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Diane Montreuil

Diane Montreuil

Diane is an Algonquin Metis, Visual Artist, Educator, Knowledge Keeper, a Board Member of the MNOC (Metis Nation of Canada) and past board member of the Artists’s Network.

Diane became a self-taught artist/painter influenced by the Woodland School Style after responding to the call of her Ancestors.  An inner longing for the traditional ways of her Indigenous culture was the beginning of an artistic adventure that led to the real self-discovery and brought spiritual healing that continues to this day.  All paintings are dedicated to our Grandmothers and Elders, for keeping the teachings alive for the next generation and for people to understand our Indigenous culture.

Diane is a Member at CARFAC of Ontario (Association of professional Visual and Media Artists in Ontario).

Elizabeth Sutton

Elizabeth Sutton

Power designer-influencer Elizabeth Sutton (b. 1989) is a millennial “mom-preneur”-artist who is changing the world of interiors one smart, colorful product at a time. Renowned for her bright, bold stylings and good vibes ethos, Elizabeth’s distinctive creations for the home, office and the good life have been recognized by Architectural Digest, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and top tastemakers from New York City to Los Angeles.  She was recently included in Forbes’ inaugural Next 1000 list of top up-and-coming American entrepreneurs, dubbed “the artist and designer to know right now.” Her Miami and NYC-based fine art and design firm, Elizabeth Sutton Collection, caters to residential and hospitality clients seeking to make a statement—and have a little fun.

Julia Veenstra

Julia Veenstra

Julia Veenstra is a Canadian artist whose work is found in collections around the world. Julia has lived in four different countries, and brings the influences of each to her impressionistic representational, and lively style. Her work reflects the joy she sees in her surroundings, and so her medium of choice is acrylic as she enjoys the immediacy and the bright colours.

In the past few years, Julia’s work has highlighted here native Canada’s vivid landscapes, leading to nationwide recognition and a feature as the cover on the Royal Winter Fair. Most days you can find Julia in her studio, a converted garage, at her home on Beach Boulevard in Hamilton.

Julia is also the founder of the Square Foot Show and runs multiple businesses that help artists expand their sales opportunities.

Kate Taylor



Kate Taylor is an abstract artist born in Cambridge, England, and now works out of her studio in Toronto, Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Western University where she was taught painting by the 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 has participated in over 300 art exhibitions and art fairs across Canada and the US.

When not painting, Kate is the Chair of the Artists Network, a NFP committed to supporting artists in their business practice; Co-Founder of Creative Adventures Events, designed for non-artists to explore their creativity; Past President of Kaleidoscope Marketing, specializing in financial services and technology; Past Chair of the Canadian Advertising Museum; Past President of the American Marketing Association and previously on the Executive of the North Toronto Group of Artists.