As our Art Gallery Educator, Denise Smith guides planning for all our visual arts programming. A graduate of the Visual Arts program at Lakehead University, Denise completed her Masters in Fine Arts at the University of Regina. She has facilitated learning for children, teens, and adults in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, sculpture, fiber arts, printmaking, painting, and drawing. An exceptional ceramic sculptor, Denise has exhibited her work across Canada and in Asia. Denise’s many talents enrich the visual arts learning we offer at the Gallery.
Betty Carpick is the Public Programming Coordinator at the Gallery. Betty is from the Nelson House Cree Nation in northern Manitoba. An interdisciplinary artist who has worked on projects at CAHEP (Community Arts & Education Project), the Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre and the Great Lakes Commons. Betty’s art practice includes writing, mark-making, photography, performance, and installation. She brings innovative art activities to many community venues while also inviting visitors to explore creatively at the Gallery
Award winning artist, Eleanor Albanese, has spent her life immersed in the arts as a writer, visual artist theatre artist, and community-engaged artist. Her film, Under the Pearl Moon, had its launch in 2014 in Zagreb, Croatia and won the People’s Choice award at the Bay Street Film Festival. Her plays have been produced from coast to coast. In a workshop setting, Eleanor’s invitational style encourages the creative spark in each person.
Crystal Nielsen is a Community Artist, Arts Educator and partner in Fireweed (the artist-run consignment store on Algoma St. in Thunder Bay). She has travelled for workshops and conferences to Denmark, Canadian East Coast, and most recently the Shetland Islands. These have further inspired her journey and artistic work with textiles.
“As an Artist, I cultivate home and family living on the Superior shores of Northern Ontario. Nature is my muse, inspired learning fleshed out through many mediums – metal, clay, fiber and paint.”
Samantha Bachynski is a graduate of Lakehead University with degrees in Fine Arts and Education. She loves to teach anything and everything, but her special passions are drawing and painting. She brings the fun to our popular Saturday art classes.
Courtney is teaching our Saturday afternoon classes as well as our PA Day Camps this winter. She graduated last spring with her Fine Arts degree from Lakehead University and is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Education program. Courtney has guided our summer art camps as well as our March Break art camp. Her areas of expertise include working with clay, drawing and having fun with kids.
Kamila Westerback is a graduate of Lakehead University with an honours degree in Visual Arts. A familiar face at the Gallery where she has worked in various roles since 2005, Kamila has taught children’s art classes and led PA Days and our March Break Art Camp. The Comic Artists class is a continuing favorite with pre-teens who enjoy learning to develop characters in the style of comic storytelling.