Steeped in a rich brew of Cape Breton values and traditions, and armed with an insatiable hunger for authentic experiences, Vanessa is pursuing her passion in Nova Scotia. She graduated from the Photography program at the Holland College Centre of Creative Arts in Prince Edward Island. Currently working in Marketing, Vanessa has learned the strength and messaging power of strong imagery – whether it be traditional art, photography or new media. She is currently the photographer for a Canadian home decor retailer. Vanessa is actively involved in her community teaching youth the basics of photography. When she is not playing with cameras, you can find her living with her husband and daughter on their hobby farm just outside of Halifax.
Margaret is an acrylic abstract artist living outside of Montreal. Her work is highly textured, multi-layered, and reflect her minimalist aesthetic. Margaret’s approach to her creative process is a playful exploration of the interaction between paint, palette knives, and brushes. She is best known for her Women of Strength series, which she says, “They are not me, nor are they women that I know and yet they are me and they are every woman that I know. The works are unique and carry the life force of the women that inspire us, the ones who push us to be more, to dream bigger, and to aim higher.”
Ottawa artist Sonia Vezina is a talented abstract painter who uses both oils and acrylics. Her popular and unique style of painting allows the viewer to find things that remind themselves of something they love --some see a quiet beach in the middle of the ocean ---- some a healed scar. Each colourful work mingles powerful movement with emotional expression. Sonia is a seasoned professional with many connections in the local art scene. She is excited to showcase Ottawa's talented artists on the world stage.
Lori Bagnérès, a visual artist born in Ontario, and living in British Columbia graduated from L’Ecole Nationale des BeauxArts de Grenoble in France receiving MFA in Contemporary Art.
The fusion she creates using various mixed media and image transfer techniques meld seamlessly into built-up layers of muted colour, reflecting upon and echoing our ever-changing cultural and natural environments.
Lori’s work is shown both in public and private galleries in British Columbia, and held in private and public collections throughout B.C., the Yukon, Alberta, Ontario, the U.S., France and Australia. She looks forward to studio visits and passionate discussions about art with contemporary artists on the West coast of Canada.