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 (B.F.A., B.Ed.) 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 (BA Honours Art History, B.Ed.) is a practicing professional visual artist. Prior to becoming a full-time artist, she ran a Graphic Design Firm in London, Ontario for 20 years and was also an arts educator who taught Fine Art and Mathematics for 10 years.
Margarethe has exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibits and her work can be found in corporate and private collections internationally.
Mary Anne Dente, John Szustaczek and Tanya Szustaczek
Mary Anne, John and Tanya (L to R) make up our social media team. Mary Anne and Tanya are two of our featured tour artists; Mary-Anne is a painter and Tanya is a photographer. John is a Studio Tour volunteer who works in Sales and Marketing. They are experiencing the ins and outs of creating social media content and promoting our tour digitally.
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 2017 Studio Tour Committee as Treasurer, and look forward to an outstanding weekend.