Who We Are
Muskoka Arts & Crafts is one of the oldest and most well established arts organizations in Ontario, having grown since its inception in 1963 to include a diverse membership of professional full-time artists, part-time artists, hobbyists, amateurs, patrons and art enthusiasts that creates an dynamic environment where everyone can learn from each other.
Muskoka Arts & Crafts is a not-for-profit artist community growing and promoting visual arts & craft awareness across Muskoka community through MAC’s annual events, partnerships, social media and exhibitions.
MAC’s vision is to facilitate opportunities & events that will help promote and grow our local artist community.
We deliver on our Mission and achieve our Vision by:
- MAC Brand Awareness & Audience Growth
- Expanded annual large scale Arts & Crafts events
- Creating lucrative avenues for our arts & craft community
- Expanding our MAC Member offerings & education opportunities
- Artist exposure outside of Muskoka
- Support staff to enhance our resources
- High quality arts & craft
- Inclusive and accessible
- Inspiring & progressive
- Financial stability & transparency
The organization is the true heart of visual arts in the province’s favourite cottage and vacation area and has become an innovative force in the community at large.
Muskoka Arts & Crafts supports artists directly through its programming and resources and is also a champion of arts and culture in Muskoka, always striving to make the community a vibrant and culturally engaged destination for visitors, local residents and summer residents alike. Membership in Muskoka Arts & Crafts is open to all.
Muskoka Arts & Crafts is a non-profit organization. MAC mounts several annual shows, including the popular Summer Show, which has been a centrepiece of Muskoka summers since 1963 and attracts hundreds of artists from across the country and more than 10,000 visitors every year. Our holiday market and Spring members Show are juried events featuring our premium MAC Members.
The Gallery is also home to the organization’s Permanent Collection. Throughout the year, Muskoka Arts & Crafts organizes workshops for all levels of creative development.
In April of 2008, an initiative launched by Muskoka Arts & Crafts culminated in the District Municipality of Muskoka declaring Muskoka a Designated Arts Community, a testament to the vitality of the area’s arts scene and its potential as a fundamental building block for year-round art tourism in Muskoka.
Access our Annual General Meeting Documents here to find out what is happening at MAC!
Upcoming board meeting dates. Please let us know if you wish to attend via email info@muskokaartsandcrafts.
Board of Directors
Jenn Walters, Chair
Executive Director: Nichole Kitchen
Assistant Executive Director: Stephanie Schofield
Muskoka Arts & Crafts Board of Directors Call For Nominations
Muskoka Arts & Crafts is currently seeking to fill a few key roles within the Board of Directors this coming Autumn. Applicants who possess current business experience in human resources, finance and marketing and marketing technology with be prioritized.
Muskoka Arts & Crafts is currently seeking candidates who are passionate about our organization. We are seeking new board members will draw on a range of experience, skills and an interest to contribute to the vitality and well-being of the organization. They will serve as ambassadors for Muskoka Arts & Crafts, have governance experience, and offer leadership, insight, and support as a team member within the Board of Directors.
Muskoka Arts & Crafts strives to be a diverse, safe and inclusive organization. We seek to ensure that all individuals within our community thrive by seeing themselves reflected, respected, and valued within our organization. We welcome all new applicants with respect to gender expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious heritage, dominant language and socio-economic background.
The Nomination Committee will review all applications received. All Applicants will be contacted by July 1st 2023 with a proposed interview date. Following interviews the committee will make it’s recommendations to the Board of Directors. These nominations will be presented for approval at our Annual AGM meeting in the Autumn.
12 May 24 – Deadline to receive nominations
12 May 24 – 01 July 24 – Candidate Review
01 Jul 24 – 01 Sep 24 – Interviews
01 Nov 24 – AGM Gala/Election of new Directors
Keep in mind that we are also looking to create some succession planning for the board, meaning that if you are interested in participating, but unable to do so today please indicate as such in the application.
