ArtsSmarts Artists Directory

This list of approved ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia artists has been compiled to assist schools as they plan their projects. It is not exclusive and does not reflect the only artists acceptable to the program. Schools are encouraged to choose artists from the local community whenever possible. Artists not listed here need to submit an Artist Application Form to participate in an ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia approved school project. Artist applications are on-line and must be submitted one month prior to the Project Letter deadline to be considered for the project.

Locating an ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia Artist

Artists are listed according to their main artistic discipline and the school board region where they live. This does not mean that they are not willing to travel elsewhere, it is simply to indicate who is local to each School Board's area and to assist schools and teachers in choosing an artist close to their location.

Annapolis Valley  |  Cape Breton-Victoria Chignecto-Central  |  Conseil scolaire acadien  |  Halifax  |  Tri-County  |  South Shore  |  Strait

Annapolis Valley

Dance

No ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia dance artists registered in this area.

Music

Kenny Byrka (Annapolis) kbyrka@gmail.com www.kennybyrkamusic.com is a singer/songwriter, producer, voice-over artist and former front-man of the rock trio, Sleddogs. He has over 25 years' experience in music education, songwriting and record production. Byrka has toured schools across Canada with the 'No Time for That' Anti-Bullying campaign and offers a ‘Write and Record’ workshop opportunity for P-12 students interested in the art of songwriting and recording.

Eric Allen (Annapolis) is a jazz pianist who teaches, composes and performs. He has extensive experience in schools organizing musicals and projects which combine music, art and dance and has been Music Director for Festival Antigonish Children's Theatre.

Kadijah Photiades (Digby)  www.drumspirit.ca, kadijah@eastlink.ca 902-245-2760 is a percussionist/singer/songwriter with 30 years’ experience in performance and 20 years teaching and facilitating. She has taught drumming, song and dance programs in the schools with a focus on West African and Middle Eastern rhythms. She also uses the drums to encourage well-being and cooperation.

Theatre / Literary

Sophie Bérubé (Wolfville) writer, actress and bilingual teacher shares her passion for fiction and the symbiotic relationship it can have with history and especially the Acadian experience. Students practice spoken and written French language skills in performance pieces they create.

Kathy France (Wolfville) kathyfrance@hotmail.com (902) 697-2607 www.caravantheatre.ca Kathy is an actress/director/producer in Wolfville and the founder and Artistic director of Caravan Theatre. Kathy also has extensive international theatre experience. My dream is to not only inspire in students a learning of content and an appreciation of the fine arts, but also to aid in the development of personal skills such as respect, risk-taking and integrity. - Kathy France

Martine Jacquot (Waterville) mjacquot@glinx.com 538-3668 is a bilingual (French and English) artist. She has given many workshops with schools, universities and writers' groups and can relate to most aspects of writing: short story, novel, poetry and journalism. Martine has many tricks to trigger the imagination and the psychology behind discovering oneself and others.

Mark Oakley (Wolfville) is a versatile graphic novelist, known for his enthusiastic approach to graphic and comic creativity. He has experience in delivering workshops and presentations for children and is involved in a nation-wide literacy forum incorporating graphics and reading for young people.

Video / New Media

Kimberly Smith (Canning)  www.creativeaction.ca/mgames.html is a multi-media artist who has worked with the Alexander Society, Irondale Ensemble, Neptune Theatre School and has extensive experience in education for special needs children. He sees video as "a natural extension of written language" and a rich form to create and document school news, culture, drama and comedy.

Visual Arts

Terry Drahos (Wolfville) is a painter, graphic designer and art education specialist.  She has also worked with Ross Creek Centre, Acadia University and the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board on art projects. Drahos uses a combination of art history, skill development and self-exploration to share the excitement of learning through art-making with children.

Olivia Frampton (Wolfville) oframpton@hotmail.com (902) 542-2044 Olivia Frampton has a background in visual art as well as music and theatre. She has 10 years’ experience working with Nova Scotia schools, which includes developing art classes for children, teaching music, planning plays and creating sets for musicals and educating teachers on incorporating art in the classroom. "I aim to teach something meaningful and useful about art yet have the classes remain fun and exciting for students"

Robert Hainstock (Centreville) is a painter/mixed media artist who specializes in printmaking techniques and has years of experience as an instructor. He is also an experienced reporter, an award-winning journalist and a photographer with a special interest in rural architecture.

