Canadian born Carleigh Aikins (b.1984) grew up on Kempenfelt Bay in beautiful Barrie, ON. Being a multi-faceted artist, her practice has branched into many fields; as a visual artist, a stage actress, designer, instructor and youth mentor, but most prominently as a vocalist.
Aikins has been singing for over twenty years; first as a musical theatre performer, and then as a frontwoman and collaborator or backing vocalist for various artists.
Her skills in the Visual Arts have also been applied to Stage Production, as Designer on several shows with Barrie’s own Talk Is Free Theatre. Her work includes 2010’s Ivan vs Ivan with co-designer Katherine Salnek, which toured Serbia, Moscow and London in 2011. Before becoming Designer, she appeared on-stage for several seasons as an actress with the company ; and has a long history in stage performance. She also served as Director of Education for TIFTand worked tirelessly with youth on several original stage productions, public service projects, mentorship programs and theatre instruction.
Jessa Green is a prolific painter from Essa Township, Ontario. Her fantastical paintings invoke the sense of adventure and wonder that Jessa is bursting with. In addition to paintings on canvas, Jessa also creates miniature paintings and illustrations for her line of jewellery. Absolutely stunning!
Lisa Harrison is an artist and illustrator based out of Guelph, Ontario. She has an incredible eye for colour, pattern, and composition. Apart from creating beautiful illustrations, Lisa also creates beautiful greeting cards, gift wrap and paper goods..
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Joan LeBeouf is a renowned artist from Barrie, Ontario. She paints a wide range of subjects: from local landmarks, to portraits, to landscapes. You can almost always find Joan at the Barrie Farmers’ Market on Saturdays, where she showcases her artwork and is often seen painting in the wild.
Tanya has had a crush on flowers for years now. It’s an obsession really!
Flowers have always been part of her life and she’s been designing professionally since 2001. Her Muskoka-based design studio shows the love she has for every bloom. Her style is very natural and organic, perfect for weddings here in Muskoka and beyond. Tanya opts for locally sourced flowers whenever possible, some are even picked from her own gardens to create beautiful arrangements on event days.
Tanya’s experience spans from 2006-2013 co-owning the #1 rated floral boutique in downtown Toronto. After the birth of the most amazing little girl, her life led her in a new direction. In 2013 Tanya, her hubby Ry and little lady Reid moved back to her much missed and loved hometown of Muskoka. Here she has created a floral and design studio where her focus remains on each client- giving them a personal and creative touch in every single detail.
Carmen lives in the beautiful city of Barrie, Ontario with her husband and 2 beautiful children. Carmen studied the “Fundamentals of Art” and graphic design at Georgian College, Barrie, and worked in the graphics/print industry for 17 years. Nowadays, she paints in her home studio – mostly commissioned pieces, and shares her passion for art with others through her business: “Host a Private Painting Party at Home”.
Carmen has always had a passion for drawing and painting from as young as she can remember. She will doodle and scribble on any surface available.
Carmen’s paintings are whimsical, show her sense of humour, and are usually created using vibrant “happy colours”. They are fun-loving and meant to lift your spirits and bring a smile to your face. And, her love of teaching art is fulfilled; whether she is volunteering at her kids’ school to instruct a children’s art class, or if she is instructing a group of adults at a fun Private Painting Party, she gets to share her passion with others.
Nick Wolfe is a Toronto based skilled craftsman involved in sequential art, critical and fiction writing, music composition and performance, and computer programming. His comic, Name Removed, has best been described as “a cheery assault on the senses. Thousands of tiny hand grenades mixed in with your Cap’n Crunch.”
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