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Lindsey Claire Adelman is an emerging glass and photo artist from Barrie, Ontario. After attending Haliburton School of Art and Design, she continued on to Sheridan College, where she completed a Bachelor of Craft & Design in Glass in 2019. During her education she had a Summer Residency at the glass studio at Harbourfront Centre as well as began assisting the contestants on the Netflix show Blown Away. In 2020, Lindsey became a resident artist in Living Art Centre’s glass studio where she continues to expand her practice. She co-owns her business, Lilac Glass, with her partner.

Amy Bowles graduated in 1996 with a BA Hons in Ceramic Design from the Cardiff Institute of Art and Design. After a few years working as an artist and children's entertainer, Amy left the UK and moved to Toronto, Canada. In Toronto, Amy began exhibiting her work in group shows until 2003 when she had her first solo show at 64 Steps Gallery. Since then she has been represented by Paul Petro Contemporary Art Gallery, where she regularly shows ceramic sculptures, paintings, films, and drawings. As a musician, Amy has been lyricist, co-songwriter, and vocalist for several Toronto-based bands, including Pony da Look, Permafrown, and Hollow Earth. She has acted in and co-written songs for five plays written and directed by Toronto playwright, Alex Wolfson. Her other acting credits include Last Act, a short film by Tony Romano, and 'Clear Grey' by Christian Hamilton. The latter film was shown at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 2020. Amy runs a small ceramic art business called Mossy Woods Arts. She has participated in local art fairs, such as Handmade Hamilton, the next instalment of which takes place in November 2024.

Angela DeMontigny is an award winning designer, artist, entrepreneur and mentor of Cree/Métis heritage, who has been a pioneer of the Indigenous Luxury movement for over 2 decades and based in Hamilton, ON. Through the creation of her beautiful, authentic Indigenous fashion, accessories, lifestyle & wellness products (LODGE Soy Candles) under her label ‘DeMontigny’, she has not only been a trailblazer for Indigenous fashion nationally and internationally, but an example of reclaiming her identity as an indigenous woman by utilizing her gifts as a designer and entrepreneur. Also an accomplished artist, Angela was awarded a major public art commission in 2020 for her groundbreaking ‘All Our Relations’ sculpture that was installed on Hamilton’s waterfront on Sept. 30, 2023 - the National day for Truth and Reconciliation - which brought together the Indigenous  and Hamilton community to honour residential school survivors, the children who never made it home and to celebrate reconciliation in action. She is ecstatic to have been able to co-create a much needed, public art legacy for the City which will also be a designated space for the urban Indigenous community to gather. Future plans are to create an education and tourism component with programming for youth.

A woodworker for more than 30 years, Walter Furlan is a graduate of Willowbank School of Restoration Arts in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Walter also has a B.A. in Labour Studies from McMaster University. His work experience includes consulting, project management and conservation of historic windows and other elements at more than a dozen National Historic Sites. He has worked on everything from Dundurn Castle, Auchmar and the Central Presbyterian Church to the House of Commons in Ottawa.

Dayna Gedney is the CEO of Hamilton Craft Studios. She is a multidisciplinary artist working in ceramics, textiles and wood. Dayna’s work exhibits finesse with materials and diligent refinement. Her work is as much about the process of making as it is about the final product, an ever developing exercise in not limiting material and perpetually expanding her skill set while exploring craft.

Laine Groeneweg is a Hamilton-based artist, collaborator and educator. Following completion of his professional training as a printmaker at Il Bisonte – per lo studio dell’arte grafica in Italy, Groeneweg founded Smokestack Studio in the Cotton Factory in 2013 as a grounding for his ongoing experimentations with analog printmaking. Smokestack has since become an esteemed print-based production studio in support of other artists and an expanded site for community engagement with the medium at large.

Bill King was raised in Hamilton, where he graduated from McMaster University. He worked as a law clerk for many years prior to establishing Attawandaron: Hamilton’s Publisher Ltd. He is also the founder of Authors in the Park, a free annual festival for Hamilton readers and writers. Bill is the author of Buchanan of Auchmar and Hamilton’s Stone Age, as well as numerous articles on historical subjects and contemporary issues. He is well known as a speaker on local history and as the leader of Downtown Hamilton Walking Tours, which have taken place on summer Sundays for many years. He is currently at work on Number One: A Life of Allan Napier MacNab.

Karen Logan is President/Treasurer of the Women's Art Association of Hamilton. A lifelong learner, Karen earned her Advanced Honours Certificates in Visual Arts from Mohawk College. Always looking for opportunities to try new media she is currently working between coloured pencil, pastel, acrylic, and Chinese Brush Painting. Originally a mechanical draftsperson and technical illustrator Karen prefers detailed illustrative work and is currently focusing on Ontario’s native species with an emphasis on the amazing biodiversity found around Hamilton. She teaches a beginners class in Chinese Brush Painting at the Dundas Valley School of Art and is the current President/Treasurer for the Women’s Art Association of Hamilton.

Mark Osbaldeston is the author of three books on architectural and planning history. His first book, Unbuilt Toronto (2008), was a finalist for the Toronto Book Award and was shortlisted for the inaugural Speaker’s Book Award. Both Unbuilt Toronto and its sequel, Unbuilt Toronto 2 (2012), received an Award of Merit from Heritage Toronto. For his third book, Unbuilt Hamilton (2016), Mark returned to the city in which he was born and raised. It was shortlisted for the Kerry Schooley Award. Mark has curated exhibitions based on his research for the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Toronto Archives, and the Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology.

Since joining the City of Hamilton in 2011, Carolyn Samko, Senior Project Manager in Heritage Resource Management has studied and conserved a wide range of decorative finishes in the Hamilton Civic Museums portfolio of properties. She is dedicated to researching methods and materials, designing and restoring the historic rooms that tell the history of Hamilton.

Carly Spencer is a multi-genre Executive Producer, Showrunner, and Writer who has worked with a variety of broadcasters across Canada and the US. Most recently, Carly has overseen the creative slate for a slew of top-rated primetime shows at Blue Ant Media, including Blown Away (Netflix), A Cut Above (Discovery), Race Against the Tide (CBC), and Landscape Artist of the Year Canada (Blue Ant).  A specialist in original formats, Carly is also expertly skilled in reality, true crime, and documentary. 

Koen Vanderstukken is a distinguished artist, professor, and author with nearly four decades of experience. His work is featured in numerous prestigious collections worldwide. As the studio head of the Glass Department at Sheridan College in Oakville, Koen has made significant contributions to both the educational and artistic communities. He authored the book "GLASS Virtual Real," published by London-based Black Dog Publishing, which explores innovative concepts using glass in art. Koen played a pivotal role in the creation of (at that time) North America’s largest hot shop for the Netflix series Blown Away, and serves as the series consultant.

Tara Westermann is a Hamilton-based arts curator, consultant & administrator and engages her passion for contemporary Canadian art and artists in her role as Director of Smokestack Gallery. She holds an MA in Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute, NY and a BFA from OCAD University, ON.

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