Geoff Butler is a painter, writer and book illustrator. He was born on Fogo Island, Nfld., near Brimstone Head which has been designated by the Flat Earth Society as one of the four corners of the earth. Geoff practises his art daily so as not to fall over the edge. His most recent illustrated book is Ode to Newfoundland (Tundra Books). He is a graduate of Memorial University of Nfld. and Syracuse University. He also studied at the Art Students’ League in New York City. His paintings have been exhibited at, and toured by, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. He has been the recipient of a Nova Scotia Arts Council Creation grant and a Canada Council Established Artist grant.
Ted Lind is an artist and an active board member of the Annapolis Region Community Arts Council (ARCAC). He retired in 2013 after 40 years working as an art educator and curator. Most of his career was spent in art museums and he has a special fondness for his time at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Albany Institute of History & Art, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and the Newark Museum. In 2010, he received the Museum Art Educator award from the National Art Education Association (US). He majored in visual arts at Albion College (Michigan) and earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He was also a Max Beckmann Fellow Advanced Painting Studies at the Brooklyn Museum Art School in New York. He lives in Granville Ferry, NS.
Phil Roberts worked for years as an English teacher in Madrid, as a Fleet Street journalist, and a senior lecturer in English at the University of Sydney. In 1997 he received a Doctorate in Creative Arts (Poetry) from De Monfort University, Leicester. He has published seven books of poetry and is the author of How Poetry Works (Penguin Books, 2000) and is also a musician. He is an Associate of the Australian Conservatory of Music and also of the Royal Canadian College of Organists.
Bonnie Baker works at drawing and printmaking. She grew up in farmlands of Southern Ontario. Baker studied printmaking at NSCAD, Women’s Studio Workshop in upstate New York and with Nova Scotia printmaker Cecil Day. In addition to drawing and printmaking, she has worked with textiles from 1984 to 2007.
Baker is a founding active member of Elephant Grass Print Collective a printmaking collective located in a small fishing community on the Bay of Fundy. In addition to her continued involvement with a regional art council she recently served as president of NS Printmakers, and on the Boards for Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Board of Governors and Visual Arts Nova Scotia. In 2016 she was a recipient of an Established Artist Award in Nova Scotia.
Vasilis Vasili studied at The School of Fine Arts in Athens under the professor E. Panourias and T. Papagiannis from 1992 to 1997. In 1999 having a scholarship from The Greek Foundation of Scholarships and from Onassis Foundation he moved to United States. In 2001 he received a Masters of Fine Arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. From 2004 to 2013 Vassilis was teaching at the Technological Institution of Athens, Greece. From 2006 to 2008 he also was teaching at the Department of Fine Arts at the University of West Macedonia in Florina, Greece. In 2013 he moved to Canada where he lives with his family.
Carrie Allison-Goodfellow is an Indigenous mixed-race artist currently pursuing her Master in Fine Art at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Originally from Vancouver, BC, she has called Halifax, NS her home for over seven years. Carrie’s practice responds to her maternal Cree and Metis ancestry, thinking through intergenerational cultural loss and acts of resilience and resistance. Her work seeks to reclaim, remember, recreate and celebrate her ancestry through visual discourses. Currently in her practice, Carrie has been exploring systems of data and information along with digital and new media art forms as ways to translate and interpret information to viewers seeking to engage them in acts of learning. Carrie looks to Indigenous, mixed-race, antiracist, feminist and environmental theorists to critically examine the world around her.
Author Brenda Thompson has written numerous plays, books and guides as well as contributed to academic research and publications. A social activist for many years, much of Thompson's work has centered around social issues and local history, she was a recipient of the Atlantic Centre for Excellence in Women's Health award. Brenda has an M.A. from Acadia University and a B.A. from Mount Saint Vincent University.