~"Created with Love and Sharing Beauty In the Darkness"~
Agape Designs is owned and operated by artist/writer Karrie Emms in North Bay, Ontario. Ms. Emms specializes in many forms of art all created with love and prayer.
At the beginning of the pandemic Ms. Emms and photographer, Dani Lynn Redgrift-Berthelot partnered to create Gateway To the Arts in downtown North Bay. With a 1300sq ft main floor gallery and 1300sq. ft. lower level the vision has been to provide arts-based opportunities for Northern Ontario artists. The co-op officially opened November 21, 2020 and it hosts a gallery, workshop space rental space and more with a new venture right next door.
Nick’s Place For Us located in an adjacent storefront will be a full youth arts center with culinary, performing and visual arts programming under one roof. They are currently fundraising for renovations, designing programming and more for the center being created in memory of Ms. Emms’ nephew Nicholas who was murdered in a brutal attack in North Bay. The target opening date is December 11, 2022, the one-year anniversary of his death.
Opening during a global pandemic was risky but, stepping out in faith the founders are making it work. The co-op provides artists both experienced and emerging with a positive environment in which to learn and grow.
Ms. Emms uses many different mediums including but not limited to pen and ink, pencil, acrylic and watercolor paint, chainmaille, crochet and more. She offers workshops, art classes, special events, birthday parties and fundraisers made to order for any audience young or old. And recently has begun to book speaking engagements centered on grief and the arts, homeschooling and the arts and women in business as well as women in business.
Ms. Emms has 20 years of speaking experience and is excited to begin sharing her knowledge once again! Ms. Emms believes everyone has artistic ability and the need for self expression but, no artistic experience is necessary because there are no rules when it comes to self expression!
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