Annie Buckton is a theatre major at York University with a passion for visual arts and all things creative. Annie grew up in Newmarket, attending a performing arts school, but has always spent her summers in Sauble Beach where she took art classes at Southampton Art School and held a charity exhibition. She moved to Owen Sound for high school and was a valued member of the local theatre community. Annie loves to create art in many forms, but especially enjoys realism and portraiture. She is thrilled to spend her summer surrounded by new styles of art to inspire her.
As the arts Administrative Assistant, Annie will be assisting with social media, sales in the gallery, engaging with customers, and ensuring the summer camps run smoothly.
A part of Southampton Arts as a Youth Arts Instructor for the past seven years; Chelsea has also been involved with the Elora Centre for the Arts – running their Youth Arts and Entertainment Council, Rural Youth Arts Project, Tutu in You with Steph Toohill, and much more.
Chelsea believes that having a space where people of all ages can gather, learn, and access art is essential to the hearts and minds of a community. Art is a means of expression, and exposing people – especially youth – to expression that moves them can have an impact on the mind that stays with them for the rest of their lives.
Her relationship with the arts began at a young age when she remembers sitting at her kitchen table, watching in silence as her mother sketched for hours. It wasn’t until years later when Chelsea picked up a pencil and found that she had absorbed a knack for drawing as well. Though Chelsea has always held a passion for the visual arts, she is particularly drawn to language and creative writing.
Studying administration at Algonquin College, as well as continuing to take courses in museum engagement, and art history; Chelsea’s real-world experience comes from her 4 years as Gallery Manager of Styll Gallery in Elora, and her time as a Project Administrator at the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women in Ottawa.
Margot Foster has an Honours BA from McMaster University, studied Ceramics for two years at Mohawk College and continues to study in different mediums, while being primarily a self taught artist. Life’s journey has afforded Margot the opportunity to live in Germany, France and the USA and to be a part of several diverse and vibrant art communities, all while raising four children. A cottage in Sauble Beach was a constant through the years of travel until the time came to settle there permanently. A committed community volunteer, Margot has served on the Southampton Arts Board of Directors as well as being a past Gallery Artist.
She brings to her role an appreciation of her fellow community artists and the legacy of Southampton Arts, and exemplary customer service skills.
Jess Pridham is a passionate arts and culture professional based in Owen Sound. She holds a B.A. in History and Psychology from the University of Guelph, and a certificate in Culture and Heritage Management from Centennial College. Following her studies, she got her start in operations and programming at Myseum of Toronto where she planned citywide festivals, exhibits, events, workshops, and other public programs. She also participated in the 2018 MuseumNext conference, presenting on collaborative museum programming, has interned with museum consulting firm, Lord Cultural Resources and volunteers with diverse organizations throughout her community when she can. Jess also currently works for Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, producing donor events and communications.
Jess is responsible for core operations and provides administrative support to the Director and the Board in their aim to build meaningful programs, communications and partnerships in honour of the Centre’s strong foundation of artistic exploration and appreciation in Bruce County.