Marlene Joudry (Mt. Uniacke) ravensquills@yahoo.ca designs, prepares and produces native arts and crafts and employs a unique style of porcupine quill work and quill jewelry as taught by native elders in the traditional style.

Shalan Joudry (Bear River) is a multidisciplinary artist. She has taught performing arts workshops in First Nations communities throughout the Maritimes, involving music, theatre and dance. She has also directed a children's play in PEI as well as directing video documentaries. In addition to ArtsSmarts, Shalan has also worked with Two Planks and A Passion Theatre and the Ross Creek Centre.

Jay Leblanc (Little Brook) is a visual artist mostly known for her innovative stained glass hangings. She also experiments with painting, printmaking, mixed media, photography and poetry, along with art installations. She has worked on a variety of ArtsSmarts projects in both the Valley region and Yarmouth area. My art is largely influenced by, and reflective of the natural surroundings of the southwestern Nova Scotia shoreline; specifically, the Acadian region of Baie Ste. Marie. - Jay Leblanc

Simone Labuschagne (Wolfville) has art experience working with young children, adolescents and adults. She has taught Saturday morning art classes for children and is the co-educator for Paint Escape Workshops, which involve art and outdoor education. "My talents as an artist help inspire children and guide them through to the completion and formal presentation of a project."

Judith Leidl (Wolfville) has experience drawing and painting in a variety of mediums and uses various printmaking and sculptural techniques to create her art. She has exhibited her art nationally and internationally and enjoys working in a public-school setting.

Rion Microys (Annapolis Royal) is a multi-talented artist. Recently, her work in paper mache has ranged from a series engaging animal pieces to working with other artists on large, collaborative sculptures. Rion's creative use of paper mache would appeal to any age.

Twila Robar-DeCoste (Aylesford) draws her inspiration from nature, creating realistic images in watercolour, pen and ink, and acrylic. She has illustrated numerous books, has extensive experience working with students of all ages and a special interest in art/biology integration.

Elizabeth Sircom (Hantsport) is a bilingual (French and English) visual artist who also spent 12 years teaching drawing and painting in Le Havre, France. She has also worked on community development art projects and enjoys working as part of a team. I have used a wide variety of techniques and media in my own work. [This] has made it easier to adapt to students' diverse personalities and needs. - Elizabeth Sircom

Sharon Trueman (Bear River) uses art to assist teachers in meeting their teaching goals while bringing students to an awareness of how art enriches life and learning. She is familiar with various paint/ drawing techniques and has a background in art therapy and computer animation.

Cape Breton-Victoria

Dance

No ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia dance artists registered in this area.

Music

Adam Cooke (Cape Breton) 535-3481/ adamjrcooke@yahoo.ca Imaginative and upbeat singer-songwriter, Cooke has performed in English and French at schools in Sydney, Cheticamp, Richmond and Lunenburg Counties, Lockeport, Digby Neck and Tusket. He recently conducted a youth songwriting workshop as part of the CREATE Program.

Theatre / Literary

Beverly Brett (Baddeck) sabp@ns.sympatico.ca 929-2426 has worked 25 years in theatre as a director, playwright, actor and educator. Her Learning Through the Arts Program projects have focused on developing language arts, social studies, and science, using improvisation and collective script creation.

Video / New Media

No ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia video/new media artists registered in this area.

Visual Arts

Kenny Boone (Dominion) was born and raised in Cape Breton and began painting professionally in the early 1990’s. As an emerging artist, watercolour was his medium of choice and his surroundings influenced his style. Cape Breton continues to inspire him to paint land and seascapes but his creative curiosity has led him in new directions. His portfolio now includes people, abstracts and another medium-acrylic paint.

Kate Boyle (Sydney) Originally from New Brunswick, Kate Boyle is an artist living in Sydney. Kate obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount Allison University. Her artwork has been displayed in several exhibitions across New Brunswick and NS. Kate's focus has been centered on painting, printmaking, and stop-motion animation.

Sandra Christmas (Membertou) is a versatile and talented artist. Sandra's Mi'kmaq heritage plays a strong role in her artwork. She has worked with Membertou Elementary in Cape Breton on a dynamic ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia project involving Mi'kmaq visual art and drumming.

Shirley Christmas (Membertou) is an experienced and creative artist. Shirley has worked with the ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia program on a project at Membertou Elementary. This exciting project also involved students from other schools in the area, who were invited to Membertou to share cultural experiences and learn more about Mi'kmaq art and heritage.

