BOARD OF ADVISORS
Doris was raised in Toronto, where she completed her post-secondary education at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute majoring in psychology. She has been teaching the art of painting in all mediums for ten years, with her students enjoying her emotional approach to art. Doris’ works in oil, acrylic and watercolour have been shown and sold from Europe to Australia, and featured in international art shows including Art Expos in New York, Texas, Chicago and Philadelphia.
Her work has been featured on wine labels, magazine covers, in renowned local galleries, and she has produced a series of spontaneous, simultaneous compositions with musical composers for many live audiences. Paintings by Doris are in several private collections including the President of the Canadian United Nations and a board member of Sunnybrook Hospital. In the spring of 2013 one of her paintings will be sent to the Vatican in Italy. See: Doris’ Artwork, Roma Moulding
Donna Child – Gallery Director, Owner, Artworld Fine Art Gallery
Donna Child was born and raised in Toronto and has held a lifelong interest in the Arts.
She began her career in the Arts earning a degree in Fashion Design through the International Academy of Design in Toronto.
After working in the industry for 10 years she applied her business and design skills to the field of visual art becoming the Gallery Director of Artworld Fine Art a position she has held since 1995.
Her deep seated interest in fine art and design and an aspiration to provide emerging and mid career artists with a venue to exhibit has resulted in her establishing Artworld Fine Art as one of the top galleries in West Toronto. Currently representing over 30 artists – Canadian and International – she has put together a diverse selection of original artwork in a welcoming environment, with no pressure sales tactics.
Donna has recently taken the gallery to a new level. Moving Artworld Fine Art to a 7200 sq ft space where at anytime you can meet artists, hear a reading, talk with a poet, attend a cultural event or perhaps take part in an exhibition opening. Her belief is that “Art comes in many forms and should never be intimidating”. She also believes that given the opportunity “art can be understood and enjoyed by everyone”. See: Artworld Fine Art Gallery
Spider Jones -Founder of Believe to Achieve Organization, Golden Glove Boxing Champion, Motivational Speaker, Humanitarian
Spider Jones is an energetic advocate of the ‘Believe To Achieve’ Organization, a youth outreach development and counseling charity. Many of Spider’s events go to the benefit of ‘Believe To Achieve’ kids. Spider is also a highly popular motivational speaker who is much admired for his diligent work among the youth. His inspirational life story “Out of the Darkness” reveals his amazing rise from the impoverished, gang infested, inner-city projects of Detroit and Windsor and how, as a grade five dropout, he eventually returned to school at the age of thirty to become an honour student. Spider’s favourite thing is talking to his Nighthawks, whether it be about sports, entertainment, or hot issues. See: Believe to Achieve Organization
Rebecca Ramshaw – Assistant Gallery Director, Conservation Custom Framing Expert – Artworld Fine Art Gallery
Originally from the Waterloo Region Rebecca grew up with the arts, attending the symphony, ballet, art auctions, musicals, plays, museums and libraries with her parents. This instilled in her a great love for all the arts. She also studied piano, flute, voice, ballet & modern dance when she was young, and ballroom dance as an adult. Studying visual art through high school she discovered photography and has pursued that passionately ever since, being an avid amateur and assisting a professional photographer on a casual basis.
Rebecca graduated from Concordia University in Montreal with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design for the Theatre. She started framing in 1999, at a small custom framing shop and quickly found that the work was a natural fit for her. Framing combines creativity and technical skills and offers great variety. She took a brief hiatus from framing and worked for an interior designer, which was challenging and fulfilling but a move to Toronto brought her to ARTWORLD in 2011 she has felt fortunate to be working with the amazing art and great people here ever since. She is very excited to be part of this new stage in ARTWORLD`s growth and look forward to the challenge of developing our new venue rental. See: Artworld Fine Art Gallery
Calvin White – Board Member – Museums Association
Jasmine Jackman – Chair, Youth & Education (UNACTO)
Jasmine Jackman was born in England and immigrated to Canada when she was three years old. She currently resides in Mississauga, Ontario. An advocate for social justice and a positive contributor to the Canadian economy and greater society, Jasmine sits on several community boards, including: Writers and Editors Network, United Nations Association of Canada Toronto Region, Skills for Change, African Women’s Association, Bridging the Gap, and Rise Up Rise Above. She is also a member of the Canadian Ethnic Media Association. In her spare time Jasmine dabbles in watercolours and occasionally writes poetry and short stories.
Paulina O’Kieffe – Arts Educator
Paulina is a 29-year-old Toronto entrepreneur, project manager, spoken word artist, community worker, program facilitator, youth activist (and mom of 2!) who has been working and performing across Toronto for the last 11 years.The Founder/Artistic Director of Guerrilla of the Word and Words by the Water Collective, Paulina is influenced by her diverse descent and her work in multiple communities, bringing her passion to the page and the stage. Her poetry, which covers a diverse range of topics from love to revolution, appears in print in ‘Guerillas of the Word’ and “If I Ran the School.” Paulina has performed and hosted performances across the City of Toronto and beyond for the last 11 years. Her performances include performing at the opening for the RUKUS: Anti Racism Anti Oppression Conference for youth held at York University in 2010 and competing in the Toronto International Poetry Slam in 2007 and more recently in 2014. Paulina is also a member of the Up From The Roots SLAM team, representing Toronto in the 2015 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Saskatoon.
Paulina has been using spoken word to teach young people in a number of communities about self-education, expression and empowerment for the last 11 years. In addition to teaching at Harbourfront, she has and continues to teach workshops for schools, community centers and community organizations such as Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club, Delisle Youth Services, Canadian Stage and Art Starts.
Paulina’s role as an artist educator and spoken word artist has allowed her to teach, support, engage and inspire youth in a way that is outside of an education system that sometimes presents barriers to learning for young people simply because alternative methods of education are not available.
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