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Gallery Rental

Neilson Park Creative Centre has two large galleries that are available for rental. Artspace Connect is a spacious room with 120 feet of wall hanging space. The Parkview Gallery has 86 feet of running space and is a wide hallway that connects from the entrance to the atrium. Both gallery spaces are equipped with natural lighting and spot lights.

Our gallery spaces welcome artwork from individual artists, artist collectives, independent curators and other organization. Exhibitions usually run for the duration of three weeks.

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Artspace Connect 

Parkview Gallery

Rental Fee for Artspace Connect and Parkview Gallery includes the following:

  • Installation assistance
  • Information of artists and exhibition posted on our website as well as social media outlets
  • Email blast of exhibition sent to our membership database of more than 1000 people
  • Our facility also includes a beautiful sun filled atrium to host an opening reception

Please access our Gallery Rental FAQ for additional questions. 

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Founders Gallery

The Founders Gallery at the entrance of Neilson Park Creative Centre is available for rental on a monthly basis.

This is a great opportunity for artists to showcase their work. It is a perfect space for small paintings, handmade cards, jewelry and more.  The dimensions of the space are 6’ wide, 46” tall, and 18” depth and the cabinet contains 4 adjustable shelves.

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For more information on how you can rent out the Founders Gallery display case, please send an inquiry e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

For pricing of all our gallery spaces, please click here

MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS
 
Enzo Avolio
From Character Design and Animation to Drawing for Beginners and Art for Kids, the classroom setting is a wonderful and creative space to be in. A place to acquire skills that equips you to express yourself in a healthy and beautiful way. For many years now I have been a Character Design Instructor at Sheridan College’s BA Animation program in which I am also an alumni. Along with portfolio review and tutoring, I enjoy teaching at Neilson Park Creative Centre, Toronto School of Art and several other private schools.
 
 
Toni Caldarone
Toni is a mixed-media expressive artist where her life’s journey and her creative vision have allowed her the opportunity to translate her skills into hands-on experiences with her students. She aims to encourage her students’ creativity through positive experiences in a fun and friendly learning environment.
 
She has been instructing children and adult programs for over seventeen years with a variety of organizations including TDSB’s Learn4Life Community Program, Artsjam, City of Toronto, Haliburton School of Art & Design and Neilson Park Creative Centre.
 
Toni is an honours graduate of Humber College’s Recreational Leadership program with a fifteen-year background in event management at major Toronto venues.
 
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Malcolm Cullen
Malcolm Cullen is an illustrator, artist and instructor. He grew up in the small English Village of Cookham. Malcolm was inspired early on by the “British tradition” of illustration. Especially Edwardian illustrators such as Arthur Rackham, Heath Robinson and Edmond Dulac and looked to their illustrations in pen and ink and watercolour on handmade paper. He studied Graphic Design at the Art College in London, United Kingdom. While in school, Malcolm was introduced to the writing of Mervin Peake, which has inspired an ongoing personal illustration project. Malcolm creates work for a wide variety of clients from design agencies to book and magazine publishers.
 
 
Marianne Gibson
Marianne Gibson received her B.A. Specializing in Fine Art from University of Guelph and has been creating in various mediums ever since. Her artwork displays a spontaneity and energy whether it’s sensual charcoal curves of a life drawing or the rich, textural brush stroke of encaustic painting. Inspired by both the human figure and our Ontario landscape, Marianne has been creating art for the past 25+ years with a focus on encaustic painting in the last eight years. Some works include photo/image transfers while others are the result of the playful, spontaneous nature of the encaustic medium.
 
 
Kal Honey
Kal Honey was creative and obsessively detail-oriented from an early age: drawing, building models, embroidery, and photography. After attending Northern Secondary School’s specialized art program in Toronto, Kal went on to become an award-winning graduate of the Ontario College of Art.
 
After a 2009 travel sabbatical from his 20-year graphic design career, Kal re-focused his career on art and art instruction. Often bold (but sometimes subtle), Kal's work in painting, graphics and collage is informed by his design sensitivity and training, his love of contrasts, and his penchant for text, wit and wordplay.
 
Recent exhibitions include: In Situ 2, Multi-Arts Festival and ArtWorkX, Mississauga: Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Red Head Gallery, Otto Art, Queen West Art Crawl, Art Square Gallery, and RAW, Toronto. In 2017 Kal was awarded an Ontario Arts Council grant for the creation of new work.
 