Patsy MacAulay-MacKinnon (New Waterford) This watercolour artist works in a realist style influenced by her Cape Breton heritage. She has incorporated her experience as a published illustrator and earlier training as a registered nurse into many of the school projects she has participated in.

John McIntyre (Sydney) jemcintyre@syd.eastlink.ca John is a versatile artist with extensive experience in cartooning. He has worked with several schools teaching drawing to children and produced and hosted "The Drawing Room", a TV show teaching children how to draw cartoons.

Katherine Scott (Sydney) is a skilled book maker and crafts person. She has taught book arts to numerous groups and works for the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design.

Chignecto-Central

Dance

No ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia dance artists registered in this area.

Music

Jess and Greg Favaro (Guysborough) are also known as Shiretown. They are a songwriting duo from Guysborough, NS. We are certified in Mental Health First Aid and have been teaching music privately for 7 years. We have 2 decades of recorded and live performance experience and we have received Level 1 in Music Cares Certificate Program (an emerging approach to whole person care using therapeutic music principles). We are comfortable teaching all age groups, experiences levels and in solo or group settings.

Rick Gunn (Elmsdale) owner/operator of Dreamin' Music is a songwriter who performs, records and teaches. He combines his love of contemporary music with his commitment to youth leadership by exploring emotional issues and self-expression through music.

Theatre / Literary

Heather & Darryll Taylor (Truro) taylor@maritime-marionettes.com are happy to share their passion for puppetry with students. They enjoy guiding the students in all aspects of producing and presenting a string puppet (marionette), rod puppet, shadow puppet and/or hand puppet show. A variety of subjects or themes can be explored in new and creative ways through puppetry. These artists have extensive experience working in the schools, and have been puppeteering together since 1986, touring throughout the Maritimes, the country and to other parts of the world!

Video / New Media

Catherine Bussiere (Oxford) catherine.bussiere@gmail.com This video artist as an experienced instructor and film camp coordinator for youth. Catherine animated a video for the Viewfinders Film Festival and participated in the Moliere Festival as part of the video team. "My goal is to make video making an accessible form of expression" – Catherine Bussiere

Karen Stentaford (Amherst area) is a Nova Scotia photography artist and instructor at Mount Allison University. Her proximity to the Amherst/Cumberland region allows her to continue working with children and youth on photography and visual art projects.

Visual Arts

Barbara Conrod (Pictou) bjbrown.conrod@ns.sympatico.ca Barbara is a visual artist and graphic designer.  She works in a variety of media, including oil and watercolour. Barbara has offered art at classes at Canso Recreation, GAPACC and the Fanning Education Centre and also has experience with face painting for children.

Shirley Hallee (Amherst) Shirley's diverse artistic experience includes drawing, painting, fibre arts design and papermaking. She has a background in education and fine arts. Shirley's work with students incorporates art history with design theory and studio practice

Anthony Kawalski (Selma) is a visual artist with a wide range of experience working with children and youth. In Great Britain, Anthony lead community/school projects on a number of key, free-standing mural projects and one of these is scheduled to part of the official celebrations for the 2012 London Olympics. He is a valuable new addition to the ArtsSmarts program.

Archan Knotz (Oxford) artkraut59@gmail.com has a background in painting, printmaking, sculpting and graphic design. She often incorporates movement and yoga with painting and has extensive experience working with youth.

Sandra MacDonald (Shubenacadie) designs and publishes instructional packages and teaches techniques which allow students to find their creative side, using the how-to approach. She also plays jazz piano, has studied early childhood education and has worked as a medical lab tech.

Susan Manley-Tilsey (Westville) is a visual artist who is experienced with a wide variety of art media including fabric, acrylic painting and book creations. She has worked with children and youth from P-12, taught after school programs, run summer art camps and believes in involving children in all aspects of the creative process.

Charleen O'Pray (Trenton) 902-752-5432 charleen.opray@ns.sympatico.ca O'Pray likes to assist students in exploring ways to express themselves creatively through a variety of media, including paint, pastel, fabric, torn paper, clay, and paper mache as well as digital imagery and video, web design and animation. She has also been involved with Historica Fairs Nova Scotia and a Grassroots Project that encompassed drawing, computer generated artwork, video, digital photography, writing and drama.

Mary M. Purdy (Oxford) 902-447-3468 purdy.mm@ns.sympatico.ca is a visual artist who also incorporates yoga and meditation with her art activities. She works in a variety of media, including clay, and her aim is for youth to discover their inner strength, passion and wisdom.

