SO­PHIE LEVESQUE

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The Wild Hope Ar­ti­san Project with the Maa­sai women was ini­ti­ated to “em­power women of East Africa to use their tra­di­tional tal­ents to gen­er­ate In­come from this project helps women meet costs for food, health, ed­u­ca­tion and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment.” As of Oc­to­ber 2016, the Wild Hope line was car­ried in more than 15 stores, with the project achiev­ing its ul­ti­mate goal of be­ing turned over com­pletely to the care of African na­tion­als. The web ad­dress is www.wild­hope.ca.

Re­cent Projects

One of Ju­lia Veenstra’s most re­cent projects is a book she cre­ated with her eldest daugh­ter. The crowd-sourced Look at Those Cows marks a re­turn for Ju­lia to her back­ground as a book il­lus­tra­tor, and she is justly proud: “I have sold al­most 5000

copies of the book. The Dairy Farm­ers of Ontario placed it in each li­brary of each el­e­men­tary pub­lic school in Ontario!” Whether spread­ing colour on her paint­ings or books Ju­lia Veenstra is do­ing her best to make the world brighter.

To see more of the vi­brant and colour­ful world of artist Ju­lia Veenstra please visit these gal­leries:

above left, Dreams are Made of This, acrylic on can­vas, 72” x 48”

above right, Down Stream, acrylic on can­vas, 60” x 48”

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