Artists In Residence

Muskoka Chautauqua offers daily, hands-on workshops with professional artists for kids & adults at Clevelands House resort and in the Village of Windermere on the shores of Lake Rosseau.

Summer 2020 Virtual Artists in Residence Program

This summer, Muskoka Chautauqua is again offering Artists in Residence program but due to COVID-19, they will be held virtually. Artists will have virtual workshops during their given week, which will be posted here and in our event listings. 

 We hope that next year (2021) we can once again offer the Artist in Residence program in two locations, Clevelands House in Minett and the Village Hall in Windermere. New this year is an extension of the program to include weekends in September which will be held at Muskoka Place Gallery in Port Carling (depending on the safety measures in place by health officials at that time).

Art Workshops run daily, Monday to Friday, from 1:00 pm–3:00 pm. They are free for resort guests, and by donation for the general public. Thursdays are FREE for local students. Tickets are by donation and can be purchased via Eventbrite.

Clevelands House Schedule

Week 1: JuNe 27–July 3

Artist: Brittany Johnston

Bio:

Brittany Johnston is a 23 year old graphic design student, photographer, and artist from Hillsdale, Ontario. She started her artistic journey with the well known Canadian landscape artist, A.W. Bruce Sherman of the Paint Box Gallery. He taught her in oil paints but over the years she has developed her skills more towards watercolor painting and graphics.

She will be leading watercolour painting workshops at Clevelands House from June 27- July 3.

Workshop description: TBD

Week 2: July 6–10

Artist: Gloria Hope

Bio: 

Gloria is an Indigenous visual artist, sculptor, mural painter and facilitator of art and nature. She graduated from Seneca College Visual Arts program, but considers herself to be primarily a self-taught artist inheriting her creative gift from her ancestral roots. Other passions involve alternative building and sustainable living.

Gloria’s focus is centered on connecting children to the natural world. She merges the elements of nature, art, storytelling and visualization to stir the imagination. She believes that the children of today suffer from Nature Deficient Disorder NDD, a disconnection to the natural world and disconnection to self. She feels strongly that merging these elements will help in fostering individual healing, personal growth, positive self-image, respect for the environment and reverence for all living things.

Workshop description: TBD

Week 3: July 13–17

Artist: TBD

Attention Artists!

If you or someone you know is interested in doing a residency for this week, please complete the application below

Week 4: July 20-24

Artist: TBD

Attention Artists!

If you or someone you know is interested in doing a residency for this week, please complete the application below

Week 5: July 27–July 31

Artist: Melanie Siegel

Bio: 

Melanie Siegel is a three time Ontario Arts Council Grant recipient, and educator of over 700 students a year in the York Region District school board, private schools and guilds. She has exhibited her work internationally, and been published in art journals. 

Melanie’s artwork in textiles is formed by many elements, such as love of colour, texture, and the attractions of structures for containment, as vessels. The Canadian Landscape is also a primary focus. Colour is combined as preparations for tapestry weaving, the blending of many different strands of threads, wool, silk, rayon, and metallic threads. Free motion embroidery in metallic threads combine to add light and movement to her work. Examples of her personal and student work may be found here.

Workshop description: TBD

Week 6: August 3–7

Artists: Sean William Dawson

Bio: 

An educator, performer, painter, drawer, sculptor and overall keen observer of the world and its culture Sean-William Dawson is a brave soul who knows no boundary to his art. Sean lives and works between Beeton and Barrie, Ontario, and through his artwork has extensively spread his prowess far and wide across this great land. He has successfully made art a living by teaching, curating, and producing art in his own community and abroad. Sean has a travelling printing press and is returning for a fifth summer as an Artist in Residence.

Workshop description: 

Come experience silk screening with nationally exhibited artist Sean William Dawson. Get to know the ins and outs of one of the most internationally used print mediums. Art Party: silk screen your own custom t-shirt

Week 7: August 10–14

 

Artists: TBD

Attention Artists!

If you or someone you know is interested in doing a residency for this week, please complete the application below

Week 8: August 17–21

Artists: Greg & Susan Hindle

Bio: 

Greg and Susan Hindle are back for their 12th year and second time this summer as artists in residence.

They are visual artists and graduates of the Ontario College of Art. Greg & Susan met during a year of off-campus study in Florence, Italy in 1976-77, which included drawing classes at the Accademia di Belle Arti and Renaissance art history at the British Institute of Florence. Greg has taught drawing and painting extensively, including over 25 years at OCAD. Together, they have led community mural projects and plein air workshops in Tuscany, the French River region of Ontario, and New York’s Hudson River Valley, and also with Muskoka Chautauqua for over 10 years!

Workshop description: Landscape Painting

Join Greg and Susan Hindle in capturing the beauty of the Muskoka landscape around the grounds of Cleveland’s House. Connect with nature as you interpret the landscape using materials provided. With individual guidance, beginning painters will be taken through a step-by-step process to create their own acrylic painting and more experienced painters may learn techniques to improve their painting skills in the outdoors. 

