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Introducing our team


Erica Reshef - Artist / Director / Instructor


Owning, running, and instructing Visual Arts in a private setting is a privilege and a pleasure. I graduated from Teacher's College with Visual Arts as my major followed by a B.Ed. degree from University of Alberta and have spent 40 years in the classroom teaching all grades - from Senior Kindergarten through to High School. When not in the classroom, I spent my time painting, sculpting, working on commissioned art, and raising our family. As retirement approached, so did my desire to begin a new and exciting chapter in life, and in 2007 ArtVenture became a reality. With each passing term at the studio, I continue to enjoy watching our students approach the process of art as an adventure. It is a journey I enjoy taking alongside my students and am very proud of the inclusive environment we were able to build at ArtVenture.


Ayala Reshef - Manager / Instructor


Creating ArtVenture from ground-up has been a family dream and a personal highlight of my career in the field of Education. Focusing on the Visual Arts has compiled all the best that education has to offer in one inspiring location with talented students, whose desire to learn is both invigorating and remarkable. Bringing forth 20 years of classroom experience with a B.Ed. degree that has enabled me to teach in Edmonton, Vancouver, Stratford, London (UK) and London (Ontario), I feel fortunate to be working alongside my family as we pay homage to art history and help pave the path towards a creative outlet for our current students.  ArtVentureís focus on the Visual Arts has enabled me as a passionate photographer, to bring forth my love for composition, balance, and repetition as means to teach and inspire young artists in their journey towards a life of creativity.


Hugo Reshef - Finance & Admin


Shortly before retiring from an engineering career that took me from the University of Alberta in Edmonton to the National Research Council in London, I joined Erica and Ayala to co-found ArtVenture which was Erica's dream as an artist and art teacher. My interest, and later passion for finances, started when I joined H&R Block as a tax preparer in 1988. After completing the requirements and receiving a certificate from the Canadian Institute of Financial Planners I started my own business in personal and business taxation which I continue to practise to date.

I'm proud to be part of this fine and unique institution and  to be able to apply over two decades of experience in the field of finances to its success.


Samantha Demaiter - Instructor


I completed my undergraduate degree at Western University in French and in Visual Arts, as well as my bachelor of education. I love working with children, especially when art is involved! It is my personal goal to help each of my students to improve their skills and realize their own potential. I also love being outside, painting and playing with my dog.

Katrina Farrow - Instructor


Iím excited to be joining the crew at ArtVenture, and meeting everyone. I have been to many art exhibitions throughout my nieces time at the studio, and have always been impressed by the creativity and skill level. I am a certified teacher and currently work at an elementary school in Aylmer with grade 5/6 homeroom, and rotary art (grades 2-8). My education in Graphic Design/Advertising Art (1994) at Fanshawe College, and Visual Arts Specialization (2010) from Western University has helped me develop skills and interests as a multi media artist. I have worked with students of all ages teaching and volunteering in the school system, and in my own studio practice. I love to see the individuality that appears in the arts regardless of set expectations. My goal is to equip students with technical and observational skills that can help them achieve what they want in their own practice.


Gianna McGrath - Instructor


I have just begun my Masters in Music Performance and Literature after completing my Undergraduate degree in Music, Education and Visual Arts at Western University. I have been teaching and volunteering at many academy's and programs since I was 14 years old and am very grateful for opportunities that allow me to combine my passion for music and art with my passion for teaching. I am extremely excited to be a part of the ArtVenture Studio team; being further inspired by every student and their creative artistic minds!

Anna Wilson - Instructor


I am currently in my fourth and final year at Western University for my Bachelor of Fine Art degree. I specialize in drawing and love to draw architecture! When I started at ArtVenture as a student I was already very interested in art. But throughout the years of attending classes I was able to learn about different artists and techniques that made me realize I would be extremely happy to spend the rest of my life creating art. Sharing my art with others, while at the same time, helping others express themselves through their own art has become my life goal. As an instructor at ArtVenture, I found that my favourite group to teach are the Junior Grades (Gr.3-5).



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