As an instructor, Kal teaches regularly here at Neilson Park Creative Centre, as well as at Haliburton School of Art + Design and Visual Arts Mississauga. He also leads workshops, gives lectures and juries exhibitions throughout Southern Ontario.
 
When not in the studio or classroom, Kal can often be found in the gym or out riding one of his beloved bicycles…
 
 
Bareket Kewzer
Bareket is a Toronto based visual artist, muralist, graphic designer, curator, writer and eternal optimist. Bareket received an MA in History of Design and Curatorial Studies at Parsons the New School for Design/Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institute. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Design from York University/Sheridan Institute.
 
“I create art to spread joy, bring people back into the present moment, cultivate gratitude and foster new social interactions. I am an inquisitive, adaptive and active urban resident dedicated to making Toronto more socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable. I am a passionate street artist and street art photographer and can often be found spreading smiles as I explore Toronto’s alleyways and hidden corners on my bike.” 
 
 
Kim-Lee Kho
Kim-Lee Kho is a multidisciplinary artist who has participated in exhibitions, residencies and mentorships in Ontario, Alberta and BC, and been awarded grants by the Ontario Arts Council, including a creation grant in 2013.
 
In 2015 Kim had her first solo show at a public art gallery, creating a multi-layered installation for the XIT-RM space at the Art Gallery of Mississauga with drawing, video, textile and sculpture. A featured artist at both the 2016 and 2018 In Situ multi-arts festivals, she presented large scale installations in multiple media along with live drawing performances. In 2019, Kim will exhibit at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, the Cedar Ridge Creative Centre in Scarborough and The Red Head Gallery as a new member.
 
Kim teaches at Neilson Park Creative Centre, and the Haliburton School of Art + Design, as well as jurying, speaking and presenting elsewhere by invitation. She also runs an independent, periodic Gallery Walk & Talks around contemporary galleries in Toronto. 
 

Jacintha Krish
A painter for many decades, I consider art a journey which breathes life into my soul along its path. After many decades of juggling a career in business and administration as well as creative and visual arts, I now enjoy life in this vibrant city of Toronto being engaged as a full-time artist.
 
I play an active role in our art world, participating year round in solo, group and juried art exhibitions and other art related events in Toronto as well as in other cities.
 
My work involves teaching workshops, courses and painting demonstrations in various creative organizations in the GTA. I currently instruct at Neilson Park Creative Centre, Humber Valley Art Club and Oakville Art Society. I also teach workshops in out of town locations Southampton Art School and Meacham Art Society.   My work is currently featured on international websites Saatchi and Artfinder and sold in Canada, USA, UK and South Asia. 
 
 
Veronica Loi
Veronica Loi received her Bachelor of Design from OCAD University specializing in Illustration. Loi also holds an undying interest in textile designs. Veronica’s current portfolio explores a wide range of materials and techniques, including, printmaking, papermaking and dry/wet felting. Veronica currently lives in the Greater Toronto Area and has completed her Post-Graduate education at Humber College for Hospitality and Tourism Operations Management.
 
Ruth Luginbuehl
Ruth Luginbuehl was born and raised in Switzerland, where she completed her training as a Pediatrician. With her husband, she moved to Toronto at the turn of the new millennium to pursue additional professional and personal training in medicine as a clinical fellow at Sick Kids Hospital, Toronto. After concluding the first year of her formal training in fine art in Switzerland, she eventually graduated in 2001 from the Toronto School of Art.
 
In 2004, she achieved her diploma in Creative Art Therapy, at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. Having specialized in Medical Art Therapy, she worked in pediatric palliative Medicine at Sick Kids Hospital. She founded and still teaches the course of Medical Art Therapy at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. She lives and works in Toronto, where she provides individual and group Art Therapy, and offers art workshops to all ages in her private studio, schools and other institutions. She is an active participant in community work, and is facilitating meditative labyrinth walks and on-site Mandala painting. As a textile artist, she uses a variety of techniques, including acrylic and watercolor painting, printmaking, collage, encaustic, and embellishment with machine stitching and hand embroidery.
 
