Instructors

Brunella Battista

An artist in the true sense of the word, Brunella is not only a videographer with projects screened at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the World Peace Forum for the United Nations and CBC, but also worked as crew and cast on many productions. She was a lead actor in “Polka Dot Shorts”, a Gemini award winning Canadian show seen in 33 countries and played “Rosa Brusco” in the feature film “Almost America”.

She has received awards for video and poetry and is a published photographer and writer. She has been the Film Production, Acting on Camera and Stop-Motion program director at Douglas College Spring and Summer Camps for over 5 years.  She has brought her fun and informative camps and classes to many venues, including the Vancouver French School, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and the Kitsilano Community Centre, and now at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre.

 

Sarah Belley

For many visual artists, it is not a matter of if you can make something, it is a matter of how. I truly believe that “if there is a will there is a way” and I strive to inspire my students to have the confidence to tackle any project.

I graduated from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 2002 with a Bachelors degree in Visual Art. My focus was dominated by ceramics because I found that it encompassed the widest range of artistic expression. I could sculpt, carve, screen print and paint without changing mediums. I went on to work at the Gallery of BC Ceramics, where I was inspired by all the incredible talent and happily spent my pay checks on hoards of beautiful pieces. I continue to collect ceramics in my travels but as I learned on a flight home from Australia, fourteen hours is a long time to hold a three-tiered cake plate in your lap.

 

Dan Berube
Light and our perception of it are at the core of Dan Berube’s work.  His brilliant watercolours are both spontaneous and detailed in their depiction of light. Dan’s education in Art includes training at the Ontario College of Art, Studies in Florence, Italy, and a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Western Ontario.  He has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Vancouver, Toronto, Sarnia, Ottawa and Italy.  His commissioned pieces are highly prized by collectors for their detail and accuracy.  His work is represented in many private collections throughout Canada and the U.S. Dan enjoys instructing people of all ages in Art and he has conducted many watercolour workshops.

 

Alicia Champ

As the daughter of a Navy Officer and a self-proclaimed Hippie, it was just natural for Alicia to grow up creative. She paints with glass and ties knots with wire, creating her own unique and distinctive style. Alicia has been published in Step by Step Wire Magazine and has been featured in many local art shows. Creating with wire since 2001 and glass since 2007 she can be contacted directly via facebook page at “Hip Navy Beads” or her website at www.hipnavybeads.co

 

Patti Lawn

Patti has been involved in the arts community for over 30 years as an educator, crafter, performer and designer. She is a retired principal who, with a creative staff, started the first Fine Arts elementary school in Chilliwack. Patti was on the original board of the Cultural Centre and finished her term as president of the board. She is a long time member of the Chilliwack Players Guild. Patti is extremely happy in her new role as Executive Director for the Chilliwack Community Arts Council and is looking forward to planning exciting new artistic and creative opportunities for the community.

 

Vickie Legere

Producing photographs for the pleasure of creative expression and the capture of fleeting moments of time; memories in the making! Vickie has a deep rooted & spiritual passion for the environment we live in and photography is the tool she uses to express & share that passion. An active member of the Abbotsford Photo Arts Club for 17 years and a member of the Chilliwack Visual Artists Association for 5 years, her work has been displayed in a variety of local venues and published in national and international calendars, magazines and newspapers.

Venues displaying her work have included the Chilliwack Cultural Centre, Chilliwack Museum, Kariton Gallery (Abbotsford), Harrison Festival of the Arts, Ryder Lake Ramble, the Harrison Hotel, the Royal Hotel, the Chilliwack Regional District office, the Art & Wine Walk (Level 6 Images – Abbotsford).

 

Holly McKeen
Studying at the Banff School of Fine Arts in 1977 started Holly Mckeen on a love of creating and discovering new possibilities in design. Years later holly became entranced with the endless possibilities offered in the intense study of clay and glaze and has honed her skills and eye with extensive training and years behind the wheel. Known internationally for her crystalline glazed porcelain works as well as her very popular functional stoneware, you will find Holly on her studio and gallery at Greendale Pottery. Recent winner of the “people’s choice award” at the “Clay -2012” juried exhibit, holly has also been invited to exhibit and as a guest presenter at the Cristalls2013 all crystalline symposium in Barcelona this spring. Holly has studied under numerous Master Potters from around North America, and is pleased to bring her experience and talents to assist in helping to move pottery students to the next level.