The organic appearance of Marjorie Moonfire Meister’s photography emits a sense of mystery and intrigue. At a glance the viewer is struck with a stunning display of abstract imagery and colour fields that convey the sense of conscious decisions of planning as if it was a painting. Once further inspection is conducted the realization that these are prints makes the viewer ask “What am I looking at?” and start another thought process beyond aesthetics. Thinking beyond the obvious has been Meister’s practice for her entire career as she has been heavily involved in the Artist-Run movement and has spearheaded a volume of different arts projects both locally in the Nipissing District and across Canada. Meister’s exploration of photography has taken the same form of avant-garde exploration through her way if looking at colour or more specifically at light. The ways that nature gives light sources and the manner that they are captured through the lens of a camera results in a varied level of elusive colours and results in unexpected noises, fractures and a sense of mastery as the images occurring naturally look more complex than anything possibly created by an artist. Meister’s current works are currated by the artist, cropped and delivered to ensure that a level of sculpted beauty occurs from these naturally occurring colour fields. The end result is brilliant, vibrant and absolutely innovative. Clayton Windatt, Chalmers Award Winner Curator

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    “Sowing Our Dreams” is the beautiful expression of the purest form in language that we have here on Earth - soul language! Marjorie's symbols are easily interpreted by anyone and everyone because they speak directly to the heart where we are all unified in truth. Allow Marjorie's feelings, through creative expression, to inspire YOU to dare to change the world in the most wondrous of ways. Monica Lumley, Medium/Channel, Heart of Unity, Brantford, Ontario.

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    The book, Sowing our Dreams, Realizing a kinder, healthier world, is an expression of Love. The symbols in this book act as beacons that guide you into a positive mental attitude… Marjorie Meister has composed a thoughtful book which will lead you to reflect on your life and in the end find more joy. Michael R. Collins, N.Y. Author of Ushering in the Golden Age: Elevating Your Consciousness www.michaelrobincollins.com


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    M.Ed. Nipissing University, North Bay, Ontario. Educational
    Leadership, 1999.
    Ottawa University, Ottawa, Ontario. Education
    Administration, transferred
    B. Ed. Nipissing University, North Bay, Ontario. (J / I ) Visual
    Arts, cum laude, 1990.
    B.A. Laurentian University, North Bay, Ontario. Psychology,
    cum laude,1989.
    B.F.A.(0.75) University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Visual Art, 1969-73,
    moved to Canada.
    -Buon Fresco, 2006-2008
    -Architectural Design with some Engineering
    applications, 1973-5.
    -co-designed 2 homes, 3 renovations, and a 12 unit
    condominium, Renaissance Homes, North Bay,
    Ontario, 2003, 2005
    -designed and hand-built my octagonal, 2-storey log
    home with Bob Meister, Commanda, Ontario
    -Jewelry fabrication,1973-4

    •created exterior true fresco mural for Northern climates that withstood four-season outdoor temperature fluctuations of +30°C. to -30°C., North Bay, Ontario, 2008 (currently known as the first type in Canada);
    •created and implemented:
    -a four-year Ontario Certified Visual Art Program for Nbisiing
    Education Centre, a First Nations Secondary School, Nipissing
    First Nation, Ontario, 1999- 2003;
    -a three year Diploma post-secondary Visual Art Apprenticeship
    Program, my studio and art salon, Moonfire Studios, North Bay,
    Ontario, 1996-99; and
    •Co-founded and co-directed Catchfire Press, a publishing
    company, 1997-99

    2015 Ontario Arts Council Grant, Exhibition Assistance
    •Scholarship, Integral Enlightenment Academy, Oakland, California 2010
    •Ontario Exhibition Assistance Grant, Ontario Arts Council, 2005
    •Materials Assistance Grant, Visual Arts Ontario, 1993
    •Grant, Nipissing University, North Bay, Ontario, 1989-90
    •Best Metal Jewelry, Ontario Craft Council, 1986
    •Award of Excellence, Ontario Craft Council, 1985

    Renaissance Homes

    Buon Fresco Mural for balcony, Renaissance Homes, 2012
    True (Buon) Fresco Murals for multi-residence entrance, Renaissance Homes, 2008, 2009
    True (Buon) Fresco Mural for a restaurant, Renaissance Homes, 2007


