Our Artist of the Month program offers a large light-filled gallery space flowing around the main floor of the church building. With spotlights and rail hangers, we can host some 15 – 25 pieces, including large institutional pieces to smaller pieces intended for an intimate space.

Our June Artist: Joan Holben

Joan Holben was born in Ottawa. Until 1963, she resided in Eastern Canada. Joan’s world travels finally took her to India, where she remained for four years while she worked setting up a technical training program in the state of Punjab. Upon returning to Canada in 1967, she set up her first studio in Eastern Ontario while she attended Queen’s University, and later Sheridan College, to further her painting career. She set up art programs and taught in elementary and secondary schools until accepting the position of co-ordinator of Visual Arts at St. Lawrence College in Brockville. Joan also at that time set up functional arts programs for teachers at Danforth Technical School in Toronto. She has travelled extensively across Canada, residing for a time in British Columbia, where she established herself as a major new talent. Holben moved to Toronto in 1979 where she operated a studio gallery for two years on Bloor St. She is currently the Resident Artist for Demco Inc./Montreal and a Working Artist for Golden U.S.A. She has conducted a number of solo exhibitions and is represented in many personal collections in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Asia and Eastern Europe.