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 interest in photography came at a young age when she received her first Polaroid camera. Since then, taking pictures has been her most rewarding creative tool. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University in her home town of Montreal. She currently resides in Port Credit where she pursues a variety of artistic endeavours including writing, playing music and painting; however her fascination has always been with photography and the ability to borrow a moment in time, click a button and document it. Her favourite subjects to photograph include capturing detail in the natural environment, telling stories through street photography and stumbling upon the unusual while travelling. Ann believes that we take pictures but we all see the world in a different light. Her current venture is owning and operating Pixie Blue Studio in Port Credit. With the help from her artistic friends, Ann has created a space that thrives 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 monthly workshops at the studio under her brand Open Heart Workshop. She is also our regular Saturday morning (9:00am - 10:00am) yoga instructor.