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Bi Arts Festival - Visual Arts Showcase Opening Reception

  • Beaver Hall Gallery 29 McCaul Street Toronto, ON, M5T 1V7 Canada (map)

Come share a drink and talk with the artists!


Runs Sept 19th to 23rd as part of the Bi Arts Festival. 

Opening Reception: Friday September 21st, 7pm to 10pm


Alyssa Pisciotto is an abstract artist from LaSalle, Ontario, who currently resides in Toronto, Canada. Graduating from OCAD University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Drawing and Painting and minoring in Printmaking. She investigates themes of taste and personality through her use of textile and patterning. 

Amanda Isadore Apuksikn Amour-Lynx is a Mi’kmaq First Nations interdisciplinary artist, social worker and educator living in Toronto, Ontario, on Dish with One Spoon treaty territory. She was born and grew up in Tiotia:ke (Montreal). She is an OCAD University BFA student studying Drawing and Painting, minoring in Indigenous Visual Culture. Her work combines art and activism, focusing on Indigenous storywork and community-based approaches to explore healing trauma and collective truths. She incorporates spirituality, the occult and mysticism into her personal practice. 

Claire Davis is a self-taught embroidery and textile artist that uses fabric, sewing and dye to visualize lived experiences of femme queerness, survivorship and activism. Claire's interest in embroidery started as an affordable way to make gifts for loved ones -- as she fell in love with the care required to stitch an image together millimeters at a time, embroidery became Claire's chosen medium. Claire is constantly taking in her environment and translating it to stitching. Incorporating found items, dyes and salvaged fabrics into her work builds context and sentimental relevance to pieces.

Jonathan Rollins is an assistant professor of English and Cultural Studies at Ryerson University. His primary areas of research focus on studies in sex, gender, and sexuality, as well as on narratives of diaspora and migration.

Lisa Walter is an artist, educator, and writer who lives and works in Toronto. Following a decade of work as a theatre artist in various disciplines, her full-length play, Difference of Latitude, was published by Canadian Playwrights’ Press in 2005. A self-taught visual artist, she has exhibited her artwork professionally since 2010. Her work has been seen at Workman Arts’ annual juried exhibition, Being Scene, for the last four years, as well as at the Propeller Centre for Visual Art, the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, and Nuit Blanche. In 2013, an exhibition of her work was featured as part of Necessary Angel’s production of 4.48 Psychosis. She has participated in the Rendezvous With Madness film festival as a media artist and visual artist. Lisa designed the signature collection of the Mad Couture Catwalk, which has been produced to acclaim at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto Fashion Art Week, and Rideau Hall (for the Governor-General of Canada, as part of The Happening). The Globe and Mail has described her work as "delicate and unsparing." Lisa is also a passionate and outspoken public speaker. She has presented artist talks at art galleries and universities in Southern Ontario, and participated in panel talks and conferences about creativity and mental illness. Lisa is a proud advocate for people with mental illness, and has provided training presentations for organizations such as the Barrie police service and the University of Toronto.

Ciel is an elusive catdeer who likes to bite, romance, and talk about symbols & personal myth. She is slowly venturing out of the wilds of liminal spaces to create works that are conversations between love and desire, personal mythology, decentralization, human rights, art, and technology. She uses storytelling, immersive installation, game design, and film to weave together visionary worlds where community interdependence, financial security, and blockchain technology support our human potential to the fullest. Ciel has performed and exhibited work in Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Toronto. She has been involved in everything from television production to immersive art installations. She has been a fan of crypto games since 2015 and is currently a curator for the international crypto arts organization Slothicorn, which rewards artists with cryptocurrency and educates them about blockchain technology. Ciel also co-created and helps maintain the CryptoKitties Wiki.

Lynx Sainte-Marie, Afro+Goth Poet, is a multidimensional artist, activist & educator of the Jamaican diaspora. A poet across mediums, Lynx utilizes multiple art forms – writing, performance, visual art, storytelling, multimedia art installation, short film and song – to engage national and international audiences around issues of identity, adversity, liberation, resiliency and survival at the intersection. They have presented, lectured and served as a keynote speaker at several colleges, universities, conferences and symposiums and have trained a plethora of individuals and organizations on various issues related to Black and marginalized communities. Their work has recently been showcased in Romania, The Netherlands, England and the United States. Their short film way home is featured in the 2018 WNDX Festival of Moving Image in Winnipeg, MB. For more on Lynx's travels, visit

Natalie Very B. is a published Polish-Canadian illustrator and educator. Her artistic career is based on investigation of whimsical shapes of feminism in today’s world, as well as teaching creative skills to the youth. Her paintings reveal many Slavic folklore influences, while myths and legends are a constant source of inspiration whenever she creates a new body of work. Equality between sexes is a major issue in today’s society and a strong incentive for her to make illustrations that depict women as beautiful, empowered, and strong. Her artwork emanates wistful longing, tangible nostalgia, and exploration of the concept of “home” as a haunting visual element.

Samantha Jones is a recent graduate from the University of Guelph, completing her final year in the specialized studio program. Working out of her home in the GTA, her work has been exhibited in Aurora, Guelph, Orillia, and Toronto. She is due to be part of the fellowship program at the Mississauga Living Arts Centre starting this September.

Yahn Nemirovsky is a Toronto-based artist pursuing a BFA in Material Art & Design: Textiles at OCAD University, and working primarily in stitching, illustration and printed media. They are invested in a material and literary research of the narrative power of object art to demonstrate the craftsperson’s “making of body” by means of their labour, made palpable. Yahn’s work is driven by their body as a queer trans person in love, in intimacies, and eating whole raw vegetables on their walk to work. With great relish for two object realms in particular—those of zines and stitching samplers—they create objects which exist in the intersections of the fast, made-for-circulation ethos of much of zine culture, and the slow, one-of-a-kind making that is involved in much of domestic craft. At these intersections, a personal needlepoint piece is a comic to be shared, zines are soft and squishy, and works loom in and out of an awareness of BACK/FRONT, public/interior, and circulated/private