Monica Johnston – potter / ArtWorth co-founder / ArtWorth teacher

Monica graduated from George Brown College, Toronto, in 1984. For over 20 years, she has been producing fun, and functional porcelain pottery, featuring precise wheel thrown forms with bold underglaze decoration. Among her awards she has received several Ontario Arts Council grants. Monica has produced reproductions for the Royal Ontario Museum and has contributed to private and public collections including King Carl Gustaf of Sweden. Throughout her career, she has shared the joy of creative clay by teaching students ranging from preschool children to pre-retirement adults, in private studios, community centres, schools and colleges. Recently, in 2005, Monica and her glass blower husband Paulus opened “Frantic Farms Clay & Glass & Gallery” in the budding Arts Community of Warkworth, Ontario.

Chantalle Nelham ADCSC-CICB – Dancer / teacher / ArtWorth teacher

Chantalle received her professional training in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Character, Pas de deux and Pointe work at the Quinte Ballet School in Belleville, ON. Additionally Mrs. Nelham attended the Boston Ballet Summer School, Saratoga Summer Session under Oleg Briansky and Ballet Akademie Kőln in Cologne, Germany. She was a participant in the Prix de Lausanne in 1992 and has been offered contracts by Oper Stadt Bonn for classical ballet and Tanzforum, a modern dance company.

Chantalle is a graduate of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program and has achieved the Associate Diploma teaching qualification from the Cecchetti Society of Canada, a branch of the Cecchetti International – Classical Ballet. In 2002 Mrs. Nelham was awarded “Best Classical Work” in the Royal Winnipeg Ballets’ Choreographic Competition “First Steps”.

Chantalle has been a dance teacher and choreographer for over 17 years; her teaching credits include the RWB’s General Division, Satellite, and Quantum Programs and the Quinte Ballet School of Canada, Professional and Recreational Divisions. Her students have gone on to have careers as dancers, entertainers, dance teachers, and choreographers. Chantalle is also the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Sunago School of the Performing Arts.

Maia Heissler – artist / ArtWorth Teacher

Born in post-war Germany and raised primarily on an Ontario farm, Maia studied languages and education. Her first teaching contract, through CUSO, was a life-changing, three-year experience in a Catholic mission school in Chad, Africa.

Stay-at-home motherhood brought a dramatic shift to her life, opening the doors to previously untapped depths of creativity, eventually leading to the development of the Forest Friends (elfin civilization of Ontario woodlands), and a business, Down-To-Earth Creations. Her materials of choice come from the earth, and her work reflects a profound environmental consciousness.

Along with her passion for visual arts, Maia has pursued writing, and has produced craft manuals,a cookbook, and works of fiction.  Her work may be viewed at and her creative process followed on Facebook under Down-To-Earth Creations.

David Lyon/ wood turner/ ArtWorth co-founder / Abundance Project founder

David has been turning wood for over 20 years creating pieces of beauty and functionality. He works with both local and exotic woods. David enjoys teaching and mentoring his craft and has taught students from ages six to seventy-six. David was involved with the original team that founded and launched ArtWorth eleven years ago, and he hosted the ArtWorth participants at his studio for a day of turning and other activities. He hosted once again to celebrate our 10th anniversary last year.  Thanks David!

The Abundance Project

Into its third year of operation now, the Abundance Project is a community based food and nutrition program. A key component of the Abundance Project is youth oriented projects that help instil healthy eating habits and an interest in food preparation. The Abundance Project has partnered with the staff and students at Percy Centennial PS on several food related projects, and was pleased for the past two years, to partner with ArtWorth on the Cookie Bake Off and the edible sculpture contests that were judged by the Seniors at the Mill Creek Manor. The Abundance Project volunteers are again looking forwarding to working with the ArtWorth campers.

Lesley Blaney / artist / ArtWorth Teacher

Artist, shop owner, workshop instructor, nature lover, “camp councillor” .
Lesley moved to Trent Hills 5 years ago with her partner Robin and their two dogs and opened “Camp Ho-Ba-Chee”, a retail shop offering a diverse array of antiques, gifts and toys. Additionally they offer a fun and varied program of art and craft workshops. 
Lesley studied art at Sheridan College and was part of the Beal Art program in London On. Her creative interests cover a broad range and include painting, making glass beads, and creating window designs. Lesley’s interest in art and love of community has inspired her to develop community art projects such as Warkworth’s own “Gratitude Project”.

