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Professional Artists in their own right, Mary Kennedy and Michele Woodey began working together in the year 2000. They were commissioned to create site-specific installations combining painting, photography and interior design. This successful partnering led to a deeper exploration of collaborative painting; a concept which has its roots in the early Surrealist artists’ technique of passing a piece of work back and forth. Each artist contributes an element in turn, until the chemistry is complete. The individual elements must blend seamlessly and harmoniously, as in a musical orchestration. Fiona Hoop is a pseudonym for an ever-evolving duet exploring abstract, collage, encaustic, landscape, figurative and still-life. The work is exhibited and sold in New York, Dallas, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Toronto and Vancouver. Michele Woodey B. A. Michele Woodey graduated with honours in Fine Arts from Brighton School of Arts in England 1979. While working as an antique and art restorer in London, she continued her education with university courses in English, teaching English as a second language, printmaking and photography. Mary Kennedy A.O.C.A. Mary Kennedy graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1989 and received OCAD’s Experiemental Arts Award in Painting. Since then, she has been the recipient of several Visual Arts Grants from the Ontario Arts Council, as well as from the Sheila Dick Mackay Arts Foundation.

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