2020 Faculty

Meet the team. Below you will find the amazing faculty who teach the classes at Southampton Arts this year.

Marion Anderson

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Marion Anderson
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Marion Anderson is a multidisciplinary artist whose work combines natural influences in a wide spectrum of studio art. She enjoys exploring the universal idea of  creating from lived experience through texture and colour. Marion is that rare combination of a practicing artist who can actually teach.
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Donna Andreychuk

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Donna Andreychuk
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Donna Andreychuk is a professional self-taught artist.  Her large abstract, expressionist works are painted from Plein air work, photographs she has taken, memory, and from her heart, reflecting her love for the Canadian Landscape. The recipient of many awards, she is represented by several commercial galleries in Canada and the United States. Donna is the proud mother of three adult sons and one grandson. She lives in Delaware Ontario with her husband Rick. Her Studio is within walking distance allowing her the luxury to walk to work most days.
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Otter Art Club

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Otter Art Club
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Originally created as workshops for young artists, Otter Art Club quickly transformed into an open studio time where their members could experiment with a wide array of professional materials.  The club was co-founded in Spring of 2018 by acclaimed artist Travis Shilling and professional photographer Naomi Woodman in their hometown of Orillia, ON.  Instead of telling their youth what to do with their studio time they allow their students to pick from a variety of mediums such as drawing, acrylics, watercolours, oil painting, sculpture and photography.  By giving them the freedom to pick their own subject matter they also being to develop their own style of working because art is not a subject, art is a way to understanding who we are.
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Southampton Arts

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Southampton Arts
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Courses noted as being led by Southampton Arts are special programs that not only provide fine arts based learning to students, but create opportunities for professional development for those interested in teaching or studio arts as a career. Southampton Arts programming is designed by Director Allison Billings, who has extensive experience as an arts instructor and professional artist. Projects respond to our Gallery Artists and focus on observation, process and problem solving and will be co-taught by our summer staff to provide experience to support a career in the arts.

Sharon Barfoot

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Sharon Barfoot
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Sharon Barfoot has worked in the arts for 40 years as an instructor, curator, textile artist and painter. Her studies include Fine Arts at University of Western Ontario and Textile Arts at Sheridan College.  Sharon's work has been shown nationally and internationally, and most recently in Islamabad Pakistan, Mexico and Kyoto Japan, Canada and USA.   Sharon is also a past recipient of both a Canada Council grant and an Ontario Arts Council grant.

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Sigrid Blohm

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Sigrid Blohm
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Sigrid has been working with Japanese paper for almost 30 years. She dyes it (often with indigo and other natural dyes), draws on it, prints on it, stitches it, make books with it, and is even beginning to weave with it. Sigrid has a BFA from Queen's University where she studied painting.

Karen Brioux

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Karen Brioux
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Karen Brioux has spent the last 35 years teaching her love of art to all ages from 2-102. She had studied Fine Arts at Sheridan College  & has worked with many leading artists. She has spent the last 6 years teaching art at long term care  homes & seniors residences . As well as teaching children at her home studio.she is a very encouraging teacher  who is greatly inspired by nature & children . Living her dream working as a full time artist.
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Kari Bronaugh

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Kari Bronaugh
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Kari Bronaugh founded BocHord Bookbinding in Owen Sound in 2018 after completing the core curriculum through the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild in 2016. These days she can be found working on her 10,000 hours at the bench exploring book structures, fulfilling custom book commissions, and teaching bookmaking workshops.
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Marlene Bulas

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Marlene Bulas
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Marlene Bulas has been painting for approximately 22 years , and has been enjoying every moment of it. Colourful and creative , her unique style is a reflection of the joy she feels when painting life’s simple pleasures. Inspired by Georgian Bay and the surrounding area, her paintings have become a metaphor for life’s journey.
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Mary Burke

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Mary Burke
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Mary Burke is an artist from Port Colborne, Ontario. She is constantly perfecting her oil/acrylic painting skills on wood and raw lumber. She has a love of art and history. Her passion is for high lightening heritage sections of small town streets and points of historical interest in those towns. Hearing the different small-town stories from the people that live in these towns is an added bonus!
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Albert Casson