Aubrey Dayle/ musician / Artworth Teacher

Studied the accordion and piano. After completing his formal education at McGill University and Manhattan School of Music, in classical and jazz percussion, Aubrey went on to perform in varied situations.

He has toured with James ‘Blood’ Ulmer, Hassan Hakmoun (support act for Peter Gabriel), God Street wine, The John Popper Band, Sam Rivers, Ernest Ranglin and several other artists. While living in New York City, he continued to perform in diverse situations. He spent two years on Broadway playing a show called “Bring in ‘Da noise Bring in Da Funk”. He also played on the David Letterman show and the Jay Leno show as part of the John Popper Band. Aubrey also performed at the famous Carnegie Hall with the New York Metro Mass choir.

Aubrey continues to work with James ‘Blood’ Ulmer in a trio, The Music Revelation Ensemble, and with his Memphis Blood Blues band that features guitarist Vernon Reid. He also leads a project called “My id” that occasionally includes Vernon Reid as a special guest. He has released three CD’s with “My id”. Both Cd’s include special guest performances with Vernon Reid and other great artist. Aubrey has recovered fully from kidney transplant surgery and is back to performing full time in support of his latest CD called Jewel as well as the documentary film “StayAubrey!”  His latest project is called “On Topic” with bassist Brad Cheeseman and Kim Ratcliffe.

Glen Caradus/Artist/ArtWorth Teacher

Glen Caradus lives in Peterborough where he teaches outdoor education at Camp Kawartha, Green Up Ecology Park and the Canadian Canoe Museum. Glen is a musician and puppeteer with the Paddling Puppeteers and has a degree in Indigenous Studies from Trent University. He also co-ordinates the yearly Adventure in Understanding canoe trip from Peterborough to Curve Lake First Nation. Glen has spent the last 17 years traveling in the north to various remote First Nations communities to deliver arts education programs.

Artworth Coordination

Trish York – artist /  Steering principal member

Trish is an illustrator living in Morganston. This is her eleventh year affiliated with ArtWorth. You can see her work in Watershed Magazine, Northumberland Kids Magazine, and Canadian Morgan Magazine. She also majored in theatre at Dalhousie University and has worked in the television and film industries. Trish is also a facilitator for Soul Carnival’s Youth Arts Mentorship Programs.

Sara Jane Shakura -Administrator / Steering principal member

Sara Jane is a community minded parent with an appreciation for the arts. She was born and raised in Warkworth and joined the ArtWorth Steering Committee at it’s inception eleven years ago. Sara Jane is our unsung hero as she co-ordinates the registration process and keeps our books and records.

Nafshiya Haylestrom – Project Coordinator/Camp Coordinator

Nafshiya has been a part of ArtWorth since the beginning, she participated as a camper during its very fist year. After exploring her own art studies, she then came back to ArtWorth to participated as a camp counsellor, Assistant Coordinator and now in her current role as Project Coordinator/Camp Coordinator. She greatly enjoys working with youth in many different forms. She has taught music in both private and group setting, taught beginner hebrew to children from kindergarten to grade four, and co-ran and founded the children’s camp, Camp Oakey Dokey. Nafshiya is an avid world traveller, and draws from her experience for her art and teaching. She is an artist and art lover and loves ArtWorth’s real and hands on approach. 

Stephanie Shakura – Assistant Coordinator

Stephanie attended Artworth camp for 7 years and returned to be a camp counsellor twice and will now take part in this years camp as Assistant Coordinator. She has loved expressing herself and her creativity through art while growing up and attending the Artworth camp. Stephanie enjoys working with children and helping them be creative and active. Stephanie has spent the last year in Germany on a Rotary youth exchange exploring German culture as well as learning German. Stephanie will return to high school to complete her last year of high school in the fall. Stephanie hopes to pass on her love for Artworth fun and hands on expression of art to fellow campers the way she experienced Artworth growing up.


For more information call Sara Jane at 705-924-3565.  Printed registration & release forms are found online at, and are also available at Frantic Farms Clay & Glass & Gallery in Warkworth (across from Warkworth Farm Supply).


ArtWorth, Box 182 Warkworth, ON K0K 3K0