WRITER, ARTIST, ILLUSTRATOR (Co-Founder of m7)
Danielle Daniel paints and writes stories. She is an award-winning author, illustrator and artist. Her work is inspired by her Indigenous roots, as well as the Northern Ontario landscape, where she was born and raised. She works primarily with acrylics and acrylic inks, however, she is eager to add oil paints to her toolbox. She divides her time between Sudbury, ON and Manitoulin Island. Learn more at danielledaniel.com.
visual artist (Co-Founder of m7)
Julieanne Steedman is a Northern Ontario visual artist. Inspiration for her paintings and hand drawn maps comes from her years spent living abroad, as well as time spent outdoors in rural Northern Ontario.
“For me, there is an affection and tenderness between who I am, where I have been, and the place I come from. Creating is a way of making sense of what life throws at me: the joy, the obstacles, the beauty, the hardships.”
Julieanne is addicted to strong coffee, painting and exploring Northern Ontario, and loves adventuring with her husband and two young sons. Find out more about Julieanne and her work at heirloomisland.com.
Plein air artist
Her journey as a plein air artist began as an extension of journaling outdoor adventures. Over time, as she moved from paper to canvas and boards, the images became the journal. Each painting becomes an invaluable source of learning, inspiration and release.
This is a landscape that she knows intimately and feels a need to share.
Perhaps it is her Voyageur ancestors affecting her passion, giving her a haunting sense of the spirits of the land, or maybe it is that these places speak a language that whispers to any who take a moment to notice deeply.
Graphic designer, illustrator, aspiring printmaker
Chantal Abdel-Nour was born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario. She is an alumna of Cambrian College and has been teaching (and forever learning from her students) in the Graphic Design Program since 2014. To keep current in the field, she actively practices design through freelance work and continues to experiment with pet projects that incorporate her love of illustration and typography. She’s an aspiring printmaker, with her primary focus on lino printing and monoprinting, as well as illustrating organic findings found along her hikes in Sudbury with India Ink.
The place where she calls home, where she spent her summers growing up has become an intimate part of who she is; an artist, mother, wife and adventurer. Living in McGregor Bay has greatly shaped her work as an artist learning how to share herself, her interpretations of where she fits into this intoxicating world, to discover and be inspired by it.
Her work is filled with passion and love, depicted in the deep colours and bold brush strokes. Painting brings such joy and satisfaction in her life, while continually searching in new directions for techniques and subject matter, floating back and forth between representation and abstraction. This "little piece of heaven", where her studio is nestled, is on a 108 acre island where she lives with her adventuresome husband and courageous sons.
She has a B.Sc. in Education which means when she’s not on her island, you can find her teaching or volunteering with fabulous young children from Manitoulin Island to Massey; fostering young minds and hearts to grow into happy well-rounded individuals. Her wish is for you to sense the joy in the creation of her paintings in hopes that it could deliver a little happiness into your day!
PHOTOGRAPHER & FILMMAKER
Cassidy McAuliffe is a photographer and filmmaker in Sudbury, Ontario. Her work focuses on her interdependence and connection with the lakes and the land of Northern Ontario. Outside of her visual art she works at an environmental not-for-profit organization as a communications specialist and runs Woodland Sisters, a small art business with her sister. Learn more at www.cassidymcauliffe.com.
Adrienne Assinewai is a Northern Ontario visual artist born and raised on Manitoulin Island. Being surrounded by so much nature and culture, she was inspired from a young age to express and share this beauty with others. Her award-winning work is executed in a variety of media and subject matter from needle felted sculptures to watercolour portraits. Always one to have several things on the go, her work ranges from small and whimsical to more detailed in depth pieces. Now based in Sudbury, Adrienne creates from her co-working downtown studio as well as from her home which she shares with her husband and their feline overlord Stryder. She also regularly participates in markets and exhibits throughout the year and her work can be found online under the name RavenStar Studio.