Darlene Strong (Amherst) is a dynamic African Nova Scotia visual artist who also incorporates performing art into her work with children and youth. She is the Coordinator for the Cumberland County School of the Arts and her own art work reflects a deep connection to her cultural roots and her love for her community.

Conseil scolaire acadien provincial

ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia is currently seeking French speaking artists (and other artists with strong connections to this cultural community) to register with the program. Increasing ties with the Acadian and francophone community is one of the main goals of the ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia program.

Dance

No ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia dance artists registered in this area.

Music

Mary Beth Carty (Antigonish) is a writer, folk-singer, multi-instrumentalist, visual-artist, dancer, and educator who transforms traditions into creations. Students learn and write songs, make percussion instruments or books, learn dances, and create a performance!  Mary Beth is bilingual and also offers a program celebrating Acadian folk traditions for core French, immersion, and Acadian schools.

Theatre / Literary

Sophie Bérubé (Wolfville) writer, actress and bilingual teacher shares her passion for fiction and the symbiotic relationship it can have with history and especially the Acadian experience. Students practice spoken and written French language skills in performance pieces they create.

Martine Jacquot (Waterville) mjacquot@glinx.com 538-3668 is a bilingual (French and English) artist.  She has given many workshops with schools, universities and writers' groups and can relate to most aspects of writing: short story, novel, poetry and journalism. Martine has many tricks to trigger the imagination and the psychology behind discovering oneself and others.

Video / New Media

Dominique Gusset (Duncans Cove) has extensive experience in the film industry and as an instructor for various workshops on animation and film making. She also has an interest in theater, music and new media and is particularly interested in Francophone collaborations.

Denise Robichaud (Church Point) is a bilingual ceramic artist and photographer who also runs her own studio and gallery on the Acadian Shore of Saint Mary's Bay. She has also been involved with area schools; teaching drawing, painting, pottery and photography for the last 6 years for students in grades 3-10.

Visual Arts

Charlotte Reinhold (Hubley) produces and teaches art in her studio in Hubley. She has extensive experience working with public and private schools and speaks 3 languages: French, German and English. Charlotte has also been involved with the Viewfinders Film Festival and youth groups for Services Canada.

Halifax

Dance

Penelope Evans-Spicer (Halifax) has been teaching dance and choreographing children since 1972. She has developed a variety of approaches to dance including incorporating creative writing with movement to produce spoken movement collage.

Veronique MacKenzie (Halifax) specializes in modern dance, creative movement and jazz. She has been involved with curriculum development and teacher training and has choreographed/collaborated with visual artists and developed creative exercises for children.

Kathy Martin Parker (Dartmouth) has been teaching dance for ten years to various groups. She uses the language of dance as a different form of expression which works well for conflict resolution, but can also relate to physics principles, poetry, social studies and language arts.

Music

Kenny Byrka (Halifax) kbsleddogs@gmail.com A song writing and recording workshop for grades K - 12 where students collaborate and compose an original song that is recorded on site using a Mobile Digital Audio work station. Students are mentored through the creative elements of song writing and gain hands-on experie with the recording process. Participants leave the workshop with a mixed audio file of their work.

Marsha Coffey (Dartmouth) 902-469-2268 mcoffey@ns.sympatico.ca This award winning composer and musician (piano/percussion) has worked for many years providing original music for theater, film and dance. She has also worked extensively with young native artists in various collaborations in Canada and Denmark.

David Langstroth (Halifax) 902-346-2037 david@alexandertechniqueatlantic.ca David is a talented musician interested in leading creative workshops for children to develop their skills in creativity, criticism and performance through music.  He has extensive classroom experience in Halifax as well as having worked in Britain.

Ashley Moffat (Halifax) littlemissmoffat@hotmail.com Ashley Moffat writes and performs songs that reflect her love of nature. Her experience working with Parks Canada and the NS Museum of Natural History has resulted in a wealth of knowledge which she shares in an inimitable way with students.

The Wilderbeats (Halifax) 902-429-4651 joycemily@yahoo.com The Wilderbeats are Joyce Saunders and Shannon Lynch, two talented musicians who share a background in youth-focused environmental education (collectively: HRM's Adventure Earth Centre, Heartwood Institute, NS Museum of Natural History, Discovery Centre). They write and perform clever, catchy songs about nature for the young and young-at-heart. Their show is fun, interactive and educational.

Theatre/Literary

Tanya Davis (Halifax) tanyadavismusic@gmail.com likes to combine literary arts, in particular spoken word and poetry, with performance.  She is an experienced writer, performance poet and musician, with lots of passion and ability to get people interested in poetry and language.

