About Us

Meet the Steering Committee

The Stratford Studio Tour is managed by a steering committee and supported by the Stratford Tourism Alliance. Our goal is to feature exciting and diverse artworks that highlights the talents of established artists as well as newly discovered rising stars.

The Steering Committee is a group of passionate, committed professionals that are dedicated to showcasing Stratford’s creative, artistic talents.

Kim McCarthy

Kim McCarthy

Kim McCarthy (B.F.A., B.Ed.) a founding member of the Stratford Studio Tour, has been a professional visual artist and arts educator for over 30 years in the Greater Toronto Area. She now resides in Stratford, ON. Her art work has been published, represented in galleries and is in numerous private collections. She has a wealth of experience coordinating events related to the arts, literature and education.

Margarethe Vanderpas

Margarethe Vanderpas (BA Honours Art History, B.Ed.) is a practicing professional visual artist who has exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions and her work can be found in corporate and private collections internationally. Prior to becoming a full-time artist, she ran a Graphic Design Firm in London, Ontario for 20 years. She was a member of the organizing committee for the London Studio Tour for 11 years and a board member of the London Arts Council for 4 years. As a founding member of the Stratford Studio Tour, she brings a wealth of experience and is responsible for the design of all marketing materials.

Social Media Team

Denise and Mary Anne make up our social media team and are two of our featured tour artists; Mary-Anne is a painter and Denise is a pastel artist.

Denise Nonomura

Denise Nonomura PAC

Denise Nonomura is an award-winning pastel artist living in Stratford. She works full time as an artist and can be found painting “en plein air” or in her studio, teaching, or volunteering her time to lead an art group for patients at Stratford General Hospital. Denise’s work has been exhibited in over 25 juried international and regional competitions in the past 4 years. She holds designations with Pastel Artists of Canada, Federation of Canadian Artists and is also a member of Society of Canadian Artists. She exhibits at Stratford Art in the Park and her work is represented at Village Studios, Stratford.

Mary Anne Dente

Mary Anne Dente

Mary Anne Dente is a practicing professional artist from the GTA, currently living and creating in Stratford. Prior to moving to Stratford, she enjoyed a long teaching career in Toronto. She has participated in numerous juried shows and studio tours such as The Lakeshore Art Trail, Arts on the Credit at the Waterside Inn, West Hamilton Art Tour, Agora Gallery in Stratford, and the Stratford Studio Tour. Her oil and acrylic paintings and can be found in collections in Ontario, New Zealand and California.

Mary O'Rourke

Mary O’Rourke

I retired from the University of Victoria, BC in 2001 as the Director of Conference Management, Division of Continuing Studies, and ran my own business as a conference and event director for the following 10 years in Victoria and Vancouver.

I moved to Stratford in 2013 and serve on the Communities in Bloom Advisory Committee and the Sesquicentennial Ad-Hoc Committee. In addition, I have recently joined the Board of the SpringWorks Festival.

I am pleased to be part of the 2020 Studio Tour Committee and look forward to an outstanding Stratford Studio Tour this year.