Artist Programs 2022

Some of our artists this year include

Amanda O

Amanda O'Rourke

Amanda operates a small-scale farm in Havelock where she makes maple syrup, gardens and tends to her greenhouse operation with her family. Amanda was the Artworth camp manager for 2019 and 2021 has helped run various nature camps throughout Ontario over the years. This year she will be sharing her love of nature and especially plant cycles. She will lead a perennial pollinator garden project with the senior camp and seeds and edible flower project with the junior camp.  

Anna Silverstein

Anna moved from Toronto to Warkworth in 2021. Over the last number of years, Anna has worked with kids in Nature Connection as a mentor with the P.I.N.E. project and as a teacher in outdoor education with Tamarack West Outdoor School. It was about ten years ago that she took her first plant related workshop in Intuitive Healing with Plants (with The Sacred Gardener) that opened Anna to her love of and appreciation of the magic of plants. Since then, Anna has continued to learn and practice the art of making folk medicines and home remedies. Anna will be leading creative activities using recycled materials in the senior and junior camp this year

Anna Silverstein

Aubrey Dayle

Aubrey is back at Artworth by popular demand to lead and inspire campers in rhythmical explorations through hand drumming. He will also be collaborating with Robyn Smith to combine drumming with movement and dance, including a performance on the last day of camp.

Aubrey Dayle’s musicianship began at the age of 5 when he started to study the accordion and the piano. Formally trained at McGill University and Manhattan School of Music, in classical and jazz percussion, Aubrey has performed in a variety of diverse situations. He has toured with James’ Blood’ Ulmer, Hassan Hakmoun, God Street Wine, Sam Rivers, and Ernest Ranglin. As part of the John Popper Band, Aubrey played on both the David Letterman and the Jay Leno shows. He has also performed at Carnegie Hall with the New York Metro Mass Choir. Aubrey teaches private drum lessons through his studio and has been facilitating drum circles for the Durham public and Catholic school boards from 2014 to the present.

Beedahbin Peltier gardening and smiling

Beedahbin Peltier

Beedahbin grew up in Wiikwemkoong unceeded territory, in a family and community that values anishinaabemowin (language science and philosophy), aki’ing (place-based responsibility), mashkikeh awi aadizwin (wellness literacy) and traditional ways of knowing. Now based and living in Nogojiwanong (Peterborough), in michi saagiig aki’ing, treaty 20, Williams Treaty territory, he continues to share this passion including plant knowledge, ecological responsibility, reinforcement of anishinaabe identity, and how to exercise our ancestors dream. Beedahbin is the co-founder of and an educator. At, he supports curriculum development, delivery, and weaving anishinaabe ways of knowing, with other approaches to learning and understanding. He is also a professor of Indigenous Perspectives in the school of environmental and natural resource sciences at Fleming College.

Douglas Morlock

Douglas Morlock has been a practicing Blacksmith and metal artist since 2003. He divides his time between commissions, original work and teaching from his shop in Warkworth, ON.

Forge a Dragon

Students will learn basic metalworking techniques as they heat, form and hammer copper into their own unique metal dragon. All tools, materials and safety equipment provided.

Jan Thornhill

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:

Jeffrey Weekes

Jeffrey is leading the sketching and painting sessions again this year and we are so excited to have him share his amazing talent with the campers. More details to be determined soon.

Jeffrey Weekes is a Toronto born artist whose achievements have spanned more than 2 decades.   A self-taught artist, he has explored the world of Surrealist oil paintings, landscapes, large scale  paintings & murals, reproductions, illustrative works, mosaics and portraiture with completed  commissions ranging in media from pen & ink, graphite & charcoal, coloured chalk pencil, oil,  watercolour, acrylic, and woodwork & furniture design.  

Joleah Kunkel thinking deeply

Joleah Kunkel

Joleah Kunkel is a fiber and jewelry artist. She grew up in rural Ontario near the shores of Lake Huron. Nature is her inspiration and her solace. She takes that inspiration and channels it into her art which includes but is not limited to: Crochet, Macrame, Weaving, and jewelry.

She has a passion for taking care of the earth. In her business Unfurling Fern Designs, she chooses natural, sustainable and repurposed crafting materials for her projects. Her hope is that her art offers a moment for pause and that it is a reflection of the beauty that nature provides.

Kimberly Davidson

Kimberly Davidson, new mom and long-time city dweller turned country star-gazer, graduate of the Toronto Institute of Holistic Nutrition. Kim is facilitating leadership activities with the senior camp including a zero-waste challenge. Stay tuned for more details! Once a costume maker for Cirque du Soleil, Kimberly loves bringing that creativity to the kitchen. She is the founder of Sans Kitchen, Kimberly focuses on helping busy families find a healthy balance amongst the everyday chaos. Along with healthy food, Kimberly is passionate about our planet. Her goal is for Sans Kitchen to eventually be zero waste and is striving hard to achieve that. Kim is facilitating leadership activities with the senior camp including a zero-waste challenge.
Kimberly Davidson

Lise Varrette

Lise and Matt have invited campers to visit Feather Farm at the edge of town to visit Pearl (pictured here) a 3-year old wild Pinto from Chincoteague and a herd of mini-horses. The campers will groom the horses, feed the horses and sheep and ducks and hear inspiring stories about all the members of the herd of horses and mini-horses. Lise Varrette is a photographer and lover of wild horses.

Montserrat Alvarado Navarro

Montse is a well-known photographer of Trent Hills, Ontario.

She specializes in all types of photography but she is well known for her love of her community.

Her pictures always highlight the beauty of our area. She is a candid photographer capturing events, celebrations and fundraisers for our organizations. Montse will be taking photographs for Artworth this Summer and return as an instructor in 2023. 

Montserrat Alvarado Navarro

Robyn Smith

Robyn, our performance facilitator extraordinaire from 2019 and 2021, is back again this year to lead the campers in drama, movement and performance with “cycles” as the theme.

Robyn Smith grew up in the small village of Flesherton, where she caught the creative bug from the many artists, musicians and theatre folks in her community. Robyn has taught dance and drama through community programs in Peterborough and Flesherton and has performed with Atelier Ludmilla, Nozhem Theatre, the Motley Collective the Theatre on King, appearing in a number of productions including events such as the Precarious Festival, the Bernie Martin Festival, and Public Energy’s Emergency dance festival. Robyn moved to Peterborough in 2006 to pursue a degree in Indigenous Environmental Studies then a B.Ed from Trent University, and now lives in Havelock. Robyn is a French Immersion teacher and arts infusion and environmental education are a strong focus in her kindergarten/grade 1 classroom.

Skye Morrison

Skye is silk-screening and decorating t-shirts with the teens and camp coordinators. She is doing a streamer and kite making project with the junior camp.  Skye is also silk-screening with the Teens during the leadership program.

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. Her MA in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell University and her Diploma in Design (Textiles) from Sheridan College, Canada. 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 in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University, Montreal, since 2007.

Skye Morrison

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