Renee Alexander & Nazanin Sadeghi at the Silk Purse Art Gallery West Vancouver

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Silk Purse Arts Centre

Breathtaking botanical illustrations, calligraphy and watercolour florals by North Shore artists.

Renee Alexander – brings over 30 years of calligraphy expertise to her North Vancouver hand-lettering studio.  She has worked for Government Institutes, Professional Associations, Graphic Designers, Universities as well as private commissions.

After receiving her art diploma in Vancouver, she spent a summer studying at Imperial College in London under Ann Hechle and later studied for two consecutive summers under Sheila Waters in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Renée has also studied at Cheerio’s Calligraphy Centre under master lettering artist, John Stevens and has taken workshops from other top lettering artists including Denis Brown, Julian Waters and Yves Leterme.

Renée is a faculty member in the Continuing Studies Department at Emily Carr University of Art & Design. She has also taught at Capilano University, the WOOL Conference sponsored by Westcoast Calligraphy Society and local Guilds.

Renée has been published in books and magazines worldwide and has exhibited her work both in Canada and the United States. In addition, her work is held in private collections in both countries. Renée’s unique expertise has been called upon for many feature films including tutoring Wynona Ryder in the art of period penmanship for “Little Women”, lettering for the movies “Cousins”, “The Watchmen”, the TV series “Agent X” and lettering as well as snake illustrations for the Netflix 2017 production of Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events”.

In 2005, Renée won a contest co-sponsored by CBC Radio 1 and The Georgia Straight to come up with a précis for the 15th Vancouver story. It was in response to the publication of a collected works of fourteen Vancouver short stories, each written by a different local author. Bill Richardson, famed Canadian media personality, then developed the précis into his very own short story leading Renée and Bill to present, together, a reading from the story at Vancouver’s ‘Word on the Street’ event to a packed audience…. naturally, hand lettering was a central feature of the story!

Nazanin Sadeghi – was born on October 22, 1980 in Tehran, Iran.Holding a B.A. degree (2003) in Management from Tehran’s Azad University, as well an associate degree in music (2005). Nazanin is a member of the Visual Arts Association in Iran. The passion and interest that she holds in painting is a reflection of her family’s astistry.

Her abiding love for painting dates back to her childhood when she took an interest in painting. Nazanin practices many forms of art, whether it’s in painting or music. In 1996, she pursued her dream as a professional painter and has ever since dedicated her career to the arts. She held her first solo exhibition in 2000, and to this date, she has had more than 16 solo and group exhibitions.

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