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Our Instructors

Amanda McCavour

Amanda McCavour is an artist who works with stitch to create large ­scale embroidered installations. She is interested in thread’s assumed vulnerability, its ability to unravel, and its strength when it is sewn together.

McCavour holds a BFA from York University where she studied drawing and in May 2014 she completed her MFA in Fibers and Material Studies at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA. McCavour shows her work in galleries nationally and internationally with recent solo exhibitions in Ottawa (ON), Virginia Beach (VA) and Vancouver (BC) and has recently completed residencies a t Harbourfront Centre’s Textile Studio in Toronto, at Maison des Metiers D’art de Quebec in Quebec City and the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture in Dawson City, Yukon. She has received numerous awards and scholarships from the Ontario Crafts Council, The Canada Council for the Arts, The Handweavers and Spinners Guild of America, The Ontario Crafts Council, The Ontario Society of Artists, The Surface Design Association and The Embroiderers Guild of America.


Kathryn Naylor

Kathryn Naylor is a professional artist living and working in the Junction area of Toronto. She has focused on watercolours, coloured pencil, and acrylics, and has an extensive history of gallery shows as well as book illustration and teaching.


Lauren McKinley Renzetti

Lauren McKinley Renzetti is an artist, designer, educator, maker, and scenic painter for the film industry. She  has shown her work throughout Ontario,Brooklyn and Bulgaria. Her role as an educator, spanning over twenty-five years has taken her to Georgian College, McMaster University, Ryerson University, the Art Gallery of Hamilton,and  art Works art School. She currently works at the Art For Cancer Foundation,  LucSculpture in the east end  as well as the AGO. Her work predominantly is texture based: relief printmaking, collage,  mixed media sculpture and high relief detritus painting in acrylic. She is represented by ArtBomb, The PATCH Project and was also the artist–in-residence at Unicamp of Ontario where she facilitated large community building art projects for ten years.She is also the curator of Neighbourhood Gallery in the east end.

Loree Ovens

Loree Ovens is a visual artist working in a variety of media including a wide range of printmaking techniques. Her specialties include etching, collagraph, drypoint, relief and screen. Her background in craft and textiles has led her to produce encaustic, sculptural and metal work. Loree is also known for her use of washi (handmade Japanese paper).

She enjoys teaching all ages & skill levels.

Loree’s work has been shown in national and international exhibitions in Canada, Japan, United States, Taiwan, Australia and Scotland. Her work is part of both private and public collections including the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada,

Art Gallery of New South Wales, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia and SGC International.

Loree Ovens is represented by David Kaye Gallery and Open Studio in Toronto.

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Maggie Flynn

Maggie Flynn is a multidisciplinary artist, teacher and curator. Recent solo performances include News Commutes at the Rhubarb Festival and Funetics at Don Blanche 2011. With her current collective, Tongue & Groove, she has exhibited at Board of Directors, XPACE, and Whippersnapper. Curatorial works include the independent project Eat, Sleep Breathe (and Shit) and The Pitch, a performative panel discussion at The White House. She has recently joined the Board of Directors at Whippersnapper Gallery.

Maggie is also dedicated to community arts and alternative education practices. She currently works at Creative Works Studio, an outreach program of St. Michael’s hospital for adults living with mental illness. There she is excited to be facilitating a bookbinding and screen print program. Her understanding of critical pedagogy has been shaped by her involvement with groups such as Working Women Community Centres, Centro de Intercambio y Solidaridad (San Salvador, El Salvador), Winters Community Art Club, and the Anarchist Free University.

Pamela Dodds

Pamela Dodds is recognized for her work in relief printmaking, including woodcut and linocut as well as painting and drawing. She enjoys introducing fine art techniques to creative adults in the community workshop setting and has many years of experience teaching relief printmaking, drawing and painting to adults and children.

Rachel Shepherd

Rachel Shepherd is an educator and artist living in the High Park area. A great lover of children and their stories, Rachel endeavors to support art in all forms for children in an effort to cultivate a sense of neighborhood and family in the community.