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Avy Loftus is a Montreal-based visual artist and batik designer. As a visual artist, Avy already had a number of collective and solo exhibitions in Canada, the US, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Bulgaria and Bermuda. She has received awards for her artwork and in 2013 she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her artistic and community contributions. Her artwork has been sold in Canada, United States, Ireland, Indonesia and Bermuda.

As a batik designer, she conducted batik workshops at Harbour Front, Toronto, Canadian Museum of Civilization (now: Canadian Museum of History) and the Indonesian Embassy, in Ottawa; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec, Marsil Museum (closed down now), Annual Tulip Festival, Major Park in Ottawa, Middfest International (Ohio, USA), Chicago Children’s Museum, Textile museum in Jakarta, Indonesia, the Indonesian Embassy and the International Children’s Festival in Washington DC, Summer Children Festival in Ireland and other private institutions.

Currently, Avy is the President of the Asian Canadian Women Artists, the Director of Peace, Love and Hope for kids and an art educator at MMFA and at MELS (Culture in School program). She is a member of the following organisations; Bermuda Arts Council (BAC), English Language Arts Network (ELAN), National Art Education Association (NAEA), The Textile Society of America (TSA), Women’s Art Society of Montreal (WASM), The Japanese-Canada Association, The Canada-Indonesia Chamber of Commerce (CICC), and The Irish Protestant Benevolent Society (IPBS).

Avy holds a B.A. in Education, a B.A. in Language and Art and a Diploma in Public Relations. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in art education at Concordia University. She finished her art training successfully at the Saidye Bronfman Centre School of Art in the 90s.