Shanna Steals - Executive Director
Shanna Steals grew up in the small towns of Prescott and Russell, notably Casselman, St-Albert, Limoges and until recently, Alfred, where she lives to this day with her husband and their two black cats. Ms. Steals graduated Cum Laude from the visual arts program at the University of Ottawa in 2006 with honours in Fine Arts and a concentration in English Literature. During her undergraduate program, she specialized in black and white darkroom photography as well as mixed media sculpture, assemblage and installation. But she could never do just one thing, so she also explored drawing, painting and performance in order to express her conceptual ideas. Since then, Ms. Steals continues to work as an interdisciplinary artist by incorporating methods of traditional craft work, as materials and materiality are at the source of her creations. She has accomplished a few large-scale mural commissions, designed logos and designed and fabricated headdresses and masks for theatre and dance troupes. She exhibits her work regularly in local galleries as well as craft fairs with her DIY accessory business of retro and upcycled handmade items—Jaded Raven Creations. In 2010, Ms. Steals founded the Rebel Crafters, an Ottawa-based craftivist collective whose goal is to empower the community with creativity and shed light on important issues by making crafts that have a social/political implication. Since 2003, she has been teaching visual arts and jewelry making as well as various workshops to children and teens and acrylic painting to adults. She has worked as the exhibition space organizer, course coordinator and administrative assistant for la Maison des Arts and as a guest curator for Arbor Gallery. When the Conseil des arts Prescott Russell Arts Council was founded in 2014, she became the coordinator (now general director) of the new organisation to which she brings her many experiences as an artist, artist educator, arts administrator and curator.
Jocelyn Beauchamp - Marketing and Communications
Jocelyn Beauchamp graduated from the University of St. Paul in social communication, in addition to obtaining a college degree from La Cité in public relations. He aspires to work in communications in the cultural community. His special interests are, of course, dedicated to the arts. That being said, he leisurely practices drawing and painting and is a big tattoo enthusiast. Jocelyn is also undertaking a music duo project that is influenced by spoken word, and mixed with alternative and indie rap.
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