ARTIST BIOS

 
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.

GLORIA STEIN

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.

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

 

Dr. Wendy Wobeser

wendyMy art practice has always been closely tied to first the study and second the practice of medicine. Medical school was a fertile ground for the development of a conceptual framework which underpins my approach to disease. The works at the time were also closely connected to aboriginal practices with the use of natural objects and beadwork.
In the 1990s I moved to Toronto to further my studies in internal medicine and in infectious diseases. I joined an active studio in the Queen and Don Valley hub. Alumni of the Alberta College of Art and Design provided the necessary tutelage and supportive environment to foster a materials based practice. At this creative time I worked on the development of artistic principles through dyeing and painting with pulp. My interest in portraiture dates back to this time and work. The art practice became and remains a critical release point for an intense and challenging medical practice.
In 2006 with a chance encounter with Elizabeth Greisman, founding member of the Artist Collective of Canada, my practice became more collaborative. I now enjoy working on large scientifically oriented pieces. In part this work helps me to find comfort in difficult and life threatening regions if medicine.
After successfully completing four works for Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, I am now working with a number of Artists and Scientists on a multipractice installation on “Endogenous Retroviruses – an evolutionary gold mine”.

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