Artists: Leslie Becker, Charles Bongers, Miriam Grenville, and Eva Lewarne
We’re pleased to welcome four artists producing work out of Artscape buildings across the city. This is an opportunity to showcase a cross-section of diverse artists tied together through their relationship to Artscape’s many creative shared spaces – including Artscape Youngplace, Artscape Distillery Studios and Artscape West Queen West.
Please join us for an Opening Reception – September 18 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Artist Miriam Grenville is welcoming all visitors into her Studio on the 2nd floor for light refreshments.
Rendezvous Artist Biographies:
Leslie Ann Becker is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design and was born and raised in Toronto, Canada where she has been involved in both the Toronto art and music scenes for decades. She works in a variety of mediums including both cast and fabricated sculpture, encaustic, oil, and acrylic painting as well as vivid oil pastel drawing. Ms. Becker currently works part time in mental health services and has done so since obtaining a B.A. In Psychology and an Education degree in Artist in the community Education Program from Queen’s University. She has taught art to children and adults abroad and also tutors young children in the English Language and finds this work very rewarding. More info…
Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Charles Bongers has been illustrating, painting and designing all of his life. The vivid colours of his landscapes and portraits are inspired by the intensity of Africa’s sharp winter light. From the squiggly lines of his illustration to the simple bold graphic designs of his logos, Charles’s artistic goal is always to capture the subject in its simplest colours, form and perspective.Charles’ work can be seen at charlesbongers.com
Miriam Grenville is an artist as well as a textile & industrial designer with a studio at Artscape Youngplace. Her work explores the boundaries between foreground and background, and uses banal materials like wallpaper and upholstery fabrics to blur the lines between art and design. Her ‘money’ work is available through Art Metropole.
Eva Lewarne is a painter, photographer, designer and workshop leader. She studied Fine Art at OCAD (Ontario College of Art) and English Literature and Social Work at U of T (University of Toronto). Her work has been shown at the Salon Grand Palais in Paris, the Chapelle de la Sorbonne, Jadite Gallery In New York, Gallery Moos and Bezpala-Brown Gallery in Canada, among others. She is represented in public and private collections in Canada, the U.S. France, and Germany. Besides painting, Lewarne leads Creativity and Health Workshops in private and public organizations, like U of T, St. Thomas University in New Brunswick, CAMH (Canadian Centre for Mental Health), CIBC, CBC, etc. She taught painting, drawing and design in places like Ryerson University, First Interactive College and The Board of Education. She has curated a number of group exhibitions.Ms. Lewarne was born in Poland and came to Canada after completing high school.
To help maintain community safety and contain the spread of COVID-19, Artscape has temporarily closed its facilities to the public and cancelled all Artscape-led programming, until May 31, 2020.
Please read an important update re: COVID-19 from Artscape CEO, Tim Jones to find out about helpful resources and supports for the arts and culture sector during this challenging time.
Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you soon!
While numerous professional associations have created their own COVID-19 resource guides, Artscape’s compilation focuses on a collection of financial resources and supports to help creatives across all of our communities navigate this situation. Click here to access Artscape’s Resources for Creatives and Creative Entrepreneurs.