The Creativity Studios are located on the second floor of the Tett. These eight studio spaces are home to eleven local artists at all stages of their careers and from a variety of disciplines. As a part of their commitment to the Tett, Creativity Studio artists contribute community engagement hours to help more people in Kingston experience the arts and art-making. Drop by to see what they're working on!
For information about specific days and events, visit: TettCentre.org/events
Creativity Studios Resident Artists
Yessica Rivera Belsham (Yessica.ca)is a multidisciplinary artist residing in Kingston. She is an alumni of Ontario College Art & Design University and currently a student of St. Lawrence College/Laurentian University in the Science in Nursing Degree Program. Her passion for her own Mexican heritage inspires her. She works in the intersection of painting, drawing, sculpting, creating jewelry, sewing, drumming, singing, and workshop facilitation across the Kingston community. Yessica has been a drummer and dancer in Brazilian, Tahitian, West African, and Indigenous Mexican performances/ceremonies. Her background in healthcare and creative arts are rooted in her healing arts practice with Circle of Wellness and in her annual Dia de los Muertos Kingston Festival.
Mark Bergin (markbergin.com) is a photographic artist, writer, editor and musician. His photographic work specializes in theatre, dance, concert and street photography. His work has taken him around the world, documenting ancient stone circles and burial tombs in Ireland, surfers in Hawaii, and the arts and cultural life above and underground in New York City. His current major projects are New York Streets and the Street Ballerinas Performance Art Project. He also teaches at St. Lawrence College in the Arts & Science and Music & Digital Media programs.
Phoebe Cohoe (phoebecohoe.com) is an artist and educator working here in Kingston. In her artistic practice she works primarily in printmaking, drawing and installation media, and loves community art and collaborative projects. She completed her BFA and B.Ed (specialization: Artist in Community Education) at Queen's University.
Patricia van Asperen (patriciavanasperen.com) got a jump-start as an artist in grade eight, when she was “kicked” out of instrumental music, and placed in an alternate class – “Art class for the musically inept,” and has been growing ever since! She is intrigued that sculpture poses very different questions than 2-dimensional media, and loves finding new ways of solving the physical puzzles presented. Though the process is what draws her to continue working in sculpture, she is sometimes surprised that in the chaos of creating a refined piece emerges.
Katharine Vingoe-Cram (katharinevingoecram.com) is a visual artist, as well as a burgeoning curator, administrator and educator. She graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2010 and has exhibited her paintings in Nova Scotia and British Columbia. In 2014, she completed a masters degree in art history at Queen’s University, focusing on “Folk” art and the politics of museum representation, topics she expect will inform her work in the future. Her painting practice investigates watercolour media and issues of surreality and perception.
Natalie Twiddy (nataliebohnen-twiddy.com)