Some of our artists this year include
Jan Thornhill is a multi-award-winning author and illustrator of science- and nature-based children’s books. Her most recent title, The Triumphant Tale of the House Sparrow, is a companion volume to The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk, which won the prestigious TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. Jan wears another hat as a self-taught mycologist and has spent the past 30 years studying the plethora of amazing fungi she finds around her woodland home near Havelock. Her primary interest is in fungal diversity and ecology, which she writes about on her blog.
Jan will be taking the Artworth youth into the local forest for nature stories and learning about fungi and making some art of course.
Contemporary abstract and figurative painter Carolyn Megill was born in Tokyo, Japan, and spent her formative years on the northern island of Hokkaido. This experience was to have a lasting impression on her. Learning to speak Japanese as well as English and being immersed in Japanese culture at such an early age gave Carolyn a unique insight into the rich Japanese heritage.
Carolyn returned to Canada to attend The Ontario College of Art (OCAD) and graduated with honours in 1974. Since that time, she has been showing her work in Toronto and other Ontario cities as well as in Quebec. Her work can be found in collections across Canada, Germany, France and Australia. (see Exhibitions & Galleries page – click here)
Distinguished costume designer
Delphine White settled in Northumberland County in 1994. The initial attraction to the area was as a respite from a busy life in the city. Warkworth was a welcoming town. The openness of many of the long time residents and their inclusive nature was an immediate attraction. Delphine loves the community and enjoys every opportunity to participate in the many community activities in Trent Hills.
Christine studied Fashion Design at Ryerson University. Her fashion work has been covered in print media in both Montreal and Toronto. Most recently, she has been creating dance costumes for Ballroom dance. Mother of four, and grandmother of two, Christine lives and works at her home/studio in Warkworth, Ontario. Last year, Christine was a workshop leader for the Animating Warkworth by Night project, which produced masks, costumes and giant puppets for the annual street festival.
Marjorie is coming back for the second year of teaching at Artworth. She has been living in Warkworth for 2 years and has been involved with teaching gr.7/8 students to cook with the Abundance Programme and creating an original costume for Warkworth by Night. Marjorie developed The York School’s junior art programme, an International Baccalaureate School in Toronto where she worked for 25 years. She directed 2 Disney Junior musicals during those years. Marjorie loves textiles and has taught feltmaking workshops, textile summer camps, and has participated in juried art shows.
Painter and ecologist
Rick Beaver belongs to the Mississauga Ojibway of the Rice Lake area in Ontario. He has been painting and exhibiting internationally for more than 30 years. He also brings his formal training as a wildlife biologist into the studio. His fusion of art with science works to honour and protect the earth.
Skye Morrison Canadian educator, researcher and designer with a lifelong interest in traditional crafts. She received her Ph.D. in Folklore Material Culture) from the University of Pennsylvania(1991), her MA in Design and Environmental nalysis from Comell University (1976) and her Diploma in Design (Textiles) from Sheridan College, Canada (1972). She was a professor at Sheridan College School of Crafts and Design from 1978 to 2002 when she left full time teaching to pursue research projects. Skye Morrison is an Adjunct Professor the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University, Montreal, Since2007 She has been an advisor to the SID Research Cell, MIAD program and is the author (with co-author Jay Thakkar) of Matra Ways of Measuring Vernacular Built form of Himachal Pradesh (2008, CEPT).
Since 2010 she has been working with Ayush and Geetanjali Kasliwal of AnanTaya Decor and AKFD Storey in Jaipur, India for MELA: Mindful Encounters with Local Artisans. She divides her time between India and Hastings Ontario where she runs The Doors Guest House and works on Experiential Tourism projects.
David is one of the original founding members of ArtWorth. His involvement includes hosting the camp several times at his woodturning studio outside Warkworth, and more recently by exploring creativity in the kitchen and using fruit and vegetables to create edible artworks. He has served on the ArtWorth Steering Committee for many years and is committed to ensuring that art is appreciated and valued by the youth of our community.