AIRS STUDIO ARTISTS for 2019/20

Sadie Couture

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Sadie Couture is a digital media artist, producer, educator, and scholar based in Vancouver/ Musqueam, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Squamish, Skwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh səliľwətaʔɬ territories.  Her audio-visual storytelling practice spans  is often collaborative, socially focused, and community engaged. She has been mentoring and supporting youth-led digital video productions for about ten years.  Sadie co-produces COHDScasta podcast from the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling at Concordia University, has contributed as an audio producer and interviewer to The Oldest Game, and On this Patch of Grass: City Parks on Occupied Land (Fernwood, 2018). Sadie holds a MA in Media Studies from Concordia University, and a BA in Philosophy and Gender Studies from the University of British Columbia. 

Cole Pauls

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Cole Pauls is a Tahltan comic artist, illustrator and printmaker hailing from Haines Junction (Yukon Territory) with a BFA in Illustration from Emily Carr University. Residing in Vancouver, Pauls focuses on his two comic series, the first being Pizza Punks: a self-contained comic strip about punks eating pizza, the other is called Dakwäkãda Warriors, which is about two Southern Tutchone Earth Protectors saving the earth from evil pioneers and cyborg sasquatches using language revitalization. His highly acclaimed graphic novel Dakwäkãda Warriors has recently been published by Conundrum Press .

Jack Kenna

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Jack Kenna is a visual artist based in Vancouver. His practice includes painting, drawing, ceramics, and sculpture, often blurring the boundaries between mediums. Emphasizing humour and community building, Jack's practice is rooted in a DIY ethos of opportunity creation for young artists. In 2018, he co-founded Ground Floor Art Centre, a gallery and studio space created to provide more exhibition opportunities for emerging artists in Vancouver. Jack received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design in 2019."

Rebecca Heyl

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In 2007 Rebecca received a Master of Fine Arts from Tufts University and has taught photography and photojournalism courses at several universities. She has worked at the International Center of Photography in New York.and continues to do freelance work. More recently, Rebecca received a Post- Baccalaureate diploma in ECE from Capilano University and has worked in many primary and early childhood settings using photography for pedagogical documentation. 

Heyl’s personal work largely deals with social rights issues carried out in the mediums of photography and installation. Her first book, Windows in the Wall (Skira/Rizzoli) was published in 2008. 

Alex Ruiz Ramirez

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Alex is a visual artist born in Guatemala, and immigrated to Canada as a political refugee with his family at a young age. Because of these volatile early years, Alejandro used art as a creative outlet, pursuing a degree in Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. 

 The principle themes of Alejandro’s work revolves around cultural identity and the struggle between his competing Canadian and Guatemalan cultures and beliefs. As such, his work is often exploratory, revolving around reconciliation between the two cultures. His work extends into musical performance, photography, traditional Mayan dance, gardening and community-based initiatives, with the desire is to assist people with similar issues. 

Amanda Wood

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Amanda begins with the haptic process of exploring materials. In her practice the path is as important as the destination.  Her work is concerned with unseen structures and patterns.  Documentation as a way of starting conversations and witnessing inter-connectedness.  Amanda’s primary medium is weaving. Using traditional weaving techniques and tools within a contemporary framework she pushes the boundaries of her chosen materials.  Amanda has a BA in Communications from SFU and a diploma in Textile Art from Capilano University. She is a member of the Canadian Guild of Weavers and the Craft Council of BC. Her work has been shown across Canada and published in multiple publications. Amanda lives and works in Vancouver, BC. 

Susan Hall

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Susan is an educator and freelance photographer with over 20 years of experience including the UN School in New York.  At York University (Toronto), Susan worked as a course director with teacher candidates in the Faculty of Education. 

Susan’s most recent workshops in photography are designed to address the important work of teaching visual literacy. Students learn to critique images, question their source and meaning and create their own photos with the use of DSLR cameras. Central to the learning experience is the notion of perspective taking.  She encourages students to take time to see through a lens and discover beauty in the ordinary.

Julie McIntyre

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Master printmaker, Julie McIntyre studied printmaking at the Banff Centre and holds a BFA from Queen's University.  She has exhibited extensively across Canada, including her most recent show Travel Stories at Grimsby Art Gallery,   Julie has taught printmaking workshops for over 30 years. She uses ordinary materials and a wide range of transfer techniques  to create professional results that surprise and delight students.   The beauty of printmaking is its serendipity that opens students up to experimentation. Julie's goal is to have students delight in the playfulness of the repeated image, develop a greater appreciation for qualities of paper, deepen their appreciation for surface treatment and above all, surprise themselves.

Maggie Milne

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Maggie Milne Martens, is a Vancouver artist/printmaker and long-time art educator.  She has over 20 years of teaching experience including  at the post-secondary level.  Her passion for working with children began in Camden, New Jersey, running art programming for at risk kids in the inner city and has continued in numerous elementary schools in the lower mainland. Her work with students centres on building a sense of belonging and community through collaborative processes and using art as a means of exploring the issues that impact a student’s world and experience.  Maggie has a BFA, and a Diploma and MA in Art History.  Maggie is co-founder and director of the Artist in Residence Studio program (AIRS). 

Heather Lamoureux

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Heather Lamoureux is an uninvited guest on the Coast Salish Territory of the Musquem, Squamish and Tsliel-Waututh nations. Here she is a producer, artist and facilitator. Her work stems from her relationship with the earth and the dedication to walk with generosity. Heather is the Artistic Director of Vines Art Festival, Community Outreach Co-ordinator at Raven Spirit Dance and has worked for other performing arts organization including the PuSh International Arts Festival and Dancing on the Edge. She is trained in Expressive Movement Therapy from Tamalpa Institute and uses this practice with youth in foster care and runs various youth programs. She has a BFA  from Simon Fraser University. Heather is currently being mentored by Cease Wyss at Harmony Gardens on community engagement in Sḵwx̱wú7mesh. She volunteers at BC Crisis and Suicide Prevention Centre and at kwekwecnewtxw – Coast Salish watch house.

Alanna Ho

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Alanna Ho is an educator, community engaged artist (sound-focused) and cultural producer based in New Westminster, BC. Her research is on deep play, female representation and feminist activism in the arts, and accessible art programming in early education. The Rainbow Forecast Project, founded in 2016, an initiative created to examine the critical connection between radical pedagogy in the arts, and empowering children and young womxn beyond the classroom. She is dedicated to integrating child-led play; inquiry and process based learning; and 21st century learning skills into classrooms. 

Using storytelling, games and play as the main momentum, she introduces sound and new media technology as a creative tool in combination with traditional materials to aid in the unravelling and discussion of sensitive topics such as diversity in representation and environmental awareness.

Tami Cline

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Tami Murray Cline holds a BFA from Emily Carr with a major in Photography with additional focus on printmaking, drawing and painting during her education and into her artistic practice. She has taught art to children of all ages for 8 years emphasizing immersion into the creative process as part of her art making ideology. Her love of making art with children comes from their unbridled enthusiasm for experiencing the world around them, the surprising ways that they express their views of the world and the unlimited creative potential an art lesson provides. She is fond of telling people that she learns just as much as she instructs in the classroom studio.