Artist Directory

We are a hand-chosen group of artists and facilitators located across northern Ontario and we are available as speakers and to host workshops, special events, fundraisers, focus groups and training sessions in your community or at your event. Our directory is one of the most comprehensive in the province and features professional working artists with a plethora of skills. Please feel free to contact us in order to book one of our amazing members.

Dani-Lynn Redgrift-Berthelot

Photographer/Facilitator/Founder

I cannot remember a time when I did not have a camera with me. I have always loved the outdoors, walking, hiking and exploring. Bringing my camera along feels as natural as the life and scenery I photograph.

Artists Biography

Karrie Emms

Artist/Facilitator/Founder

Born and raised in Northern Ontario Karrie Emms has deep roots and northern blood that courses through her veins.  Spending the majority of her life in picturesque Ontario towns she had ample opportunity to study the colors, silhouettes and sights which have inspired many an artists.  

Artists Biography

Anne Brule

Balloon Artist/Facilitator/Founder

Originally from North Bay, Anne Brûlé studied the principles of creativity through theatre at the Department of Arts d’expression at Laurentian University in Sudbury. As a young girl Anne was fascinated by balloons and her imagination was captured by the designs her cousin made at her store Teddy Bears to Go.

Artist Biography

Melinda Shank

Artist/Facilitator

The planet is both a wild and industrialized place, with few untouched places left free to claim their natural terrain and grow with
abandon. My paintings show the duality of the untamed wilderness, vibrant, organic colours, and the interference of man-made structures and the effects of pollution, violence and destruction.

Artist Biography

Shelby Watson

Crochet/Wire Wrapped Jewellery

Shelby Watson was born and raised in North Bay with a love for jewelry, knitting and fashion since she was a child. She would go door to door selling her jewellery as a young girl and was always eager to get her artwork out into the world.

Artist Biography

June De Sousa

June has been a North Bay resident for over 25 years. A qualified registered music teacher, she, along with music partner, Lynda Kennedy established Brava Music Studios which ran for 8 years offering lessons for most orchestral and band instruments.

Seven years ago, while travelling in Europe she attended a craft show/market and became fascinated with the paper arts, (paper tole and paper quilling)

Artists Bio

Abby Altman

Artist

Abby’s main inspiration is people, and she is passionate about highlighting beauty by exaggerating proportions and using bright colours and text in her works. Abby is the first youth member of Gateway To the Arts and a very talented and accomplished young lady!

Artist Biography

Jillian Bernas

Artist

Ms. Bernas completed Highschool and is a self-taught artist who learned by following tutorials and skill share courses which she has been using since the age of 13.  She began drawing portraits of musicians and pop icons she admired and she now focuses on the details and the deep emotional expressions people can exhibit. 

Artist Biography

Wendy McCoy

Artist

Wendy McCoy is a visual artist who resides in North Bay, Ontario. Her love of art led her to studying part- time at Nipissing University and the Ottawa school of Art, although most of her skills have been self-taught.

Artist Biography

Dave Stephenson

Photographer

David picked up his first camera around 1982. And then over the years he practiced nature and portrait photography, including the developing of photographs in a darkroom which, tends to be a lost art in the age of digital technology.

Artist Biography

Deborah Hickey

Stained Glass Artist

Ms. Hickey enrolled courses studying art history, different art mediums and styles but, her love of the arts took a back bench to college, getting married and starting their family. Now living in Northern Ontario, that love has taken root again and after attending a couple of classes in stained glass, she found a venue to express that love of colour, texture and lines.

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