An Engineering Manager with a global company based in Switzerland, but, time permitting, a musician, furniture designer/builder and skilled artist (Fine artist, Celtic illumination, leather work, pottery and stained glass). Dave has always enjoyed working with his hands, particularly in metal and wood.
Monica is a professional award winning visual artist and lifelong creative entrepreneur. She has a successful track record in building a chain of retail stores (1975-1994) in the Greater Toronto area as well as continuing her own studio art practice and, is one of the founders of The Hills of Erin Studio Tour, established in 1988.
After selling the business Monica began a new chapter which included writing and training business courses, workshops and consulting services within the Retail and Arts and Culture sector. In 1999 she joined the Guelph Wellington Business Enterprise Centre as their first Business Advisor.
As a result of a commission from Quadra FNX Mining and working with a lab she developed a new surface material allowing her to use various substrates as foundations for her sculptures and functional works.
Using her business acumen, combined with her desire to see the economic well being of creative entrepreneurs improve she joined the Ontario Craft Council Board of Directors and was also instrumental in establishing a regional Arts Centre, The Alton Mill. She has represented Arts and Culture on regional Economic Development Committees and Tourism Boards and is a founding member of the East Wellington Chamber of Commerce.
Recently, she was appointed to Innovation Guelph’s Mentor team as their first female mentor where she continues to help entrepreneurs find success. She works from her rural studio outside of Rockwood Ontario and lives with her husband Dave and studio buddy, Seamus.
Best Art Studio Tour of the Year, Headwaters Tourism Award, 2006
Artist of the Year, Headwaters Tourism Association, 2008
Juror’s Award, Sculpture, Headwaters Arts Festival, 2009
Sculpture establishes a relationship with the space it occupies, whether it is held in the hand or viewed from a distance. This process of communication, of relating thoughts and emotions establishes a connection between the mind and the heart.
- FNX Mining (Now Quadra), Toronto ON
- R&G Brooke, Seattle, Washington USA
- Headwaters Arts, Lifetime Achievement Award
- Jeff Kirby
- Bridget Ryan
- Greg Petrie
In Support of the Arts
Monica as been a lifelong volunteer and worker within the Creative/Arts and Culture Sector.
Founder, Hills of Erin Studio Tour, 1988
Award Winning Studio Tour, 2006
Marketing Committee, Arts & Culture Representative
Town of Erin:
Economic Development Committee, Arts & Culture Representative
Visionary, Future of the Arts
Chair, Steering Committee, Headwaters Artists Network
Vice-President, Headwaters Arts, Alton Mill Arts Centre
Scan in Article on grant
Guelph Art Works, Board of Directors
Ontario Craft Council:
Regional Regeneration Committee
Chair, Regional Regeneration Committee
Board of Directors
Executive Committee, Board of Directors
Work in Culture:
Writer, Facilitator, Northern Ontario Webinars,
- Ontario Craft Council
- Company of Women
- Guelph Women in Networking
- East Wellington Chamber of Commerce, Founding Member