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Albert Casson
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Professional Artist for over 45 years and Art Teacher for over 35 years.
Commissioned by Kodak Canada, Panasonic Canada, Calgary Zoo, Vancouver Aquarium etc. Graduate of the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. Enjoys teaching and making art fun to learn.
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Kate Civiero

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Kate Civiero
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Kate Civiero is a full time artist from Eugenia, Ontario. She exhibits work in galleries in Canada and the USA, and is involved in several art collectives. An enthusiastic and informative teacher, Kate runs classes in both glassblowing and metalsmithing.
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Bill Colley

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Bill Colley
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Bill Colley has a BFA from the University of Guelph and a Specialized Honours Certificate in Fine Art Instruction from York University. He has been painting with Acrylics and oils for over forty years and as learned a few things to pass on to other artists!
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John David Anderson

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John David Anderson
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“ Painting and breathing are on a par with me. Its been that way for a very long time. In art making there is so much to learn, so much to try to understand and so much to share and I am fully engaged in all three. Professionally, I have been very active on the art scene in Ontario for 25 years but have been pursuing it since I was 14. "
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Sandy Esplen

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Sandy Esplen
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Sandy Esplen is a printmaker, and a painter in watercolour, acrylic and mixed media. She has been printmaking for over 20 years, and was taught by the best: the late Al Downs, the late Peri Jolley, and Stephanie Rayner. Printmaking is her passion! Some of Sandy's work can be seen in the Gallery here in Southampton, Santa Fee in Owen Sound and in some private homes.

Elizabeth Forrest

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Elizabeth Forrest
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Elizabeth Forrest (B.A. B.Ed, A.O.C.A) formerly taught printmaking at the Ontario College of Art. She researched mokuhanga in Japan and it is now the focus of her art practice and teaching. Collections include the University of  Lethbridge Gallery; Honolulu Museum; Toronto Reference Library, The Manly Art Museum; National Bank; Royal Bank.
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Marianne Gibson

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Marianne Gibson
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Marianne Gibson earned her Honours B.A. in Fine Art from University of Guelph and has worked in various mediums, with a focus in encaustic since 2009. Her work displays a spontaneity and energy, be it the sensual curves of a life drawing or textural brushstrokes of encaustic.
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Jane Haslam

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Jane Haslam
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Jane Haslam is a glass and fiber artist. She has been involved with the Southampton Art Centre from the very beginning. Her work has been sold in many art galleries and
gift shops around Ontario including the Art Gallery of Ontario and the McMichael Gallery. She has taught children's art courses for the York Region School Board and the Southampton Arts. Today she works not only as an artist but is also the Homelessness Prevention Coordinator for York Region.
"I am passionate about fibre art because it is such a wonderful creative outlet. Knitting and weaving have been proven to reduce stress and maintan healthy brain function. It can be achieved by both adults and children a like."

Jennifer Hayden

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Jennifer Hayden
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Jennifer Hayden currently teaches kindergarten for the Toronto District School Board. She is an animal and nature lover with a green thumb. She is a nurturing teacher who creates a positive learning environment for students of all ages.

Paula Heisman - The Japanese Paper Place

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Paula Heisman
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Paula is an artist, poet, cloud watcher, and new-markets specialist with a focus on opening new eyes to the boundless creative possibilities inherent in our exquisite papers. You can read some of her writing at glasscopperpaperwood.wordpress.com

Since 1982, The Japanese Paper Place has grown a worldwide distribution to include art supply and museum stores, printmaking studios, packaging and bookbinding companies amongst others. Today we offer an endless variety of decorative and art papers in sheets and rolls, all made in Japan and stocked in our Toronto warehouse. Their staff of ten remain committed to the company's ideal of encouraging creativity with the finest quality Japanese papers following a 1400-year tradition of excellence.

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Brian Henry

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Brian Henry
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Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada’s most popular blog for writers, teaches creative writing at Ryerson University, and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Charlottetown. But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get published.
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Dr. Campbell/Marine Heritage Society

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Marine Heritage Society
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The Marine Heritage Society is a not-for-profit group of volunteers dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of our community's marine history. The objective of the Society is to identify, preserve and restore material items of marine historical significance and to raise sufficient funds to support these endeavors.

The Society caretakes Chantry Island as well as facilitating the annual Marine Heritage Festival, featuring the popular Cardboard Boat Races! This year's Festival will take place July 24, 25 and 26.