Board of Directors Roles & Responsibilities
- Serve in a voluntary capacity with no remuneration or profit
- Be knowledgeable about the values, mission, programs and performance of the organization and act as an ambassador, promoting the work of the organization
- Evaluate strategic and business plan development, progress and effectiveness
- Actively participate in Board meetings, one strategic planning session and the Annual General Meeting
- Oversee and participate in fund development activities
- Donate to the organization in accordance to one’s means
- Follow all policies and procedures
- Nominees should hold a current MAC Membership
Please use the link below to provide more details about yourself, your interest in volunteering on the MAC board and your relevant skill set.
Board Director – Vice President
Jenn Walters is a seasoned digital marketing strategist, having spent over 15 years working for Toronto-based advertising and media agencies. Currently, Jenn holds the role of President at Dandelion Inc., one of only four Google and Amazon platform licensing partners in Canada.
Having been raised in Muskoka, Jenn’s dream to retire back home was fast-tracked due to the pandemic and she is now happily working from downtown Bracebridge. Jenn is a hobbyist and an avid fan of artistic expression, Jenn wanted to join Muskoka Arts & Crafts to combine her marketing and operations skills with her community in a meaningful way.
You can find Jenn at: dandelioninc.ca
Sarah Clarke began fundraising as a student caller nearly 30 years ago. Upon graduation from McMaster University, she joined Mac’s team as an Annual Giving Officer and later moved on to Trinity College at the University of Toronto to run their Annual Giving program.
In 2002, Sarah came to Carleton University to revive their Annual Giving efforts post Campaign. Growing the team and revenue over a million dollars required starting from the ground up in gifts administration, data integrity and records, database reporting and advancement operations and there was great celebration the first year Annual Giving passed the $2 million revenue mark. Today the team also includes donor impact and prospect research and management and is closing in on reaching the next yearly target of $5 million raised.
Sarah grew up in Muskoka and has many family ties in the area. As a student, Sarah worked for Muskoka Arts and Crafts & Woodchester Villa and now returns as a Board Director passionate about lending her talent and skill sets to the organization.
Morris is a lawyer practicing civil and commercial litigation since 1976. In addition to his professional career, Morris has has acted as a Director for a number of nonprofits and charities over the years, and locally as a current Director of The Ryde Community Co-op.
Morris himself amalgamated his love of machines to move dirt and dig with his own version of “Land Art”, finding and developing unique landscapes on the granite and gravel that make up Muskoka. His daughter is a professional sculptor and part-time faculty member at Sheridan College, and his wife is a watercolour artist and registered Art Therapist. When not working he remains an avid outdoor enthusiast.
Like most children I loved creating crafts of all sorts. I took art all through high school and was able to enjoy a year program at the Dundas Valley School of Art in affiliation with McMaster University, after which I began my career as a mural artist in Hamilton, Ontario where I brought to life the visions of many home owners and businesses. Now as an artist living in Muskoka and continuing to grow my art business, I am grateful that I get to create pieces that speak to my soul and feel full circle to the little girl that still lives within.
Whether I’m painting people or the natural spaces where we go to heal, I find inspiration in the beauty of the Canadian landscape. I share my home with my husband and two boys, along with our cat Beans and dog Copper. We get to experience the glory of all 4 seasons in Muskoka Ontario, and whatever the weather we spend a lot of time outdoors.
Past Board President
Virginia Hastings, MAC Board President, brings many years of board and business experience to Muskoka Arts and Crafts, having previously been a part of YWCA Muskoka, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muskoka, Muskoka Futures, The Town of Huntsville Strategic Directions Committee, The G8 Artists Selection Committee and as a Thought Leader for the development of The Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre.
Born and raised in Muskoka, Virginia has fond memories of visiting many studios of Muskoka Artists. While she grew up with a love of arts, crafts and later oil painting in her teens and 20’s – Virginia’s creativity led her to video and media production creating documentaries and marketing videos for business.
Virginia is excited to be a part of Muskoka Arts and Crafts and is grateful to be leading such a dynamic board of directors.
