www.grainfed.wordpress.com

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Erin Maura Robertson

Erin Robertson is a sculptor and painter who explores figurative and environmental themes through the inventive use of a variety of materials, primarily oils, acrylics, resins, ceramics, papier-mâché and bronze. Her art is marked by its whimsical and subversive play on everyday idioms, domesticity, landscape and mythology.

Robertson is a graduate of Ontario College of Art and Guelph University.She exhibits in private and public galleries. Her work can be found in various collections in Canada and abroad, including the City of Ottawa, the Crown Collection, Stornoway residence and has been awarded several public art commissions.She is a founding member of Blink Gallery Collective, Fieldwork Collective and is an instructor in the diploma program at the Ottawa school of art.

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Valerie Ryan

Valerie Ryan, B.F.A. (Queen’s University), M.F.A. (University of Saskatchewan), has been teaching art to children and adults for over 25 years. From 1990 to 2009, Valeri worked as a very knowledgeable tour guide and an outstanding studio instructor at the National Gallery of Canada. She has received Artist in the School and projects grants. Valerie’s colourful and expressive landscape paintings are in the collection of the City of Ottawa, External Affairs, Canada, as well as many corporate and private collections.

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Krystyna Sadej

Krystyna is mostly known as a tapestry artist, and this woven medium has greatly influenced her mixed-media art. These texture-rich works reflect her own unique philosophy: “The best thing you can do as an artist, is to allow yourself looseness of expression. Run away from conventional forms and landscapes by creating new relationships with traditional technique, colour and media.” Originally from Poland, she has exhibited her works internationally over the last 30 years, and her art is owned by collectors in Europe, Canada and the USA. www.krystynasadej.com

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Claudia Salguero

Born in Colombia, Claudia is an award-winning professional photographer, fine artist and also a Latin Jazz singer. In her artwork, Claudia blends photography, digital and traditional art into a magical mix. Claudia is one of only three Corel Painter Masters in Canada and the only one from Latin America in this international group of professionals. She gives conferences about her technique in Canada and Latin America. Her images are exhibited internationally and can be found in private and corporate collections. Claudia is currently member of LatinArte Montreal and is represented by Michael Gennis Gallery in Ottawa and Ambiance Gallery in the Montreal’s Art district. www.claudiasalguero.com

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Tricia Wilmot Savoie

Tricia has a deep rooted passion for colour and light, and a great love of painting “en plein-air”. Her paintings have a life of their own, with a subtle strenght to draw the viewer right into the canvas itself. Her works, which could be described as contemporary impressionism, now hang in private and corporate collections in the United States, Brazil, Australia, Great Britain, France, Italy, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Germany and across Canada. www.twilmotsavoie.ca

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Ruth Secunda

A visual and performance artist returned to her hometown of Ottawa in 2002. Prior to leaving, she helped to establish “85 Clarence,” a noted artist cooperative that contributed to a growing local visual arts community. After five years in Montreal, Ruth was awarded a Canada Council Writing Grant, which took her to the Banff School of Fine Arts. Following the completion of her project, she remained a Banff resident for the next 16 years. She helped to establish the Banff Arts Council, Banff First Night Celebrations and various visual arts projects. She also received a Governor General’s Caring Canadian award for her community work in 2001. Since her return to Ottawa, she became a Board member of the Council for the Arts in Ottawa. She currently teaches at the Ottawa School of Art where she conducts mixed media classes to adults and children. She is actively involved in numerous solo and group exhibitions.

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Blair Sharpe

Blair Sharpe completed his “A” Level in Fine Art (University of London Board) at Kent School, Germany and a special Post “A” Fine Arts Programme while living in Düsseldorf, Germany from 1971–73, followed by studies at the Ottawa School of Art (then the Ottawa Municipal Art Centre), notably with Richard Gorman and the late James Boyd. He has exhibited widely, with numerous solo shows in Ottawa and Toronto, including a major mid-career survey at the Ottawa Art Gallery in 1989 as well as group shows across Canada and abroad. His work is found in many public, corporate and private collections notably the Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa Art Gallery, Carleton University Art Gallery, City of Ottawa and Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. Blair teaches painting and drawing at the Ottawa School of Art, and has contributed writings on art and art practice to a number of publications. While his work is formally centred in the traditions of abstract painting, a profound affinity to nature and natural process pervades his work. www.blairsharpe.com

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Gayle Thomas

Gayle Thomas was born in Montreal where she attended the École des Beaux Arts and subsequently Concordia University from which she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. For over twenty years, Gayle has worked as an animation filmmaker at the National Film Board of Canada as well as in the private sector. During this time, Gayle won many international awards for her films that cover a wide range of subjects and techniques. At the moment, she is living in Ottawa and freelancing as an animation filmmaker and graphic artist. The School is happy to welcome Gayle as an instructor to the Animation Certificate Program.

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Guillermo Trejo

Guillermo Trejo was born in Mexico City and has a BFA from Bellas Arts School of Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking. His first subject after emigrating to Canada in 2007 was a serie of drawings inspired by characters from Canadian newspapers. As he tries to understand the “multicultural” landscape in Canada, he likes to draw plants and make prints of people. His profound understanding of art history is reflected in his contemporary work. He currently teaches printmaking and drawing at the Ottawa School of Art.

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Mary Ann Varley

Native from England, Mary Ann Varley began teaching in 1968 in Quebec City. When she moved to Ottawa with her family, she taught at Ashbury College where she was invited to develop an art program for the Junior School and later the Senior School. She worked there for thirty years. Mary Ann is a life long learner, with a Master of Arts in Art Education (Concordia), a B.Ed. (Ottawa) and a B.A. in Fine Arts (Concordia). She is now an active member of Arteast and instructor at the Ottawa School of Art.

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Lindsay Watson

Lindsay Watson is an emerging artist (currently residing in Ottawa) who works with oil paint, mixed media and photographs to “construct” alternative truths to real-life situations. She had long been fascinated by the connection between story-telling and history, both small and large scale, and tries to reconcile that in her imagery by making works that can be read in a number of “true” – but often conflicting – ways.

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