Chantry Island is located on Lake Huron, just over a mile southwest of the Saugeen River mouth in Southampton, Ontario. On the island is a majestic Imperial Lighthouse built in the mid 1800’s, as well as the Keeper’s quarters and a boat house. In 1822, during a hydrographic survey, Captain Henry Bayfield of the Royal Navy christened the island and named it after his friend and British sculptor Sir Francis Chantry.

Jane Jacobs

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Jane Jacobs
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Jane Jacobs is a fashion designer and textile artist living in Newmarket, just north of Toronto, Canada. Her practice focuses on creating one-of-a-kind textiles with silk, wool, and handmade felt. Using plant matter, minerals, metals and food waste, her various dye techniques give each garment a unique story.
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Debbie James

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Debbie James
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After living in Georgetown, ON and cottaging for many years at Sauble Beach, Debbie now lives locally in Port Elgin.  Her hobby of acrylic painting has blossomed into a professional career.  She enjoys working in many different mediums, but especially acrylics.  She has studied with many well known artists and has taught acrylic painting for many years.
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Chef Zach Keeshig

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Zach Keeshig - Chef
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Chef Zach Keeshig is a culinary innovator who fuses the traditional flavours of his Ojibway heritage with contemporary tastes and styling. Using locally sourced and foraged ingredients, Chef Zach's work is as much about heritage and culture as it is food.

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Shannon Kennedy

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Shannon Kennedy
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Shannon Kennedy graduated in 1996 from the OCAD and furthered her jewellery making skills by attending George Brown College's Jewellery Art Program. She is an award winning designer, a Saul Bell finalist, and published PMC artist. She is a passionate instructor at several colleges, galleries, and at her studio.
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Emily Kewageshig

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Emily Kewageshig
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Emily Kewageshig is an Anishinaabe contemporary Woodland painter. Her work focuses on making connections between all life forms on Turtle Island. She focuses on the importance of community in her work, by sharing her knowledge with others through various nature and culture based workshops. This year Emily will be having her first ever solo exhibition titled “Full Circle”. It will be opening on June, 12th at the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound, ON.

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Sumera Khan

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Sumera Khan
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Sumera Khan is a graduate of UofT with Major in Visual Arts and Computer Science.  She creates contemporary artworks in various mediums that explore various shades of human emotions.  She actively shares her recent works on her social media and looking forward to sharing her works in gallery exhibitions this year.   
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Dagmar Kovar

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Dagmar Kovar
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Dagmar has been working in arts for over 20 years. She divides her passion between fibers and drawing. She employs ancient techniques of felting, shibori and stitch, combined with natural dyeing to create contemplative works of various sizes and forms. Through ‘drawing with intuition’, Dagmar explores our sources of creativity. She is passionate about teaching this method to students of all levels. Dagmar has exhibited across Canada, the U.S.A., Europe and China. She lives and works in London, Ontario.
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Amelia Kraemer

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Amelia Kraemer
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Amelia Kraemer is a mixed media and encaustic artist from Owen Sound, ON. She has been pursuing her passion of creating since she was a little girl. Life circumstances created the perfect opportunity to make Fine Art her full time pursuit. She has had a solo show at the Durham Art Gallery and has been in numerous group and juried shows across southwestern Ontario.
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Jacintha Krish

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Jacintha Krish
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"The beauty of Canada is my inspiration. My spirits soar as I interpret onto my canvas vibrant hues and shapes painting the art of Impressionism. An artist for many decades, I play an active role in our art world teaching and participating in art exhibitions in the GTA."
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Siobhan Lynch

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Siobhan Lynch
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Passionate about glass, Siobhan Lynch creates stained glass pieces that express her innate understanding of the interplay between glass and light. Capturing this “dance” is the driving force behind her designs. By working and playing deftly with the elements of texture, colour, and pattern, her pieces evoke moods and movement.
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Elly MacKay

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Elly MacKay
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Elly MacKay is an award winning picture book maker living in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada with her family. She is the author and illustrator of several books such as Butterfly Park, Red Sky at Night and If You Hold a Seed. She attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design as well as The University of Canterbury with a focus on printmaking and illustration. She also has a Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University. Elly taught both in schools and as an educator at galleries before pursuing a career in picture books. When not creating in the studio, Elly loves visiting schools and libraries to share her love of books, writing and art with young readers and makers. 
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Antje Martens-Oberwelland

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Antje Martens-Oberwelland
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Antje Martens-Oberwelland is formally trained and a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. Her artwork has been juried into national and international art shows, has won awards and appeared on book covers. With a love of teaching, Antje draws from 20+ years of art instruction for children and adults.

