Jaymie is an emerging artist based out of Northern Ontario Canada. She studied drawing & painting at the Ontario College of Art and Design and the Alberta College of Art and Design. She received her BFA from Nipissing University in 2011. Jaymie remains a practicing visual artist working in drawing and painting and has exhibited work throughout Ontario. Over the past decade Jaymie has worked in various community based and creative sector organizations across the Nipissing Region. She has a strong passion for the arts and believes North Bay and it’s surrounding community can be a thriving creative base in the North.
Katie Bevan has always favoured the arts. Through life she has followed those instincts, after obtaining her BFA degree in Ottawa she headed to Vancouver. Here she was inspired by a maker's movement that was on the rise, leading Katie to complete a degree in Fashion Design. For the last nine years Katie has been fully submerged in running a business highlighting the vastly interesting makers community of North Bay and beyond. The FARM - Fashion, Art, Retail Market strives to collectively create an inviting and inspiring atmosphere that celebrates creative culture. Currently Katie is Chair of Creative Industries, Downtown Gallery Hop and Vice Chair of the Downtown Improvement Association (DIA). Katie believes innovation, working collectively and supporting local initiatives is the way to build a healthy community.
After graduating from Sheridan College Media Arts program, Holly completed a Fine Arts degree from Nipissing University which prompted her move to Northern Ontario. Working as the Executive Director of the Near North Mobile Media Lab (N2M2L) for the past five years, Holly has worked to grow the organization and establish programs that aim to engage youth and emerging artists through the digital and media arts. Holly also sits on the board of directors of the Media Arts Network of Ontario, is chair of the local artist-run centre White Water Gallery and is currently the North Bay rep for Cultural Industries Ontario North. She is also an active artist and musician, currently touring with the Hidden Roots Collective.
Amy Steele is a handbag designer and manufacturer with a studio in North Bay. Prior to starting her business in 2006, she taught finance at Dalhousie University and was a partner in a financial risk management consultancy in Halifax. Since returning to North Bay she has continued to teach and prepare accounting and finance courses for Canadore College. Amy joined the board of Creative Industries as treasurer in 2015.
Lindsay Sullivan has been creatively exploring all things musical since she can remember, and became involved in performance arts at a young age. From theatre, dance, voice, and various instruments, Lindsay has always valued being a part of the arts scene in our community. With the arts consistently in her heart, Lindsay received her Bachelor of Social Work at York University in 2009, and has always been keen to explore opportunities to incorporate music and social justice. As one of the winners of the 2016 Canadian Songwriter Challenge, Lindsay thoroughly enjoys sharing her experiences with aspiring writers. Lindsay is a co-owner of Compass Music Academy where she teaches music and co-facilitates a local community choir. She can be found playing in various bands and at events, and is currently working on her Masters of Arts degree in Community Music through Wilfrid Laurier University. Lindsay is also the current Art Training Program Coordinator with Art Fix Nipissing and Workman Arts. Lindsay holds a firm belief that music helps build communities, and is proud to be back in North Bay advocating for the arts.
Serena has been the Artistic & Administrative Director of White Water Gallery since July 2015, and is excited about the role that this artist-run centre is playing in revitalizing North Bay through contemporary artistic practices. She believes that art can change “the world,” and that it can create new worlds. Artistic objects and practices make sense within particular contexts, and so have the capacity to disrupt inherited modes of organizing our ways of living together (e.g. colonial, racist, sexist, ableist, hetero-sexist). Art also generates contexts in which the senses are partitioned differently, and so its ‘real’ force can be felt through eruptions of ‘new’ ways of living together (e.g. just, responsible and responsive); one might describe such an eruption as a “distinct aesthetics,” and it is politics in action.