Have you ever wanted to see inside an artist’s studio? As part of our Arts In Isolation project, Arts Etobicoke will be hosting an online artist studio tour every Tuesday on Instagram Live.
To view the studio tour, follow @artsetobicoke on Instagram and tune in on Tuesdays at 2:00 pm. You will need an Instagram account to view the workshop, once you are logged in, find the Arts Etobicoke account (@artsetobicoke) and then click on the AE icon in the top left corner, it will have a purple/pink circle around it and the word “Live.” Enjoy!
If you are an artist living or working in Etobicoke and would like to be featured in an upcoming Artist Studio Visit with Arts Etobicoke, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Darlene’s award-winning work has been featured in magazines and hangs in Canadian Embassies around the world. This past holiday season she was the featured artist in the AGO gift-giving guide and Pomegranate Communications has licensed her work on calendars, cards, and puzzles that are sold internationally. A member of the Etobicoke Art Group and Neilson Park Creative Centre where she studies and paints, you can find her work in galleries across Canada and the United States, in the Mayo Clinic and in private collections around the world.
David Chinyama is an award-winning multi-disciplinary artist who was born in Zimbabwe and is now based in Toronto. His work is inspired by colour, form, movement, and texture and is a representation of personal fascinations and experiences often shaped by his upbringing and cultural memory of different contemporary African traditions. Working in multimedia, David explores subject matters centered upon aspects of identity, socio-economic, political and religious connotations. He creates thought-provoking compositions out of found fabrics and recycled material that are cut, stitched, and painted together onto canvas to form different shapes and patterns.
Loretta Faveri is a Toronto based visual artist. After graduating from OCAD University’s Material Art and Design program in 2012, she spent several years exploring wearable sensors that generate sound through movement. Recently she has returned to her printmaking practice, creating 3D monotype prints as well as torn and stitched prints. She draws inspiration from Indigenous Canadian and African art particularly the works of El Anatsui and Norval Morrisseau. Faveri has been sober for two years. She recently received an Ontario Arts Council grant to bring art and mindfulness to the addiction recovery community at St. Joseph’s Health Centre.
Akshata Naik is an internationally recognized, talented visual artist, arts educator, and administrator. She works as the Program and Gallery Manager at Arts Etobicoke and is very invested in community arts through her job and art practice. She was an Assistant Professor at Parul University in Gujarat, where she taught drawing and painting in India before moving to Canada. She is a newcomer to Canada and soon after she arrived in 2017, she became active in the arts scene, widely showing her interactive art with several communities across Toronto. Most recently, she exhibited ‘Bloody Boats 2.0’ at the Gladstone Hotel as part of Nuit Blanche 2019 and was also invited as the guest artist by the town of Collingwood to lead an experiential public art project. Her piece, ‘Frozen Voyage’ is installed at the council chambers, townhall of Collingwood. She is also an accomplished speaker, presenting at the Gathering 1.0 organized by Cultural Pluralism in the Art Movement Ontario (CPAMO), Emergence Symposium organized by Neighbourhood Arts Network, and received a Newcomer Artist Mentorship Grant by Toronto Arts Council. She also was awarded a gold medal in her Master’s for best performance and final art display.
Natalie Very B
Natalie Very B. is a Polish-Canadian illustrator, muralist, and educator. She is passionate about facilitating art workshops with a strong focus on the therapeutic aspect of creative expression. Her large scale murals depict modern female empowerment and can be found all across the city of Toronto. She makes art with the goal of changing preconceived notions of feminism and promoting self-love and body positivity in the world.
Aitak Sorahitalab is a contemporary visual artist and art educator with more than a decade of experience in both fields. As a creator, Aitak received public and private commissions for producing ceramic art (bas-relief) in Iran, and mural paintings in Toronto; exhibited her sculptural work and installations in group and solo shows; and worked with varied art organizations as a jury and committee member in both countries. As an educator, she worked with diverse communities, peer newcomers, special needs and marginalized groups of people. Passionate about social development, Sorahitalab was an art director of an NGO in Iran, and co-founded a non-profit organization, Airsa, to help and support new Canadians in the arts in Toronto.
Mr. Hydde is a painter living and working on the dark side in the greater Toronto area. He matriculated through a traditional art education, including a B.F.A and an M.F.A. conferred from two prestigious Canadian Universities before the loving call of Low Brow, and Street Art ruined him forever. Mr. Hydde is an admirer of early Surrealism, Dada, Pop Art, and specifically the great and marvellous European art collective COBRA. He feels a great admiration and spiritual affinity with the work of Jean Dubuffet and the later, “In your face!” work of Philip Guston.
Mr. Hydde has survived a strange extended adventure in Tokyo, a private battle with cancer, and a soul crushing series of day jobs. He juggles his dark creative existence with an alter-ego mostly responsible for helping him hide in plain sight and pay the bills.
As a “people watcher” and a student of human nature, Mr. Hydde is compulsively interested in the dynamics of the subconscious and psychological narratives that arise from the floating bits of flotsam and jetsam that accumulate as we move through our complex lives.
Jenneen Beattie of Keepsakes Canada
Keepsakes Canada works in a traditional craft-based media investigating the connections between memory and materials. The work attempts to capture and preserve memories, it addresses notions of souvenir-ship, conservation, and keepsakes. Additionally, the work contains an embedded message around repurposing materials, sustainability, and supporting local markets.
