Meet the Instructors
Oona has deep respect for artistic communication and views art-making processes as enriching places for inquiry, empowerment, comfort, and relational connection
Nurturing a relentless interest in art has led Oona to work at a variety of public and private art institutions and organizations across Canada and the UK, including the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Whistler Arts Council, and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
As an art therapist and founder of Hearten Art Therapy, Oona delivers engaging arts-based therapy in private practice and in partnership with local community programs. Oona fosters an environment where the unique stories of each client are honoured and where confidence, resiliency, and healing can roam.
Her art practices largely autobiographical and she is interested in documenting intimate personal experiences through the processes of ‘textile mark-making’.In recent years, Oona has been informed by her evolving relationship to the experience of the maternal and its subjectivity. Through her artwork Oona attempts to deconstruct and augment the discourse on how and what it feels like to “mother”. She is interested in creating opportunities to explore the emotional complexities of matrescence and using art as a cathartic act to reconcile the ambivalence.
Oona lives in Victoria, BC. As an immigrant and settler, she is grateful to live, learn, play, and raise her family on these beautiful lands of the Lekwungen people, the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations
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. aprilcaverhill.wordpress.com
Mitchell Villa is a primarily self taught artist. Drawn to the endless possibilities and mark-making applications of the painting medium, he began experimenting with acrylics early on and transitioned into oil in 2018. Villa has established himself as a painter in Western Canada, eventually settling down his practice in Victoria, BC, where he finds the quieter pace of the city better suited to the containment and focus a studio practice requires.
Villa studied Visual Arts and received a diploma in Digital Design at Vancouver Film School. He was a regional semi-finalist in the Bombay Artisan Series and has been showcased at Fortune Art Gallery, Sooke Fine Arts, Polychrome Fine Art, and the Massey Sales Gallery (the Art Rental and Sales Program at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria).