Membership based instruction oriented visual arts organization

Our Instructors


Marion Anderson
Marion R. Anderson has been a teacher and Visual Arts Department Head in the Waterloo Region for over thirty years. She now teaches both acrylic and watercolour classes at her home studio, Alder Creek Studio, as well as for many galleries Because it is important to Anderson to balance the theoretical with the practical, she encourages her students to express themselves through art, while producing and marketing her own artwork.
Anderson is represented by Gallery Double T, Waterloo, and the Southampton Art School and Gallery in Southampton.
Originally from Kent County, Anderson currently makes her home and studio in New Dundee, Ontario, Canada.
and organizations throughout Southwestern Ontario.


Shirley Clifford
Vessel-making as an art form has intrigued me for over thirty years. My response to the simplicity of clay is sensual and immediate because it has such a powerful tactile drawing force. My intellectual response to the mystical complexities of ceramic art is a much slower, thoughtful ongoing struggle which is only intermittently resolved. Nevertheless working with clay, whether it be fine porcelain or coarse dark sculpture clay, is a simple, sensual interaction wherein I can escape into the medium and come out a creator, a vessel-maker.

​Laurie Wonfor Nolan
A graduate of the Sheridan College Illustration program, Laurie started her carreer as a commerical artist in 1983. She happily began combining those skills with her love of the land in 1996 and three years later had her first solo show of large scale ‘plein air’ landscapes in Toronto. Her immediate and honest approach to painting in the landscape now carries through to a myriad of subjects including still life, interiors and abstractions.
Live performance and event painting has also become a keen interest and Laurie has had the opportunity to share the stage with a diverse group of musicians including Liala Biali, Ben Grossman, Mike Murley, Rita Chiarelli and Jane Bunnett among others.
Laurie Wonfor Nolan Studios opened in Cambridge in 2010 offering a variety of classes and workshops and has since become a haven for painters of all levels.
Laurie was the recipient of the Bernice Adams Memorial Award for Visual Art in 2008 and was honoured with the KW Women of Distinction Award for Arts and Culture in 2011.


Shirley Posthumus Hokke
Shirley is a formally trained Artist and Educator. She is best known for her innovative approaches to experimenting with materials to attain a common theme. Shirley has generously shared her innovative approaches at local Art Galleries and with Secondary High School students for many years. Her main body of work includes sizable oil on canvas, Rock Formations as exhibited in the 90’s at the Woodstock Art Gallery and London’s Spencer Gallery; the Northern Lights as exhibited in the Netherlands and most recently, finding wood patterns on birchwood to create a unique design with a glazing technique as exhibited at the Tillsonburg Library. Hokke is also an accomplished watercolorist and enjoys the challenges of the medium. Her background also stems from her Father as an accomplished landscape painter and mosaic artist during 50’s in the Netherlands and her Grandfather as a noted inventor of his time to assist those in his village (albeit, both living through WWII and WWI, respectfully). Hokke has accomplished several group exhibitions in Southwestern Ontario and in Europe. She has also had solo exhibitions in Tillsonburg, Ingersoll, London, Mississauga and North Bay. She is a recipient of an Ontario Arts Council grant and received a Community Accomplishment Award from Nipissing University. Hokke’s work has been collected in private and public places for more than 25 years and she continues to ‘practise what she preaches’.


Linda J. Trowell AOCA
Born and raised on a farm in Oxford County, Linda has been drawing and painting since early childhood. At an early age she discovered her artistic interests and began to develop her skills. Her first formal training began at the Ontario College of Art (ODACU), Toronto.

After graduating from the 4 year advertising illustration course, Linda enjoyed a lengthy career in advertising and graphic design for some of Canada’s largest retailers, with home offices in Toronto. Maintaining her interests in fine art, she became an active member of various art associations. She enjoyed the success of solo and group shows in public galleries and accepted the opportunity to teach workshops part time. She has developed and instructed unique drawing and painting programs in a variety of media and techniques for all levels.

“During those years while living in Richmond Hill, working in the city, I always remained close to my rural roots, which I believe to this day remain a strong influence in my art. When it came time to retire from the corporate world, it seemed only fitting to return to the Ingersoll area where I continue to paint, exhibit and instruct workshops”.

As a member of Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre, Linda has served on the board receiving the Newell Award for the Centre in 2013 for her contribution as painters’ rep, art rental coordinator and promotions, heading the committee for the new logo design, staffing, and workshop instruction. Linda is membership chair for the Central Ontario Art Association, and supports many other arts organizations and galleries.

“I have made many friends through my art and teaching, a rewarding creative journey. I hope to continue for a lifetime.”

Anita Wood
Anita’s journey through life is charmed as everyday it presents another opportunity for her to create! Her first love has always been Transparent Watercolors and now she also has the addiction of Acrylics and Mixed Media.
Teaching is a very large part of Anita’s and her husband Kent’s life. Anita’s husband Kent is totally supportive and helps with making sure she arrives at classes and workshops. She has been teaching since June, 2000. She is very fortunate to spend her spring and summers in Goderich, Ontario on the shores of Lake Huron and our fall and winter in Dunedin, Florida. Her teaching consists of workshops in Southern Ontario including the Southampton School of Art and several Art Centers. In Florida Anita teaches weekly classes at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center and workshops in several Art Centers.