Diane Martin
I enjoy all kinds of knitting: colour work, lace, textures, sweaters, hats, mitts, lace, socks, big items, small items, etc. I enjoy playing with stitches and techniques, asking ‘what happens when? What happens if?’ I have boxes of swatches. I enjoy the process more than the product. I was born, went to school, graduated from university, had an enjoyable career, and am now retired. Along the way, I picked up knitting, crocheting, sewing, quilting, cycling, spinning and skiing. I am now adding traveling to the list of activities.
 
Helen McCusker
A graduate of Sheridan’s Illustration Program, Helen has been making art for more than 40 years. Her main focus is on Figurative work – creating Expressionistic drawings and paintings that speak to movement, energy and the deeply personal.
 
Helen’s Figurative work always begins with drawing from live Artists’ models – looking for the elusive ‘something’ that carries the work beyond the skill of the drawing. It is mostly created in-session, using models with whom she has worked closely over many years. She sometimes brings in outside elements – found imagery, which is then incorporated into the work to create a narrative. Helen also works with Paper Engineering as counter-point to her drawing and painting, creating Abstract Pop-Up sculptures incorporating hand-painted papers and collage.
 
Helen instructs at Visual Arts Mississauga, Halliburton School of Art & Design and Neilson Park Creative Centre.
 

Joan McKenzie
Joan has been spinning since 2007. In 2017, she completed the spinning education program from the Ontario Handweavers and Spinners (OHS). Joan was later awarded an OHS Certificate of Excellence in Spinning.
 
Joan has taken many spinning, weaving and dyeing workshops with her guilds, OHS, in Ireland and in Vancouver, BC with the Maiwa Textile Symposium. Of particular interest to her is the use of natural plant material for dyeing. Joan successfully led in the development of a Dye Garden at Neilson Park Creative Centre, with starter plant materials generously donated by Black Creek Pioneer Village.
 
Joan is a member of the Etobicoke Handweavers (EHS) and Spinners and the Etobicoke Rugcrafters (ER). She practices a number of techniques – spinning, weaving, dyeing, felting, knitting, rug hooking, crocheting, tatting and various forms of needlework. Joan’s work was displayed in EHS and OHS exhibitions.
 
Starlee Lively Odorico
Starlee Lively Odorico is a neuroscientist at the Krembil Research Institute at the Toronto Western Hospital by day and an energetic and enthusiastic calligrapher by night. Her calligraphic journey began three years ago when she decided to teach herself pointed pen calligraphy to be able to incorporate personal touches into her wedding invitations and reception décor. Fascinated with drawing and letters since being old enough to hold a pencil, Star’s recent pointed pen excursion has developed into an all-consuming passion and creative outlet, and is in the process of developing her own unique style.
 
Star has studied under Master Penman Harvest Crittenden, world-renowned calligrapher Heather Held, and professional calligrapher Mark Lurz. She is a current member of the Calligraphic Arts Guild of Toronto. Star has done logo and design work for Drew Hodges, founder of New York’s SpotCo, a creative agency responsible for marketing some of Broadway’s most iconic productions. She has also given calligraphic demonstrations at Scriptus, Toronto’s Pen and Writing show.
 
Steve Rose
Steve is a graduate of Ontario College of Art and Design with a major in drawing and painting. He has exhibited his work in over 70 shows and has a diverse and experienced background as an artist/educator. His work is collected in private and corporate international collections. There are three main areas of interest to the artist, those being non-objective painting, life drawing and printmaking (generally in the medium of lithography).
 
In addition to active independent studio practice, Steve enjoys teaching and lecturing on art and art history as well as constantly taking workshops such as his life drawing sessions every Wednesday evening for the past 17 years. Steve is also involved in mentoring less experienced artists and various artistic collaborations. On a personal note, he has a heartfelt desire to obtain a MFA designation either in Canada or abroad. 
 
 
Bruce Sherman
Bruce Sherman has been painting for many years and especially enjoys painting outdoors. In the mid-90s, his twin brother talked him into directing his artistic enthusiasm into the “eternal animation project.” Along with this playful endeavour, Bruce has fallen upon many stories in life, whose very existence required “cartooning.” Whether tales of his own or those of his active children, the lighter side of life has provided an abundance of subjects for visual quips and characterizations. Last summer, he was commissioned to draw 10 cartoons depicting a series of comedic analogies. The cartoons seen here are a compilation of personal images and work for that client.
 
