Make-Do Studio Tours at Femme Fest

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March 16, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Make-do Studio Tour by Dawn Matheson
Live ZOOM presentation
March 16, 7-8:30pm. Artist Talk and Studio Tours, followed by Q and A with ALL artists in attendance.
ASL interpretation provided

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Dawn Matheson will visit four female artists in their “make-do studios.” Each artist has collaborated with Matheson through participatory projects in the past, but who themselves do not get to ‘live as artists’ as they are marginalized in society through poverty, disability or cultural difference, yet, make art everyday for personal meaning-making, creative expression and survival. These are true artists.

Matheson will discuss the rich community collaborations that inform her work as a social-practice artist, followed by video tours of the “Make Do” studios of four former co-creators.

Following her talk, Matheson will be joined by the artists themselves for an open Q and A.

Dawn Matheson’s art is about relationships. She is a Guelph-based multimedia artist with a socially engaged practice, specializing in video and audio art, installed, broadcast and performed in public spaces. Her work can be found at festivals, galleries, museums; in national publications and on broadcast stations; but lives best in forests, train stations, fountains, barns and alleyways in your neighbourhood. Through inclusive artistic practices, Dawn seeks to interrupt civic and social spaces with unexpected moments of beauty, curiosity and joy. Her relational interventions hope to offer liberation from everyday suffering and to dismantle barriers between individuals by creating alternative stories that build compassion and kinship. You can find out more about her work at

Featured Artists

Talia Baskin-Kesselman
Talia Baskin-Kesselman has performed at several Guelph Jazz Festivals with musicians including Jane Bunnett. She’s also performed with Guelph Glee Choir (directed by Katie Hampton) at the Red Brick Café. She has sung with The Ok Chorale and with Meditation and Music groups at Silence Guelph. She also enjoys singing Karaoke whenever possible.  Talia’s favourite musical artists include Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and One Direction. Talia says, “I like to make up harmonies to songs. I like to sing loud and proud.”




Judy Noonan
JUDY NOONAN is a Guelph artist, writer and disability activist… “Art releases emotions. You can tell when I’m in a good place and when I’m not by the colours I use in art. … “If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.

Judy Noonan is of Italian and Irish descent and was adopted into a very artistic family who made everything!





Cheryl Turner, an artist of several mediums including making reborn babies and pottery. Cheryl’s mom is of Scottish/Irish descent with Barbadian heritage on her dad’s side.



Nora Stasiukieiwcz, is a 14-year-old Deaf actor who is currently in Grade 9 at E.C. Drury School for the Deaf in Milton.

Nora LOVES theatre and performance and hopes to have more opportunities on the stage to perform in her native language of ASL.

She lives in Guelph with her sister and her Polish-Canadian parents.

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