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Curriculum Vitae

Lorenda Harder BFA BEd

Lorenda is an emerging yet seasoned visual artist and poet with a passion for beauty and spiritual transformation.

Artist Lorenda Harder in York, Maine
Nubble Lighthouse by Lorenda Harder
Reception at the TAG Gallery for Lorenda Harder



Occasional to full-time since the 1980s​

Visual Artist

  • Professional Artist with Private Collections including New York, Maine, Arizona, California, Toronto and the Niagara Region to British Columbia, Great Britain, and Australia

  • Freelance Illustrator and Commission Artist

  • Proprietor of Surfaces: murals and specialty Old World painting

Writer and Poet

Traditionally published (HSLDA, MB Herald, Sophia) 

Since 2019: Three self-published limited edition art and poetry books 


  • Currently: Art Tutor & Artist Mentor; Expressive Arts Practitioner; Curriculum Development Writer

  • Until 2023 Directing Founder and Instructor of Niagara Arts Academy for15 years  

  • Until 2015 Home Educator - Pre-school through High School over 25 years

  • Part-time until 2015 over 25 years: Canadian Central Manager for Pathways for NeuroEducational DevelopmentVolunteer work for Niagara Home Educator's Association (NHEA): Board Co-chair; Founder/Director of the HEY (Home Educated Youth) Group and NHEA's Annual Home Eduction Showcase

  • Until 1990 Public and Private Teacher; Winnipeg School Board, St. John's Ravenscourt, and Actor's Showcase; Camp Arnes; Parks and Recreation (Winnipeg); District School Board of Niagara, Calvary Christian School (also Vice-Principal), Ridley College (Niagara)


Art Therapy Practitioner Certificate; (Expected 2024)

Scholistico International Accreditation (IPHN, CPD, NCCAP, CMA), Laval, QB, CA

Bachelor of Education (Honours); 1984

The University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, CA

Bachelor of Fine Arts; 1982

The University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, CA

Certificate of Religious Studies;1979

Torchbearers International, Carnforth, North Lancashire, UK

Highlighted Training Workshops and Conferences:

  • Kuyper Conference - A New Creation: Public Theology for Repair, Reconciliation, and Restoration with feature speaker Mako Fujimura (Ancaster, ON, CA) 

  • Church Mental Health Summit '21 (Jordan, ON, CA)

  • Emotional Health and Wellness Leadership Training with Grace Alliance founder, Joe Padillo (Online based in Waco, TX, USA)

  • National Institute for Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICAMB) Various Trauma-Informed Workshops (Online based in CT, USA)

  • Pathways for NeuroEducational Development Training with Founder, Sylvia Funk (AB, CA)

  • Children with Exceptionalities training with Calvary School VP, Donna Jo Hewitt (ON, CA)

  • The Bethel Series Training (Daytona, FL, USA)

  • Navigators 2:7 Series Training NAVPRESS (MB, CA) 


The Third Chair Gallery, St. Catharines, ON - Juried

       2024 Sub Umbra Floreo (upcoming)

The Third Chair Gallery, St. Catharines, ON - Juried

       2022 Niagara Augustness  


Harbour Café, St. Catharines, ON

2020-22 Growing Hope  

Book Launches for Poetry and Art Integrations, Online

      2021 B'reshith: In the Beginning

      2020 The Wounded Christ

      2019 The Mending Branch


The TAG Gallery, St. Catharines, ON

       2017 Private Solo Reception

The B Gallery, St. Catharines, ON -- Juried

2018 My Life in Trees,

2017 Ocean Encounters

2015-16 Expressions


The Arts & Letters Club - Toronto, Ontario 

      2024 Featured on the Jurors' Wall: Abiding Vines

The Third Chair Gallery, St. Catharines, ON (Juried)

       2023 Multifaceted (paintings and poetry)

The Arts & Letters Club - Toronto, Ontario 

      2023 Featured on the Jurors' Wall: Shadowed Nebula, Into the Veil, Touch of Fall Oak


The Hub on Queen, Niagara Falls, ON (Juried)

2021 Nature Inspired Community QSAG Featured Artist (Classical Elements) 

2017 Niagara Arts Showcase & Fundraiser


The B Gallery, St. Catharines, ON (Juried)

2018 The Wonder Poetry and Art; Redemptive Poetry and Art 

Bethany School of Music & Arts, St. Catharines, ON (Juried)

2013-18 Annual EnKindle Arts Festival. Art exhibits and poetry performances

The TAG Gallery, St. Catharines, ON (Juried)

2016-17 Fall and Winter Group Exhibit 

Fireman's Park, Niagara Falls, ON (Juried)

2017 Carmel Fine Art & Music Festival Show & Sale



External Juror - The Arts & Letters Club Toronto, ON. I was honoured to be asked to be a juror for this historic and respected club where the Group of Seven was known to have lunched. Feb-Mar 2023; Feb-Mar 2024


Curating Art Exhibits - Various local art shows through Niagara Arts Academy, Bethany School of Music and Arts, and the Third Chair Gallery. 2010 - present 


Faith Arts Founding Director - A cross-disciplinary arts club geared for Christians to discuss integrating their personal beliefs, building aesthetic skills, and encouraging culture care. Jan 2022 - present (previously co-founded and directed arts group, inTACT2018-21)

Fundraising Donations - for International Justice Mission and other local at-risk individuals. 2015 - present



Professional Secondary Teacher's Certificate 1984; OTC '86-'98

Training and Writing for keeping children safe and Canadian Red Cross training 

Early Happy Highlights from Winnipeg, MB

  • Manitoba Society of Artists (MSA) Juried Exhibit: Two Awards & Sale

  • Centennial Concert Hall Art Exhibit A DUO show with my mother & artist, Elma Eidse-Neufeld

  • Ceramic Workshop with Steve Repa: Artist/Co-founder of Forum Art Institute

  • Studied under artists: Arnold Saper and Don Reichart (Drawing); Bill Pura and Jim Lee (Printmaking) 

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