Marjan Verstappen
Marjan Verstappen’s practice encompasses drawing and sculpture, photography, and working with communities. Through these actions she explores concepts of mystery, truth, and how narratives about a place can be woven through objects and drawings.   
Recent exhibitions include Life, Onions and Hotdogs on Parade (Zalucky Contemporary), Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood (Art Gallery of Ontario), Gallery Galleria (Galleria Shopping Centre, Toronto), and the Fung Wah Biennial (Flux Factory, NYC).
Verstappen was born in New Zealand, where she received her BFA in Sculpture from Dunedin School of Art. She moved to Canada in 2012 and graduated from OCAD University with an MFA in 2014. She lives and works in Toronto, where she is co-director of Younger Than Beyoncé (YTB) Gallery.
 
 
Gloria Williams
I am an avid knitter who was taught to knit as a child by my mother. In those days, knitting was not the social activity that it is now. The renewed interest in knitting allowed me to develop my love for knitting into a career.
 
I attended a weekend retreat for women called “The Get-Away Gang” and eventually became an instructor. I developed and taught ‘learn to knit’ classes at Village Yarn, the Knitters Frolic, Creative Needlework Festival, Neilson Park Creative Centre and various yarn shops. I also spent a few years working as a yarn representative covering the area from Kingston to Windsor.
 
Gloria is a member of the Etobicoke Handweavers and Spinners and the Toronto Knitting Guild, where she served two terms as President.
 
Treshanna Williams
 
Louise Zych
Louise is a multi-media artist whose works include acrylics, collage, watercolour, coloured pencil, pastel and printmaking. She has been an active artist since childhood, on the executive for the Burlington Fine Arts Association as a teenager, studied at Ontario College of Art, and a mother and self-employed artist since. Louise taught art voluntarily for ten years at her daughters' elementary school and has taught all ages in regularly scheduled classes and workshops at Neilson Park Creative Centre since 2002.
 
She has also taught at the Koffler Centre and continues to teach small and private art and art history classes at her studio. Louise is a member of the Colour and Form Society, and a member and facilitator of the Milkweed Collective. She has overseen the design and production of several large works of art by youth artists, one for permanent installation at NPCC and one for St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto.
 
Louise has participated in many exhibitions; solo, juried, collective and invitational, and has won several awards. Her works are in collections across Canada, The United States, England and Turkey.
 
Registration Policies
Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and is subject to availability. Advance registration is recommended for all courses. All programs, prices and instructors are subject to change without notice.  Absence from classes does not constitute notice of withdrawal. Class registration fees are non-transferrable. You will automatically be notified if the program you have registered for has been cancelled or rescheduled, if you have provided us with a valid e-mail address or phone number.
 
Registration Procedure 
Registrations can be made in person at the Centre; by telephone, or online. YOUR REGISTRATION IS VALID ONCE FULL PAYMENT IS PROCESSED. Please let us know if you wish a receipt. Payment can be made either by cash, cheque, VISA or Master Card. Registrations are on a first-come first-served basis as soon as term schedules are available. Class sizes are based on the size of the studio and available equipment, ages of the participants and suitability for the material.
 
Returned (NSF) Cheques A $25.00 administration fee will be charged for cheques that are returned to us by your bank.

Program Withdrawals
Changes and/or Withdrawals from courses must be made at least 14 days prior to the course start date for a refund, minus an administration fee of $25 per course, per registrant.  No changes or withdrawals to registrations will be permitted less than 14 days prior to course start date.
 
Program Cancellation All courses are subject to sufficient registration. Neilson Park Creative Centre reserves the right to cancel, postpone or combine individual courses if minimum registration is not achieved. A full refund will be issued in the event of a cancellation.
 
Course Transfers If space is available, patrons may transfer from one course to another that is of equal or greater value, as long as the transfer is done 2 weeks before the class begins. A $25 administration fee will be charged per course, per registrant.
 
Missed Class In the event that a patron is unable to attend a class, Neilson Park Creative Centre regrets that a makeup class or refund will not be offered.
 
Wait List In the event that the course/camp you have selected is full, you can be placed on a wait list. Individuals on the wait list will only be notified if space becomes available.
 
Class Supplies & Materials Neilson Park Creative Centre supplies materials for children, teen and some adult workshops. Where special materials fees or a model fee is required, it will be stated in the class information. Otherwise, adults are generally responsible for supplying their own materials.
Patrons who have registered for courses may find a supply list online. If a supply list is not shown for your course, you may call the office at 416-622-5294 to confirm the supplies needed for the course.
 
