Creativity Studio Artists



In addition to our eight resident arts organizations, the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning hosts eight tenant Creativity Studio Artists in individual artist studios with a shared communal space on the second floor.

Our Creativity Studio Artists are a core component of the Tett community; in addition to their various roles in the Katarokwi/Kingston arts sector, they regularly offer public engagment opportunities to support Tett programming. Through their community engagement, our Creativity Studio Artists enable the Tett to expand our free, PWYC, and by-donation programming, simultaneously assisting the Tett in further developing financially accessible programming opportunities for the YGK community while also helping to raise funds for our charitable arts organization. 

Any time you visit the Tett, you are most welcome to pop by the Creativity Studios (Suite 214, 2nd Floor, lakeside end of the hallway) and see what the Tett artists are up to! They regularly welcome visitors into their studios and are always happy to chat about all things art.


Our Creativity Studio Artists


Alice Melo 

Studio A ~ Acrylic Painting

Alice Melo is a Visual Artist and Art Educator, specializing in realism. She primarily works in acrylics, yet has a strong interest in other mediums such as oils, charcoal, gouache, pastels, and watercolours. Alice's work is often born out of memories and inspired by nature and the beauty that surrounds us. She emphasizes themes of nostalgia in her work, using soft backgrounds to create warmth and depth in her paintings. Alice is an experienced instructor and enjoys teaching art workshops to help motivate and cultivate creativity and confidence in her students.

Instagram @AliceMeloFineArt


Lisa Leskien

Studio B ~ Landscape Painting + Acrylic and Oil Paintings  

Lisa Leskien is an artist on the loose. Always on the move, Lisa enjoys running and cycling on the trails near her hometown in Sydenham, Ontario. She uses the inspiration from the beautiful scenes she moves through to create vibrant acrylic and oil paintings, and colourful linocut prints. Lisa is beginning to use her “Artist on the Loose” experience to take part in long trail Running races and paint while taking part in the event! Lisa can also be found on the go, teaching painting, printmaking and crochet at the fabulous Tie One On Creativity bar in Kingston and for the Kingston School of Art. She also teaches the arts at the elementary level for the Limestone District School board.

Instagram @lisa.on.the.loose


Pengyuan Wang 

Studio C ~ Calligraphy + Painting

Peng Wang is a Chinese Canadian visual artist who works in oils, watercolour and calligraphy. He believes that art making is a way of finding stilllness and peace within the mind. Peng offers classes in calligraphy and Chinese watercolour painting. 

Instagram @pengyuan529


Bethany Garner

Studio D ~ Fibre Arts

Bethany Garner is a textile and weaving focused arts professional, focused on sharing her 23 years of teaching experience as the newly retired Textile Arts Program Instructor at St. Lawrence College within our Community. She is keen to support those who have an interest in using Fibre and Stitch as their medium. Beth is a weaver and art quilt designer who has work traveling in Canada, and the US, as well as around the world with Studio Art Quilt Associates. Take a workshop today:

Instagram @LiseGarner
Bethany is a local authorized dealer for Ashford Wheels and Looms

Natalie Bohnen-Twiddy

Studio E ~ Oil painting
Natalie Bohnen-Twiddy is a retired educator who loves to experiment with paints from around the world. Lately, she has been importing her paints from France, because she likes the way they coat the canvas. Her paintings are dramatic, colourful and often large in scale. Natalie comes from a very artistic family, both her grandfather and sister are accomplished artists. She is a keen collector of the impressionistic style and has studied for decades with various artists including, Lucy Manley and Joanne Purdy.

Emily Wu

Studio F ~ Illustrations, Paper Mache

Emily Wu, a Chinese-Canadian illustrator, specializes in creating children's illustrations. She excels in utilizing various materials to craft art pieces with rich layers and textures. Her passion for art is evident in her ability to transform discarded paper into thought-provoking sculptures, showcasing an obsession with the tactile feel of paper, subtle colors, soft shadows, and the light-absorbing qualities of Papier-mâché (paper mache). Her works beautifully depict the intricate relationships between people, animals, and nature. Simultaneously, she demonstrates a high level of skill in coordinating diverse art projects for teenagers and children, and organizing eco-friendly art exhibitions. She holds a deep appreciation for the joyful moments shared with children and teenagers.

Instagram @emily_wu_art


Will O'Hare

Studio H ~ Photography

Will O'Hare is a photographer, theatre director, and arts educator; a storyteller who unearths compelling stories in multidimensional ways and teaches others to do the same. Working both as a solo artist and with multidisciplinary artistic teams, Will’s work has evolved in diverse settings within Canada, the United States, and Europe and gained international recognition. Whether emerging from corporate headquarters, family functions, street scenes, or performing arts events, Will’s photographs tell stories of personal identity, urban culture, and community connection with vibrancy and authenticity. As a theatre director and educator, Will specializes in making Shakespeare’s body of work relevant and accessible to a new generation of K-12 and post-secondary students. He also teaches portraiture photography to children and adults. 

Instagram @willoharephotography



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Renting a Creativity Studio

The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning offers eight individual artist studios for rent. When a Creativity Studio Artist terminates their lease, we publish a call for applications and accept proposals from artists interested in renting the available studio. Applications are reviewed and juried by a selection group.

If you're interested in renting a Creativity Studio, follow us on social media (@TettCentre on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter) or sign up for our newsletter. You can also contact Jung-Ah Kim at to be placed on the email list. Note: the email list is not a wait list, we simply inform those on the email list when a studio becomes available.

The applications for Studio A + G is now open. Applications can be found here and at the bottom of this page.  

Brianne Franklin, Director
Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning



March 9th - March 10th, 10AM - 5PM


Two Full Days to enjoy the Art of Indigo Dyeing and the creation of beautiful a


Wednesday, March 20, 2024 - 9:30am to 4:30pm


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