Visual artist Nicole Bélanger specializes in the concept of directed murals. In both schools and the community, her focus is on group work, in both the design and the creation. Her approach generates a learning environment for the participants and a quality product for everyone.
Her community murals have involved homeless people, health care centres and others. Nicole is a strong believer in the power of the group effort, and in the fact that everyone has a place in the world of creation. Nicole graduated with a master’s in visual arts from the University of Norwich in Vermont, USA, and is an accomplished visual artist in both painting and sculpture.
Shanna Steals grew up in different parts of Prescott and Russell, including Casselman, St-Albert, Limoges and Alfred, where she lives today. Shanna earned a double bachelor’s degree in visual arts and in English literature from the University of Ottawa in 2006. As a student, she specialized in darkroom photography, 35 mm black and white, as well as in mixed media sculpture, assemblage and installation. She explored different mediums, as well as drawing. painting and performance to convey her concepts, but keeps coming back to acrylic painting, mixed techniques, sculpture and drawing, the four core mediums in her creations. She currently works in multiple mediums, favouring traditional manufacturing methods, given that the process of creation, materiality and experimentation are at the source of her art. She has completed a few major murals, designs and produces logos, and designs and makes masks for theatre and dance groups. She regularly exhibits her work in local and regional galleries.
Shanna has been teaching visual arts to children and teens, and acrylic painting to adults, since 2003 in cultural centres and schools as a guest artist. In 2014, she took the Artist-Educator Foundations Course at the Royal Conservatory in partnership with the Ontario Arts Council. When the Conseil des arts Prescott-Russell Arts Council (CAPRAC) was founded in 2014, she became the organization’s Coordinator, and later its Executive Director. To this day, she continues to share her extensive knowledge and experience as an artist, educator, arts administrator and exhibit curator.
Jamie Janx Johnston
Jamie Janx Johnston layers image to place with texture and perspective to entangle reality. Offering bold contrast and mythical scenes that showcase his photography as street art.
Alex Dinet (@bazarlepeintre) is a 23-year-old abstract painter from Sept-Îles on the North Shore of Quebec. He started painting at 20 while studying at the Cégep de Jonquière. Dinet considers himself an automatist painter, and has created more than 240 pieces since October 2017. He is currently studying at the École Nationale de l’humour in Montréal.
“Christine has been an artist for 60 years. She uses different materials, including ink, graphite, watercolour, pastels, mixed materials and acrylic. She also works with clay and ephemeral art, and creates from recovered objects.
Her painting style is realist, impressionist and abstract.
Her mother, who was very talented, was her first visual arts teacher. She recently obtained her Arts Fundamental Certificate from the Ottawa School of Art.
As an artist, she shares her message about the status of women in our society and her concerns about the deforestation of our planet.”
Bernard Lévesque is a well-known artist and has been an active member of Eastern Ontario’s artistic and cultural community for many years. He is the President and Founder of the Artists Association of Clarence-Rockland (AACR), and the owner of Studio Art Plus in Clarence-Creek, where he gives classes in painting and drawing.
Born and raised in the National Capital Region, Madeline is an autistic kinesthetic artist who focuses on the study and creation of natural geometry. She creates works in different forms and sizes, although her preference is for painted and digital murals. Her aim is to follow the golden thread of nature’s patterns to explore our place and identity in relation to our environment.
Désirée Perras was born in Embrun, Ontario in 1962. She is now retired, after having worked as a graphic designer and multimedia technician for the federal government. She studied art and design at Université du Québec en Outaouais and at St. Lawrence College in Kingston. She studied visual arts at the Ottawa School of Art. She has given several exhibits in pubs since 2005. One of her works is currently in the Brasserie Étienne Brulé in Embrun.
She is passionate about art. Since her childhood, art has always been a part of her. Her spare time was spent learning to draw and paint. Dry pastel and oil painting were her ways to express the beauty of Canadian landscapes. She currently paints mostly with acrylic and watercolours. Lately, she has been experimenting with abstract art by inserting words into her artwork to communicate personal messages. To her, colour is fundamental to art. Her creative process starts with colour.
I am from the Abitibi-Témiscamingue area, and I am an artist, painter, sculptor and metalsmith. I am a product of my native land, part of its richness. I tap into that raw material and transform it.
I experiment with several mediums, including paint, wood, clay and copper. I mainly focus on copper.
I shape it, cut it, assemble it and weld it. The results are original bas relief pieces and three-dimensional works.
I make my own equipment. I cast, forge, weld and pour the metal.
In May 1997, I started my business, Lunik Design, with my wife and partner Monique Dubois.
Since then, I have been making pieces out of bronze, pewter, copper and aluminium for myself and for other artists.
Through the processing of a raw material, each of my creations seeks to release a bit of my experience. They deliver a message that corresponds to my deepest values.
