Workroom + Studio
I’m Alanna and I’m an Illustrator.
I’m also a collector of cookbooks, mother to one fat cat, and cultivator of genius hair. I spend a fair amount of time scrubbing gouache off of my upper arms, even though I have absolutely no idea how it got there. I believe that talent is a myth that can stop us from pursuing our creative passions. I believe practice makes progress, and that perfection is imaginary (and boring to boot!). I believe in community and collaboration over competition, which is why I help run the Everyday Creatives, an online creative cooperative. I am also a big nerd for learning, I teach classes online through Skillshare (I’m one of their top teachers!).
Kathryn Naylor is a professional artist living and working in the Junction area of Toronto. She is an active member of Toronto’s West End Art Collective, participating in their exhibits and also managing the Collective website. Over the years she has focused on watercolours, coloured pencil, and acrylics, and has lately ventured into water-soluble oil painting.
Kelley Aitken is an author and artist. She has exhibited in Canada and Ecuador and has work in many private collections and is represented in the Canada Council Art Bank collection. Her work can be seen at www.kelleyaitken.com
Love in a Warm Climate, The Porcupine’s Quill, 1998 was nominated for Best First Book, the Commonwealth Prize. She co-edited First Writes, Banff Press, 2003. Current writing projects include a novel Dreaming of Tom Thomson, and a manuscript of essays, images and poetry about art, Drawing and Love.
Kelley has taught art for over 25 years, offering private classes and workshops, and running art programs for community-based agencies serving newcomers to Canada and women experiencing long-term poverty. She has taught surface design at Sheridan College and currently teaches drawing and writing programs in the collections of the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Lauren McKinley Renzetti
Lauren McKinley Renzetti is an artist, designer, educator, maker, and scenic painter for the film industry. She has shown her work throughout Ontario,Brooklyn and Bulgaria. Her role as an educator, spanning over twenty-five years has taken her to Georgian College, McMaster University, Ryerson University, the Art Gallery of Hamilton,and art Works art School. She currently works at the Art For Cancer Foundation, LucSculpture in the east end as well as the AGO. Her work predominantly is texture based: relief printmaking, collage, mixed media sculpture and high relief detritus painting in acrylic. She is represented by ArtBomb, The PATCH Project and was also the artist–in-residence at Unicamp of Ontario where she facilitated large community building art projects for ten years.She is also the curator of Neighbourhood Gallery in the east end.
Linda Hook is a visual artist working in a variety of media including ink, watercolour and collage. An experienced teacher of children and adults ages 3 – 90, Linda enjoys helping people discover their creative nature and facilitate the development of their artistic skills. She is particularly interested in the role of the Arts in Aging and Well-Being.
Linda has taught and exhibited in Canada and the Caribbean and her work is part of private and public collections throughout the world.
Loree Ovens is a visual artist working in a variety of media including a wide range of printmaking techniques. Her specialties include etching, collagraph, drypoint, relief and screen. Her background in craft and textiles has led her to produce encaustic, sculptural and metal work. Loree is also known for her use of washi (handmade Japanese paper). She enjoys teaching all ages & skill levels.
Loree’s work has been shown in national and international exhibitions in Canada, Japan, United States, Taiwan, Australia and Scotland. Her work is part of both private and public collections including the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, Art Gallery of New South Wales, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia and SGC International. Loree Ovens is represented by David Kaye Gallery and Open Studio in Toronto.
Monique Medeiros is a visual artist working and living in Toronto. She graduated from OCAD University with a Bachelors of Fine Art and has been working in a variety of mediums including acrylic, watercolour, and pastels. Her inspiration is derived from her love of travel. After spending 2 and a half months backpacking through Europe and Iceland, she moved to Calgary to explore the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains. It is these experiences that have shaped and fuelled her passion for landscape paintings. In addition to exhibiting in group shows over the last 10 years, Monique is also a vendor at the Arts Market selling her framed original pastel paintings, prints and cards.
Natalie Draz is an artist documenting her neighbourhoods with bold, eye-popping illustrations. Drawn to clean inked lines, architectural details and the gorgeous palette of ink and watercolour, her illustrations transform from drawings into three-dimensional papercuts that pop off the page!
Intermingling illustration, watercolour, printmaking and pop up artist books, Natalie creates art that unfolds, pops up, fans open and reveals her metropolitan stories.
After graduating from the University of Guelph in 2007, Pam Lobb spent five years as a studio assistant with printmaker, Tammy Ratcliff. In 2011, she co-founded Graven Feather Studio where is the owner and director. As a printmaker and letterpress instructor, Pam has exhibited nationally, won several awards including Best Artwork on Paper from the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and attended residencies with Sparkbox in Picton, ON and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VA. She is continuously exploring the intersection of printmaking and fibre arts.
Pamela Dodds is recognized for her work in relief printmaking, including woodcut and linocut as well as painting and drawing. She enjoys introducing fine art techniques to creative adults in the community workshop setting and has many years of experience teaching relief printmaking, drawing and painting to adults and children.
Stevie Driscoll is a graphic designer and artist. After years of working behind a screen, she craved an artistic outlet where she got to work with her hands and play with paper and paint instead of just pixels. What was once a hobby, her watercolour painting and hand lettering artwork has blossomed into Mumbleweeds, a colourful line of paper goods and gifts.
Visit @Mumbleweeds on Instagram to see Stevie’s paintings and get a glimpse of previous workshops.