Instructors

Jennifer Krueger

Executive Director

Jennifer is the founder of the art program. Starting in 2006, under the name “Estey Creations” Jennifer introduced her curriculum and learning approach to the New Brunswick elementary school system.  The program soon began to play an important role in the enrichment opportunities throughout the province.

In 2016, a decision was made to restructure to a non-profit organization. The program would now be known as “Estey Art Initiative Inc.” It had become increasingly apparent that there was a  greater need to provide an opportunity for EVERY child with a true desire to participate in an artistic experience.  As a non profit organization, it was felt that there would be a better opportunity to fundraise and partner with other organizations to enable children in less fortunate financial circumstances to participate.

In addition to Jennifer’s duties as executive director, she is shared between all schools as an instructing artist. It is Jennifer’s passion for creating, captivating, and inspiring students through art that is the backbone of this program.

Instructing Artists - Saint John

Heather Guzik

Heather Guzik

Heather has been teaching the program in the greater Saint John area for 6 years.  Heather truly loves teaching.  Nothing is more inspiring to her than being able to share art experiences with young children.  

Not only does she love to share the elements of fine art, but Heather is also inspired by the children themselves to constantly learn herself. Heather is always pushing the limits of her knowledge and abilities.  Her sketchbook of curriculum examples inspire us all!

Joanna Carson Skead

Joanna Carson Skead

Joanna describes herself as the creative type, with a background in local art and craft retail, interior design, freelance writing and social media marketing.

Although Joanna is new to teaching she has found it to be a perfect fit and loves interacting with the students on a daily basis. We are thrilled to have her with us moving forward. Joanna has always been a creative individual with many skills, her passion for art has really come to an all time high in our classrooms!

I’ve enjoyed being creative as long as I can remember. Drawing, painting, crafting have always been a part of my life that I now enjoy with my two daughters. I’m so excited to help facilitate a love of art in others.

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Brenda Smith

Brenda’s passions include quilting, knitting, making homemade gifts, gardening, singing, reading and of course drawing and painting.  She is a member of the singing group, The Sea Belles Chorus.

I have been creative and artistic since a child. The Estey Art Initiative Program has awakened my realization that I am “ Artsy. ” Even with all the visible signs , I think I forgot.

Thank you Jennifer Krueger !

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Elisa Gamble

Elisa has lived in Rothesay for 28 years.  She worked in the KV area as a French Immersion Substitute Teacher for 15 years, as well as a math tutor.  She enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, outdoor activities and well as volunteer work and travel.

Elisa’s experience as a teacher and her wonderful way with children make her a valuable asset to the team!

Instructing Artists - Moncton

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Ashlee Hollinger

Ashlee is an artist with expertise in the therapeutic elements of creation. Ashlee has a diploma from the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute, and a B.Sc. with honours in Psychology from St. Francis Xavier University.

Ashlee has experience with art as a form of therapy with all ages, and we love the feel good approach she brings to our classrooms.

I’ve always been creative, whether it be story-telling, music, painting, and poetry, my outlet has always been through creative pursuits. As an art therapist, there is nothing more rewarding than helping others find their creativity, help them tap into their imagination and find the magic that comes from spontaneous artistic expression. My passion for people and for art alike shine through my work and I can’t wait to share this with others.

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Jessica Allison

Jessica is a self trained young artist currently living in Moncton and is passionate about all avenues of creativity. She is currently working as the operations manager for Plant Nite and Paint Nite NB, and enjoys the differences and similarities to teaching art to both children and adults. She loves sharing her passion with those curious about the arts, and being a part of their progress and achievements.

Sarah Irving

Sarah Irving

Sarah is a multi-talented artist in her own work, but also in methods of delivering art. Sarah is the Area Manager of Paint Nite (™) in New Brunswick. Sarah harnesses two drastically different approaches in her teaching, one with adults at Paint Nite, and the other with children at The Estey Art Initiative Inc. The commonality found in both is the focus on fun, and openness to every individual’s own creativity. Sarah is able execute both strategies with extreme professionalism.

Instructing Artists - Miramichi

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Jessica Martin

Sandra Sullivan

Sandra Sullivan

Sandra is an artist, a thriftier, and a woman with a love for fashion. Everything she creates comes from found objects. Thrift stores, yard sales, and curb sides are what makes her art tick.

Sandra makes my own jewellery from beads and buttons, her own canvas from cardboard, and can make a sweater from clothing people no longer loved.

Her company, Seven Threads, has been in her life for over 17 years and grows more popular by the day.

Instructing Artists - Fredericton

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Hannah Williams

Hannah is a mother, maker, and teacher.

Hannah is a Surface Design graduate of the NB College of Craft and Design, and an entrepreneur. Through her company, Whimsy Birch, Hannah shares children’s yoga and art with children, families, and educators.

Hannah is a strong believer in the healing powers of art, and incorporates art into her yoga classes as a tool for meditation and relaxation whenever possible.

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Angela Black

Angela Black is an inspired arts educator and works with multiple organizations in New Brunswick and has been working with The Estey Art Initiative off and on for 8 years.

Angela’s current creative adventure has been expanding a permanent teaching workshop, Open Your Art, in downtown Fredericton to accommodate her unique semi-private and private art classes. Focusing on a transformational teaching approach Angela uses her position as a leader to gently inspire people of all ages to find and open their art and individual creativity. Bookbinding, screen printing watercolour and ink painting, combined, are Angela’s ultimate mediums, she has been successfully producing and wholesaling one of a kind artworks since 2007. Her hand bound books, especially, have found homes all over the world.