Nathalie Coutou is Métis-Mi’kmaq. She has a degree in graphic arts. She has dedicated her career to promoting Indigenous artists from across Canada. Nathalie has worked on contract with the Canadian Museum of History for more than a decade in the area of social sciences, developing her expertise in Indigenous exhibits. In 2001, she opened her own sustainable trade boutique, KHEWA, to promote Indigenous, Métis and Inuit artists. In 2013, she dedicated a space in her gallery to cultural interpretation services, group workshops and educational events on Indigenous realities.
Alongside her business pursuits, Nathalie has developed solid connections with different organizations. Her knowledge of Indigenous cultures and her ability to identify, address, summarize and seek solutions to challenges led her to a senior position in Statistics Canada as a 2011 Census operations supervisor. Through this position, she was able to strengthen her relationship with the Canadian government and Quebec’s Indigenous communities.
Nathalie has worked on numerous projects, including emcee for CCUNESCO, facilitator of a three-day course on Indigenous cultural awareness for the Canadian Armed Forces, facilitator of a course on Indigenous culture for the federal Department of Justice, an awareness workshop for the Marchons avec nos sœurs movement, participation in a Truth and Reconciliation Forum in her community, and various projects with the Assembly of First Nations. She also took part in the Canada Council for the Arts Peer Assessment Committee.
In 2018, she launched a line of made-in-Quebec clothing featuring her own creations. She hopes to inspire other artists to highlight their art and become agents of change in fostering reconciliation.
Since 2016, Nathalie has appeared as a guest host on Rogers TV’s Entre-Nous, where she seeks to raise public awareness about different aspects of Indigenous culture in Canada. Nathalie is an artist-entrepreneur, host, speaker, facilitator, interpreter and emcee with extensive experience in communication and event planning.
Born in Gatineau, in the Aylmer sector, Louise Héroux is a professional self-taught collagist recognized by the Regroupement des artistes en arts visuels du Québec (R.A.A.V.), and by the Bureau du regroupement des artistes visuels de l’Ontario (BRAVO). Her works have been seen around the world.
Collage is a technique that allows for all sorts of hybrid forms. Ms. Héroux has always used the figurative approach to creating and constructing her compositions, relying on the classical rules of assemblage.
The chromatic and tactile qualities of paper enable her to develop a spatial proposition. Her challenge is guided by the rhythmic interweaving of forms, colours and textures. Ms. Héroux has found a new passion by letting herself be prompted by the pulsion of colour harmony while creating architectural balance.
Fascinated by the vocabulary of shapes, colours and animation, Louise Héroux wants to share her imaginary language with fans of the visual arts.
“I started my journey as a painter in 1999, and since then I have been expressing myself with imagination in a figurative style. Today, I teach drawing, and focus my work in a way that blends colour and form in a sensual esthetic. My disciplined approach has enabled me to exhibit my works in many parts of the world and to live off my art. I grew up in the Outaouais, at the border between Quebec and the rest of North America, which enhanced by perspective on both of those worlds. I am a Francophone, but I studied professional photography at Dawson College. I believe that communication is the glue that holds humanity together, and I like to think that the visual language is universal and creates links between cultures. Beauty is everywhere for anyone who wants to see it. I am passionate about human beings, so I paint a lot of portraits. I am also interested in mythology and in symbols, which I often integrate into my work. I invite you to join me on social media to find out more about my practice and my art.
“Hirondella approaches the game of unpredictability with ingenuity and freshness. The outcome is dreamlike imagery imbued with poetry.
Anik Deslauriers studied cartoon art at UQO and has been painting full-time since 2015. In 2013, she designed the logo and official poster for the Salon du livre de l’Outaouais. In 2011, she received a grant from the Conseil des art et des lettres du Québec for the production of 52 SiMonde et Mia comic strips, which appeared in local issues of Transcontinental. She discovered painting on Yupo paper while doing artistic research, and since 2015 has had an online boutique on Etsy, www.hirondella.etsy.com, from where she sells her work around the world.”
Janelle Marier is a 20-year-old artist who is passionate about painting and decorative crafts. Born in Aylmer, she lives near water and nature, which have always been the sources of inspiration for her creations. Thanks to social media, she has been able to meet artists and develop her talent by watching videos to diversify her art. She has been painting and making crafts from a very young age, and has kept that passion alive ever since. She is studying to someday become an art teacher so that she can pass on what she has learned. This very imaginative artist never shies away from taking chances.
“My name is Marin Mitrasinovic, and I am a mural artist based in Gatineau. When I was 13, I became interested in graffiti and spray painting. Since then, I have been perfecting my art by creating lots of murals in the Outaouais area and collaborating with other artists.
In November 2017, I started KonceptArt, a company that offers murals and custom-made art to embellish the city. I hope to travel and paint works around the world.
I have always painted, and I have been encouraged to develop new painting techniques through meeting other artists. I would be delighted to take part in this project because I live on a farm and I am deeply inspired to create something different on the cow. I can send you different works that I created to introduce you to my artistic world.