Kate Taylor, Chair, Artists Network
Kate Taylor is an abstract artist born in England, working out of her studio in Toronto, Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Western University where she was taught painting by internationally-renowned artist, Paterson Ewen. Inspired by nature, Kate is committed to capturing joy in her brightly coloured pieces. She has gallery representation in Toronto, Montreal, Waterloo, Kingston, Boston, New Jersey and Grand Rapids. She is part of SolidColour and ColourShift Abstract Art Collectives, showing in art fairs across Canada and the US. When not painting, Kate is President of Kaleidoscope Marketing, an agency specializing in executive engagement, Past Chair of the Canadian Advertising Museum and Past President of the American Marketing Association.
Jamie MacLean, Treasurer
It took a 30+ year career in engineering and management to discover what I really wanted to do. Be an artist. In 2005 at 55 I made the switch to fulltime landscape artist (and freedom 55) with my first show – the Riverdale Art Walk. Since then I have participated in well over 100 art shows, presently work with 6 galleries, am an ex chair of the Board of the Artists Network and am now an active member of that board. Highlights include 4 time “top ten seller” at the McMichael Volunteers Autumn art sale, 2 time winner of the People’s Choice award at the TWAC/CNE juried art show, winner of the Jurors award at the Little Art Show
Gary Bercovitch, Secretary
Gary is a painter, sculptor, curator, impresario, inventor, designer and writer. Active with artist groups and galleries for over twenty years, Bercovitch is a seasoned fundraiser and recruiter. An avid entrepreneur, he has had marketing, communications and communication technologies businesses. He is a self taught artist, best known for his abstractions in plays with colour, flow and form. Bercovitch has exhibited his work widely in Canada and the United States and his art is held in many private collections in North America, Europe and Asia. He is also a healer, a charmsmith and an adventurous cook. He works front of house for the Art Gallery of Ontario where he delights in guiding and fostering the love of art.”
Paul Brandejs, Director
Paul Brandejs is a Canadian abstract artist who isolates the abstract that exists in his photographs and print the images on canvas which is stretched onto variously shaped stretcher, producing a 3D effect that enhance the abstract nature of each image. He views the shape and texture of the canvas as a catalyst to unlimited creativity and pushes canvas from a traditional square or rectangle to a new art form. Paul studied in Banff School of fine Arts and holds a four year diploma in Fine Arts from Ontario College of Art, spending his last year of study in Florence, Italy, studying under Canadian Figurative Artist Tom La Pierre. He also received a Communications & Design/Editorial Design degree from Ontario College of Art and is a member for Registered Graphic Designer (R.G.D.) of Ontario since 1996.
Jessica Lin, Director
Jessica Lin is a Toronto-based photographer and artist with a love of travel and adventure. While traveling in France in 2008, she discovered her creative passion for photographing new and different places, and also met the man who would become her husband. Trips to Ireland, England, Scotland, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Japan, Cuba and the southern U.S. have allowed her to build up a library of images capturing these other worlds. Jessica extracts elements from her various photographs and recomposes them to create images with surreal layers, and turn places into fantasies. She created her first collection in 2012 using images from her trip to France.
Roderik Mayne, Director
Roderik Mayne is a well-known art director and production designer in Canadian film and television. His many credits include That Beautiful Somewhere, .45, Jeff Ltd, Street Time, Dear America (anthology series), Due South, Isabella Rocks, Murray McGuire, Wind at My Back, We the Jury, Robocop, Riverdale, The Campbells, Night Heat, Screech Owls, Animorphs, Goosebumps, Madonna The Early Years, Beautiful Dreamers and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Educated in both Canada and the U.S., Rod holds a master’s degree in fine arts from Carnegie-Mellon University, a BFA in design from Concordia University, a BA in anthropology from McGill University, and a diploma in design from the Banff Centre. His paintings have been exhibited in and around the Toronto area.
Lori Ryerson, Director
Much of Lori’s life has revolved around communications. Early on it was through music and theatre. Later, it morphed into the written word. In 2010, Lori went back to school to study photography. Now she documents the fading echoes of lives lived. She retells stories the windows have witnessed; through them, reflected by them, in their fragmented remains. Lori likes to travel to places that put her in awe of Mother Nature. She tries to convey nature’s glorious silences in her frame. Lori’s camera is now both her brush and her pen.
Ian Busher, Director
Born in North York, Ian has been a patriotic artist his whole life. At age 13, he won a stamp design contest for the province of Ontario and met Lincoln Alexander. At age 17, he won a poster design contest for Canada Day and met Brian Mulroney and Queen Elizabeth on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Canada Day. At 19, Ian began studying at Ontario College of Art, but was not able to finish. After spending many years as a licensed carpenter and builder, Ian returned to painting and mixed media designs and has been painting and showing for many years. Ian’s works are carried by numerous galleries, and held in private and corporate collections around the world. His Toronto studio space and gallery is open to visitors by appointment.
Mark Gleberzon, Director
Mark is an OCADU Honours graduate & professional artist. He has a long history of showing his multi-media work in shows and galleries throughout Canada and the U.S., France & Japan. His paintings can be found on every continent and have been featured in design & decor magazines and have appeared on TV and has been highlighted in online blogs.
Donald Scott Bray, Director
Donald Scott Bray is a visual artist in Toronto specializing in high multiple exposure photographic composites, creating fictitious embodiments of human models. Donald also works in oils, painting surreal allegorical compositions inspired from dreams and classical literature. Exhibitions in Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, New York, and Paris. Diploma, Industrial Design & Photography, Fanshawe College, 1986, after a 30 year career Donald is one of Canada’s most accomplished Industrial Designer’s. Tenures on the boards of the Ontario Product Development Management Association and the Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ontario. Born in Beirut Lebanon, lived in cities across Canada, and an artist with protanomaly colour vision deficiency.
Joanna Strong, Director
Joanna Strong is a still life painter whose observation-based oil paintings explore the intriguing appearances and symbolic meanings of everyday objects that surround us. She is best known for her paintings of rubber band balls, which use elastic bands from our daily lives to create mysterious worlds and symbolize layers of thoughts and feelings. Originally from Newfoundland, she has a BFA from NSCAD, an MFA from Waterloo, and a post-grad diploma in Computer Animation from Sheridan. Her work has appeared in many exhibitions, both juried and solo, and she is a three-time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award. Joanna lives with her husband and two children in Toronto.
Barb is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art (AOCA) in the Fine Arts Program. She has worked at china restoration in the past and still does restoration in her studio. Barb got involved with the Artists’ Network when her husband Steven Lewis joined many years ago. She did a lot of volunteering until a paid position came up in 2009 with the Network. Barb has been happily working as the Office Manager for many years and loves working with artists.