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.
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 Administrator Annie is responsible for running the social media, sales in the gallery, and general public communications.
Kyle Graham has a passion for films, filmmaking, storytelling, and a great appreciation of the arts. He has worked on and completed several short films, including working as the cinematographer on the award winning short film Delirium. He is currently completing his BMSc degree at Western University with a minor in Film Studies, and plans to go to back to school for film production after he has graduated.
Kyle has lived in Owen Sound his whole life and spent most of his youth with a basketball in his hand. His passion for filmmaking developed in his teenage years when he first took an interest in photography which quickly transitioned to motion pictures. He particularly enjoys surrealist, horror and sci-fi & fantasy cinema. Kyle is very excited for his opportunity to further develop his interest and knowledge in other art forms at Southampton Arts this summer.
Zoe Shave is a young artist who has recently graduated high school. Zoe grew up in an artistic household, always painting, drawing, and crafting. Zoe took visual art in high school and completed a co-operative education placement with the SDSS high school art department. Now, Zoe focuses on mixed media art styles and creates 3D projects. She loves to sculpt, make collages, sew, and quilt. Last year, Zoe started her own business called Daisy Chain Designs, where she sells reusable face masks, scrunchies, and clay jewellery. She has a shop on Etsy and sells products at Armen’s Café and The Beach House in Southampton. Zoe is very passionate about the environment and social justice. In the fall, Zoe will be attending Lakehead University for Environmental Sustainability so she can learn about creating positive change. As a summer student working at the Southampton Art Gallery, Zoe is looking forward to learning about the ins and outs of how galleries work this summer!
Kaye Chang is an artist based in Southampton, Ontario. Her practice is focused in drawing, printmaking and stop motion animation where she works to unpack and dissect aspects of the human psyche. Chang has recently completed a BA in English with a double minor in both Studio Arts and Creative Writing at the University of Guelph. She will be continuing on and starting a program in Professional Writing at Centennial college in the fall. She is excited to learn and engage with the Southampton arts community in her new role.