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Meet the Artists

The artists are participating members of Necessary Arts Collective. Each member utilizes the space for their own practice.

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White Washed Wood


Full Studio Member

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Studio Owner

Chanel DesRoches is a painter and printmaker based in Guelph, Ontario and holds a Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Studio Art from the School of Fine Art & Music at the University of Guelph (2019). She is a Master of Fine Art Candidate at York University (2024), researching theory and methodology around abstraction through queer studies, deviance, societal issues, anxiety, and resilience. Expressed in her painting, she often leans on deflection tactics as an easy escape and avoidance strategy in social interactions or conversations that provoke dialogue and reflection from her younger self. Her practice informs the acts of pretending and reacting to each mark, gesture, colour, and form – the removal from reality and the creation of a new in-between, something that can be revised, reimagined, and repeated. Driving from personal experience, Chanel relentlessly engages with painting in the moment, allowing herself to interchangeably utilize intuition and compulsion as a means for mark making. Her work constantly investigates risk and feelings of fear when creating, acknowledging the vulnerability of her identity as a queer woman with an assumingly rebellious past.

Instagram: @chaneldesrochesart



Full Studio Member

Jessie’s work is inspired by her ancestry (Anishinaabe-Chippewa-Settler). Jessie explores this through engaging with the land, stories, tensions and experiences that call to her. Jessie uses her studio practice to explore personal healing, sometimes bringing together all of her ancestors in order to celebrate her identity intersectionality. Her work serves as an outlet and celebrates all that it means to be Indigenous. Lastly, her work is embedded in a process that seems to be hard to quantify. Jessie often receives images in her mind that seem to be connected to her spirituality and inspiration from the external world; she tries not to overthink what is to be painted and honours this process within herself.

Jessie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons.) degree from Algoma University (Sault Ste Marie) in 2010 and a post-graduate diploma in Art Therapy from the Toronto Art Therapy Institute (2013). In addition to her studio work, Jessie is employed as an Art Therapist working in Northern Indigenous communities in Ontario through Anderson Therapy Services. 

Jessie is a Registered Psychotherapist (qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and continues to walk the red road with the support of local Indigenous organizations and the Guelph community. Jessie is also a proud member of Aamjiwnaang First Nation in southwestern Ontario.

Jessie lives and works on Treaty 3., lands (in Guelph, Ontario) and is married to a supportive husband and is a mother to two beautiful children who keep her inspired daily.


Instagram: jessiebuchananart




Weekday Work Member

Jordan Pedersen is an interdisciplinary artist living in Guelph, Ontario. Usually working on a small scale, she uses textiles, watercolours, paper, bookmaking, printmaking and sculptural elements. Her work consistently comes back to themes of practice, labour, and the joy of recognizing relationships and patterns.


Jordan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Philosophy from the University of Guelph, and a Master of Information from the University of Toronto.



Full Studio Member

Jordie is a graphic designer and self taught artist living in Guelph, Ontario. Heavily influenced by her formal design training, her work blends graphic and natural forms on the canvas to explore ideas of the self, fear and pop culture.

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White Washed Wood


Weekend Flex Member

Bio Coming Soon...

White Washed Wood


Full Studio Member

Bio Coming Soon...



Full Studio Member

Evaristo Ramos also known as Roo was born and raised in the wilds of Texas.


Roo has traveled around the world in his quest for more digital knowledge and how it can be used in its many forms.


Roo loves to make protypes or one of a kind items using 3D printing, laser cutting / engraving, and CNC machining. | Instagram @ramos96

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