Meet Our Instructors
All our Studio Program instructors are practicing artists with a vast range of knowledge and experience to share with their students.
Cara Mason is a multidisciplinary artist from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She received her BFA from the University of Manitoba in 2013 and was awarded the Highest Academic Standing for the General Studio Degree. Mason works to create visual representations of mental illness with her art. Her dark subject matter is balanced by delicate imagery in the hopes of drawing the viewer in and sparking a conversation about mental health. This is done with the use of painting, silkscreen, and photography. With these three mediums she creates figurative realism with elements of geometry to contrast the organic curves of the body. Her largest body of work is a continuing series of commissioned watercolor pet portaits she sees as shrines to comfort and happiness. When not painting in her studio Mason works as the Studio Programs Manager for the Winnipeg Art Gallery Studio, occasionally teaching adult Paint Parties.
Charlene Brown is a Winnipeg based multi-media artist and instructor and avid gardener. Clayhaus Studio is home to her artistic practice and where she teaches art classes.
She has a long history of teaching art all around Manitoba through The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Artist in the Schools residencies, Clayhaus Studio and many community collaborations. Presently she is teaching at Red River Community College. Her work has been showcased in solo and group exhibitions locally and internationally. She enjoys creating sculptural works, many of which have found their way into private collections.
Her sculpture is described as fluid and organic and is influenced by the simple beauty of nature. Through the use of symbolism she tries to capture the human condition in various stages of life. To view samples of her work you can visit the gallery section.
Colleen Chamberlin took a pottery class at the Stoneware Gallery in 1993 on a whim, and quickly became entranced with all aspects of clay. In addition to those classes, since 1996 she has spent many summers at the Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts outside Victoria, BC. While there, she concentrated on throwing and firing techniques, as well as glaze development. Working in such a lovely location inspired her to build a new studio in order to work surrounded by nature. Her work appears in several Manitoba galleries. Colleen holds music degrees from Mount Allison University, Brandon University, and University of Calgary. When not making pots, she works as a band teacher in River East Transcona School Division. She is excited to be part of the Stoneware Gallery, where it all started for her.
Crystal has a BFA Honors in Ceramics from University of Manitoba. As well as teaching at the WAG, she is the ceramics technichian for Studio Programs. Crystal likes to read, bake, and spend time at her country home and family cabin, both of which provide inspiration for her work.
Curtis L. Wiebe is a short-film maker, illustrator, animator, musician, and sculptor. Identifiable by flights of the fantastic in settings of winter forests and prairie landscapes, Curtis' art is full of imaginative characters brought to life as puppets, drawings, and elaborate costumes. His highest profile work of art to date is The Pigeon King, a nine-foot public stature that stands in front of the AirCanada building on Carlton St. in Winnipeg, MB. Curtis has a long history of working with children in camp and daycare settings ,as well as in public schools and inner-city community centres.
In 2017, Jakobson received an MFA from AKV St. Joost (The Netherlands) in conjunction with courses in the Transdisciplinary New Media program at the Paris College of Art (France). She has participated in residencies across Canada and Europe, given lectures in France, the United Kingdom, Colombia and Canada and was most recently selected by V2 for their Graduation Edition (in recognition of being one of the five most promising graduates of 2017 across Europe with work focused in New Media).
She was nominated for the Blooom Award and as a finalist for the Salt Spring National Art Prize. Currently, she is a mentor for the DATA mentorship program through Video Pool Media Art Centre and the Arts and Accessibility Network, and just presented her first major solo exhibition at aceartinc. Her favourite things to do are listening to plants and spiderwebs through machines that she builds and spending time with her cat and dog.
Jen Moyes is a visual artist living in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, and has two degrees: Film Studies, B.A., and Fine Arts, B.F.A. Honours. Moyes prefers working in wet mediums, particularly oil, watercolour and ink. Figuration of dogs, prairie landscapes and swathes of colour dominate the surfaces of her paintings. The imagery floats between representation and abstraction, inviting and inducing the viewer to discover pleasures in the artistry of mediums. Previous to joining WAG Studio, Moyes worked for Art City, Martha Street Studio, aceartinc., University of Manitoba and the YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg. She is currently focusing her attention on art production and instruction opportunities.
Jessica Canard is a multi-media visual artist whose work focuses on street art and murals. She was born in Winnipeg where she is currently based, and has Bachelor’s degree in Business and Administration from the University of Winnipeg.
Since 2008 she has facilitated art workshops for Graffiti Art Programming Inc., including many community art projects such as the North Point Douglas Women’s Centre’s outdoor oven and various murals for neighbourhood beautification projects.
In 2015 and 2017 Jessica participated in Unceded Voices Anti-Colonial Street Artist Convergence in Montreal where she created murals and facilitated art workshops. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Winnipeg. Her work has been purchased by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights through a partnership with the Michaelle Jean Foundation.
Katherine Fox is a multidisciplinary artist from Winnipeg Manitoba. She has a BFA from the University of Manitoba. Since completing her degree, Katherine has followed her passion for teaching, and graduated from Red River College with a diploma in Early Childhood Education, earning the Anne Grape award for her dedication to children and families, as well as the gold medal award for the highest academic standing within her program. Her art practice is currently focused on topics of connections, and communication, through the use of painting, drawing, printmaking, and photography. In addition to being an instructor at the WAG, Katherine works as an ECE, primarily in a School Age program in Winnipeg.
Kendra Okrusko is a multidisciplinary artist from Winnipeg, Manitoba, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Art Honours from the University of Manitoba in 2014. Okrusko’s work explores themes and tells stories of her heritage exploring what our memory holds onto and what we forget. Her multi-disciplinary practice includes printmaking, photography, ceramics and painting. Okrusko’s continuing series Distorted Landscapes is an evolution of exploring what makes us who we are. This series started with a love of looking into her families’ history. She takes inspiration from her Grandfather’s old photographic slides and distorts the original image to make it entirely new. This process allows us to cherish the fleeting moments that could be easily forgotten.
