The Cavan Art Academy
The Cavan Art Academy grew out of Valerie Kent’s desire to offer an art educational experience that is more than its parts: It is courses, workshops, a place to celebrate social events and milestones, a team building facility at all levels of expertise. It is where artists of all ages can learn to enjoy confidence in their creative abilities.
Cavan Art Academy is on 7 acres, along the Cavan Creek, where outdoor classes and indoor studio art classes and programs can be held. Artists of all ages can be nurtured and encouraged.
There is friendly, courteous, patient, respectful and knowledgeable instruction for all: the holiday art camps, the portfolio preparation group, in an art birthday party and in a professional level art class or workshop, at Friday APint Night and at the private painting parties. It is a venue where Corporate Team Building is a very important concept and the needs of the Corporation and its staff can be tailored and accommodated as required.
All of these activities are consciously directed to interaction and an exchange of ideas, and are built around a central concept - the creative artistic spirit in each person.
It is a unique educational art facility with professional aspirations. It has limited class sizes in a rural setting close to the four corners of Cavan, Ontario. It is slightly more than one hour east of Toronto, 20 kilometers southwest of Peterborough. It is close to Highways 401, 115, 7, and 7a.
The success of the Cavan Art Academy will be the high quality of courses and workshops that will be offered both daytime and evening throughout the week. The school will have an ease of use, will be conducive to relaxation, and a stress-free environment, a place where self-expression of participants has importance and suits the needs of the individuals. Yoga will be offered.
Cavan Art Academy will be open to allowing participants to find their “Art Voices” and to dream and create in painting, thus expressing their passion for art. It will introduce participants to the world of art and be a one-stop resource.
The Cavan Art Academy will strive to improve ability, to offer programs for personal enjoyment, professional advancement and work to make YOUR artistic interests a reality.
Valerie Kent, BFA, BEd, MFA, OCT, Director and Artist at Cavan Art Academy, paints en plein air and in her private Studio in Cavan, Ontario: She is versatile painting in watercolours, acrylics, oils and mixed media. Starting in Spring of 2016, she opens the Cavan Art Academy in Cavan where she will teach Courses and Workshops, both in the Studio and outdoors En Plein Air.
The Cavan Art Gallery showcases her work and those of selected other artists. She regularly offers workshops and courses to school boards, art societies and at art schools and colleges.
Valerie Kent’s work is collected worldwide. She has written articles for:
The Watercolour Gazette, On Richmondhill.com, Articlesbase.com and she is a Canadian Regional Editor of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine. She has frequently appeared on television shows doing art demonstrations. In 2013 Valerie became a Certified Golden Educator. She serves as Juror to many organizations. As well she is represented by www.galerie-q.com
Her work was exhibited at the Seoul Korea International Art Fair 2013. She won an award in Japan in 2013 at the 24th exhibition of the IAOCA(International Association of contemporary Artists, Kokusai-Bijutsu-Sozo. She participated in the exhibition at the Kyoto Art Museum Annex 2014, the 2014 Gukchang Exhibition and the Insadong 31 exhibit, 2015 and 2016 in Korea. She was featured in the Asian Artists Association Exhibition, Shenzhen, China in April 2014. Her work is displayed in the Art Museum in Nanking and in Shenzhen at the Asian Artists Association Gallery. In October 2014, she had a solo show of her Marketplace Series at the Ella Arps Gallery in Amsterdam. Her solo show of The Marketplace Series was presented in July 2016 at the J.M. Parrott Gallery in Belleville, ON www.valeriekent.com