Irondale Ensemble (Halifax) www.irondale.ca This group has worked on many community development projects. They use theatre games to build confidence and to popularize story telling; the interpretation of life through drama and to bring new ideas to existing strengths.

Jeremy Holmes (Halifax) is the founder of the ECMA-winning children’s songwriting group The Little Ditties, He hosts music therapy and song writing workshops that help children unleash their creativity with confidence and is the author of a pun-filled coloring book about reindeer, Pun Pun Rudolph. Holmes also co-authored Fancy Goat with Justin Gregg; a story about a girl and her fancy goat that reaffirms the value of letting kids be kids when it comes to creative expression.

Mike Holmes (Halifax) is an illustrator and professional comic book/graphic novel artist. He performs comedy, teaches workshops for young people and was writer for the CBC's "Street Cents". He believes the comic book can be a valuable tool in literacy and creativity promotion.

T.H. Hatte (Halifax) has worked alone and in collaboration with visual and music artists on multi media, stage and creative writing projects in Elementary and Junior High Schools. Currently T.H. is touring a performance piece, BULLY BEEF, in schools across Nova Scotia.

Shauntay Grant (Halifax) shauntay@mail.com  Shauntay Grant is a writer, spoken word performer, broadcast journalist, and musician. She has shared her blend of poetry and music internationally at festivals and events, and as Halifax's third Poet Laureate she organized Canada's first national gathering of Canadian Poets Laureate. Shauntay regularly conducts arts workshops and performances for youth and adults at festivals, schools and community centres around the country. She coordinates the Halifax-based arts-for-social-change project Poets 4 Change, and she organizes Wordrhythm, a performance showcase that encourages collaboration between poets and musicians. Shauntay was a Poet of Honour at the 2010 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Ottawa, and a recipient of a 2011 INSPIRE Award from Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Natasha MacLellan (Halifax) tasha_maclellan@hotmail.com has been working in the Nova Scotian theatre community over the last several years as an actor, writer, director, producer and teacher. She has performed with Mulgrave Road Theatre, Ship’s Company Theatre, Forerunner Playwrights Co-op, One Light Theatre, Exodus Theatre, The Chester Playhouse and as an ensemble member of the Irondale Ensemble Project. She is President of Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre and this past June was honoured by being named the protégé of Jenny Munday, recipient of the inaugural Mallory Gilbert award for demonstrating leadership in the theatre community.

Steve Vernon (Halifax) is a writer, poet and storyteller who captivates audiences with his presentations on stage and in the classroom. His energetic manner and creative approach reflect his desire to help students develop their own creative skills in a supportive environment.

Clyde Wray (Halifax) is a published poet, playwright and director whose work has been performed at the Apollo Theater, N.Y. His wealth of experience includes service in Vietnam and with the Border Patrol U.S. and appearances in numerous public schools and universities.

Gloria Wesley (Halifax) is an African Nova Scotia writer who enjoys mixing black history with artistic expression in the classroom. "Gloria has conducted historical and literary workshops across the province. Her rich images and often heart-rending descriptions take us into Wesley's world of growing up as a person of African descent." - excerpt from a review of Wesley's book, Burlap and Lace

Video/New Media

Dominique Gusset (Duncan’s Cove) has extensive experience in the film industry and as an instructor for various workshops on animation and film making. She also has an interest in theater, music and new media and is particularly interested in Francophone collaborations.

Lorna Kirk (Halifax) 455-1634 lornakirk@hotmail.com has worked in Nepal and Russia as a film maker with a strong interest in visual anthropology. She is inspired and impressed by kids! This enthusiasm infuses all her teaching assignments.

Ann Verrall (Halifax) is a film maker with extensive experience working with youth. She has also travelled with the Atlantic Film Festival's Festival in a Van and worked with the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange Society teaching script writing and video production for all grades in 20 schools. " A project can take students through a workshop process to create a short video from concept development, script writing, directing, production and editing depending on the amount of time." - Ann Verrall

Seana Kozar (Dartmouth) combines her experience as a storyteller with her skills as video artist and editor to explore many aspects of cross cultural experience. Students are encouraged to explore develop effective communication skills through story.

Visual Arts

Barbara Burzlaff-Huner (Musquodoboit Harbour) is a ceramic artist, teacher and experienced workshop presenter. Clay is well suited to exploring and expressing in 2 or 3 dimensional spatial compositions and integrates well with Social Studies, Health and Language Arts units.

