Mark Yungblut

Mark Yungblut is an artist living in Waterloo, Ontario, who specializes in kiri-e, a method of papercutting he learned in Japan. His art has been displayed in Japan, China, and many locations throughout Southern Ontario. He is currently working on building a body of work to be featured in a solo exhibition at a gallery in Tokyo in August, 2018. He continues to study different aspects of the art from his teacher Yasuyuki Okamura, and draws inspiration from other artists while continuing to travel in Japan. Mark also creates works depicting natural scenery and architecture from Canada, as well as wildlife and portraiture in a continuous expansion of his portfolio.

Due to increasing demand, teaching the art of kiri-e to others has also become a focus of his. He has begun teaching students online and in person, in both one to one sessions and workshops at local galleries and cultural centres.

Mark’s work can be seen on his website,, and can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Elizabeth Forrest

Elizabeth Forrest is an experienced professional artist/printmaker living in Toronto. After studying and later teaching printmaking at the Ontario College of Art (OCADU), she travelled to Kyoto, Japan where she studied Japanese woodblock print, a.k.a mokuhanga. Mokuhanga uses traditional tools and materials to create woodblock prints with a unique aesthetic, often employing stylistic riffs from it’s predecessors, ukiyo-e and shin hanga of the 19th and 20th centuries. Though divergent in many ways, mokuhanga shares the same historical roots as manga and anime.

Living in Kyoto for 11 years Elizabeth became knowledgeable about traditional Japanese arts and developed associations with hand papermakers, ceramists, textile, sumi-e and shodo artists. Since returning to Toronto, Elizabeth has established a niche as a contemporary artist specializing In mokuhanga. Her work is represented by Open Studio Gallery, Toronto and she also exhibits regularly at GAS, (Gerrard Art Space) in Toronto. She has exhibited her work internationally including Tokyo in 2014, as well as Australia, Peru, Ireland, the USA. Most recently her work has been accepted for exhibition at the International Mokuhanga Conference Exhibition 2017, in Hawaii. She has been awarded a number of Canada Council grants for print projects and curation.

Elizabeth currently teaches several mokuhanga workshops a year at various local and national venues. Her works can be found in a number of private, corporate and institutional collections including the National Bank, Lethbridge University Art Gallery, and the Toronto Public Library Special Collections. for more information.


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Sophie Chan

Born in Iraq, Sophie-chan became infatuated with shôjo manga at the tender age of seven. With dreams of becoming a manga artist herself, she began teaching herself to draw using her favorite shows as inspiration. Even as she studied to become an engineer, she kept drawing, refusing to give up her dream of becoming a world-class manga artist. Things took a dramatic turn in 2008 when she started a YouTube channel, which has since amassed an audience of 370k subscribers, and serves as a platform to not only show off her own artwork to fans of her legions of fans, but also provides tutorials to aspiring manga-ka all around the world.


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Kurt Lehner

Kurt Lehner is a Canadian Illustrator and Animation Artist. He was born in Toronto, Ontario, and ever since his childhood, has had an absolute passion for Comic Book and Fantasy Art. A graduate from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, his career started in Advertising. Working for such companies as TDF, ADS and J. Walter Thompson, he soon found his path into the Animation Industry. Through his talents, he has worked on projects for such companies as Walt Disney, Warner Bros., Marvel, Dreamworks, Nelvana Studios, and many more.

Many famous movies and TV shows display Kurt’s extensive talents as a Senior Character Designer and Development Artist. Such familiar shows as Gargoyles, The Rescue Heroes, All Dogs Go To Heaven 2, Space Jam, W.I.L.D. Cats, Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, Beauty and the Beast - The Enchanted Christmas, Rupert, The Marvel Action Hour, Ned's Newt and the development design of Franklin the Turtle for Franklin, with of course the list going on.

Kurt’s career now spans over 20 years as a Professional Artist in the Industry. Currently heading his own companies, he is producing outstanding work in Character Development and Animation Art, Comic Book and Fantasy Art, Advertising and Commercial Illustrations, Logo Designs, Family Portraits and Graphic Arts. In addition, being registered with The Ontario Educational Services, he is also working with children and students as an Instructor and speaker through the media of Workshops. Kurt is proudly featured in the New York Times for his work in the Animation Industry.


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Steve Bennett

steve bennettSteve was born at Tachikawa Air Force Base in Tokyo, Japan. He grew up in a military family--his mom is from Japan and his dad was US Army. He lived in many places growing up--Alaska, Colorado, Washington State, Germany, as well as Japan.

When Steve was a teenager his father got stationed in Korea and his mother moved Steve and his four brothers back to Tokyo to stay with family. While he was there, he was lucky enough to land a part-time job working with Noburu Furusei (New Dominion Tank Police, Lupin III, etc.) at Studio Aoehyma. Steve worked on series like Only You and Yamamoto, and learned as much as he could before the family returned to the States.

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