Check out Virginia’s website for business consulting: virginiahastings.ca
Moving to Muskoka 14 years ago Keith Has made the transition from the golf industry from 20 years to Artist life. Opening the Hub Art Gallery in Port Carling in 2010 to 2012 then transitioning into Gallery 84. Keith Has since moved to Bracebridge in 2015 were he Opened Bracebridge Hall a collective Music venue and art space. Keith is excited to bring his artistic eye and business knowledge to the MAC Board.
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Sarah is an avid traveler, concert-goer, and lover of the arts. Her father is an accomplished painter and although he didn’t pass along his artistic gifts, she continues to involve herself in artist communities and enjoys exploring new artist exhibitions and more. When she’s not indulging in her passions, she is a National Customer Success Leader with Corporate Traveller. Sarah is extremely tech savvy and will help steer MAC in the right direction. Sarah is a proud member of the Muskoka Arts & Crafts board, and she hopes that her commitment and love for the arts will soon rub off on her 5-year-old daughter Namiri.
John Yates is a CPA, CA, and spent the majority of his career in the publishing industry. Prior to retiring in 2021, John served as President, Publisher & CEO, and Director, of University of Toronto Press for many years. During his time at University of Toronto Press he volunteered as President of The Association of Canadian University Presses and as Secretary-Treasurer, Director of Livre Canada Books. After retiring, John pursued his passion as a landscape and wildlife photographer with a particular concentration in the Muskoka, Haliburton and Algonquin Park regions. He believes that this region is one of the most beautiful parts of Canada – if not the world. John gets inspired by the opportunity to share this spectacular scenery with others through his photography and hopes his work serves as a great reminder of what Canadians love about this part of Canada.
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Hanna is designer and social media manager based in Gravenhurst On, with a background in marketing and advertising. Currently working as a community manager for a large stationery and greeting card wholesaler in Toronto, Hanna oversees online campaigns and manages the visual aspects of the brand. When not working she takes on small graphic design jobs and illustrates greeting cards that can be found in Indigo! Fun fact, Hanna designed the most recent banners for the Bracebridge BIA!
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MAC Executive Director
In the summer of 2020 Nichole was embraced by the generous and kind community of Bracebridge. Having spent her childhood summers in this beautiful region, Muskoka has always felt like home.
Nichole spent her formative years growing up in the small northern community of Elliot Lake. She was immersed in art, music, and culture, all thanks to her mother who was very connected to the arts community. Nichole is an Interior Designer by trade and resided in Toronto and worked as a commercial construction Project Manager for over a decade. Through hard work Nichole was given the opportunity to travel the globe managing numerous clients, consultants, and trades.
Nichole welcomes this new opportunity to head up Muskoka Arts & Crafts as Executive Director. She hopes to create a welcoming, safe, inclusive environment. Visitors will be welcomed from all over the world and from all walks of life. She wants them to remember MAC and all the amazing art they were able to experience during their visit! Stay tuned.
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Terran McNeely is a Canadian painter based in Bracebridge Ontario. With a background in visual design, his work is influenced by the people and spaces around him through a bold and graphic lens. In addition to his private practice, Terran also manages global visual merchandising for the Canadian luxury outerwear brand Canada Goose, along with their acclaimed Canadian Artwork Collection that sits within their 50+ retail locations.
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MAC Gallery Executive Assistant
Steph’s dream has always been to work within the arts community and she is very excited to be onboard with MAC.
Steph’s passion for art derives from childhood. Play-doh sculptures, lit-bright patterns and paint on newsprint are some of her earliest memories. She never stopped creating and continued with advanced high school art programs and eventually college.
Steph studied visual & creative arts at Sheridan College for two years before moving to Muskoka in 2012. Muskoka is where Steph discovered stone sculpture, showing her work at Arts at the Albion Co-op Gallery for a couple of years.
Steph took a break from creating, but once the world stopped and locked down she picked up a paint brush. Steph has spent the last two years painting her everyday life here in Muskoka. She had her debut solo show in July 2022 at The Auburn Gallery of Fine Art. Steph currently has a full time display that you can visit at the Arts of the Albion Co-Op in Gravenhurst. Follow Steph at @stephschofieldart.
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