Week 8: August 24–28

Artists: Jennifer Murphy

Bio: 

Jennifer Murphy has successfully shown work in Brazil, Canada, and the US; recently she placed first in the Lloyd Gibson Juried Exhibition at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts, Sarnia, Ontario. Her landscapes are based on observation and memory, with a focus on mountains, water, and sky. She acknowledges the well-known Canadian musician, artist, poet, and author, Kenneth G. Mills, as the source of her inspiration. His statement, “An artist is usually a handyman in the service of Inspiration” is the foundation of her practice. Under his guidance she always includes a bird in her work.

Her training comes from six years of private study with artist and teacher, Greg Hindle. She has taken classes at The Art Students League, Toronto School of Art, and the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery. She has taught children and adults for over 20 years and is certified as a Professional Artist-Educator by The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from Pace University.

Workshop description: 

Observation, color, design, discovery, expression, and play – these will be the focus of the workshops that artist in residence Jennifer Murphy will offer. Each day guests can choose to participate in a guided activity using paint or drawing media, or, for those who prefer to work independently, a variety of paint, drawing and collage materials will be provided. Each daily guided activity can be taken as a one-time experience. For guests who would like a more in-depth art experience, the activities will build progressively toward doing a ‘plein air’ painting at the end of the week. The activities are geared to children and adults. Families are encouraged to participate together; art making is a fun family activity!

Jennifer will also offer lessons to those who wish them. Contact her to schedule a time.   Please also speak to Jennifer if you are interested in seeing examples of her art.

Windermere Village Schedule

Week 2: July 6–10

Artist: Barbara Klunder

Bio:

Barbara Klunder has many years of teaching drawing, from the AGO to all art schools in Toronto and private lessons. She has won numerous awards and prizes for illustration and graphics, as well as exhibiting her work in galleries and museums across Canada.

Her work may be viewed in the ROM, the AGO, and the Textile Museum. Many other galleries and private collectors showcase Barbara Klunder’s works as well

Workshop description: Paper Cuts

Once you understand the dynamic of positive and negative spaces, you are on your way to creating your own paper-cuts. Starting with that simple exercise, we will be cutting out your designs on all kinds of paper, including the amazing Washi Japanese papers. Once you have this skill, you can build up papercuts with different layers and colours.

Bring different papers to experiment on. Also bring a sketchbook to work out a design, before you start on the better papers.

I will emphasize good design elements which will improve any one of your designs. Please feel free to look at my paper-cuts on Facebook, my website….barbaraklunder.com…..and Google. We will probably produce three to five papercuts in the week of the workshop.

Week 3: July 13-17

Artist: Christine Hume

Bio: 

Christine Hume took art courses during University and has a diploma in Commercial Art & Advertising from Algonquin College. After more than 30 years in a marketing and advertising career, she is now enjoying doing mosaic art and exploring what else “life after work” has to offer.

Christine’s creative journey with glass started in the 1980’s – taking a stained-glass course with her Mom. A small glass mandala created by her Mom is a reminder of this medium that comes to life when the light shines through!

In 2013 in Montreal, Christine stumbled upon Mosaikashop at the Italian Festival.  She has since taken several mosaic courses in Montreal, Brockville, Almonte and has travelled to Ravenna, Italy to take a workshop in the traditional mosaic method.

In particular she loves to create grouted glass on glass mosaics, and also creates tile mosaics, mosaics on stone and mosaic ornaments. Her studio is in Almonte, Ontario.

Some of her mosaic work can be seen on Instagram

Workshop description: Mosaic Yellow Arrow 

Week 4: July 20–24

Artist: Don Chrétien

Bio: 

The unique style and impact of Aboriginal fine artist Donald Chrétien springs from his combined passion for colour and woodland-style expression. His ongoing exploration of his heritage has him concentrating on distinct features of Ojibwe clans acrylic on canvas.

His works are exhibited in some of the most interesting corners of North America. His Vancouver Olympics installation piece, titled: Ngashi Nijii Bineshiinh or Mother, Friend, Small Bird, is on permanent display in Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum and stands 12 feet high by 80 feet long.

Over his 30-year career, Donald has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to giving back to his community. More of his work can be seen here

Workshop description: TBD 

Week 5: July 27–31

Artist: Michelle Guitard

Bio: 

Michelle Guitard was born in Vancouver BC and resides in Ancaster Ontario. She studied Graphic Design at Georgian College and Fine Arts at York University and The University of Guelph. Michelle is currently enrolled in Addiction and Mental Health Studies she is studying at McMaster University.

Rather than recreating an image on a canvas she aims to express its essence through imagery reflected in nature. In order to capture this richness, she works on a number of paintings concurrently. This allows her to imitate and reflect strong elements and effective techniques from one painting to another. Michelle is most interested in the movement of organic shapes and patterns using colour and texture. Each multi-layered painting captures some fragment of the images power until each piece coalesces to express its deepest essence. More of her work can be seen here

Workshop description:

Week 6: August 3–7

Artist: Audrey Mah

Bio: 

Audrey Mah is a contemporary ceramist. She graduated from the University of Waterloo where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts. She continued her studies in ceramic design at the Ontario College of Art where she received a scholarship.