    Perception and Illusion, Dufresne Art Gallery, Callander, ON, 2015
    Sowing Dreams: Thought as Matter – An Interactive Art Happening, Outdoors, North Bay, Ontario 2009
    Entering the Transcosmic, WKP Kennedy Gallery, North Bay, Ontario, 2006
    From Here to Infinity, a 3 person exhibition, Amsterdam-Whitney Art Gallery, New York, New York, juried and curated by Ruthie Tucker. 2005
    Abstractions of Women's Fertility of Body, Mind, Heart and Soul, Moonfire Studios, North Bay, Ontario. 2000
    Bush to Main, Moonfire Studios, North Bay, Ontario. paintings, prints, sculpture, jewelry and poetry celebrating 25 years in Canada.) 1999
    In a Heartbeat, North Bay Arts Centre, Art in Public Places, North Bay, Ontario, 1997
    I Slept With the Angels, a performance, Conspiracy of Three, North Bay, Ontario, 1996
    Primordial Messages II, North Bay Area Museum, North Bay, Ontario. 1996
    Dancing Energy, White Water Gallery, North Bay, Ontario. 1989

    Selected GROUP EXHIBITIONS (juried and/or invitational)
    The Whole Spectrum, Carter House Gallery, California
    Water, Art on Main, North Bay, Ontario
    In Praise of Physical Labour, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, juror: Ursula Kammer-Fox 2007
    Crossing Borders, Eastern New Mexico University at Roswell, New Mexico, USA. 2004
    Toward an Understanding, Forest City Gallery, London, Ontario.1999
    A New Understanding, Art Gallery of Sudbury, Sudbury, Ontario 1998
    Towards an Understanding, Definitely Superior Gallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario. 1998
    Visions of the North, Voices of the North, Nipissing University, North Bay. 1998
    Northern Reflections '95, group travelling exhibition, sponsored by Timmins Museum: International Exhibition Centre, Timmins, Ontario. 1995
    Art '95, New York 1995 International Art Competition, New York, New York. Juried by 11 notable
    judges, for example Christopher Mount, Curator, Museum of Modern Art, N.Y.C. & Daniel Kletke, Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, New York. 1995
    Ninth International Exhibition of Miniature Art, Del Bello Gallery, Toronto, Ontario. juried by Yael, Brotman, John Lloyd, & Virginia MacDonnell. 1994
    White Water Gallery Group Show, White Water Gallery, North Bay, Ontario. 1993 - 2010
    Nipissing University 25th Anniversary Art Exhibition Invitational, White Water Gallery, North Bay, Ontario, curator Denis Geden. 1992
    Northern Lights Festival Boreal Winter Show, Sudbury, Ontario. 1986
    Ontario Place Demonstrating artist and exhibitor, Ontario Place, Toronto, Ontario. 1985
    Ontario Craft Council Northern Region Competition Show, Gallery Michelle, North Bay, Ontario, Best Metal Jewellery Award. 1985
    Northern Expressions du Nord, Gallery Paquin, Centre Loisirs, Kapuskasing, Ontario 1985
    North by Northwest, a travelling show Juried by Jean Johnson and William Hodge. Ontario Crafts Council, and the Department of the Secretary of State of Canada to mark the bicentennial of Canada. Sponsored by Ministry of Citizenship and Culture. 1984-85

    Sowing Our Dreams: Realizing a kinder, healthier world, Marmina Publishers, 2011
    Italian Pride, article with fresco photos, 2011
    The Upper North Side, Canadian Consulate General, “Unpredicted Interference”, painting, 2005
    Love and Longing in the Near North: An anthology of short stories and poems. (Ed.) John Kooistra, "For Barry", a poem, 2000
    Nbisiing Education Centre Year Books, co-created with students and faculty, served as Yearbook Advisor organizing groups & ideas, & personally formatting, editing, & printing,
    2001 & 2002 editions.
    Freddy Dimwhistle's Northcountry Sketchbook, Plumstead, illustrated novel cover,1997
    I Slept with the Angels, chap book of poetry, self-published 1996
    Art ’95,NYC Catalogue inclusion, “Surrendering to the Unknown”, painting 1995

    TRAVELLED IN 11 COUNTRIES • USA • Canada • Mexico • Guatemala • Belise • England • Germany • Austria • Switzerland • Italy • Greece • 1971-2008

    Simcoe RC School Board; Canadore College; Near North District School Board; Nipissing RC School Board; Nbisiing Education Centre; Moonfire Studios; Ontario Ministry of Education. Nipissing University- all institutions in Ontario 1991-2003.

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