Artists’ Lives

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Bi-weekly;  Week Two;  Tuesday;  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Online via Zoom

Small group workshop therefore membership will be limited

Join us as we continue our exploration of various artists’ lives, artwork, influences, challenges, themes, philosophies, and legacies. Using various texts (e.g. novels, biographies, films, podcasts, interviews), we’ll also analyze representations of these lives. Possible artists include Yinka Shonibare, Suzanne Valadon, Barbara Hepworth, Käthe Kollwicz, Prudence Heward, Niki de Saint Phalle, Katsushika Oi/Katsushika Hokusai, Daphne Odjig, Vilhelm Hammershøi, Amrita Sher-Gil, Egon Schiele, and Maira Kalman. Members are expected to read, watch, or listen to each session’s text/s and present once. Presentations should include interesting research findings, thought-provoking discussion prompts, and, ideally, some images. Note: this is a smaller-group workshop with one in-depth presentation and extensive discussion per session.


Trudy Akler  ( loves to analyze literature and art, and, through them, learn about women’s stories and histories. Long-term experience includes arts and gifted education, book club presentations, the Global Art Project for Peace, and a lifetime of creative projects.

Terry Murray ( has been a medical journalist for more than 40 years. She is the  author of  Faces on Places: A Grotesque Tour of Toronto  about Toronto’s gargoyles and other architectural sculpture (Anansi, 2006), and spent 10 years researching the life of Merle Foster, a once-prominent Toronto sculptor.