Meet the AGGV Studio Instructors

Oona McClure

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, inquiry, 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.

April Caverhill

April Caverhill is a Victoria based illustrator and visual artist who also makes frequent forays into found object sculpture and fiber art. She is an honors graduate of OCAD University in Toronto. Her illustrations appear in publications in Canada and the US, including Victoria`s `Focus`magazine. As an 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.


Mitchell Villa 

Mitchell Villa was raised in Victoria, British Columbia. He studied Visual Arts and received a diploma in Digital Design at Vancouver Film School. Villa currently works out of his Chinatown studio in Victoria. Most recently, Villa has been involved in several group exhibitions at the Massey Sales Gallery (the Art Rental and Sales Program at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria). His largest work to date measuring 144 by 96 inches was debuted on the feature wall in the Gallery foyer. This massive triptych depicting East Hastings was said to replicate the actual experience of walking through Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Mitchell has been a guest speaker at Opus Art Supplies and Studio 30 where he demonstrated his techniques and explained his creative process. In 2015 he was awarded first place in a live painting competition hosted by ION magazine in Vancouver. Previously, Villa has been showcased at Polychrome Fine Art, the Massey Sales Gallery, Trounce Alley Gallery, The Waterfall Building, Sooke Fine Arts Show, Untitled Art Space, ONLOK Gallery, and the TD Art Gallery Paint-In

Joanne Cuffee

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

Verena Kaminiarz

Verena Kaminiarz graduated with a BFA from Emily Carr Institue of Art and Design in 2002 and received as 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.