Meet the Makers
Get to know the talented makers participating in Oakville Originals - A Handmade Market.
Aiwei The Sushi Girl
About Aiwei The Sushi Girl:
Colors, colors, colors. Original portrait artworks and accessories.
About Allycia Uccello:
Allycia is an abstract, impressionist painter and sculptor based in Campbellville, Ontario. Having lived in Toronto, England and New York, she was inspired and raised around the creative influence of her parents who were professional artists on the international scene. Allycia’s artistic practice is a response to colours, vibrational energies, nature, geometry, the cosmos and the unknown reality.
Allycia has a diploma from Sheridan College, Hot Glass program.
And the Cloud Whispered
About And the Cloud Whispered:
Minimalist Original Textured Fabric Art inspired by nature. Designed for Cozy Home Decor.
About Cas Bolland:
As a kid, Cas would use the clay from a clay gully on her grandparents farm to make pinch pots, sculptures, and do spa treatments. Now her dedicated art practice helps Cas sort out blurry feelings and transform them into functional pieces. She decorate with checkers to show the navigation of nuanced feelings and how we draw boundaries.
About Chantel Bettencourt:
Chantel is an evocative expressionist painter living in Halton Hills. She paints landscapes with palette knife techniques and acrylic on wood canvas. Chantel graduated from the Visual and Creative Arts program at Sheridan College.
In 2021, Chantel began exploring art and mental health, using art as meditation, to tell her story, and help others feel less alone by seeing their emotions expressed through art. 5% of proceeds go towards the Canadian Mental Health Association.
About Dominique Prevost:
Dominique Prévost was born in Québec City and now resides in Oakville. She creates atmospheric abstracted landscapes, using watercolour, acrylic, ink, crayons and found material on a wide variety of papers; ranging from exquisite handmade Japanese Washi papers to utilitarian papers.
She is a three times recipient for Best Watercolour Award at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and a Board Member of the Burlington Fine Arts Association.
About Jeannette Mayer-Gayford:
Jeannette grew up in Toronto and graduated from the Illustration Program at Sheridan College in Oakville. Her travels through parts of North America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand are the inspiration for her paintings; whether it is the beautiful architecture in old towns and cities or the colourful plant life and surroundings while travelling to exotic places.
Jeannette has also enjoyed painting dog and cat commissions as a keepsake of these beloved family members.
About Kaitlyn Hollander:
Kaitlyn is an emerging multidisciplinary artist based in Oakville. They work in various mediums including printmaking, painting, collage and installation. Their work explores topics including family dysfunction and mental health.
They graduated from Queen’s University with a BFA in 2019 and have showcased their work across Ontario in a number of galleries and private collections including the Isabel Bader Center for the Performing Arts.
About Lucie Murray:
Lucie Murray is an abstract artist who works with acrylic paint and is inspired by nature.
She has worked as a high school art teacher, exhibiting artist and even graphic designer. Lucie is based in Oakville.
About Maryna Salagub:
Maryna Salagub is a Ukrainian artist who immigrated to Canada in 2010. She discovered her love of painting as a young child, learning how to enjoy and see beauty in our everyday lives. She is happily married and has two children.
Maryna's illustrations are whimsical, brightly coloured and filled with expressive characters. Her favourite quote: “Don't search for miracles, create a miracle yourself.”
Nancy Joyce Pottery
About Nancy Joyce Pottery:
Nancy Joyce learned pottery in her teens at the Oakville Art Society and later was lucky to spend a year at The School of Crafts and Design at Sheridan College, majoring in ceramics and jewelry. She is thrilled to have her hands back in clay. Nancy's work is a mix of functional, whimsical and decorative.
About Nicole Clouston:
Inspired by her grandmother Evelyn's creativity, Nicole Clouston creates pieces that bring joy to everyday moments. E and N Studios combines timeless style and modern functionality.
Olivia Mae Sinclair
About Olivia Mae Sinclair:
Olivia Mae Sinclair is a textile-book artist. Her intuitive and trauma-based practice is guided by sloppy craft and imperfection. Typically fabric books are intended for children; Olivia’s books however are made for lovers, survivors, artists, her, him, them and me.
Olivia Mae Sinclair completed an Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design at OCAD University and a Bachelor's degree in Craft and Design at Sheridan College. Olivia is currently an Artist-in-Residence at Harbourfront Centre.
Pomegranate Letterpress + Design
About Pomegranate Letterpress + Design
This husband-and-wife team, Joe Borges and Margot Cudmore, met while working in the crazy world of advertising. They yearned for a creative outlet and launched their design brand, Pomegranate Letterpress + Design. They create one-of-a-kind art journals and greeting cards using original linoleum and wood carvings.
About Sandra Turriago:
After arriving in Canada from Colombia with her family, Sandra realized that her career in engineering was no longer fulfilling. She embarked on a path of exploration and now Sandra creates beautiful paintings and illustrations. She also shares her love of art by teaching others in the community at a local cafe.
About Taruna Singh:
Taruna Singh is an acrylic mixed media artist who expresses her emotions with vibrant colours, rich textures and intuitive gestural mark making. After working as a graphic designer for over two decades, the pandemic provided a conduit to reconnect Taruna with fine art. Painting from her home in Oakville, Taruna describes art making as a daily cathartic meditation to inner peace.
Taruna holds an Associates Degree in Art and Advertising Design from New York City Technical College.
About Valerie Daoust:
Valerie Daoust started exploring pottery as a hobby during the pandemic and quickly found her passion. By day, Valerie is a regulatory analyst in the aviation sector. She has a small pottery studio in her home and enjoys making practical homeware pieces including plant pots, kitchenware, and home decor.
Valerie was born and raised in Oakville and moved to Ottawa in 2009. She now lives in Embrun, Ontario with her husband and two dogs.