To view samples of Okrusko’s work you can visit her website. https://www.kendraokrusko.com/
Lisa Mendis has a BFA Honours degree in Graphic Design from the University of Manitoba. She is an illustrator and printmaker - primarily in screen printing. Lisa teaches adult and youth classes at Martha Street Studio, and is involved with studio at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Lisa is inspired by comics and is a published illustrator, she is currently working on a full length graphic novel to be released in 2019.
Loricia graduated with a BFA (Hons) from the University of Manitoba. Art has been a passion of hers since she could first pick up a pencil. Her medium of choice is clay, but she has also worked in stained glass, printmaking, drawing, painting and mixed media.
Loricia enjoys making functional ceramics and organic pieces that incorporate elements of nature and found objects. Some of her work deals with the themes of morality, power, patriarchy, and the objectification of women.
Loricia is active in the local arts community as a long-standing member of Mentoring Artists for Women's Art (MAWA) and Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba (AANM). Loricia is also a member of Clifton Studios, an artists’ cooperative, located in west end Winnipeg.
Marianne teaches children’s mixed media and cartoon art classes as well as adult watercolour. Her performance art has been seen at various venues around Winnipeg and she has displayed paintings in several of the city’s galleries.
Michel Saint Hilaire
Michel Saint Hilaire is a self-taught artist, who began working mostly with pencil. After 2 years of formal education in the Fine Artist Diploma Program at the University of Manitoba he started creating work using both paint and dry mediums on one surface.
Michel has had solo and group exhibitions in diverse cities in several commercial galleries in western Canada. The most recent exhibition is currently being shown at Elevation Gallery in Canmore, Alberta. He also had a solo exhibition at the contemporary artist run center La Maison Des Artistes entitled Horizon in 2009 and an exhibition entitled Transitions in 2006 at « La Galerie » in the Franco-Manitoban Cultural Centre in Winnipeg.
For several years he has created diverse large-scale murals throughout the city of Winnipeg. His paintings are part of various collections: private and corporate, including the Province of Manitoba, Investors Group and Manitoba Hydro.
Nicole Shimonek is an interdisciplinary artist with an MFA from the Chelsea College of Art and Design (UK) and a BFA Honours from the University of Manitoba (CA). Her work has exhibited both nationally and internationally. This includes the Syracuse Museum of Art, Plug in ICA, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Gallery 1C03, and with the Brompton Design District (UK). Her videos have screened at the Detroit Museum of New Art, Camden Roundhouse (UK), at Prairie Scene (National Art Centre, Ottawa), Images Festival (Toronto), MAI (Montreal), Supermarket Art Fair (Sweden) and WNDX (Winnipeg). She has participated in numerous residencies and recently was an artist in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Since 2004 she’s worked youth, artists, organizations and educational institutions as an instructor, mentor, designer and editor. Nicole’s interdisciplinary practice investigates survival experiences through materials - drawing, sculpture, painting, media and design. She is based in Winnipeg, Canada
PJ Anderson is an early career ceramic artist from Thompson, Manitoba, Canada. Pj has shown internationally, as Resident Artist at the University of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa, where she had previously visited as a Zulu ceramics researcher, in China as a finalist in the International Ceramic Magazine Editors Associations (ICMEA) emerging artist competition, and in the United State, at Craftforms at the Wayne Art Center and Unwedged at Pottery Northwest. Pj has lectured at the University of Manitoba, the University of Kwazulu Natal, for the Manitoba Craft Council, and the Manitoba Craft Museum and library. She teaches ceramics for the City of Winnipeg, has taught at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and gives private workshops. Her work can be found at the Winnipeg Art Gallery Shop, Grollé Gallery, and the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg and the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery in Waterloo.
Ted Barker is a visual artist from Winnipeg. He graduated with a BFA Honours from the University of Manitoba where he won the Tanya Asper memorial prize for painting. Since graduating he has worked primarily as a full-time artist and has exhibited in Winnipeg, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and New York City. In 2014 he was awarded a project grant from the Canada Council for the arts.
Ted's practice focuses on small-scale, photo realistic drawing and painting, but occasionally extends into sculpture and printmaking. His work has been featured in Border Crossings Magazine, Canadian Art and ESOPUS magazine. Currently, Ted works as a workshop facilitator at Art City and has extensive experience working with children and art. When he's not busy gluing googly eyes you can find him in his studio creating new work.
Vitaliy teaches classical academic drawing and painting to his students but also has a strong interest in all artistic styles.
He got his art education in Ukraine, Europe studying at the Kosiv College of Applied and Decorative Arts then continuing at the Precarpathian University, Faculty of Art where he received his MFA (Honours) working on research and classification of history of art. For several years he taught university students the fundamentals in academic drawing and painting using traditional methods and organized students in open air practice and field trips. Since 1996 he has participated in regional and national art exhibitions.
After moving to Winnipeg, he is actively participating in different art projects.
World traveler, silk artist Wendy Lee currently lives in Winnipeg. Born and educated in Toronto, Wendy spent her early years working as a commercial artist and illustrator. Since her twenties, Wendy has traveled worldwide throughout Europe, South America, the United States, and lived for a time in Taos, New Mexico before being drawn to Canada’s majestic north. She lived in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories for more than a decade. During her travels she has studied and been influenced by the art of many different cultures. Although proficient in several mediums, Wendy chooses primarily to focus her attention on the ancient Chinese art of silk painting. She uses the traditional techniques but combines it with the images and colours from her own cultural experiences.