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Andrea Matrosovs

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Andrea Matrosovs
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Andrea is a basketmaker with a willow smallholding in the rural Blue Mountains. She teaches workshops at her retail studio in Clarksburg & co-owns Blue Mountain Makers featuring over 40 local makers.  She learns basketmaking in Ontario and England. Andrea is also on the Town of the Blue Mountains Council.
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Krystyne Mazur

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Krystyne Mazur
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Krystyne Mazur is a passionate advocate for healthy, homemade meals that can be enjoyed around the kitchen table. Inspired by her grandmother and mother, she has developed the Kidz Cuisine class to focus on simple recipes, using wholesome and natural ingredients. Through this energetic environment, Krystyne is currently creating her own cookbook.  As well, Krystyne conducts cooking classes offered through Krystyne’s Kitchen in the GTA and surrounding area.

Bev Morgan

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Bev Morgan
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Bev Morgan’s artwork can be seen in Southampton Art Gallery
and  the Hanover area and active member of Saugeen Artists Guild.  Besides
teaching workshops on-line (Udemy.com) and on Cruise ships, her Hanover art
studio provides a great location for beginners and other artists exploring new techniques.
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John Novak

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John Novak
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John Novak is an Artist living in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. His art includes photographic prints of nature, wildlife, and textures along with sculptures of songbirds, waterfowl, santas and whimsical cottages. John's preferred choice of medium for his art includes digital imaging for his fine art and canvas prints along with wood, soapstone, cottonwood bark and wire for his sculptures. John has a passionate interest in the beauty of nature and the hidden beauty of everyday images. John's artistic life, which started in sculpting songbirds and waterfowl in wood and now soapstone, has expanded to include the mediums of cottonwood bark and digital imaging where he can further his avid observation of nature and the hidden beauty of everyday images. John's work captures nature in several forms; woodcarving, bark carving, soapstone carving wire sculpture and photographic art.
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Jennifer O'Reilly

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Jennifer O'Reilly
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It was Jen’s intrepid travelling that sparked her love of photography.  Establishing her photography business Jen soon discovered she loved to share her craft with others and began teaching at Mohawk and Georgian Colleges, Bluewater School Board, the Bruce County Museum and Unifor Education Centre eventually opening her own school. The Arts Warehouse offers beginner to advanced photography workshops.
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Marta Scythes

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Marta Scythes
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Marta Scythes is an illustrator, researcher and educator. Her work has been published by Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins (New York). McClelland & Stewart featured her illustrations in the UP NORTH nature series. Marta holds a Masters of Science in Biomedical Communications Masters of Design. She is currently working with Queen's University implementing strategies for stroke rehabilitation. She teaches at Fleming College, Kingston School of Art and Southampton Art School. Areas of instruction: printmaking, botanical art, portraiture, watercolour landscape painting and drawing anything!
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Laurie Skantzos

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Laurie Skantzos
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Laurie studied fine art at the University of Waterloo and her work is
displayed in galleries throughout Ontario. She regularly participates in
shows such as the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and International
Affordable Art Fairs with Spence Gallery.
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Gayle Slinger

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Gayle Slinger
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Gayle is a painter in both watercolour and acrylic mediums. Originally from Toronto, she began her art journey in in the early 90’s when she moved to London, Ontario where she took lessons from many artists learning and developing her own style. She has been teaching classes and workshops since 2001 in London and Southwestern Ontario and for the past few years at the Southampton Art School. She has been a member of the SAC Board since 2017, a member of the Shoreline Artists since 2016 and in 2018, a Gallery Artist.
In 2015 she and her husband moved to their Sauble Beach cottage that is situated on land owned since 1904 by her husband’s great grandparents.
There, Gayle enjoys an inspiring view of the beach from her lake-view studio.
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Sara Sniderhan

