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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 in New York, Maine, Arizona, California, Western and Central Canada, Toronto and the Niagara Region, Great Britain, and Australia

Freelance Illustration and Commission Artist

Proprietor of Surfaces: murals and specialty painting

Writer and Poet

Traditionally published and self-published

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


Currently: Occasional Tutoring

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

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

Also during this time: Canadian Central Manager for Pathways for NeuroEducational Development (part-time); Volunteer 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 Education Showcase.

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


Art Therapy Practitioner Certificate; (Expected March 2024)

Scholistico Online Training, Laval, QB, CA  Int'l Acred IPHN, CPD, NCCAP, CMA

Bachelor of Education (Honours); 1984

The University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, CA

Bachelor of Fine Arts; 1982

The University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, CA

Certificate of Religious Studies;1979

Torchbearers International, North Lancashire, UK

Highlighted Training Workshops and Conferences:

  • Public Theology for Repair, Reconciliation, and Restoration Kuyper and Kintsugi Conference, (ON)

  • Emotional Health and Wellness leadership training with Grace Alliance founder, Joe Padillo (CA)

  • Various Trauma-Informed Workshops through NICAMB

  • Pathways for NeuroEducational Development with founder, Sylvia Funk (AB)

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

  • The Bethel Series Training (FL)

  • Navigators 2:7 Series Training NAVPRESS (MB) 


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

      2021 B'reshith: In the Beginning

      2020 The Wounded Christ

      2019 The Mending Branch


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 

2017 Solo Reception

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 Faith Arts. 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

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 Arnold Saper and Don Reichart (Drawing); Bill Pura and Jim Lee (Printmaking) 

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