Oona brings a deep love and respect for creative exploration and artistic communication to her work as an artist, educator and art therapist. Oona views the art-making process as an enriching place for imagination, enquiry, empowerment, and relational connection. Nurturing a relentless interest in art has led Oona to work at a variety of art institutions and organizations across Canada. Oona lives in Victoria and enjoys getting her hands messy with paint. heartenarttherapyweebly.com
I am an Iroquois, Mohawk woman, born and raised on the Kahnawake reservation. I travelled to the west coast of British Columbia to obtain a B.F.A. at the Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design, followed by a M.F.A. from the University of Victoria. I completed artworks that address Indigenous womanhood, sexuality, identity, colonization and spirituality. I work in a range of media including photography, silk-screen printing, photo-transfers, moccasin- maker, beadwork and other traditional ways of making—in a quest to explore spirituality through the philosophies of Indigenous peoples and create artworks that visually reflect Indigenous ideologies. Important components that I integrate into my work are spirit and intuition. As an Indigenous artist, staying connected spiritually helps me stay grounded and focused on the work.
Freyja Zazu grew up in the South Pacific Islands of Tonga. A childhood of traveling the world with her artist parents has given her a taste for adventure and a diverse cultural background to draw from. She has been painting, making and drawing since childhood and enjoys various mediums including ink, acrylic, fabric, and stop motion animation. Freyja studied at NSCAD University in Halifax, NS and obtained a BFA with a major in Film Production. She now lives in Victoria, BC., where she designs, illustrates, and teaches from her home studio.
April Caverhil is a Victoria based illustrator and visual artist who also makes frequent forays into found object sculpture and fibre art. She is an honours graduate of OCAD University in Toronto. Her illustrations appear in publications in Canada and the US, including Victoria`s `Focus`magazine. As as art educator, April has enjoyed working with a wide range of organizations including Victoria and Toronto elementary schools, Girls`Alternative Program, AIDS Vancouver Island, and PEERS Victoria. Articles and interviews about her art have been featured on national radio and television, and published in Asian Art News, Artichoke, Monday and Boulevard magazines. aprilcaverhil.wordpress.com
I facilitate dance with 15 local communities, with ages 4-103+, and I love integrating the expressive arts. I am passionate about accessibility and welcoming people with diverse abilities, backgrounds and gender identities. I have been teaching dance since 2003 and have a master’s of education in adult education and arts-based learning. I have been studying dance for 25 years; I have trained in dance improvisation with dozens of teachers, including Margie Gillis, Crystal Pite, and DanceAbility International. For more information about my work, please see www.creativemoment.im
Verena Kaminiarz graduated with a BFA from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 2002 and received a Master of Science in Biological Art in 2008 from the University of Western Australia. In her artistic practice she uses biomedical technologies and explores bio/genetic research in a contemporary philosophical context. Her work has been exhibited within Canada and Internationally. She has taught at the School of Art at the University of Manitoba and has facilitated workshops exploring the intersection of drawing and scientific research/documentation.