Featured Artist 

Nominate a Featured Artist!

Is there an artist or artistic group whom you would like to see recognized, whether it be for their ingenuity, creativity, hard work, perseverance, or other admirable or remarkable quality? Nominate them to be a Featured Artist!

Artists from any kind of creative activity may be considered. This includes, but is by no means limited to: painters, sketchers, comic artists, sculptors, designers, paper crafters, floral arrangers, dancers, choreographers, actors, directors, singers, musicians, composers, conductors, musical arrangers, sound technicians, sound artists, authors, poets, playwrights, buskers, creative makeup artists, spoken word artists, illustrators, photographers, film artists, digital artists, culinary artists, weavers, embroiderers, knitters and other fiber artists, wood workers, artistic decorators, heritage, traditional, or modern artisans and crafters. This list is intended to broaden the interpretation of “art” beyond a person with a palette and paint brush, and is not meant to be exhaustive!

Nominees will be sent an interview form, which they are welcome to fill and send back to us. Valid and complete entries will be selected at random to be the Featured Artist. Featured Artists will be notified by email prior to their entry being posted on the webpage.

Interview forms can be requested and submitted by emailing culture@brantford.ca or contacting the Arts & Culture Coordinator at 519-751-9900.

Current Listings

  • January 2017: Garrett Vandenberg
    The first Featured Artist of 2017 is Garrett Vandenberg, a local songwriter and composer.
  • February 2017: Nancy Gambacourt
    February’s Featured Artist is Nancy Gambacourt, a graphic designer and illustrator from Brantford.
  • March 2017: Bethany Lister
    March’s Featured Artist is Bethany Lister, a Brantford-born actress who has been performing for as long as she can remember.
  • April 2017: Peter Muir
    April’s Featured Artist is Peter Muir, a local playwright and director.
  • May 2017: Heather Verplanke
    May’s Featured Artist is Heather Verplanke, a Brantford-born and raised acrylic portrait artist who recently moved to Norfolk County.
  • June 2017: Missy Bauman
    June’s Featured Artist is Missy Bauman, an alternative folk artist from Brantford.
  • July 2017: Cara Hamstra
    July’s Featured Artist is Cara Hamstra, the local video storyteller behind Caramount Pictures.
  • August 2017: Aliki Mikulich
    August’s Featured Artist is Aliki Mikulich, a mixed media painter and sculptor from Brantford.
  • September 2017: Elizabeth Gosse
    September’s Featured Artist is Elizabeth Gosse, a self-taught artist who loves to create and participate in community-based art projects.
  • October 2017: Thomas Stewart Robertson
    October’s Featured Artist is Thomas Stewart Robertson, a Brantford-raised artist who has had a passion for visual arts since he was a young boy.
  • November 2017: Dave Hind
    November’s Featured Artist is Dave Hind. He excels at working collaboratively with family, friends, community groups, students, and his fellow artists.
  • December 2017: Jeannine Webster
    December’s Featured Artist is Jeannine Webster of Wylde Rose Handmade Soaps, a local artisan who has been making handmade soaps and other bath products for over two decades.
  • January 2018: Lawren S. Harris
    To kick off 2018, we’re featuring Brantford-born Lawren S. Harris (1885-1970) as January’s Featured Artist, since 2018 will mark the very first Provincial Lawren Harris Day!
  • February 2018: Paul Kneale
    February’s Featured Artist is Paul Kneale, a Brantford-born artist who has recently returned to town after 15 years abroad. Love brought Kneale back to Brantford; when visiting family about seven months ago, he met his now-fiancée, Nicole, by chance.
  • March 2018: Steve Brown
    March’s Featured Artist is Steve Brown, a passionate tattoo artist at Bold and Bright Tattoos (82 Colborne Street, Brantford).
  • May 2018: Julie Buckrell
    May’s Featured Artist is a painter who uses simplified animals and things in nature to evoke emotion, movement, and thoughts of how humans are connected to the earth and its creatures.
  • June 2018: Mercedes Victoria
    June's Featured Artist is Mercedes Victoria a visual artist who works in graphite and chalk pastel.
  • July 2018: Michael Poeltl
    July’s Featured Artist is local author and visual artist Michael Poeltl. Michael moved to Brantford a year ago and is an author of ten books written in various genres.
  • August 2018: Nancy Dow
    August’s Featured Artist is sewing and community enthusiast Nancy Dow. When she’s not sewing for her business I Can So Sew That!, she is supporting local shops and restaurants with her husband and son and sharing it on her blog Deliciously Brantford.
  • September 2018: Heather Vollans
    In honour of the Brant Studio Tour and Culture Days, September’s Featured Artist is mixed media mosaic artist Heather Vollans of Dawning Décor Studio. Heather is participating in both events that celebrate artists and creators locally and nationally.
  • October 2018: Amber Baker
    October’s Featured Artist is makeup artist Amber Baker. She specializes in bridal and event makeup but her artistry has also evolved into a love for special effects makeup.
  • November 2018: Raven Wilkinson
    November’s Featured Artist is visual artist and art therapist Raven Wilkins. Her love of art opened her to a world of possibilities that not only advanced her own artistic practice but also helps others as “art speaks when words can’t”.
  • December 2018: Heather Cardle
    The Featured Artist for December is photographer Heather Cardle. With a love for the art of capturing images since she was a child, Heather is a well-respected photographer in Brantford and curator of an over seven-year online photography project.
  • January 2019: Em Jordan
    The Featured Artist for January is thirteen-year-old Brantford singer/songwriter Em Jordan. Through her voice, songs and artistry she is able to also share her story and raise awareness for a condition she lives with, but does not define her.