To provide a safe, all-inclusive creative community where individuals can experience connection, achieve balance, and growth, through their own self-expression to ultimately become self-empowered in the quest of a healthier community.
OUR DAILY MISSON
We work with individuals using a variety of art forms, consistent self-expression, and community connection, to achieve emotional balance, build confidence and consequently self-empowerment.
The Oakville Art Studio was founded by Ixchel Suarez, internationally renowned weaver, in 2007 to introduce children and adults to the wonderful world of art. Ixchel’s children loved to paint with their friends while listening to music. This concept was expanded on, and little by little our artistic refuge grew to what we have today: a wonderful place for kids, teens, and adults to explore various forms of visual art. Whether you want to learn more about painting, drawing, illustration, textile, or fibre arts, you will find inspiration and assistance in our studio. Listen to classical music while you explore new techniques. Enjoy the community of people. This place will make you want to stay!
Founder / Director / Instructor
Ixchel has been a textile and fiber artist for almost 38 years. Dedicated weaver and Visual Artist that explores different materials into tapestry techniques in non-conventional ways. Throughout her career, she has been recognized on several occasions. 2009 Finalist in Stars Among Us, Oakville and 2010 Winner of Visual Arts Award, Oakville Arts Council and Government of Ontario; “Best in Show” in several occasions, recognized as an outstanding University Professor in the School of Design at Anahuac University, Lecturer and Workshop Leader.
Docent at the Textile Museum of Canada. She holds a Master Degree in Museum Studies, BA in Graphic Design, History of Art diploma, a Post-Graduate course in Contemporary Textiles in Lodz, Poland, among many courses in Natural dyes, Fashion Design and Pattern transformations, Batik and diverse reserve techniques as well as many other fiber and textile related courses. Founder of the Textil Creativo, Textile school in 1989 in Mexico City and the Oakville Arts Studio in 2007. She has collaborated and written in specialized publications for major textile and design magazines as well as online resources and has been featured in Art related publications. Member of the Canadian Tapestry Network, American Tapestry Alliance, World Textile Art, Handweavers Guild of America, British Tapestry Group among others; she is the President of the Oakville Handweavers and Spinners Guild. Ixchel has been a recipient of Visual Arts Grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. She has presented innumerable solo and group shows and her work is shown in private and public collections in Europe, Central, and North America.
Young Artist Studio Instructor
Myriam Suarez, Oakville Arts Studio’s wonderful ECE art instructor and a member of the Oakville Arts Council will take your kid’s hand in hand to experience a fun and creative time. Miss Myriam has developed specialized art and early childhood education programs in several schools both in Mexico and Canada and has participated with Art House, Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre and the Mexican Consulate in Toronto. She studied Belle-Canto at the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City and teaches Spanish.
She brings to our studio more than 15 years of experience in the field. All classes are developed with classical music as background sound, which increases the creative side of our brains through alpha and delta waves.All our specialized young artist classes offer different approaches to art. This ensures that your kids will have a memorable experience!
Painting / Mixed Media Instructor
Silvia Damar Radvansky was born and educated in the city of Popayan, Colombia. There she has successfully graduated from the University of Cauca, specializing in Visual Arts. Silvia has resided in the city of Mississauga since 1987. She has participated in various solo and group exhibitions as well as having various paintings accepted in a variety of juried shows. Silvia belongs to several art groups. Examples of these art groups include the following: CLARKSON SOCIETY OF ARTIST (Mississauga), IMAGE MATRIX and printmaking group (Mississauga), ALCE ART HEALTH (Mississauga) and FUNDARTE (Toronto).
Silvia Damar utilizes a range of techniques in her artistic strategy which she uses to express her true self in her paintings through the use of acrylic, mixed media and print-making. “Art is a pathway to knowing and healing ourselves. To see ourselves in a symbolic form and communicate through the language of visual harmony” S.D.R This is a statement that Silvia truly believes in, for that reason; her artwork has an intention that is being realized through continuous study of concepts and techniques.