Instructor and Educator Bios
Evelyn Kelch is a local artist who received her Honours BFA in Sculpture and Design from York University, a post-graduate diploma in Computer Graphics from Sheridan College, and studied Technology and Studio ceramics at Sheridan College in the School of Craft and Design Ceramic program. She has exhibited her work at the Art Gallery of Burlington, you me gallery, Carnegie Gallery, and local juried shows.
Sylvie Treu Walsh is an interdisciplinary artist who works in visual art and community art programming. She is currently an arts facilitator with the Art Gallery of Burlington, and works independently through her own FreshOrange Studio, having led programs and workshops in schools and the community, for over 8 years, with an emphasis on hands-on artmaking and creative exploration. Sylvie has a BFA from OCADU, with distinction, and her gallery work includes mixed-media drawing, painting, and sculpture-installation. Sylvie is an advocate for community engagement gained through public participation in the arts.
Sarah Carlson is an interdisciplinary artist working across painting, sculpture, video, and installation. She recently completed her MFA at OCAD University and earned her BFA at York University in 2009 and BEd at the University of Toronto in 2010. She has completed residencies at Algonquin Park, Gaspé Peninsula, Toronto Islands, Dawson City Yukon, Barcelona Spain, and Florence Italy. Her work explores the enmeshing of humans within and as part of vibrant ecosystems. www.sarahcarlson.ca
Heather Kuzyk is a versatile and engaging artist with over 20 years of experience teaching both the young and young at heart. Growing up in Windsor, she was a frequent visitor to Point Pelee National Park. It was there, on the shores of Lake Erie, that she discovered the wonder of natural clay. Little did she realize then that her childhood memories would lead her to a 23-year career in Ceramic Arts. She is a graduate of the esteemed Sheridan College in both the Craft and Design and Art Fundamentals Programs. Heather was the graduating class of 2000’s recipient of the prestigious Gardiner Museum Award of Excellence in Ceramic Arts. Following graduation, Heather has built a passionate career as a dedicated art educator. She is an Artist Facilitator and instructor for both the Art Gallery of Burlington and the City of Burlington as well as a private art teacher to several home-school students. Her varied skill set includes ceramics, sculpture, mixed media, drawing and design. When she is not sharing her love of the arts, she can usually be found dabbling with new media and looking for unique and interesting ways to express herself creatively. She currently resides in Burlington, Ontario with her husband, two kids, a dog, a gecko, and a Bob Ross bobblehead.
Teresa’s uniquely sculptural fine art stained glass is an artistic trademark featuring multi-layers of glass panels with spun wire. Her use of a refined colour pallet creates a mood and atmosphere that is distinctive to Teresa, making her one of Canada’s most notable Fine Art Stained Glass Artists. Teresa opened the doors of Teresa Seaton Studio & Gallery in 2013. Teresa’s gallery features a large selection of her latest works and now exhibits the work of established and emerging Canadian artists on a rotating, two-month, basis. Teresa feels it is the best interest of the community to give exposure to many of the region’s finest artists.
Cathy has been an artist all her life working in craft, digital art and hand-drawn illustrations. With a love for animals and nature, needle felting was an obvious choice for an artistic medium. Cathy loves sculpting in wool because it’s organic and natural making each creation unique. She’s been needle felting since 2014 and teaching to eager students since 2016.
Sandee Ewasiuk is a graduate from the Ontario College of Art and Design who has been painting and exhibiting professionally for over 30 years. She has been instructing at the AGB since 2010, as well as the Dundas Valley School of Art since 2008, and the Haliburton School of Art since 2017. Sandee mostly works in acrylics and mixed media creating paintings that tell a story, influenced by her background of editorial illustration.
Edward Eastman has been photographing for over 40 years. Edward originally studied photography at Ryerson University, then worked in Montreal for about 2 years. After moving back to Ontario, he pursued photography on a personal level, submitting images to various magazines. After moving to Oakville in the early 90s, he joined the Latow Camera Club at the Burlington Art Centre (BAC), where he served as the Studio Group Leader for 5 years.
Edward has taught various photography courses at Beaux-Arts in Brampton, Joshua Creek Heritage Arts Centre (JCHAC), and Art Gallery of Burlington. He has also taught Adobe Lightroom classes through A Minds Eye Photography (his own business).
Lisa Meecham is an accomplished artist in many mediums – furniture and fibre being favourites. Re-purposing and upcycling are regularly deployed to created beautiful functional pieces of art. An award-winning Traditional Rug Hooker, Lisa’s mats have been displayed at local MP and MPP’s offices, Ontario galleries, Nova Scotia guilds, and have toured the province of Newfoundland as part of a Canada 150 traveling exhibition. Lisa offers enthusiastic encouragement to those who “get hooked”, wish to get started with simple projects, and further connect within the creative fibre community.
Elena Espinoza holds a 4-year Fine Arts diploma from the prestigious Ontario College of Art and Design where she specialized in drawing and painting. Currently, Elena is a self-employed entrepreneur with over ten years of experience working on private commissions as well as developing and facilitating art programs for young children and youth focusing on a wide variety of art media. Her various past and current arts affiliations include Waterfront Trail Artists, Lakeshore Arts, Luc Sculpture Studios and School, the Art Gallery of Hamilton and the Art Gallery of Burlington and ArtHouse. Her personal body of work includes portable indoor murals with a focus on Canadian community themes and nature. In 2016, she was commissioned to produce a mural for the Tansley Woods Community Centre in Burlington, Ontario. When she’s not busy writing proposals, teaching or painting towards her most recent body of work, she is either pondering the meaning of life or immersed in motherly activities. She resides in Burlington, Ontario and is a proud mother of 2 amazing children who truly are her greatest teachers.