Introducing the Artist Cooperative of Canada

Elizabeth Greisman:

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Born in Toronto, Canada in 1954. Her work as a painter draws upon her training and experience as a dancer, educator and landscape designer.
Elizabeth completed her diploma in Dance at the Laban School of Dance in London, England in 1977. She holds degrees in Visual Arts and Education from York University, Toronto, 1978, and a Certificate in Landscape Architecture from Ryerson University, Toronto, 1989. She has been a guest visual artist in the studios of the National Ballet of Canada, the Toronto Dance Theatre, The Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company in Toronto and The Burklyn Ballet in Vermont.
Elizabeth’s recent residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Ireland, The Banff Centre (Canada), the Pouch Cove Foundation (Canada) and the Vermont Studio Center (USA) have afforded her the opportunity to paint landscape from a singular vantage point. During her 2007 residency at Fundascion Valparaiso in Spain, Elizabeth worked on horticultural elements from ancient times. She is currently focusing her attention on the natural resources of Canada. She works in oil on paper and canvas primarily. Elizabeth has recently begun to paint with silk dyes on organza and vintage bridal gowns.

Elizabeth has exhibited her work in Canada, U.S.A.,and through Open Studios at Residencies in Spain and Ireland , since 2000.

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Alina Lloyd:

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I was born in the Soviet Union. My paintings serve as a record of my experience of the world around me. I collect images and feelings about my world and try to reproduce my impressions visually. The themes of nature intrigue me because of the difference in my state of mind when I am surrounded by nature. I want to provide the viewers a springboard, a trigger for familiar feelings or images. If there is something in a painting that talks to you, it’s only then that you can truly appreciate it.

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Gloria Stein:

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Gloria Stein was born in 1953 in Toronto, Canada. After completing Secondary School, she attended the Ontario College of Art for two years in the Fine Arts program, moving on to York University where she completed an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Education. She then taught Art at a Toronto High School for several years.

After taking off some time to care for her two small children, she returned to school and graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Architecture. While she worked in residential architecture, she continued to explore her own artistic projects, eventually finding that her work had evolved into a synthesis of architecture and art – a most personally satisfying outcome.

In her most recent work, she is experimenting with large-scale oil drawings that are executed on tightly stretched transparent heavy-gauge vinyl. These panels create spaces through and around which the viewer can move. The structures and mechanisms that raise and lower the vinyl, and hold it in place, are an integral part of the work.

Ms. Stein’s work has been exhibited at the Toronto City Hall, the Hummingbird Centre, the Hamilton Art Gallery, the Gladstone Hotel (‘Glad to Be Here’), 224 Wallace Open Studio Shows and, most recently, at the ‘Making Room’ art event in Toronto.

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Frith Bail:

Frith Bail is a ceramic artist who obtained her Master’s Degree in Art Therapy (M.P.S., A.T.R.) in 1981. In 1975, she began focusing her artwork on the creation of figurative work in clay, cement, and bronze. She has taught clay and sculpture classes from 2002 to the present. She worked for thirty years as an Art Therapist.Her shows have included:
– Glad to Be Here, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, 2004
– Celebrating Spirit, Victoria Spa, Toronto, 2004
– Fusion Fireworks 2005 Exhibition (Juried, 2 year traveling show)
– Women’s Art Association of Canada, Beecroft Fine Arts Show, Toronto, 2006
– Passages, Mad and Noisy Gallery, Creemore, Ontario 2007
– Purple Hills Studio tour, Glen Huron, Ontario, Juried show, 2007
– 1001 Pots Show, Val David, Quebec, juried show, July-August 2008

Artist Statement

Since I was a young child, my hands have always been in clay. I have been a sculptural artist since 1975, working part-time on my art and part-time as an Art Therapist. In 2001, I committed myself to working full-time as an artist; I also teach ceramics and sculpture to adults. I have always been drawn by figurative art, particularly the female form. After going through treatment for breast cancer, my figurative work deepened to explore the inner dialogue we have within each of us and the deep bonds between people. During these periods I created two series of work: the Canoe and Vessel Series and the Rock Series. In the Canoe series I explored mould-making and working with large textured slabs to convey a sense of women in canoes on journeys – the journeys that we embark on with ourselves and those with the important people in our lives. The Rock Series recreated scenes of women in connection with each other while sitting on the glacial boulders of the Laurentian Mountains. The ‘rocks’ are made from clay that I burnished and then sawdust-fired. My work reveals pure deep emotions, from vulnerability to serenity and all the way to joy and strength.

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One thought on “Introducing the Artist Cooperative of Canada”

  1. I just took a look at your blog and enjoyed all of your works. I had seen Gloria's before (the installation piece done up on the escarpment). Frith's ceramic women are exquisite. Elizabeth's work is so bold. It was nice to speak with Elizabeth today and consider some sort of joint exhibit up here on the peninsula. I hope to speak and meet all 3 of you someday soon. Lin Souliere

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