We are a creative studio located in the arts district of Port Credit. A unique space for artists, artisan makers, photographers, poets, writers, musicians and the community to gather and explore their creative side. We host art and photography classes/workshops, we support the concept of creative wellness by offering art classes to individuals with special abilities via Community Living, we curate art for commercial and residential clients, we represent local established and emerging artists, we offer an art registry service and we are a pop-up rental space for art exhibits, film/photo shoots, business incubators and creative workshops.
We are "creative minds @ play", strongly believing that "we don't stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing" (George Bernard Shaw)
The Creative Team
Ann Ivy Male
“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs, when images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” - Ansel Adams
Ann’s passion has always been with the arts and how it impacts an individual’s life. She is the owner and creative director of Pixie Blue Studio in Port Credit. The studio has developed into a creative hub for the community and recently won “Gold” recognition for Fine Arts Studio in Mississauga via the Mississauga News Reader’s Choice Awards. Her studio supports arts and culture in the community, by providing art education to special needs individuals, by representing local artists and photographers, and by offering a creative space for the community to enjoy. Ann continues to pursue a variety of artistic outlets including writing, playing music and painting; however her fascination has always been with photography. Her favourite subjects to photograph include capturing detail in the nature, telling stories through street photography and stumbling upon the unusual while travelling. For the past five years, Ann has featured Port Credit through her own initiative called - Vibrant Port Credit; a lifestyle concept on social media highlighting the unique community that she and her family call home. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Port Credit BIA and is honoured to provide input on local initiatives that bring a community together like a thriving Main Street, a diverse arts and culture scene and advocacy for protecting Port Credit’s natural environment.
Through Pixie Blue Studio - Ann has created a space that ignites all aspects of the arts and encourages creative minds to connect.
A Port Credit resident, Stephen began his career in 1984 at the Mississauga News as an editorial photographer. He now shoots for many major magazines, nationally and internationally. In 2010 he placed 7th in the world at the Sony World Photography Awards out of 80,000 participants and 3rd in his category; he was the only Canadian to make it. He eventually started shooting documentary photography and works on stories for up to two years in duration like a project that detailed the lives of migrant farm workers in the Holland Marsh for Toronto's Scotiabank Contact Festival. Stephen, always looking to expand creatively shoots environmental street photography as well as an ongoing project called “Morphology”. Along with with a group of local photographers, Stephen is capturing Lakeview Inspiration in its various stages of development.
"It comes down to this, I have a camera with me at all times. I see something I like, I shoot it"
Karen considers herself a renaissance woman; a design-gypsy, fascinated with every aspect of cultivating a life filled with art, style, creative solutions and good community; To date, she has been fortunate enough to explore and champion these beliefs through her career in fashion, art and education.
Karen brings all that she’s learned from owning her own business, her travels, and her various life pursuit under one umbrella-Lifestyle. It is about defining and communicating who you are intrinsically in every aspect of your life. Authors McCarthy and Laporte said it best, your style "is a compass for creating a life that reflects what's true to you in every way. From your wisdom to your wardrobe, from your longings to your living room...it is where your essence meets your expression" and creates your personal style.
Karen brings her unique flair to Pixie Blue Studio by offering personalized home, commerical and fashion styling and consultation.
Mandy Orchard immerses herself in a creative lifestyle and interests in the humanities,environment and outdoors. She believes art can connect, express and support us all — while we address important issues, smile and play. You might find her practicing yoga, paddle-boarding, or enjoying various creative projects.
Join Mandy at Pixie Blue to experiment with writing and expression, find your voice, and share your story.
Mandy hosts a variety of creative workshops at the studio including “Write Nights” and “Not Just a Poem” sessions.