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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.

Read about each artist to learn more!

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LINDA CLAY

Annual Member

Linda Clay always enjoys combining her love of art, gardening and travel with creating paintings that represent some of the beautiful places and flora that have given her joy. She works in acrylics on canvases of many sizes to produce work for herself and for others. She is especially fond of doing commissions that feature gardens seen or created by clients.

Shop Available Work

Contact Linda at:

519 823 5464 / 226 337 5464

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ELSKE DE GROOT

Full Studio Member

Elske de Groot is a full-time, mixed media artist and instructor recently returned to Ontario after a 3-year stint in St Augustine, Florida where she sells her work at Aviles Gallery. She works with the mediums of encaustics and photography. Elske is excited to be part of the collaborative studio at Necessary Arts where the artistic spirit is strong.

www.luxecastudios.com

Follow Elske's work on:

Instagram: @elskes_encaustics

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CHANEL DESROCHES

Studio Owner

Chanel works in the moment. Surrendering feelings onto a surface is her way of suggesting that there is a personal narrative behind all of the vibrant, lively lines and colour. The first impression of passion and energy then carefully wanders to afterthoughts of suppression and distraction. Chanel approaches the story behind her work from a mental health perspective; the paintings are anxious internal battles. Chanel transfers her minds thinking process and train of thought onto something that we can see and talk about. 

Chanel holds a Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Studio Art from the School of Fine Art & Music at the University of Guelph (2019) - studying painting, drawing, and printmaking under the teachings of highly experienced Guelph and Toronto based professors and artists. Chanel is currently an MFA candidate at York University, focusing her research on deviance, social dread, and resilience through the queer lens.

www.chaneldesroches.com

Instagram: @chaneldesrochesart

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SHAY DONOVAN

Full Studio Member

A recent graduate from the Studio Art program at The University of Guelph, Shay Donovan is an interdisciplinary artist based out of Guelph, Ontario. Shay creates representative artwork through painting, textile work, and photography. Through the integration of mild distortion and focusing on small details, Shay fabricates an accessible library of symbols found in the subconscious that any viewer can find themselves in.

www.shaydonovan.com

You can follow Shay's work on:

Instagram: @shay_dono

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ZOE DOUGHERTY

Full Studio Member

Zoe is a Studio Art major at the University of Guelph, and is from St. Catherines, ON. Previously a caricature artist who worked mostly with ink, she took up oil painting and practices portraiture with her previous caricature experience and tries to get familiar with as many mediums as possible. She takes inspiration from the works of Egon Schiele, the Romanticism era of fine art, and the films "M", "Pink Floyd's The Wall", and movies directed by Richard Williams.

Instagram: @zozodougherty

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MAEVE HIND

University of Guelph Studio Art Graduate 3-Month Residency Recipient

Maeve Hind is a queer interdisciplinary artist who works primarily in painting. Her art practice explores anxieties, emotions, and her surrounding urban and natural landscape. With a background in Psychology and Fine Arts, Maeve believes that art making is a powerful tool to access creativity and deepen understanding to the self and the world. She is passionate about community engaged art.

Instagram:@mjh_art_

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BREE KING

Co-Working Member

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DANA MCCOOL

Full Studio Member

Dana McCool is an interdisciplinary artist, designer, writer, human rights activist and anarchist. Using symbolism, colour harmonies and universal archetypes, her visual work opens gateways into the phenomenal dimensions of Self, Other, Spirit and The Unknown. With a background in sociology, religious studies and philosophy, she is interested in contemplations that lead to revelations about the expansive core of our trans-personal human condition.

www.danamccool.format.com

Email: Visionaryhumanbeing@gmail.com

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JORDIE NEUMANN

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. 

 

https://jordie.myportfolio.com

 

Follow Jordie's work on:

Instagram:@lemonbutterbb

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AMBER OZOLS

Co-Working Member

Amber Ozols was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario. She studied Studio Art at Concordia University and Sheridan College for Illustration. Her work ranges from traditional oil and acrylic painting, digital design work, hand lettering, and commercial labels. Amber's portfolio has been influenced by athletics, science, infuriating societal norms, and a love of bright colours. She has a stationery line as well, Homebody Stationery, which offers introvert-friendly greeting cards and self-care items

www.amberozolsart.com

Follow Amber's work on:

Instagram @amberozolsart

Instagram @homebodypaper

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EVARISTO RAMOS

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.

www.roo-tech.com | Instagram @ramos96

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JESSICA SPOONER

Full Studio Member

An energetic and outgoing mixed media oil painter, Jessica paints with strong, show-stopping colors that refuse to be ignored. 

 

Born in Thunder Bay, ON and raised in various parts of Ontario and Alberta Canada. She grew up in a family of avid art collectors and supporters of the Arts.  Jessica was “born” into a life long influence and love of art that propels and guides her in her own professional art career today. She was drawn into the realm of business early on in her career and was involved in corporate law and restaurant ownership.  All the while the feeling like there was something more for her … something art related needled her days.  She began investigating ways that would advance her artistic voice into a  professional niche business and career.  This began with the Milan Art Institute and has continued with mentorships from experienced professionals over the years. Currently, Jessica leads a busy life in Guelph, Ontario CA.

You can follow Jessica's work on:

Instagram: @jessicaspoonerfineart

Email Contact: jessicaspoonerfineart@gmail.com

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