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Staff

Rachel Abel
Gallery & Artisan Shop Coordinator
Rachel is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with our artisans & makers in order to curate the wonderful assortment of products you will find in our artisan shop. They will likely be the first face you see when you enter the gallery and artisan shop. As an artist, trained in Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo, Rachel has a unique artistic appreciation and knowledge to help enhance your gallery experience. In the past Rachel has worked at the Clay & Glass Gallery as a programmer and teacher, as well as a variety of experience from retail environments. They hold a Montessori Teachers College diploma and have a passion for the arts and supporting artists.
Judy Anderson
Programming & Arts Administrator
Judy manages all aspects of programming at ECFTA - from children's programs that include March break, PD Day and Summer camps, to #youngmakers workshops and school outreach. She also sources and coordinates with guest artists to provide quality adult workshops in our classroom throughout the year. She runs the Supportive Arts program for adults 18+ with learning (dis)abilities, organizing local art instructors, creating art projects that embrace diversity and are engaging for adults of all abilities. Judy is the lead ECFTA Arts Educator and formulates the calendar with creativity, positivity and wit. Judy is passionate for creativity in all its forms, has an immeasurable devotion to the Arts and a can-do attitude that helps define the character of ECFTA. Judy studied at Ontario College of Art & Design as well as the University of Guelph. She makes her playful and peculiar brand of art under the name kukucaju.
Lianne Carter
Executive Director
As Director, Lianne is responsible for delivering on the strategic vision of the Centre - to establish the Elora Centre for the Arts as a unique community resource that fosters creativity, artistic expression and the belief that a vibrant arts centre is integral to the health of our community. Responsible for overseeing staff, gallery exhibitions, curating the artisan shop to feature local artisans and makers, creating a sustainable business model, outreach partnerships, events, communication, graphic design and promotion. She also oversees the heritage building and relationships with tenants. Lianne combines corporate and charitable experience - ranging from The Guelph Community Foundation to running her own marketing consulting business. She has worked in various marketing and advertising roles including Cossette Advertising & Marketing and Encore Strategic Marketing (now The Hive Strategic Marketing). Lianne studied Communications and Business at Wilfrid Laurier University and has an Executive MBA from Queens University.
Sonia Cheng
Administrator
Sonia manages the office administration at ECFTA, working to ensure our accounting system is flawless. She is also the point person for venue rentals (weddings, special events, music performances, and community use space). Sonia studied History and Music at Wilfrid Laurier and worked many years in the financial service industry before setting out on her own as an independent business owner. She has served on the boards for the Wellington Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, as well as KIPP. Sonia is an ardent believer in the importance of community supported ventures, which make her very excited to be able to bring her event planning and small business experience to the ECFTA.
Annette Hansen
Gallery Curator
Annette is managing the organization, selection and execution of artist exhibitions in our main gallery. She engages and collaborates with potential artists and manages the details to create inspiring, quality exhibitions. Annette brings a wonderful background to the Elora Centre for the Arts team - she established Cobalt Gallery and Clay Studio in Toronto which she ran for 16 years. She is also a professional artist herself - creating lovely pottery and instructing workshops. Her work has been exhibited throughout Toronto, and is now featured in the Artisan Shop at the Elora Centre for the Arts! We are thrilled to have the multi-talented Annette contributing to the vibrancy of the Centre in so many ways. Annette attended the Design School in Kolding, Denmark, studying ceramic design, history & technique.
Molly Kleiker
Director of Development
Molly is helping meet the needs of our community by growing ECFTA's grant and donor funding. She is successfully cultivating relationships with both private and public funders who share our vision of art as part of a healthy and functioning society, and who help us create real impact within our community. Molly is passionate about working in the “social profit” sector, having focused her work since 2008 on helping not-for-profit organizations improve their governance, communications, and internal administration processes. Prior to joining the ECFTA team, she worked with West Coast Environmental Law and Arts Umbrella in Vancouver, BC. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Carleton University.
Stephanie Lines-Toohill
ECFTA Arts Educator, Mindfulness Facilitator
Stephanie Lines-Toohill is a key team member in our Supportive Arts program for young adults with (dis)abilities here at the Centre. The program runs three times a week, and Steph brings her magical mix of compassion, creativity and mindfulness to the weekly sessions. She reminds us to see, smell, seek and wonder. She helps us let go of our worries, identify our hopes and protect them in a special box, to forge on and do our best. Steph also works in the community as a Personal Support Worker for the vulnerable sector and is the founder of Sparrow’s Nest Makerspace, a collaborative community space to connect children and young teens. You might find her wandering the forest, looking for natural elements and found objects to incorporate into her group sewing and art projects. She has been leading mixed media youth art groups for over 15 years. She champions the process of each artist as a curious explorer.
Eileen MacArthur
ECFTA Arts Educator
Eileen MacArthur is a practicing artist and arts educator with over 15 years of experience teaching art to adults and children at the Guelph School of Art, Studiohere and the Art Gallery of Guelph. She holds a Master of Fine Art degree from the University of Guelph, and a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. Eileen is inspired by watching artist communities evolve and flourish! Eileen has been an ongoing Arts Educator at the Elora Centre for the Arts as part of our Supportive Arts program for adults with (dis)abilities. She is also our lead Arts Educator for our Youth Outreach program "Connecting to Community Through Art" that supports high school and elementary students in the M.I.D and Life Skills programs, helping them feel connected to their community through art projects that spark conversation, awareness and belonging. Eileen recently opened the Arthur School of Art, an art school located in her studio at her home in Arthur Ontario.