Sarah Cheetham (Halifax) is a ceramic artist in Spryfield. She has also studied historic pottery and enjoys incorporating aspects of older, traditional clay techniques into contemporary works.

David Cullen (Halifax) is a comic book artist/writer, a storyboard illustrator and graphic artist. He teaches sequential art and integrates it with the curriculum outcomes (mathematics, history, social studies) by encouraging students to create a visual a story.

Dramatic Changes ~ Ross Unger and Katie MacDonald (Halifax) are social justice artists who make musicals, films, games, and other interdisciplinary art. They collaborate with community groups to make art about local issues and help build community identity and cohesion.

Elyse Moir (Halifax) elysemoir.ca is a visual artist and arts coordinator with a background in community art and extensive experience working with children and youth. She creates across many disciplines including printmaking, illustration, collage, textiles and pottery and has taught numerous medium and project based workshops for organizations like NSCAD, AGNS, Ross Creek Centre for the Arts and Wonder'neath Art Society. Elyse is passionate about creating supportive environments and removing barriers to art making and is committed to helping people of all ages find joy and well-being through creative and collaborative practices.

Iris Currie (Halifax) is skilled and experienced in all aspects of puppetry and often incorporates puppet making and manipulation into her arts-based educational projects. She illustrates, paints in watercolour and oil, has produced historical murals and has extensive experience as an educator.

Janet Engelhart (Bedford) has been painting and creating since a very young age. Still inspired by her inner child, she endeavours to instill a love of art in children and adults alike. Janet teaches basic painting techniques as well as classes customized to the needs and interests of specific groups.

Margarita Fainshtein (Halifax) has taught art to children at the public libraries, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and several community centres.  She is also experienced in organizing children's art exhibitions and her art skills are versatile, including glass painting techniques and video production.

Renee Forrestall (Halifax) reneeforrestall@me.com Recognized as a figurative painter, Forrestall's work includes iconography, portraiture and landscape painting.  She has extensive experience conducting workshops for schools and is known for her innovative and enthusiastic approach to learning.

Kyle Jackson (Halifax) is known for the subtle humour and social commentary which often infuses his work. Often this has a structural component and can translate as large exterior or interior sculpture which relates to the environment but also to individuals within the community.

Kath Kornelsen Rutherford (Musquodoboit Harbour) Kath is an established printmaker and her artwork has been exhibited throughout the Maritimes, in Canada, the US and the Soviet Union. She has been working on with students on murals and other special school projects, like mosaic installations and stage backdrops, since 1992.

Pat Loucks (Bedford) concentrates on process rather than product using methods such as tie-dye and block printing. She has demonstrated weaving as it related to the lives of early settlers and has produced a story quilts and other visual representations of stories.

Drew McSherry (Halifax) drew.mcsherry@gmail.com Drew is an award-winning children’s book illustrator, artist, and educator. Now based in Halifax, he has written and illustrated his own books and illustrated works by other authors. He holds a Masters of Fine Arts in children’s book illustration and a Bachelor of Arts in graphic design. Drew also has experience working with students with learning disabilities as well as students on the autism spectrum.

Melissa Marr (Halifax) melissamarrvel@gmail.com has extensive experience collaborating with teachers and students at all grade levels. She designs engaging projects for students interested in printmaking, wet and needle felting, drawing, mixed media and watercolour. With a BFA and Masters in Education, Melissa is interested in collaboration, installation and classroom projects related to any aspect of curriculum. She is also the co-founder of Wonder’neath Art Society.

Laurie Publicover Mireau (Halifax) 429-7078  www.mireauart.com Laurie combines her years of classroom teaching with her training and experience as a professional artist.  She teaches drawing and painting, works in watercolors and switches to oils or acrylics for her larger paintings and mural work.

Candice Prior (Halifax) is a jewellery designer. She also teaches at the NS Centre for Craft and Design and incorporates the history of jewellery making into classes. Her basic wire working techniques allow students to make jewellery from a variety of objects and she also works with metals, glass, beads, fibre and ceramics.

Yolanda Poplawska (Halifax) yolandapop2@yahoo.com A creatively dedicated individual with expertise in visual communications. Yolanda has illustrated and published several children's books and studied Early Childhood Education at St. Josephs.

Richard Rudicki (Halifax) 902-492-0787 www.richardrudnicki.com Well-known artist in acrylic painting, and pen and ink. Figurative, portraiture, landscape. Children's picture book illustrator. Daily memory sketches. Private classes, workshops, schools.

