Artists’ Lives

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

Join our continued exploration of artists’ lives, artwork, influences, challenges, themes, philosophies, and legacies. We’ll also analyze representation of these lives and consider connections to our own world through a group of 12 artists reflecting diverse art forms, materials, time periods, ethnicities, lifestyles, and experiences. Each workshop participant presents once and can chose to focus on some or all of the above. Presentations, which usually run 20-40 minutes, should include interesting research findings, thought-provoking discussion prompts, and, ideally, some images, building in ample discussion time. Much of each session is spent on in-depth discussion by a group of very engaged participants. Tentatively, our 12 Year 4 artists are: Pacita Abad, Vanessa Bell (Duncan Grant), Lalla Essaydi, Alice Guy-Blaché, Saul Leiter, Tamara de Lempicka, Zachari Logan, Amanda McCavour, Alphonse Mucha, Wangechi Mutu, Remedios Varo, and Eva Zeisel. Please see the attached “Is The Artists’ Lives Workshop For Me?” document.


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. Other passions include Qi Gong, meditation, poetry, and sunrise/sunset watching.

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.

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Workshop Notes