Kate Taylor, Chair
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 the energy and joy you feel when present in nature. She has gallery representation in Canada, the U.S. and England. She is part of SolidColour and ColourShift Abstract Art Collectives, showing in art fairs across Canada and the US. When not painting, Kate is Co-Founder of Creative Adventures Events, Past President of Kaleidoscope Marketing, Past Chair of the Canadian Advertising Museum and Past President of the American Marketing Association.
Carolyn Laidley Arn, Vice-Chair
Carolyn is an emerging ‘urban artist’ who recently rekindled her love for painting and creating art. A registered interior designer by trade, she is presently a Senior Vice President at Lennard Commercial Realty in Toronto’s financial core where she is consistently one of the top dealmakers.
Subscribing to her firms “work to live” mantra, Carolyn carves out time during the work week and dedicates much of her free time to study and paint. She recently built a studio in her backyard, which she shares with her daughter Stephanie, who is also an artist and fine arts graduate.
Carolyn believes in giving back and volunteering her time and is on the Artists Network Board, and a member of CARFAC, Don Valley Art Club and Artists Advantage. She was the President of Toronto CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) in 2007, locally and at the national level and is a lifetime member of ARIDO (Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario), and a member of NAIOP.
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.
Cat Marchese, Director, Social Marketing
An ardent creative, passionate drummer, inventive photographer and entrepreneur, Cat left the throes of corporate land and began her own award-winning marketing business in 2012 with certifications in Direct Marketing and Business Analysis.
As a drummer, she’s toured the U.S., Canada and Europe and continues to beat the skins with a variety of local acts.
Citybonez™, Cat’s artistic photographic trademark is galvanized by her reverence for historical bricks and other found historical materials. Her high-resolution limited edition works continue to be appreciated and acquired by real estate agents, architects, interior designers and art curators.
Her taco terrier aka chihuahua / toy fox terrier mix named Monte keeps her on toes and teeth when she’s not working, creating or trying to catch a few z’s.
Kareen Hague, Director
Lisa Litowitz, Director, Leslie Grove Gallery
Marjolyn van der Hart, Director, Social Marketing
What triggers memory? A song, a phrase, a familiar face; these are the things that I use for the viewer to be part of the work. Working with layers of collage and paint, I obscure, highlight and bring forth a moment from the past. Yet each piece is a vision of present through the lens of the past.
Marjolyn studied painting at Parsons School of Art and Design in New York City and received a BFA from Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. She also holds a BA with honors degree in Mass Communications from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario.
Patrizia Brasch, Director
Stephanie Mclean, Director
Stephanie McLean reveals, highlights, and relishes the creative energy of her subjects on canvas.
Until 2020, Stephanie gave her painting a secondary role. Graduating with a BFA in Music from Concordia University (Montreal, Quebec) in 1995, she knows that any form of creative and artistic expression is harnessed from the same force. Primarily, Stephanie had been a performing artist in theatre and as a jazz singer (with her eponymous jazz band), and had professionally designed books, posters, and presentations for corporations. Through her experiences on stages and in boardrooms, Stephanie witnessed how people in all walks of life express their creative impulses. She looks forward to portraying the