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 has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University in Montreal, where she grew up. Her current venture is 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 the local community by hosting regular arts and culture exhibits, by providing art education to special needs individuals and by offering a creative space for the community to enjoy. Ann pursues 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 been documenting 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 continues to support 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 on 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. His most recent documentary show was in Toronto's Scotiabank Contact Festival, a project that detailed the lives of migrant farm workers in the Holland Marsh. Stephen, always looking to expand creatively, also shoots environmental street photography.
"It comes down to this, I have a camera with me at all times. I see something I like, I shoot it"
We do not train for life; life trains us to be who we are truly meant to be."
The above quotation sums up Karen Ferguson's view of life. Educated in Political Science and French at Western University, Karen first enjoyed artistic pursuits as hobbies. Only after moving to The Bahamas did she begin to fully pursue and immerse herself in the arts by exploring local literature, artwork and folklore. Inspired, this led to the successful implementation of an Art & Literature program at a local bookstore. Her belief in the necessity and value of creative communities and creativity as an integral part of living your best life, was further enhanced by her time spent living and working in France.
Today 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 is extremely passionate about her commitment towards expanding her knowledge and that of others by combining her Caribbean background with her international experience, to encourage cross-cultural, artistic expression within local communities.
Sharon is a performer, choreographer, and advocate of injury free dance conditioning. She has taught Professional Training Programs from private dance companies throughout the city of Toronto and surrounding areas, at St. Lawrence College Musical Theatre and York university dance and choreographic workshops.
She is a native of Toronto and graduate of York University with a BFA in dance and MFA in Choreography and Dramaturgy. She is a member of Healthy dancers Canada as a licensed BalleCore specialist, certified Pilates trainer, and CI- training instructor (Conditioning through Imagery) in Toronto.
As a workshop facilitator in interactive dance projects, her adult dance program, and directors of small stage performances, Sharon aspires to uncover stories untold, strengthen the athleticism and artistry of contemporary dance and encourages the empowerment and presence of the female voice.
Due to a variety of new and exciting opportunities in the dance realm for Sharon, she will be taking a hiatus from her dance/yoga programs at Pixie Blue Studio.
Mandy has a passion for anything creative. She enjoys her career as a History and Drama teacher and established her own Drama Art Dance Camp in Port Credit - Hah Productions, which she collaborated with artist, Bev Tang-Kong and choreographer, Sharon Harvey.
Mandy enjoys writing,has a background in music,loves art, dance and yoga, and has studied many artistic disciplines. She believes being creative is the best way to connect with yourself and others, and is something we do naturally. It doesn’t matter how old you are, creating is therapeutic, inspiring and fun, and adding creative intention to your day makes life mindful and joyful. Mandy looks forward to facilitating creative arts programs at Pixie Blue Studio. Connect with your creative side and come play!
Registered Yoga Teacher at Pixie Blue Studio.
Basiliki hosts workshops at the studio as Open Heart Workshop. She is also our regular Wednesday evening (7:30-8:30 pm) Candlelight Yoga instructor.
To book your space for our candlelight yoga contact Basiliki at (647)333-8454
Cost per class is $20.00 or $75.00 for a 5 pass class.