Age Requirements Children must meet the age requirements of the course/camp listed.
 
Safe Learning Environment NPCC courses aim to provide a safe, positive, and welcoming learning environment. Neilson Park Creative Centre reserves the right to refuse admittance to or de-register any person who prevents our ability to provide such an environment. In the event of de-registration, a refund will be issued for the balance of classes for which the individual is registered.
 
Special Needs All details of special needs must be disclosed at the time of registration. Please note that we cannot provide a support worker. Support workers are admitted to Neilson Park Creative Centre courses and camps free of charge. NPCC reserves the right to request a valid Police Reference Check before entry to the class.
 
WEATHER CANCELLATION 
Please visit our website to confirm classes are running in the event of inclement weather.
Students will not be contacted when Neilson Park Creative Centre is closed due to weather natural disasters.
 
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Neilson Park Creative Centre reserves the right to use photographic material for advertising and promotional purposes. If you do not want your child, yourself or other family members photographed, please let us know.
 
Information Collection Any personal information is used to process your application for program participation; the registration of individuals in programs; payment of fees; collection of outstanding fee amounts; aggregate statistical reporting, contacting clients regarding upcoming programs, and, additional mailings, including newsletters/surveys.
 
NO REFUNDS ARE GIVEN FOR MEMBERSHIP DUES.
 
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Call for Nominations for Board Members

Deadline: October 18, 2019

 

Would you like to be part of our creative journey with a vision of connecting to and celebrating a richer life through the arts? Are you excited for the future we are building for Neilson Park Creative Centre’s next quarter century?

NPCC is entering into its next 25 years with a new bylaw, board job descriptions, and renewed expectations of the role of the Directors of the Board. New Directors will be elected for a three-year term; some key skills are required to support the operational demands of a charitable organization, including project management, change management, financial management, revenue development and community outreach.

If you are interested in becoming a board member and are able to commit up to 15 hours a month, prepare for and engage in meetings and represent NPCC in the community please submit your application by October 18, 2019. For details, please click here.

If you are interested in serving on a NPCC committee, please email petra@neilsonparkcreative centre.com for details.

 


MEMBERSHIP
Join the community of artists, craftspersons, volunteers, and supporters of the arts who have made Neilson Park Creative Centre a special place to learn, to teach and to share your enthusiasm for the arts. 
 
Sign Up Today!
 
Core Benefits of Memberships
  • the opportunity to join a Resident Group(s)*
  • the opportunity to participate in special events
  • discount on NPCC exhibition entry fees
  • discount on studio and gallery use
  • advance registration for NPCC programs
  • 1 vote at our Annual General Meeting (per membership) 
  • Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) reciprocal program admission. Click here
  • 10% discount at local art supply retailers (listed below)
  • Drop-in studio privileges at member rates
    • Members' Drop-in Studio D
      Tuesdays 9:00am-4:30pm, Half-day $4.43 (w/HST $5.00), Full-day $7.08 (w/HST $8.00)
    • Members' Drop-in Studio C
      Thursdays 6:30pm-9:30pm $4.43 (w/HST $5.00), Fridays 1:00pm-4:30pm $4.43 (w/HST $5.00)

 

MEMBERSHIP OPTIONS
 
Memberships are annual, valid from September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020
 
Standard Membership $110
One membership card
 
Under 35 Membership $70
Must be under the age of 35 at time of membership purchase
One membership card
 
Dual Membership $175
Must reside at the same residence
Two membership cards
 
Family Membership $110
Up to two adults and up to five children aged 17 and under, residing at the same residence
Two membership cards
One free family drop-in program
*Note: This membership level does not include the option of joining a Resident Group
 
 
  
*Joining a Resident Group requires an additonal membership fee for that Group to be paid at full price.
 
Please call  the office if you would like to join more than one resident group at NPCC.
 
Additional fees to join Resident Groups:
Calligraphic Arts Guild of Toronto $25
Etobicoke Art Group $30
Etobicoke Handweavers and Spinners $25
Etobicoke Quilters' Guild $30
Etobicoke Rugcrafters $30
Humber Valley Art Club $25
 
 
By becoming a member, you agree to share your contact information with Neilson Park Creative Centre and your chosen Resident Group(s). We will not share your information with any third party.
 