Her work has been sold in Canada, USA, and Mexico, and has been exhibited at the George Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art. Audrey has received numerous awards from the Ontario Arts Council, and has taught the sculpture program at the Art Gallery of Ontario, as well as the children and adult pottery classes at the Royal Ontario Museum. Currently, she instructs and develops programs at the Gardiner Museum and workshops at various Toronto District schools.

Audrey works regularly with children to create murals through VIBE Arts. She has also been teaching adult and children classes at the Avenue Road Arts School since 2005.

Workshop description: Ceramics

Week 7: August 10–14

Artist: Greg & Susan Hindle

Bio: 

Greg and Susan Hindle are back for their 13th year and second time this summer as artists in residence.

They are visual artists and graduates of the Ontario College of Art. Greg & Susan met during a year of off-campus study in Florence, Italy in 1976-77, which included drawing classes at the Accademia di Belle Arti and Renaissance art history at the British Institute of Florence. Greg has taught drawing and painting extensively, including over 25 years at OCAD. Together, they have led community mural projects and plein air workshops in Tuscany, the French River region of Ontario, and New York’s Hudson River Valley, and also with Muskoka Chautauqua for over 10 years!

Workshop description: Landscape Painting

Join Greg and Susan Hindle in capturing the beauty of the Muskoka landscape around the grounds of Cleveland’s House. Connect with nature as you interpret the landscape using materials provided. With individual guidance, beginning painters will be taken through a step-by-step process to create their own acrylic painting and more experienced painters may learn techniques to improve their painting skills in the outdoors. 

Week 8: August 17–21

Artist: Sean William Dawson

Bio: 

An educator, performer, painter, drawer, sculptor and overall keen observer of the world and its culture Sean-William Dawson is a brave soul who knows no boundary to his art. Sean lives and works between Beeton and Barrie, Ontario, and through his artwork has extensively spread his prowess far and wide across this great land. He has successfully made art a living by teaching, curating, and producing art in his own community and abroad. Sean has a travelling printing press and is returning for a fifth summer as an Artist in Residence.

Workshop description: 

Come experience silk screening with nationally exhibited artist Sean William Dawson. Get to know the ins and outs of one of the most internationally used print mediums. Art Party: silk screen your own custom t-shirt

Week 9: August 24-28

Artist: Rob Elliott

Bio: 

Rob Elliott has been working as a painter, illustrator and designer for over 20 years. He is originally from Vancouver. His colourful and bold art approach stems from his early jobs as a screen printer and newspaper layout artist. With his partner Christine Cosby, he operated the pop art-themed Swizzle Gallery in Toronto. Rob spent seven years in Kincardine (on the shore of Lake Huron), where he made animal-themed paintings to exhibit in galleries and art fairs. As a long-time member of the Niagara Artists Centre, Rob has created wearable art sculptures and collaborated with the Puppet-A-Go-Go collective. He is the illustrator of the Cold Case Kids mystery novels (set in Southampton). He is also an amateur birdwatcher and plays accordion in a weird cover band. Rob is presently based in Toronto.

Workshop description: Sketchbook Diaries

When life gets interesting – a vacation, a nature walk, or even a crisis – I create a Sketchbook Diary. These pages are full of observations, on-the-spot sketches, jokes, etc. They are sometimes done days after the event in my studio. More often, they are done at the end of the same day with improvised materials. Whether messy or refined, the Sketchbook Diaries take on characteristics of storytelling, comics and scrapbooks. 

In this workshop, I will show participants how to create their own Sketchbook Diary. We will experiment with tools and materials, story-building techniques, and page layouts. We will learn how to jot ideas down quickly, and how to meditatively fill a blank page.   

The Sketchbook Diary is more than a creative exercise. It can help to form life’s events into an understandable shape. I enjoy sharing and re-reading my sketchbooks in the days and years that follow, as they have distilled such a perfect sense of the moment. 

Weekends in September Schedule

Week 10-12: September 5, 12, & 19

Artist: Michelle Guitard

Bio: 

Michelle Guitard was born in Vancouver BC and resides in Ancaster Ontario. She studied Graphic Design at Georgian College and Fine Arts at York University and The University of Guelph. Michelle is currently enrolled in Addiction and Mental Health Studies she is studying at McMaster University.

Rather than recreating an image on a canvas she aims to express its essence through imagery reflected in nature. In order to capture this richness, she works on a number of paintings concurrently. This allows her to imitate and reflect strong elements and effective techniques from one painting to another. Michelle is most interested in the movement of organic shapes and patterns using colour and texture. Each multi-layered painting captures some fragment of the images power until each piece coalesces to express its deepest essence. More of her work can be seen here

Workshop description: TBD

Week 13: September 26

Artist: Gayle Dempsey

Bio: 

Gayle Dempsey, a fourth generation Muskokan, is an award-winning artist who feels a deep connection to the spirit of the land, the lakes, the natural beauty and the peace that is Muskoka. Capturing the soul of place in acrylic and oil, Gayle’s work connects with her roots. Loose underpaintings give way to structural details as her passion is revealed.

Workshop description: TBD