Our Artists

Our facilitators are skilled artists (artisans) whose work is commissioned and presented in many public showings and/or galleries.

Each representative is coached and trained to work with people in a mentorship manner. They share their special techniques, their thoughts and ideas about how to convey a message or thought through visual or performance methods.

Sheri Gundry, Artist At Large and Executive Director

Sheri Gundry is a commissioned working artist, a mentor, a teacher, and a performance artist. She is also the Executive Director for Art With A Heart. As a multidisciplinary artist, she is the creative lead for the charity and functions as Artist-At-Large, helping people in the Durham Region through art. The charity runs programs that teach art techniques to people, including those who are at risk due to poverty, who have a learning disorder, and people who are living with illness. Some participants have gone on to become emerging artists. All of them have experienced personal growth and transformation through increased confidence, improved self-esteem, and newly developed working skills.

Sheri’s creative work is expressed in a variety of media – pencil, pastel, marker, watercolour, acrylic, mixed media, water-soluble oils, face and body paint and her specialty, modern batik art. She is often asked to paint live at galas and conferences.

Her art has been presented at Whitby’s Art by the Lake, the Oshawa Arts Association (OAA) Fall Art Festival, Whitby’s Station Gallery, The Mental Health Sciences’ The Conference Place, the McLean Centre in Ajax, and Brooklin’s Art in the Park among more than a dozen other notable locales. As Sunflower the Clown, she performs at events and conducts face and body painting sessions.

Sheri has been honoured with the 2007 Mayor’s Award for “The Pebble” at the 9th Annual PRAC Juried Art Show, and she won the July 2010 Top Ten People’s Choice Award for “On The Way Home” at The Conference Place Gallery show Intersection. She has completed commissioned work for the Nelson Mandela Fund and for Durham Tourism and been a guest juror for the 2010 Discovering Hope Art Show at the Ontario Shores Art Gallery. In 2011, she earned her Artist-Educator – Level One certificate from the Royal Conservatory’s Learning Through the Arts program (LTTA). In addition to her role with Art With A Heart Inc., Sheri is a two-term executive board member for the OAA. Click here for Sheri's full bio...

Angela Brown, Board member and Artist in Residence for mixed media, singing and dance

Angela Brown is an award-winning artist as well as a board member and a facilitator for Art With A Heart. She dances multiple forms including tap, hip hop, jazz, worship, indigenous contemporary, masked and storytelling. She recently added face and body painting to her artistic repertoire, which includes being a mixed media artist. In Fall 2011, Angela performed publicly with the Daystar Dance Company.

Before joining the arts-based charity, Angela ran a one-on-one talk therapy group through Community Living for COPE and an art program for seniors through Lakeridge Health in Oshawa. As part of her volunteer work, she took trips to Cambodia and Malawi to help people.

Angela is a surgical assistant with a large dental practice in Ajax. In 2011, she earned her Artist-Educator – Level One certificate as part of the Royal Conservatory’s Learning Through the Arts program (LTTA).She is studying for her bachelor degree in psychology through Trent University, and Angela already holds a dental assistant certificate from Durham College. Click here for Angela's full bio...

Kim Mather, Board member and Artist in Residence, textile and fabric artist facilitator

Kim Mather is a member of the board of directors for Art With a Heart and a recognized fibre and textile artist. She is highly regarded as a facilitator and educator. Kim demonstrated machine knitting and sewing machines nationally to sewing machine dealers as a representative with sewing machine manufacturer, Elna. After that, she worked with Ferguson’s Knitting in Whitby for five years, where she taught machine knitting and embroidery before opening her own business in 1998 to sell stitchery supplies and framing. Her facility to teach and share artistic techniques has prompted many guilds to request her as a guest lecturer. Most recently, she lectured about counted canvas embroidery to the Scarborough Needle Arts Guild. At Art With a Heart, she delivers programs that involve painting on fabric, painting an image and then transferring it to textile, and free motion embroidery. She also helps mentor participants as they explore their newly discovered creativity. Click here for Kim's full bio...