Larry Sibley (Musquodoboit Harbour) works in several mediums including water colour, pencil, pastel and acrylic techniques. He has many years’ experience as a teacher and a special interest in encouraging students to explore their inner selves through art.

Marijke Simons (Dartmouth) has a wealth of experience working with students and she is equally adept working with most paint mediums. She can accommodate most aspects of curriculum and enjoys working with teachers to formulate creative approaches to learning.

Jason Skinner (Dartmouth/Halifax) www.jasonskinner.ca | jason.a.m.skinner@gmail.com Jason is an award-winning illustrator, painter, muralist and public art enthusiast. He has experience with both large installations and small intimate projects. Over the past 9 years he has worked with a variety of age groups and has learned the powers of humour and humility in the classroom.

Jacqueline Steudler (Fall River) www.artjst.net is an artist and art therapist with 13 years’ art teaching experience. She explores the creative process through different painting techniques and uses a variety of media including acrylic, watercolour, egg tempera, gouache, drawing and mixed media.

Mady Thiel-Kopstein (Dartmouth) specializes in clay work, gardening and mosaics and offers her services to schools through the VanGo Mobile to teach various related techniques. She has experience as an interpreter in Jasper Park, as a veterinary assistant and as a flight instructor.

Susan Tooke (Halifax) majored in art education and has taught at elementary and middle school levels. She has created murals and illustrated children's books, and incorporates digitally manipulated images in her own work as well as in collaborations with other artists.

Tri-County

Dance

No ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia dance artists registered in this region.

Music

Rochelle K. Pyne (Yarmouth) Integrate the arts into teaching and learning with Rochelle Pyne. Students can demonstrate their knowledge and skill in multiple disciplines of knowledge by incorporating dance, music, theatre and the visual arts into the content material under study by designing musical instruments out of recycled materials, recording original music and producing performances to highlight periods in history. Enhance your lesson plans with an academically challenging, fun, community building ArtsSmarts project.

Kadijah Photiades (Digby)  www.drumspirit.ca, kadijah@eastlink.ca 902-245-2760 is a percussionist/singer/songwriter with 30 years’ experience in performance and 20 years teaching and facilitating. She has taught long and short drumming, song and dance programs in the schools with a focus on West African and Middle Eastern rhythms. She also uses the drums to encourage well-being and cooperation.
Theatre / Literary
 
Linda Marie Coakley (Yarmouth) lindamarie@eastlink.ca 902-742-1945 Linda has over 30 years’ experience in drama and theatre arts. This dynamic woman has worked extensively in the Yarmouth area on a variety of drama projects with young people. She has also piloted a Theatre Arts course, founded a theatre school and delivered numerous theatre related workshops and presentations.

Louise Delisle (Shelburne) is an African Nova Scotian writer and visual artist.  Her work with Yarmouth Junior High School also incorporated exciting new forms of technology into the student's exploration of the rich African Nova Scotia history of the area.

Video / New Media

No ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia video/new media artists registered in this region.

Visual Arts

Carole Bartz (Yarmouth) fmpovbycarole@hotmail.com, 902-761-2668 has been in education for 39 years involved in such areas as: teaching, tutoring, literacy programs, ESL, and working with special needs students. As a professional photographer, she is joining her experience in education to her knowledge and medium of the visual art of photography. She encourages her students to break out of the conventional bounds to present a new look expressing their individuality through the fulfilling and exciting means of photography.

Patty Challoner (Yarmouth) is a painter with extensive experience working with children and youth. Her mural work can be seen throughout the Yarmouth area and her painted windows are popular during holidays and events. Patty has worked in local schools as well as offering her own art lessons for children.

Kelly Foxton (Bear River) is an interdisciplinary artist with experience in visual arts, craft, music, literary arts and more. She has also given workshops on First Nations culture and traditions, personal wellness and environmental accountability. My vision of an integrated arts program includes fun, hands on, age appropriate creative activities. - Foxton

François Gaudet (Clare/Digby Co.) is a photo based artist who works with photography and painting. These disciplines can be used together or separately to encourage students to explore issues of identity and place through the art making process.

Denise Robichaud (Church Point) is a bilingual ceramic artist and photographer who also runs her own studio and gallery on the Acadian Shore of Saint Mary's Bay. She has also been involved with area schools; teaching drawing, painting, pottery and photography for the last 6 years for students in grades 3-10.