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Sara Sniderhan
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Sara Sniderhan was born in 1976 in Hamilton, Ontario. She studied classical drawing with Michael John Angel and figurative painting with American masters Jeremy Lipking and Michael Klein.
Through her work Sniderhan attempts to unravel the complexities of human emotion and condition. Her paintings and mixed media work have been exhibited in Toronto, New York, Hamilton, Calgary, Winnipeg, South Carolina and Creemore. She received and award of excellence from the Portrait Society of America, was a finalist for the Kingston prize for Portraiture and has received numerous grants from the Ontario and Toronto Arts Councils.
She has taught observational and illustrative drawing and painting at OCAD University for the past 5 years. She also works and teaches from her studio in Creemore.
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Hi Sook Barker

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Hi Sook Barker
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Hi-Sook Barker is a full time teacher known for floral and landscape paintings with an impressionistic style.  She is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour and a signature member of the Toronto Watercolour Society.  Currently Hi-Sook teaches classes and conducts workshops at several locations throughout Ontario.

Michael Spillane

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Michael Spillane
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Michael Spillane has an eclectic background in the arts. He teaches art courses at his studio in Mississauga and workshops throughout Ontario. Recently Michael has finished writing a book on botanical art titled, Botanical Drawing & Painting – A Step-By-Step Tutorial in Graphite, Colored Pencils and Watercolour – available in early 2020.
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Debra Tate - Sears

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Debra Tate-Sears
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Debra Tate-Sears is a painter who has exhibited and presented her artwork to the public for over thirty years.  For most of those years, her work has focused primarily on the development of a unique detailed "dry-on-dry" transparent layering technique. This stylistic approach can be applied to egg tempera and to watercolour.  Debra uses the heritage landscape of Southern Ontario, and the Romanticism of 19th Century British landscape artists for inspiration.  Her informal but professional approach, along with her background in art history is educational and fun.
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Suzette Terry

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Suzette Terry
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Suzette Terry is a prolific painter, exhibiting spiritual, energetic and colourful large scale acrylic paintings at Matilda Swanson Gallery. She teaches children and adult classes at the Grand Bend Art Centre, Southampton School of Art and Paint Jam sessions across Ontario.
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Mark Thurman

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Mark Thurman
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Mark Thurman is an author and illustrator of over 40 books and did 154 Mighty Mite Comics for OWL magazine. He teaches in the Animation Program at Sheridan College and has taught cartooning for 30 years.

Cheryl Vance

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Cheryl Vance
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Cheryl is a seamstress whose love of embellishment has led her into the
wonderful world of fabric art. Working from her home studio in London
Ontario, Cheryl combines classic embroidery, beading, ribbon work and
found objects with a variety of fabric backgrounds such as silks, vintage linens
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Kim Vanderburght

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Kim Vanderburght
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Kim is a prolific mixed media artist that has been leading student, youth and adult art workshops for 20 years in schools, libraries, galleries and festivals. She spent 2 years in the Illustration Program at Sheridan College.  Currently obsessed with textiles and needle felting!
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Annette Vanderheide

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Annette Vanderheide
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Annette lives in the small rural town of Smithville, approximately 20kms west of Hamilton, Ontario. She has painted and taught for 20 years beginning with acrylics before moving on to traditional oils but enjoys painting in both mediums.  Her favourite subjects to paint are those found in nature,  namely flowers and landscapes.  Annette gives each of her students the individual attention they need during the learning process in order for them to succeed.
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Tanya Weichel

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Tanya Weichel
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Tanya Weichel studied Fine Arts and Graphic Design at George Brown College. She was the coordinator of the Southampton Art Gallery during its formative years, and has continued to teach art classes for over 20 years. Tanya lives and works in Southampton, creating when she can, and spending time with her family. She especially enjoys helping kids explore their creativity.

Anita Wood

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Anita Wood
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Anita Wood has been extremely fortunate to have had two wonderful careers. My second career being a
working artist which began in the year 2000 teaching Watercolour weekly classes
and Workshops, which I continue to do throughout the year.  She has been rewarded by being able to receive a Signature membership this year in the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, CSPWC. Her recent awards include:  Curry’s M. Graham Award, CSPWC, Red Rider, Splash 19, Red Rider, published by North Light Books, Down at the Docks published in Southwest Art Magazine.
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