 Benefit of NPCC Membership, 10% discount at these local retailers:
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Board & Executive Members:
 
Melanie Fernandez - Programs
Megan Gariepy - Development
Alison Lam - Communications
Nancy Moniz - Communications, Resident Groups & Stakeholders
Lindsay Schoutsen - Treasurer
Brenda Shewchuk - President
Carol Walmsley - Secretary 
 
Staff Members: 
 

Melanie Billark, Program Coordinator

Melanie Billark is a multidisciplinary Toronto based artist, achieving an advanced diploma in 2011, at Sheridan College’s Craft and Design Program for glass in Oakville, ON. Following her degree she completed a year artist residency at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, ON, in 2012. Melanie graduated from OCADU's Sculpture and Installation program, obtaining her BFA in 2016. 

She has participated in a number of shows internationally and across the GTA, including venues such as: Toronto Pearson Airport, Lonsdale Gallery, Canadian Sculpture Centre, Gladstone Hotel,  Xpace Cultural Centre, and Treefort Music Fest. 

Melanie has won a number of bursaries and awards including The Masonic Foundation of Canada Bursary in 2011, The OALA Ground Award in 2016, and The Climate Arts Award in 2019. 

Over the years Melanie has been creating and developing unique arts based curriculum, which focuses on a variety of mediums and techniques such as: Community Art Projects, Eco-Arts, Sculpture and Installation, Painting and Drawing, Printmaking, and Public Art projects. Melanie has years of experience facilitating courses, leading workshops, creating programming, and presenting lectures across the GTA for people of all ages and skill levels. Melanie is passionate about art education, community development, and creating art opportunities that bring people together.

 

Andrew Cox, Customer Service Representative
From a very young age, Andrew has been resolute in his participation in and creation of music and art. After suffering a severe eye injury as a child, he started turning to music as a form of therapy.

Discovering his love for playing, and music in general, set Andrew on the path of creating his own; with and without others. From early secondary school to the present time, he has collaborated and performed with numerous musicians and artists across North America.

From backyard parties to famous venues such as The MOD club, The Painted Lady, The Reverb and Revival, Andrew has performed with and without other artists. Using extended technique, looping, effects on extended range bass,  and his voice, he attempts to dig into every corner of his musical imagination.

Andrew most recently worked for Silence: Guelph’s portal for adventurous new sound events; a local arts and performance hub in Guelph that is dedicated to fostering and incubating new and old creative talents. During his time there, he started as a volunteer- putting up posters and setting up chairs for events- to eventually becoming Silence’s Manager of Operations. He regularly worked as booker and sound technician for performing bands and artists, and gained a firm grip on what it takes to plan and execute a successful live music show.

Finding himself back in Toronto, he plans on bringing his knowledge in that field to NPCC- and help create even more magical, music filled nights of inspiring, energetic and ethereal bewilderment; simultaneously fostering local and non-local talents across the GTA, Ontario, and Canada.

Andrew is currently performing under his solo moniker “Thumper”, as well as spear-heading an experimental art ska  project called “What now? We Wait.” 
 
 
Kal Honey, Customer Service Representative and Instructor

Kal Honey was creative and obsessively detail-oriented from an early age: drawing, building models, embroidery, photography. After attending Northern Secondary School’s specialized art program in Toronto, Kal went on to become an award-winning graduate of the Ontario College of Art. After a 2009 travel sabbatical from his 20-year graphic design career, Kal re-focussed his career on art and art instruction.

Often bold (but sometimes subtle), Kal's work in painting, graphics and collage is informed by his design sensitivity and training, his love of contrasts, and his penchant for text, wit and wordplay.

Recent exhibitions include: Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Queen West Art Crawl and Otto Art, Toronto and In Situ Multi Arts Festival and ArtWorkX, Mississauga. 

As an instructor, Kal teaches artist-to-artist: inspiration, challenge, structure, support, artistic freedom, lively discussion — and laughter. In addition to being a regular instructor here at Neilson Park, he also teaches at Visual Arts Mississauga and Haliburton School of the Arts, as well as leading workshops, giving lectures and jurying exhibitions throughout Southern Ontario.

