Meet Our Instructors

Annabel Stanley
Annabel Stanley
Annabel Stanley grew up under the umbrella of an artistic family. Her great Grandfather was Charles Henry Augustus Lutyens, a famous portrait painter, and father to Sir Edwin Lutyens, an architect. The latter was very influential in the Arts and Crafts movement alongside garden designer Gertrude Jekyll from the early last century.
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Lee Etherington
Lee Etherington
Lee is an instructor teaching elements of power carving and is the owner of Peachi Tikis Custom Carvings here in Peachland. Lee is a professional chainsaw carver. Lee spent 14 years in sales, and business management.
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Shauna Mckenney
Shauna Mckenney
Ever since I was a young girl, I was always interested in several different crafting mediums but about 25 years ago I was introduced to stained glass and have been hooked ever since. I describe it as designing and building your own unique glass puzzle. Working with the various colors, textures
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Stacy Parent
Stacy Parent
Victoria born and raised in my family in the burbs of Vancouver, working for a large company for 31 years. I retired in 2019 and in the spring of 2020, relocated to wonderful Peachland. I’ve raised a son and daughter and now reap the glorious benefits of 3 grandchildren. I learned to crochet as a Brownie to earn…
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Drew Makepeace
Drew Makepeace
Drew Makepeace began learning the djembe in 2002 at a night class and never looked back. Since then, he has amassed a repertoire of West African rhythms and practises and performs them with a 5-person group in Penticton. Drew has made four trips to Guinea in West Africa to study with master drummers and immerse himself in the culture of the djembe. He is currently teaching night classes in djembe and dundun at the Penticton Recreation Centre
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Juliane Braren
Juliane Braren
I have been working with glass for the past six years. I started with Stained Glass but soon became obsessed with fused glass. The name of my business, “My Glass Crush”, really says it all. We need to crush the glass to use it in fusing techniques as well as I have a love for everything glass. I even collect vintage blown glass from around the world. I have been teaching classes for the past three years. My passion for glass shows through my teaching. I am there to nudge you in the right direction gently, but I the creative part I try to leave completely up to you.
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Sarah Parsons
Sarah Parsons
Sarah Parsons lives in Kelowna, British Columbia.
She enjoys teaching art and is currently an Art Educator with the Cool Arts Society and the Connect program hosted by Kelowna Art Gallery. Sarah likes to create fun and imaginative classes and enjoys exploring various art techniques and practices. She has previously created community murals and exhibitions and has overseen events such as Papergirl Kelowna and Kelowna Vegan Festival and Art Show.
Sarah’s art is inspired by the whispers of spirit, nature around us, music and animals, with a special fondness for Pigs.
Sarah spent a year creating Pig inspired sketches for The One Billion Pigs project with proceeds of sales donated to animal rescues.
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Nancy Blokland
Nancy Blokland
Nancy fell in love with clay at an early age. The learning process continues after 40 years, and teaching inspires both curiosity and desire to share the love of creating with others. Originally from the Prairies, Nancy is now a full-time potter making, teaching, and selling in the Okanagan. Teaching classes to adults and children in Kelowna, West Kelowna, and Peachland makes for a very interesting work life. Nancy’s work can be seen on Instagram at NancyBloklandPottery.
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LINDA LOVISA
LINDA LOVISA
Kelowna artist Linda Lovisa paints Alla Prima. (Direct approach) This type of painting keeps the colours fresh and vibrant while mixing direct on the canvas. Her techniques include Impressionism, symbolism, and abstraction. Although she works primarily in acrylic, she continues to explore a wide range of media including pastel.
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Brian Greekas
Brian Greekas
Brian is a third-generation restauranteur/chef from Edmonton. Born into the family restaurant business, he started working at the age of fourteen. Upon graduation from high school, Brian attended the Hotel and Restaurant Administration at S.A.I.T. in Calgary.
He managed the family restaurant business,
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Denise Miller
Denise Miller
As a hi’story’an and counsellor, Denise Miller combines her love of story and her fascination with people to offer an eye-opening look at communication and relationship dynamics. She presents keynotes, performs concerts, and coaches people in individual sessions or personal and professional development workshops.
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Denise Oyelese
Denise Oyelese
With the motto of “let’s just try it” the love of all felty things has inspired Denise to continue to create with wool and use the medium exclusively in her studio. Continuing the journey of felting has led Denise to seek instructors both nationally and internationally to further her practice of felting. Please join her as she shares her love of felt and its continuing creative possibilities
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Madelene Friesen
Madelene Friesen
I worked in healthcare for decades and retired 7 years ago. My husband and I have been caching for about 9 years. We have over 11,000 finds, and around 400 caches hidden. We love the places caching
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Susan Van Noortwyk
Susan Van Noortwyk
I have been a geocacher since 2006, with almost 8,000 finds and around 85 caches. I have found geocaching to be a great hobby that includes many things I like to do, such as: searching out new places, hiking, kayaking, sailing, and camping.
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Silvana terry
Silvana terry
Silvana studied jewelry making and silversmithing at Mohawk College, Sheridan College, The Burlington Art Centre and the Beadflow studio in Hamilton.
Her work has been published in Bead & Button Magazine, Beadwork and the Canadian Beading Magazine, and she has won awards for her designs.
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