Artworld Fine Art

Artworld Fine Art was founded in Toronto in 1995.  Originally housed in a 2,500sq ft space, Artworld expanded in 2013 to a 7,400sq ft space in West Toronto.  The expansion allowed for a more diverse selection of Canadian and International painters, sculptors and photographers. Artworld Fine Art is considered a destination for its expertise in collection management, curation, project management, art installation, art placement, insurance valuation, restoration, conservation and custom framing.

Under the vision and lead of Donna Child, the gallery’s principal, Artworld has become a destination for Fine Art and Culturally diverse events, Artworld regularly organizes museum-quality exhibitions; recently a sculpture exhibition featuring Canadian Inuit sculptor Abraham Rubin and Picasso – The Printmaker.   The gallery advocates for making art accessible and inclusive for diverse cultures and demographics through Public Art Classes, Workshops. Spoken Word nights and other art related events.

In 2015 Artworld became the Major Sponsor of The Toronto West Arts Collaborative a not for profit organization, with over 100 members, founded by Donna Child, it is devoted to supporting emerging artists in the area of marketing and networking through lectures, experience building workshops and exhibition opportunities.

Collections Management

(Authenticity and Certification, Marketing, Documentation, Archiving, and Sale of Art Work)

  • Toller Cranston (1949-2015) Estate Art Collection
  • Guttorn Otto (1919-2012) Estate Art Collection
Donna Child

Donna Child

Gallery Director

Donna Child – Owner & Gallery Director

Born and raised in Toronto, has been a leader and innovator in Toronto’s Arts and Culture community for over 30 years.  In addition to working in the cultural sector, she has operated Artworld Fine Art gallery for 23 years and has held a lifelong interest in conservation and arts.  Her collaborative approach to art that is accessible as a means to facilitate extraordinary, inclusive places to live, work, learn, and play, is combined with promoting climate positive learning and living and how art may facilitate pluralistic community building for people from diverse cultures and demographics.  She advocates for expanding and innovating the Canadian and International discourse of art and artists.

2015 – Present: Founding Member of The Toronto West Arts Collaborative, A Not-For Profit Arts Organization Devoted To Providing Information, Training, Networking And Marketing Opportunities To Emerging Artists. Members are given the opportunity to attend stimulating exhibits, informative lectures, experience building workshops. Major Sponsorship and Other Support Provided By Artworld Fine Art. http://www.twac.ca/

Full C.V. available upon request: donna@artworldfineart.com

Our Team of Professional Art Specialists

Rebecca Ramshaw

Rebecca Ramshaw

Assistant Gallery Director

Originally from the Waterloo Region Rebecca grew up with the arts, studying visual art, music and dance throughout high school. She graduated from Concordia University in Montreal with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design for the Theatre, designing costumes and sets for community theatre groups including JM Drama Alumni, Da Capo Productions and Ohio Valley Summer Theatre. After graduation Rebecca followed her love of Fine Art to seek out a position as a custom framer in a gallery and framing studio. There she learned all aspects of Conservation Custom Framing to the most exacting standard. Several years of experience working in a busy interior design studio and shop built on her already strong customer service, research and organizational skills and established a solid foundation of administrative and accounting knowledge. Since then she has accumulated over 18 years of experience in Fine Art and Interior Design.

In 2011, Rebecca relocated to Toronto and joined the ARTWORLD Team as a Master Professional Picture Framers’ Association Custom Framer. In 2015 she moved into the position of Assistant Gallery Director; a role encompassing Art & Custom Framing Sales, as well as marketing, curatorial assistance, installation, research, visual merchandizing and graphic design. Rebecca enjoys interacting with our wonderful clients and gallery friends and is happy to lend her dedication and passion to gallery events, projects and opportunities.

David Kissner

David Kissner

Associate Director | Web Designer

David is a widely experienced specialist providing both superior Fine Art & Custom Framing services as well as Web Design & Development.

Encouraged in visual arts and music from an early age, David’s passions and abilities are a product of both nature and nuture. While his early interest in photography has continued as a lifelong passion, he enjoys all forms of creativity, whether they be visual, musical, or even technical.

After obtaining his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics & Psychology he returned to retail management in the music industry and later developed an interest in the gallery business and learned Custom Picture Framing hands-on. Currently his attention is devoted to providing Client Services at Artworld Fine Art. He also provides Web Design for the gallery, and numerous artists.

He is committed to partnering with clients to source the perfect artwork for their home or corporate environment, as well as helping the gallery and artists, utilize online technologies to enhance global access to their artwork.

Michelle Bohn

Michelle Bohn

Art Instructor | Custom Framer

Michelle Bohn is a designer for theatre, dance, film and television. She originally hails from Montréal, but comes to Toronto after living in the United States for over a decade and a half, the last eight years of which were spent in New York City, designing Off-Broadway shows, and working on Hollywood films. During her time in New York, Ms Bohn honed her skills with many well-known designers, such as William Ivey Long, Clint Ramos, and Paul Tazewell. Upon moving back to Canada, she spent three seasons at the Stratford Festival. Ms. Bohn taught costume design & life drawing at Tulane University (New Orleans), CUNY – Hunter College (New York City), and Baker University (in Kansas), and fashion history at Fanshawe College (London). She holds a BFA in Design for the Theatre from Concordia University, and an MFA in Costume Design from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Ms Bohn is a proud member of the Associated Designers of Canada.

Mariya Haponenko

Mariya Haponenko

Art Instructor | Designer

Responsible in the development, instruction, & presentation of Visual Art workshops for adults, including sketching & painting. In charge of facilitating a fun, art-filled environment while encouraging students to develop their artistic talent & interest in the visual arts. Prepare creative projects that teach students important art principles & techniques to effectively develop their artistic talent.

Residential & Corporate Interior Designer. Assist in artwork placement & coordination. Concept drawing of interior gallery spaces to fit various exhibitions and planned multifunctional spaces for program-specific shows. Took site measurements and implemented new space designs in Autocad and Sketchup. Graphic design brochures, pamphlets, art magazines, cards for gallery events & art exhibitions, & gallery web pages.