What started out as a cold, gray Sunday in November turned into a lovely, sunny afternoon full of artists and art lovers, gathered to have a creative conversation with renowned Mississauga artist, Lila Lewis Irving at her extraordinarily eclectic, Port Credit residence.

The event, planned and organized by local art collective, Art Trendz and supported by the Mississauga Arts Council, was the first of what they hope to turn into a series of conversations around art and artistic practices. The Art Trendz Collective comprises artists of diverse ethnicities from a wide range of ages, and aims to bring more art to the community through various events. The thing that is common amongst them is their love of all things art and personal understanding of the healing benefits of artistic practices.

Mississauga-based artist Lila Lewis.

Lila Lewis Irving graciously accepted the invitation to be their first guest artist. Ms. Irving shared her journey and advice to guests, which included several emerging artists who were delighted to attend such an informative session. Some invaluable tips for artists were, to keep painting and to paint what you love as apposed to painting to sell.

“Paint everyday, forget about cleaning the house, you can’t do both!” Ms. Lewis told the amused audience.

The talk included a critique by Ms. Irving for four members of the collective as well as a question and answer period.

The Art Trendz Collective with artist Lila Lewis. 

“I really enjoyed the event. The insight and Q&A session provided invaluable information. It was a very well-planned event.” Nandita Yederi, an emerging local artist, said of the event.

Art Trendz members plan to bring various art events to the community in the next year, a public paint tour and paint by numbers are confirmed for June 2019 at the Waterfront Festival. They look forward to sparking the community to paint!

Written by Khaula Mazhar

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