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Angela Lane

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Canadian impressionistic nature artist, Angela creates art out of her studio in Thornhill – art that reflects how she sees nature through her hikes and kayak trips across the lakes of Northern Ontario. Growing up in the small town of Chatham, she knew then she had to do something art-related with her life. She pursued studies and began her career as a graphic artist working in the advertising and marketing industry for 20+ years. She continued to study fine art at York U and OCAD U. She called herself “a maker, a creator and a drawer in fine arts” until she discovered encaustics and felt she had found herself as a professional artist.  Angela has been presenting her work in the GTA since 2019. Her work is in private collections in Canada, the US, and Europe.  Angela also likes to give back to the art community and is the Executive Director of the Artists’ Network, helping artists like herself become entrepreneurs and organizing ArtWalks. She also co-founded Creative Adventures Events that brings creativity retreats to the non-artist.


Celine Gabrielle


Celine Gabrielle never expected to be an artist. But then again, she never expected to be a married mother of two living in a small town on the ocean in Nova Scotia, Canada. But she is and Nova Scotia has given her a home, a family and now a thriving oil painting practice. In the short time, Gabrielle has been exhibiting her work it has been widely received with acclaim and praise. Gabrielle has exhibited her work in Nova Scotia, nationally in Toronto where she won The People’s Choice Award at The Artist Project in 2020 and she was a finalist in the Salt Springs National Art Prize in 2021 and internationally with The Other Art Fair Los Angeles where her work was included in the collection “The Best of LA” and The Superfine Art Fair in NYC. In addition to growing her own practice, she is passionate about sharing her knowledge and love of the arts and does so by co-hosting the weekly podcast for emerging artists called “ART, ok cool” and leading monthly coaching groups called “The Artist Pep Rally”.


Kari Serrao 

Photo by Lori Ryerson
Photo by Lori Ryerson

Kari grew up in the Caribbean where she was exposed to many different avenues of creativity. A Fine Art graduate of OCA (DU) 1991, she spent her final year in the renowned Florence program, a year which has continued to inform her encaustic practice. Upon graduating from art college Kari spent the ensuing years working as a decorative artist which in turn led to a decade in the antique business. Working for others lead to an overwhelming desire to return to her fine art origins prompting her to enrol in an encaustic painting class at The Toronto School of Art. She began exhibiting in local outdoor shows through The Artists Network in 2011. Since then she has exhibited in multiple outdoor shows and indoor art fairs both in Canada and The US. Her work can be found in collections worldwide.