Keepsakes Canada creator, Jenneen Beattie is the Program Manager at Mural Routes. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration and Cultural Management from Humber and a BFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practices from OCADU. She participated in a residency at the Winchester School of Art, UK and the inaugural bursary program at the Artscape Daniel’s Launchpad.
Elham Fatapour was born in Tehran, Iran. Currently a Toronto-based artist and an MFA candidate at York University. Her recent work includes painting, performance, and mixed media installation and has taken up diverse but interconnected subjects including satellite, surveillance, vernacular architecture, modes of communication, and empathy.
Mirna Chacín is a Venezuelan-born Canadian visual artist and freelance photographer passionate about telling stories through photography which she claims is her third eye. Since the 1990s, her artwork series has been shown in art galleries and museums in her home country, Venezuela, across Latin America, Italy, and Canada.
Shortly before immigrating to Canada in 2011, The University of Zulia (LUZ) awarded Mirna a Gold Medal for her artistic achievements in Venezuela. In 2017, she was awarded the “Community Impact Award” from the Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto, and was one of the recipients of the Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship grant by the Toronto Arts Council. Mirna’s artwork and exhibitions have been supported by The Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation and Neighborhood Arts Network.
Among her latest solo exhibitions “Where The Sun Rises,” an ongoing public display part of The PATCH Project next to Sugar Beach, Toronto, and “Paraguana Project,” at The Contemporary Art Museum of Zulia (MACZUL) Most recently she has exhibited “Subject to change” featured at Scotiabank Contact Festival 2019; and “Sons of The Sun” projected on outdoor spaces of Los Angeles during the Month Of Photography Los Angeles, Projections MOPLA 2019.
Jacintha Krish is an artist and instructor living and working in Etobicoke. She teaches primarily at Neilson Park Creative Center as well as at other art organizations in and around the GTA. Working in different mediums such as acrylics, mixed media, as well as watercolor and ink, Jacintha is constantly experimenting with colour and form. Her inspiration lies in the rich biodiversity of Canada, my home. The sights and sounds of the world around her constantly challenge her to push her boundaries to paint the ever-changing mosaic that is quintessentially Canadian.
Shane Ackerley is a contemporary artist living and working in Toronto. He attends Etobicoke School of the Arts for its Contemporary Art program and will study Astrophysics at Western University in the fall of 2020. Deeply inspired by astronomy and cosmology, Ackerley investigates ties between humans and the Universe we exist within. To convey what he learns, he uses metaphors that manifest physically in a spectrum of ways. Establishing links between his relationships with the things that surround him and the function of matter in spacetime, Ackerley is able to simultaneously learn about himself and the cosmos we inhabit.
Sasha Bateman is an emerging artist who graduated from Sheridan College’s ceramic program in 2018. Sasha has been known to explore some of the more curious elements of nature through her sculptures and has most recently been experimenting with the use of other materials to incorporate into or augment her work. At times contentious and antagonistic, and other times soothing and harmonious, Sasha’s sculptures provoke the viewer to explore elements of nature through their own predispositioned lens.
Ariana Pickard is a multidisciplinary artist currently living and working in Toronto, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec. She works with digital and traditional illustration, ceramics, and printmaking practices. A key aspect of her work is the heavy use of text, both with and without corresponding drawings. The intersection of art and words is fundamental to the function of her work, being to involve the viewer and allow them to reflect inward. The subject matter for said work revolves around universal experience, sharing moments of fear, guilt, insecurity, and self-love. She does however practice and produce both conceptual and material/aesthetically concerned work.
Oksana Berda is a contemporary visual artist working and living in Toronto. She holds a Master of Arts from the University of New Brunswick in Creative Writing, which informs the narrative quality of her work. Her paintings explore interactions between organic shapes found in nature. She reassembles them as ghostly washes, braids of graphing pencil, and soft pastel lines which contain the forms that might otherwise stretch out and over the edge of the paper. Berda treats colour as character; in her work forms interact and converse: they are introduced, they marry and separate. The landscapes are actively constructed and deconstructed within the process and by the viewer. Berda is an avid hiker and gets her inspiration from trips to various parks surrounding Toronto and spending time on Lake Ontario.
Olivia Graham is a Canadian artist born in Toronto. She attended the Etobicoke School of the Arts, Music Theatre, from 2016 to 2020 and will be attending Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts for Photography in the fall. She has had her photos published in PhotoVogue, The Trinity Review, a literary arts journal, Picton Magazine, the digital edition of PhotoED Magazine and Mob Journal. She has also been a part of numerous exhibitions including Art ‘n Mind: at Artscape Youngplace, Shifting Environs at Arts Etobicoke and Future Curators at Albright Knox Gallery.
Khadija Aziz is a Toronto-based textile artist and educator who makes glitch art using textile-making techniques and machine thinking. She graduated from OCAD University’s Material Art & Design program in 2020, and she was the recipient of the Craft Ontario Volunteer Committee Scholarship for Undergraduates in 2019 in recognition of her creative practice. Khadija’s part-time work at the Textile Museum of Canada has led her to receive the 2019 Award of Excellence in Community Engagement by the Ontario Museum Association. Her artwork has been most recently exhibited in Toronto and Mississauga in Canada and Fitzroy in Australia.