When not in the studio or classroom, Kal can often be found in the gym or out riding one of his beloved bicycles…

 

Lovepreet Kaur, Administrative Assistant

“Even Kings and emperors with heaps of wealth and vast dominion cannot compare with an ant filled with the love of God.” ...
With such thoughts, Lovepreet Kaur is a strong believer in god and humanity. She hails from a small village in Punjab, India. She completed her Bachelor of Commerce from Government College in Amritsar and decided to come to Canada for higher studies.

While completing her Accounting diploma at Sheridan College, she came across a job opportunity at Neilson Park Creative Centre. Now she has begun her career with NPCC as part-time Customer Service Representative. In previous jobs, Lovepreet worked as a tax accountant in Best Account Consultants (Mississauga) for three months in her summer holidays. Here at Neilson Park Creative Centre she is now connecting to and celebrating a richer life through the arts.
 
 
Petra Nyendick, Executive Director
Originally from Toronto, Petra Nyendick moved to Indiana in 2001, living in Indianapolis and Terre Haute. After realizing the need for a commercial art gallery in Terre Haute, Petra became founding director of 333 Visual Art Gallery. The success of that gallery and attached working studio morphed into the launch of Halcyon Contemporary Art Gallery at the Sheldon Swope Art Museum. Petra’s success as owner/operator of Halcyon and director of the Swope Art Museum’s Summer Youth Art Program led to her opportunity to become Executive Director of Indiana State University’s Community School of the Arts.
While in Indiana, she was a member of Arts Indiana’s Regional Advisory Council, and a member of the board of directors of various arts organizations: The Terre Haute Children’s Choir, Blues at the Crossroads Festival, and Wabash Valley Art Space. At Art Spaces, Petra also served as Chair of the Site Selection and Acquisition Committee.
Most recently, Petra served as the Executive Director of Silence: Guelph’s Portal For Adventurous New Sound Events, an innovative arts centre dedicated to presenting diverse, challenging, sustainable and accessible art and musical practices. While in Guelph, Petra served on the Guelph Arts Council board, chairing the Communications Committee.
These positions are the most recent facet in a life’s work in art; a long, strong involvement in the arts as a successful artist, agent and arts organizer. She brings to the NPCC her committed vision of the guild of the creative community and its importance to society as a whole.
Petra received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors at York University in Toronto and a Master of Fine Arts with distinction at Indiana State University.

 

Lisa Robinson, Outreach Coordinator

Lisa Robinson is an artist-educator who has accepted a 10-month contract position at NPCC to perform outreach activities in our community through (a yet-to-be announced) grant award!)

A graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, Lisa’s artistic style can be described as playful and bold and reflects her interest in the relationships of colour, shape and form as found in nature, the human form and and the everyday.  As a seasoned visual arts educator, it has been her privilege to both write curriculum and teach visual arts for artists of all ages for over 20 years. Her vision is to enable others to realize their artistic goals whether that be to master a certain technique, discover a new medium or simply explore a creative idea in a warm and supportive environment.  

 

Matthew Summers, Customer Service Representative

Matthew Summers is an Illustration student currently in his second year at OCAD University.

Art has been a lifelong interest to Matthew and he has been drawing for as long as he can remember. He continues to practice and improve through his classes and is currently learning more about analogue and digital painting. He's painted a few murals, one of which is in his old high school Etobicoke Collegiate Institute.

Music is another passion that was pursued in middle school with his participation in the band program where he learned to play the trumpet. As his interest in music grew he started taking piano lessons as well. However, what really captured his attention was a small music class in high school that introduced students to electronic music and production. He has continued creating music electronically outside of school and this has allowed him to draw upon many genres for inspiration for his own music. 

Matthew was introduced to NPCC when he started working as a summer camp counselor and this last summer he worked as an instructor for the summer camp. He enjoyed working at NPCC over the summer and so when the opportunity arose to continue throughout the year as  a Customer Service Representative he gladly took it.

  

Cory Therrien, Facilities Coordinator

Cory Therrien is an administrative and marketing professional with a diverse range of professional experience in areas such as office management, purchasing, event coordination, and product and brand analysis and departmental budgeting. She has a B.A.A. in Office and Administrative Studies and a certificate in marketing from Ryerson University.

Cory is a believer in life-long learning and strives to acquire new skills and knowledge in her work, continuing education studies and art and calligraphy classes.

Cory is a member Calligraphic Art Guild of Toronto at NPCC and is an ever hopeful gardener.


 
 
 

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