Esther Saulnier (Yarmouth) is a visual artist who enjoys working with young children.  Her work encompasses a wide variety of art disciplines and she has extensive experience working with children who face learning challenges.

Alison Stanton (Lockeport) is a potter who imagines a broad range of applications of her skills by fusing the design, manipulation and decoration of ceramics with math, science, language arts, social studies and personal development, geometry, earth sciences and cultural history.

Sharon Trueman (Bear River) uses art to assist teachers in meeting their teaching goals while bringing students to an awareness of how art enriches life and learning. She is familiar with various paint/ drawing techniques and has a background in art therapy and computer animation.

South Shore

Dance

Sarah McClure (Mahone Bay) uses dance and creative movement for healing and to nurture a deeper understanding of self and others. She often relates her projects to outdoor surroundings and has been part of many collaborative dance projects with students of various ages.

Nancy Sherwood (Riverport) uses interpretive dance, enhanced with visual creations, to develop closer spiritual ties with the natural world and local community. Much of her work is inspired by Celtic, Native and African cultures and she has participated in many collaborative performances.

Music

Reid Campbell (Mahone Bay) 902-624-8269 reid.campbell@eastlink.ca Reid trained as a musician and has taught theatre and dance. He has extensive experience in researching, directing, producing, writing and performing plays and songs with children and youth.

Theatre / Literary

Joanne Jefferson (Pentz) writes in many different genres: poetry, fiction, drama for magazines, newspapers and radio. Her experience with young writers enables her to convey her passion for language and self-expression as she guides students in explorations of local culture and natural history.

Carole Langille (South Shore) leads students to create poetry around the exploration of self by encouraging them to clarify and reflect on their thoughts and ideas with consideration on how these relate to the experiences of their peers. Poetry readings are integral to the experience.

Video / New Media

Ronnie Scullion (LaHave) is a new media artist specializing in video game design, web design and animation. She is also Owner/Director of Artech Camps where she teaches 'creative technologies' that include robotics, video game creation and animation (stop motion and computer).

Visual Arts

Kelly Barker (Lunenburg) is a talented visual artist and art teacher with a diverse range of art related teaching experience. She has coordinated and delivered art programs for various schools in the south shore region. Stated one teacher, "Kelly has a wealth of strategies to reach children in many ways. Her project ideas are extremely effective in engaging student interest."

Marla Benton (Mahone Bay) is a professional clay artist. Her art skill and knowledge ranges far beyond ceramics and she has experience linking art projects with curriculum outcomes. She has over 15 years of teaching experience in public schools, galleries and studios as well as designing and delivering private workshops.

Rebecca Fisk (Mahone Bay) is an experienced artist and teacher. Her artwork can be described as multimedia and she often includes photography and collage in her pieces. Rebecca has a strong sense of herself as an African Nova Scotian artist and often explores issues of identity in her work. Fisk believes in “making something good and positive out of yourself”.

Deborah Hickman (Mahone Bay) incorporates fibre arts, such as rag weaving and paper making as well as costume creation, drawing and painting, into school based projects. She enjoys collaborating and can fully integrate students' art experience with curriculum outcomes.

Strait

Dance

No ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia dance artists in this region.

Music

Mary Beth Carty (Antigonish) is a writer, folk-singer, multi-instrumentalist, visual-artist, dancer, and educator who transforms traditions into creations. Students learn and write songs, make percussion instruments or books, learn dances, and create a performance!  Mary Beth is bilingual and offers a program celebrating Acadian folk traditions for core French, immersion, and Acadian schools.

Theatre / Literary

No ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia theatre/literary artists in this region.

Video / New Media

No ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia video/new media artists in this region.

Visual Arts

Ashley Ward (Inverness) is a versatile visual artist who works in variety of media, including murals, outdoor sculpture and jeweller. She has experience as a camp counselor for children and youth and has worked in India and St. Lucia, enabling her to incorporate art techniques from these regions into her art.

Nancy Turniawan (Antigonish) has been actively her own art practice since retiring from teaching art.  She has experience integrating art into all subject areas. Clay, mosaic, photography, using nature's materials to create designs, are ways of creating which I enjoy in my own practice. The experience of combining learning in all subject areas through an artistic perspective allows for wonderful ideas to spring forth from teachers and students. - Nancy Turniawan

Carl Zimmerman (Orangedale) has worked at several educational levels. By developing basic drawing and painting skills he helps students to realize the inter-connectedness of art and to relate to it in ways that are real and relevant to them.