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 . In 2017, Pauls won Broken Pencil Magazine’s Best Comic and Best Zine of the Year Award for Dakwäkãda Warriors II.

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.

Evaly Carvahlo

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Evaly is originally from Montreal, Quebec where she studied Visual Arts at Dawson College and Concordia University.  After journeying to British Columbia with an Art collective  she fell in love with the West Coast, its majestic nature and its people. She now lives in East Vancouver with her husband, young daughter and small crew of furry family members. 

Her work has been shown in group and solo shows in Montreal and Vancouver as well as Commercial galleries. Inspired by music, poetry and nature, her body of work has featured an evolving exploration of intuition, gestural expression and color symbolism and a recent return to figurative work. Alongside her artistic practice Evaly also devotes her time to teaching art and developing creative curricula for elementary and high school students

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.

Yuneun Perez Vertti

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Originally from Mexico City, filmmaker and digital media artist Yunuen
Perez Vertti, moved to Vancouver 5yrs. ago after being
based in Houston, TX for 15 yrs. Her international background is well
represented in her work as a filmmaker and digital media artist. She has
over 15yrs of experience in the film and television industry. She has
worked in various roles and projects and produced films for many public,
private and non-profit organizations. Her short documentary "Aparajita" The
undefeated. was successfully screened at Tasveer Seattle South Asian Film
Festival , Topanga Film Festival and Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival.
She is passionate about education through the arts and the
importance of arts as a fundamental tool for education. She believes
teaching and introducing kids to all art disciplines, as early as possible,
is essential to a healthy society

Tim Bauer

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Tim Bauer is an illustrator, comic book creator, and educator based in Vancouver. Before settling up in Vancouver, Tim lived in the state of Kansas where he got his first degree in East Asian Languages and Culture. This prompted him move to S.Korea where he was afforded the chance to travel around Asia and teach English for five years. Eventually Tim would move to Vancouver to get a degree from Emily Carr in Illustration in 2015. Since then, he has taught courses in graphic design while self-publishing his own comics. Most of Tim’s work focuses on detailed drawings that create a strong narrative while creating an immersive setting. Tim creates comics that contain queer content and is a proponent of LGBTQ2A+ comic creators and is in the works to create a Queer comic and zine fair in Vancouver. He hopes for all of his students to feel free enough to explore and to tell their story in creative ways, but mostly to have fun while doing it. 

Pia Massie

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Pia Massie is a multi-media artist whose work has been exhibited in festivals, museums and galleries throughout North America and Europe, including The Museum of Modern Art, NYC; Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts, Lausanne; and the grunt gallery in Vancouver, BC.  Her teaching career includes universities, elementary schools and community programs. 

Sculpture was the first art practice that I took seriously. When I started to work on site specific, large scale installations in a mono-no-aware approach my sculpture became more about experiencing a moment in time and less about material objects. 

Although now I am known for my films, writing and performances. I also practice tea, take care of bees and help start gardens, in a continuing commitment to engage art in the service of activism. 

I anticipate creating a studio space where community can expand and create, finding their own voices, and working with the materials that come naturally to them.

Kirsten Hatfield

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Originally from Vancouver Island, Kirsten Hatfield holds a Fine Arts Diploma from North Island College and a BFA  from Emily Carr University. She is heavily involved in the local arts community as a practicing artist, curator, art director and art educator. Her personal practice fluctuates between a wide variety of materials but is always centred around painting and colour theory. Her work has been featured on CBCarts, BBC, Huffpostarts, Seventeen Magazine, New York Magazine and locally in Sad Mag and Discorder Magazine. She currently resides in Vancouver where she shows locally and internationally.

My abstract paintings are a combination of memory and dream imagery  exploring the contradictions of the artificial and the natural, the digital and the physical, organization and chaos, flatness and depth, synthetic and natural colours, the sublime and the banal, nostalgia and progression. The intention is to explore the physical and cultural environment of a post-internet and technologically progressive society that is obsessed with nostalgia and tradition; simultaneously existing in the past and future.

Andrew Phillips

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Andrew Phillips is a community organizer, designer, educator and emerging social practice artist. His interdisciplinary research-based projects explore the entangled relations of human and natural systems through the diverse sites, situations, forms and experiences of everyday life. Experimenting with playful and sometimes eccentric methods and tactics for public engagement and participation, Andrew constructs spaces and processes for conversations, relationship building, and collaborative inquiry about eco-social matters. As a pedagogical process, his works encourage people to ask critical questions to attend more widely and deeply to the plurality of human and more-than-human ways of knowing and being that coproduce everyday life. 

Andrew holds a BA in Political Science from Queen’s University, and is a graduate of the Institute without Boundaries’ postgraduate program in Interdisciplinary Design Strategy.  He is currently completing a Masters of Educational Studies (EDST) at UBC that centres on critical public pedagogies for future ecologies; alternative ways of being/learning together in/through place. 


Megan Jensen

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Guná, also known as Megan Jensen is from the Carcross, Tagish First Nation, located in southern Yukon. Guná grew up witnessing the cultural practices of her community including dance, song, language, potlatching annual harvesting on her traditional territory. she was fortunate to learn and grow surrounded by the practises of her ancestors, and this has inevitably informed her practise as a dancer, composer, writer and the dominant part of her practise - painting. Guná has been a student of formalize for ten years and has previously been apprenticed by Nisga'a artist  Mike Dangeli and William Wasden of Alert Bay. She is now in her final year of attaining her Bachelor of visual Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. 

Guná's mandate is to foster culturally safe and inclusive spaces for students to enable students to  experiment and feel comfortable inquiring into the unknown. Guná firmly believes that all students have an innate capacity to be creative, and that their unique gifts must be nurtured. Guná always aspires to find ways to integrate teachings from her community in order to create spaces of cultural understanding. 

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Maggie Milne Martens

Maggie is a Vancouver artist/printmaker and long-time art educator.  She has over 25 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 youth 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).   She twins her art engagement with students in schools with political advocacy for equitable access to the arts for children within public education.