Dayna Barley-Cohrs creates artwork and illustrations in a variety of materials, including oils, charcoal, watercolour, and digital mediums. She works both as a freelancer, creating art and designs for clients, and as Lead Illustrator for Next Day Animations, where she creates whiteboard explainer animations. After graduating from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2003, where she studied figurative drawing and painting, she moved to Muskoka with her soon-to-be husband Andrew. The two built a straw bale home and studio in the village of Vankoughnet, where they created some loveable offspring, and began their artistic careers.
Hannah Strand is a Muskoka based visual artist, arts instructor, and Montessori teacher. She is an award-winning graduate of Sir Sandford Fleming College, where she studied Visual and Creative Arts, Fibre Arts, and Expressive Arts. Hannah’s personal art practice centres around fibre and textile pieces that discuss social issues while celebrating traditional techniques used by craftswomen over the centuries. Hannah enjoys facilitating classes and creative experiences for all ages with an emphasis on experimentation, self-expression, and enjoyment. Focusing on the “how” and “why” of art, she leaves the “what” of the finished product up to her students, promoting self-satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment. Hannah’s mission statement is “encourage, empower, inspire”.
Shailie is a Muskoka based artist who has written and illustrated her own children's book "Dani". She is multi-talented and a wonderful teacher. Most recently moved from British Columbia she comes to us with fresh ideas on nature based art projects, watercolour and youth programs.
Jen is a Muskoka based artist from Elmsdale, ON who runs Fish Eye Sisters. Her successful business and personal hobby is in the art of textiles and fabrics making beautiful pieces. She hand dyes her own wool, quilts and rug hooks Internationally acclaimed art pieces. This business is in her blood as she carries on the tradition of rug hooking from four generations in her family. We are very excited to have been able to arrange a workshop with Jen!