Artists’ Lives

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Bi-weekly; Week 2; Friday; 12:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Join us as we continue our exploration of various artists’ lives, artwork, influences, challenges, themes, philosophies, and legacies. Using various texts (novels, biographies, films, podcasts, interviews), we’ll also analyze representations of these lives. Members are expected to read, watch, or listen to each session’s text/s (see attached list) and present once. 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.

Workshop Materials:

Texts Lists and Presentation Schedule 2022/23