Major Studio 2018 is an exhibit that features 12 fourth-year students, open to the public after the Juried Show, which features work from students in years one to four. Opening reception is scheduled on March 22 at 7:30 pm, along with an artist talk on March 23.

Catch Me If You Can
By Claire Everett


Medium: Acrylic on canvas

Size: 48” x 108”


Claire Everett says Catch Me If You Can is inspired by the research of feminist anthropologist Emily Martin: “I began to compare the function of the egg with the Venus flytrap: the complex, yet delicate, method of catching flies is paralleled with the way the sperm is drawn to the egg.” Everett will complete her Bachelor of Education degree next year and hopes to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree in the future.


By Blake Evans

Medium: Drawing with chalk pastel on paper

Size: 3 ft x 4 ft
“The environment surrounding Thunder Bay allows me to source inspiration from the myriad of plants that grow in abundance,” says artist Blake Evans. “While foraging in the summer, I am able to connect with many types of plants and flowers, motivating me to use a wide range of colours and patterns within my work.” In Too, Evans sees ladybugs as “natural predators of aphids, representing the energetic influence between beings in a shared space.” He hopes to continue to learn from plants and how they benefit human health, embodying their teachings in his artwork.


By Lisa Makela

Medium: Acrylic mixed media on canvas

Size: 91.44 x 182.88 x 12.7 cm
Lisa Makela is exploring the tentative relationship we have to nature with a focus on water. Resonance stems from my fascination with the deeper human connection to the earth and essentially the things that can’t be seen with the human eye, such as energy, vibration, and the effects that this has not only on everything around us, but also within us,” she says. “At what point will we understand that the contemporary environmental issues that we are experiencing is a reflection of our loss of respect for the sacredness of the Earth?” Makela will be pursuing an arts therapy degree while working on her own art practice.